Fourth Element Thermocline Hooded Vest | Women’s
The Fourth Element ladies Thermocline Hooded Vest is perfect for when warm water diving starts to feel a bit chilly.
Anything that’s Ocean Positive gets a massive thumbs up from us at The Honest Diver. The Thermocline range goes even further as it performs brilliantly and comes in biodegradable packaging!
We love the Fourth Element Thermocline Hooded Vest. It’s neutrally buoyant, neoprene free but still have the thermal properties of 2mm wetsuit!
The Honest Truth
The Fourth Element ladies Hooded Vest is a good choice if you’re in tropical waters, but you’re doing lots of dives a day. You might find that you’re getting a bit chilly towards the end but this will have you covered! Chuck the hood up, keep the heat in, and keep going!
The Fourth Element ladies Thermocline Hooded Vest utilises a unique fabric made using ECONYL®
It’s 100% recycled nylon from ghost fishing nets and other discarded waste, then laminated with a waterproof membrane and thermal fleece.
The Thermocline range revolutionises the notion that being environmentally responsible means sacrificing performance or aesthetics.
The next generation Thermocline fabric is the highest performing fabric Fourth Element have ever made for this application and it feels as good as it looks.
- Neoprene free
- Outer contains 78% recycled Nylon
- Wind and waterproof fabric
- Neutrally buoyant
- Machine washable
- Equivalent of 2mm neoprene
With the equivalent performance of 2mm neoprene, the Fourth Element ladies Thermocline Hooded Vest is the perfect choice for an extra layer of core thermal protection under a wetsuit.
Because it’s not made of neoprene, it is neutrally buoyant and machine washable and can be squeezed into your bag without fear of creasing and damaging the material.
THE THERMOCLINE RANGE: NEXT GENERATION OCEANWEAR
Thermoclines are the original neutrally buoyant wetsuit system. They’re lightweight, machine washable and equivalent to 2mm neoprene.
Because there’s no neoprene, Thermoclines are perfect for those with allergies. You can either replace the traditional wetsuit entirely or use them as a barrier, reducing contact between the skin and the wetsuit itself.*
The range is perfect for all surface water sports as well as warm water scuba. It’s lightweight, neutrally buoyant, machine washable, breathable and hypo-allergenic.
The fabric ensures that the wearer is more comfortable when out of the water, during surface sports, or when kitting up for a dive. The inner fleece layer draws moisture away from the skin and wicks through the breathable membrane where it evaporates off the nylon surface. In the water, the membrane traps a thin layer next to the skin and prevents colder water flowing over the body, perfect for surfers, freedivers and scuba divers.
Thermocline dries rapidly, often within an hour or between dives – a quick rinse and a squeeze to get rid of excess water before hanging it up inside out should ensure it is ready for your next adventure.
No more smelly neoprene suits – this wetsuit can be machine washed (we recommend using our SUB30 environmentally friendly washing liquid).
Store it safely with other garments and when packing for vacation there’s no need to worry about potentially damaging the fabric – it can be squeezed into that last remaining space in your luggage without any worries.
*In Fourth Element’s experience, skin allergies to neoprene, whilst rare, are also not caused by a single compound and therefore it is difficult to be certain of preventing a problem. Thermocline has been used with a great deal of success by neoprene allergy sufferers, but it is important to consult with a doctor about any symptoms and possible alternatives.