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The Fourth Element Thermocline Hooded Vest is a neutrally buoyant thermal layer that can be used in conjunction with a wetsuit for additional thermal protection or separately to provide approximately the same heat retention as 2mm thick neoprene. The fitted hood offers extra thermal protection and also creates a flushing barrier when worn beneath an outer layer.
The Fourth Element Thermocline Hooded Vest uses probably the most versatile thermal protection system for use in extreme watersports. Breathable, comfortable and lightweight, the garments are also fast drying with the equivalent thermal performance of 2.5mm neoprene. Made using Polartec® Aqua Shell® fabric, the garments are also neutrally buoyant and machine washable. The Thermocline system can be used as a lightweight wetsuit, pool training suit or as an effective additional thermal layer underneath a wetsuit or semi dry. Thermal protection:Whether ice diving in the antarctic, floating in the blue alongside a reef wall, exploring a new cave system or decending to a deep wreck, thermal protection is or paramount importance in maintaining performance. Loss of heat from the body can result in poor decisions, can lead to exhaustion and speed the onset of hypothermia. Performance fabrics:State of the art breatheable, waterproof, flexible and warm fabric developed by climate control specialists, Polartec® has been used by fourth element to create the Thermocline range, which has been tested in some of the most extreme diving conditions in the world. The Thermocline is made from Polartec® Aqua Shell® fabric and has a thermal performance equivalent to that of 2.5mm of neoprene whilst being neutrally buoyant. Worn on its own or underneath a wetsuit or drysuit for additional thermal protection, the Fourth Element Thermocline system represents and evolutionary step in diving thermal protection. Comfort warmth breathability:The fabric is fleece-lined – it is comfortable and warm against the skin. Four way strech gives complete freedom of movement. A breathable membrane means that the Thermocline can be worn before,during and after diving.
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