ok so I was taking a look at my hood a few minuetes ago and I was wondering what kind off hoods everyone was useing as for me I am useing the same nomex hood I have had for well ever so what have you got and why do you like/dislike your hood?
I'm hooked on the light weight PBI. Don't know why, really, other than it still lets enough heat in to give me a little warning when things get cookin'. More comfortable in the hot climate (Texas). Holds it's shape well also. Doesn't clash with my wardrobe.
1st: I looked at your profile and it says your IFSTA Firefighter II trained. In both firefighter I and II training, they teach you to where your hood at all times no matter what the condition. So by your theory of if its hot enough that you have to wear a flash hood you shouldnt be inside then no firefighter would ever be going interior, because if you are properly wearing your PPE which we all should be your hood is on at all times.
2nd: How do you know when its hot enough to have to wear your hood and when its ok not to where it?
Im in the middle of transitioning hoods myself. I have a nomex short bib right now and am looking to switch to a long bib off of paulconwayshields.com
Whatever you hood you wear make sure it has the tag in in that says it's NFPA1971 compliant. We got a buncha red ones in one time that didn't have the tag in them nor could we find any information saying they were. By the time we realized though it was to late to send em back and we had to eat the cost and replace them with some that were compliant.
Joshua, that was an excellent reply to David. I was thinking exactly the same thing. Also, in regards to the shorter bib hoods, you made another excellent point. Some guys here prefer the shorter bibs because they do not get as twisted and their easier to get centered over your face. On the other hand, the majority of guys here love the longer hoods that drape down to your shoulders. Here in NE Ohio, we get our fair share of cold weather and we wear our PPE alot for warmth and we take our hoods and gloves very seriously.