Simply the best.
February 7, 2016
I have a huge collection of hoods, Jackson Truesight, Jackson Shadow HLS1, Speedglas 9100XX, FiberMetal Tigerhood Flip-Front and 2 Pipeliner hoods. With that being said I can say the Pipeliner Hood is my favorite. I'm not a pipe welder but I do overhead MIG daily and I can say this hood excels in every situation I put it through: weather I'm doing layout tacking all day, welding overhead, getting in real tight spots, welding on jackstands, 10 ft up on a latter, gravy bench welding or Whatever the day brings this hood dose it better than any other. I used to primarily use the Speedglas but I always felt like I had to be careful when overhead welding and also the cover lenses are absolutely over priced. I bought this hood purely because of all the hype I hear on the internet and it lives up to the hype 100% This hood is compact, every other hood is too bulky or top heavy, this hood is light, this hood is though. I'm so in love with this hood I would pay 1000$ for it if I had to. A lot of my coworkers laugh at me at work for using such a simple old school hood- Even my foreman told me "you look like some kind of ship welder, buy a Miller Ryan!" they all have fancy Millers or Lincolns with fancy graphics I just laugh because I've tried it all and have learned the beauty and simplicity of this hood and the rest of my hoods are all collecting dust at home. I put a Arc One S240 in mine and got the Arc One pipeliner headgear and spray painted it matte black and cut about 5/8 off the bottom and I love this hood! I bought a back up too.
ProsLight weight, uses standard lenses, all position welding hood, can swap your lens to auto dark or fixed shade depending on your mood, if you uses a buttoned up shirt and make sure not to extend your neck put too much You will not get neck burns or need an ugly leather bib, durable, easy to paint, small lens and compact design allows no backlight to shine on the lens. I can go on and on just buy one