Kind of just to bump the thread, but after welding for decades I finally bought a modern hood.
A Lincoln something or other. I can take or leave the auto dark, but even After just a short test, the head gear seems all day comfortable and the optical clarity is a real game changer for my old eyes.
yea for years I used the old paper Huntsman hoods.
Weld in the rain, throw them in a gang box where someone would throw some torch hose on top of them.
The next morning trying to weld without getting your ear sunburned because the hood was so distorted.
I used to make motorcycle parts until one day when an interior designer asked me to make some steel tables for her client. Then I went into the furniture making business (loads more cash in furniture than in bike parts). The steel portion of what I make are usually just in the frame and / or legs of tables. Also do my own powdercoating....