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GLOVES BUYING GUIDE

Gloves
Why Use Diving Gloves?

Driving gloves may seem like a frivolous thing, but we can assure you that diving glsoves do not fall into that category. Diving gloves keep your hands warm and comfortable; they allow you to maintain dexterity under water, and they are available in various styles to suit your diving preferences.

Keeping Warm

Have you ever noticed how you lose dexterity when your hands get cold? Yeah, well, you don't want that happening during a dive – not if you can help it. You need to be able to easily access your scuba gear, including gauges and lights at all times. The right gloves will keep your hands warm enough for these things to take place naturally.

Scuba gloves don't work quite like land-lover's gloves. Most gloves will not keep your hands dry. On the contrary, they will keep a layer of water between your skin and the fabric (much like a wetsuit does) to lock in your body heat. You'll see and feel the water leak out from your gloves as soon as you take them off (assuming you are on land).

Most dive gloves are made from neoprene, which comes in different thicknesses. The thickness of these gloves is measured in millimeters; the greater the number, the thicker the fabric. The thickness you choose should correspond with the temperature of the water you dive in; colder water, thicker gloves. 

Five-Fingers, Three-Fingers or Mitts

Ready for another decision? Should you buy five-fingered gloves or mitts? It's kind of like choosing between gloves and mittens, except the decision has more of an impact. Five-fingered gloves all you to move more freely in the water, but they don't keep your hands as warm as mitts. So, if you're diving in warm, tropical conditions, five-fingered gloves are perfect. On the other hand, if you're diving in extremely cold temperatures, you'll probably need mitts.

Planning to dive in cold temps that aren't exactly considered extreme? In this case, a three-fingered glove is probably best. Think of it this way; your fingers provide the warmth. So, the more fingers you have touching, the warmer your hands will stay.

Regardless of the style you choose, you can boost your glove's warming power buy opting for one with a Velcro strap to keep warmth in (and cold water out).

How to Get the Right Fit

You can choose the type of glove that is precisely right for your dive, but if it isn't comfortable, it's all but useless. As with most equipment, if it doesn't fit well while you're on land, it is only going to feel worse under water. If your gloves are too small, the seams will wear out quickly, which means that cold water will continuously seep in during your dive. If your gloves are too large, they won't function properly, meaning that the water will not get trapped; it will continuously flow in and out of your glove while you're under water. Brr!

Gloves That are Built to Last

Neoprene is an amazing material. It traps water next to your skin to keep you warm, and it allows you to be about as flexible as you would be in your own skin. It isn't perfect, though. Neoprene has a tendency to wear down over time, especially around the fingers and palm of your glove. That's why many manufacturers are reinforcing these areas with more durable materials, such as Kevlar and titanium. An added bonus is that these reinforcements enhance your ability to grip objects while under water.