All-Season Hood vs. Thermal Winter Hood Comparison Guide

It’s that time of year to start thinking about winter gear, if you haven’t already been hit with cold temps. A must have for any outdoor winter activity is the thermal hood, our best selling winter accessory. You may have heard the hood referred to as a balaclava, ski mask, face mask, gaiter, skull cap, or neckwarmer. Whatever you call it, we will break down the differences between the All-Season Hood and Thermal Hood, so you can be prepared for whatever the weather brings.

Wearing a hood in the cold has many benefits, including:

  • Warmth: Hoods cover your head and neck, two of the areas of your body that are most susceptible to heat loss. This can help to keep you warm and comfortable in cold weather.
  • Protection: Hoods can protect your face and ears from the elements, including wind, snow, and rain. This can help to prevent frostbite, windburn, and other cold weather injuries.
  • Moisture management: Hoods are made from wicking materials that help to keep you dry. This is important because sweat can make you feel cold and can also lead to frostbite.
  • Versatility: Hoods can be worn on their own or under a helmet. This makes them ideal for a variety of cold weather activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.

The comparison chart below shows the main features of the All-Season and Thermal Hood.

FeatureSU All-Season HoodSU Thermal Hood
TemperatureFor temperatures above 32 degreesFor temperatures under 32 degrees
ConfigurationsSix different configurations for personal comfort and needSix different configurations for personal comfort and need
DesignForm-fitting, can be worn under helmet or on its ownForm-fitting, can be worn under helmet or on its own
Moisture managementYesYes
LiningNylon lining for comfort and wind protectionSoft, fuzzy lining for maximum warmth
Head sizeFits 22-25″Fits 22-25″
Material95% polyester, 5% spandex92% polyester, 8% spandex

With 6 different ways to wear a hood, it’s such a diverse accessory. Find your most comfortable fit, and change the way you wear it when temperatures fluctuate.

Along with our traditional all-season and thermal hoods, we also have football hoods for both adult and youth players, so you stay warm on the field! They are designed to be worn under your football helmet, for a comfortable, distraction-free fit.