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    Default Nomex vs. Indura

    What does everyone prefer? What is the difference? Also I have noticed that the structural hoods are starting to appear in wildland arenas instead of the shrouds. Anyone have an opinion on this? Any major pros or cons?
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    Structural hood are not recommended as they hold the heat in. The shroud creates an air space and also allow air to circulate and heat to escape.

    As for Indura vs Nomex... most shrouds are are nomex. There are also the shrouds made by Hot Shield out of CarbonX.

    There are the two basic types of shrouds, the ear and neck or the full face.
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    I had wondered about the air circulation as well with the hoods.

    Is there any major difference between Indura and Nomex say in a shirt?
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    Talking what i ware

    nomex all the way. green bdu pants yellow top. sometimes pullover nomex pant in yellow and yes the good ole red helmet. and line pack with 2 raidos...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyeOthestorm
    I had wondered about the air circulation as well with the hoods.

    Is there any major difference between Indura and Nomex say in a shirt?

    Indura is less expensive, but tends to heavier in weight.

    Nomex is more expensive, but lighter in weight.

    There are other differences, but thats the basics
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    Indura is fire resistant treated cotton, I have found it breathes better and is a little more comfortable, but Nomex has a much higher flame resistance.

    Nomex is the prefered material unless cost is a major factor, since Indura is roughly 1/2 the price.

    I think hoods are a really bad idea for wildland, much to hot. Shrouds are not intended for continuous use, and hoods really don't offer a way to quickly and easily deploy or stow them.

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    no way hoods i do like the wiffs face mask to a point but only when the smoke gets thick

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    I have a shroud and a nomex hood in my pack. The only time I use the hood is when its really cold out. More than once we have been out on a fire where it is raining or snowing and hood was really nice to keep the ears and head warm. The shroud tends to irritate me, but I will use it when I have to, I don't keep it attached to my helmet, it doesn't let the air flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramseycl
    The shroud tends to irritate me, but I will use it when I have to, I don't keep it attached to my helmet, it doesn't let the air flow.
    Roll it up... A shroud that is not attatched is absolutely useless when the feces hits the fan and its in your pack.
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    I agree, but as little as most people actually use them, I have it with me, just no on my helmet, it resticts air flow under the helmet, and takes about 30 seconds to put back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramseycl
    I agree, but as little as most people actually use them, I have it with me, just no on my helmet, it resticts air flow under the helmet, and takes about 30 seconds to put back on.

    Well I hate to disagree with ya... but there are many who use them and based on the design of shrouds, there is no way you can possibly put in on properly in 30 seconds.

    And if you roll it so that is rest on the back of the helmet... there is no airflow restriction
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    Bump- Who is using a Hot Shield?

    More info here- http://www.californiafirefighter.com...=2402#post2402

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