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Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:11 AM

SpecOps' Action Ghillie Hood Kit

Brief Overview:

I'm glad I bought it, but it is NOT meant for high-temperature use. I'll rate it on two basic factors, and then go into some detail.
Comfort- 8/10
Concealment - 9/10
Seasons for use- Spring & Fall


The details:

There are bonuses and drawbacks to the AG Hood. It's easy to put together, but having assembled it twice now (first time I went crazy with the AG material) there are a couple of things to watch out for.

First off, the bottom-front of the hood velcroes across itself, forming a double-layer of mesh. The first time, I put AG on both layers...a small bit on the underside, and quite a bit more on the outer layer. Sure, it looked Bad-arse, but ended up more of a Bad idea!

My first time wearing it in the field, I didn't even make it to the initial starting point before I had a Spaceballs "Dark Helmet" moment...gasping for breath and exclaiming "How do you BREATHE in this thing?"
I abandoned my hood and left it with the ref for the day and just played without it.

As soon as I got home, I clipped off all the AG from both layers of the velcro flaps, rolled up the underside flap, and zip-tied it right up against the velcro strip.

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Here's the side that faces the mask. Note the fabric mesh has been rolled up and zip tied in place.

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Left is the inside of the outer flap. Right is the inner flap.

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Here's what it looks like from inside the hood.

This let me only have a single flap to cover the mask's mouth portion. I didn't go quite as overboard on the AG on the outer portion of the flap this time and the results helped tremendously. When you're no longer trying to use your camelbak's straw as an emergency source of air (there's oxygen in that water on the molecular level, right?), it is a good thing.

Next was to eradicate my massive over-application of AG to the top and rear of the hood. I removed all of the AG material and re-applied it more sparingly. In hindsight, I created the exact same effect, but with a mere 1/3 of my initial Ghillie application going back on for the second time around. Spec Ops supplies way more ghillie material than you can effectively use. Naturally, the initial reaction is to pile it on good and thick. I found out the hard way this isn't the wisest idea. Heat can't escape with all that ghillie material in the way. Even with my less-dense version of the hood, I still find it stiflingly hot for good 'ole Tennessee summers. This fall though, I will reap the benefits of the hood in full when the temperature cools off a bit.

I cannot stress this enough...humidity and temperature will affect whether or not you should even wear the thing. The density of the AG greatly affects how much insulation your head gets. If you've played in hot, humid weather, you know that it doesn't take much for you to start breathing hard and fogging up your mask. It's even worse with the AG hood on.

Yes, it is extremely lightweight. It does its job of concealment in an excellent fashion. But just like every other piece of headgear out there...it has a great impact on your overall performance. It covers your mouth with another layer, making breathing more difficult and fogging becomes a greater problem. It covers your head in another layer, making it harder to stay cool where it's most important.

My suggestion would be to not go all-out and try to use every scrap of AG they provide in the kit. It's just too much for playing in hot, humid weather. Your head needs to breathe, so keep the AG application as light as you can. Use the rest for creative projects like homemade ghillie pieces for your hopper, barrel, etc. (see my A-5 "Mitzi" and her new ghillie outfit below)

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Hyperventilation and Heat Stroke are two very real possibilities whenever you are putting another layer of potential insulation over your head. Not just the AG Hood...this applies to ANYTHING. On a hot summer day, do yourself a favor and leave this guy at home. It's great to have the concealment factor, but if you pass out from a heat stroke with it on there's a chance nobody'll be able to find you!

You don't have to look like a Wookie with a perm for the concealment & breakup factor to work...so keep it as light as you can around the top and rear of your head...a bit more on the front sides won't hurt though. As long as you evaluate the climate, this hood is a great find.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:51 AM

I agree 100% with above. I tried to use it this summer but you get way too hot. It is definitely cool or cold weather gear only.

I am trying to paint or glue camo to my current mask or getting a Tan and Olive Grill to inprove my summer camo. I tried the Smart Parts Ghillie Flage but it cuts down the ventelation too much for me.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 11:12 AM

My body keeps me cool just fine. As long as you supply your body with the raw materials, such as food and water, your body was built to sustain its temperature very effectively. I just fill my CamelBak with ice water and it keeps me VERY comfortable even in South Carolina's heat and humidity.
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 10:15 PM

headshot were can u get a hydration pack??
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 05:39 PM

I think I've finally found a happy medium. The AG application has stayed the same since my initial post (meaning the second attempt...the first try was still WAY overboard).

Now that the weather is beginning to cool off a bit, this hood is PERFECT! The most obvious part of my body is being broken up by the hood, and yet it isn't fogging up nearly as much.
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 06:30 AM

i cheated didnt buy the hood ziptied to my flex 8 works great to but go sparingly as he said i had to do it second time
[topic="http://forum.specialopspaintball.com/index.php?showtopic=57886"]Official ref#69[/topic]
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