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Akona 6.5mm  Quantum Stretch Hooded Dive Vest AKH508-SM 022705

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Akona 6.5mm Quantum Stretch Hooded Dive Vest

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  • Brand new & completely redesigned!
    Not like most other sites that sell the old discontinued model
  • Added warmth for that cold dive
  • 6.5mm Hood with 3mm face seal
  • 3mm throughout the body for added warmth and to fit comfortably underneath your suit
  • Earth Friendly Neoprene - good for the Earth
  • Quantum-Stretch chest and neck will stretch 200% more than standard neoprene
  • One-way flow vent to minimize air trapping
  • Skin face seal, seals out water and retains greater warmth
  • 3mm trim-to-fit face seal for custom tailoring
  • SIZES: XSmall through 2XLarge
  • COLOR: Black


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Average Customer Review: based on 18 reviews.

Rating: So Small!
Reviewer: Shannon O.,   
I cant speak to the effectiveness of this product as I couldnt even get it over my head. I followed the recommended size chart, but this item was so tiny that despite repeated attempts, I could not get it on. I am disppointed because it looks to be of good quality. I elected not to size up as the body seemed appropriately sized but the head opening/neck was tiny. I didnt feel like the fit would work even with a size change. I am 5 ft 1 in and 112 lbs and ordered the small.

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Rating: good, versatile wetsuit piece
Reviewer: Nicholas Reidy,
This is a nice hooded vest that can help a diver make small adjustments to the amount of neoprene he or she is wearing. hood down = low/medium additional heat hood up = medium/medium+ additional heat The thickness of the hood is great, it protects from heat loss very effectively and makes it much easier to dive longer.

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181 out of 332 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Akona for Value
Reviewer: Douglas Sourbeer,   
A very good hooded vest with side zipper so its easy to get on. I wear the 5/3 under the Akona 7mm wet suit. It helps keep you warmer and its easy to get on and off especially after a couple of wears. Very good product

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221 out of 459 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Very good Hoodie Vest
Reviewer: David Patton,  - View all my reviews
I use this year round. The trick I have learned... In warmer months, I wear the vest inside the wetsuit. In cooler months, I wear it on the outside. This lets me pull back the hoodie to allow water down my back if I overheat in warmer months, but not get water down my back in cooler months. The zipper on the side really helps out. There is a bleed hole on the top to allow air to escape without creating a bubble. Fits very well. When you need to take it off, just ask a buddy to grab the bottom of the back and pull it right over your head as you bend over. Easy to remove due to the zipper feature. It would be nice if it had a key holder in it though...

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299 out of 585 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Hooded Vest
Reviewer: Jack Daseler,  - View all my reviews
The vest was the best thing I have purchased in a long time. I used it with my Henderson 7 ml two piece wet suit and it keep me very comfortable while underwater for 1 hour intervals when I went cage diving with Great White Sharks.

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288 out of 527 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Akona 5/3mm zippered hooded vest
Reviewer: richard rapozo,
After ordereing the vest and using the size chart I could not get the hood to fit over my head and chest. I am truly a med to small person that ordered a medium size vest. I drove down to the store and fitted myself into a LARGE. The vest works in providing the additional warmth needed for multiple dives.

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238 out of 506 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Comfortable Warmth
Reviewer: Ron Chandler,  - View all my reviews
The Sherwood Akona is a great hooded vest, the first one I have owned with a zippered side- makes it much easier to get in and out of the vest. And the trim-to-fit face seal is the best sealing hood Ive used. Add to this the flexible rubber in the neck for maneuverability, and youve got absolute comfort. As a commercial diver I spend hours underwater daily, and being comfortable is a must for long dives in extreme conditions- good equipment sets me free to focus on the job. Ill be back for another if I wear this one out!

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258 out of 564 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Great transitional item
Reviewer: Eric Evans,
Ideal for stretching the use of a 3mm suit into autumn. Ive been diving Tahoe in this vest/hood and my 3mm, and it adds just enough warmth for that "in-between" time when a 3 is too light and a 7 is too heavy. This hood/vest combo wears well under a one-piece 3mm or 7mm suit, and adds a great deal of warmth. The cut is very comfortable, even around the neck and arms. The armholes are cut wide enough that there arent any issues wearing it as an underlayer.

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241 out of 512 people found this review helpful.

Rating: too tight
Reviewer: Stephen Silling,  - View all my reviews
I returned this because the neck piece didnt stretch enough.I bought a Henderson version and the hyperstretch was much more comfortable. For something that has to fit over your head yet be snug I suggest a hyperstretch product. Im not fat either.

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342 out of 598 people found this review helpful.

Rating: A good hooded vest
Reviewer: Dane W.,
I wear this vest under my 7/5mm wetsuit in 50 degree water and it helps keep me nice and warm.

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151 out of 349 people found this review helpful.

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