Best Diving Gloves
While most people rush to buy the best diving suite, it’s your hands and feet that start losing heat first. No matter what temperature waters you plan on diving in the most, gloves are of great importance and should work perfectly to save the body heat and improve the tightness of the suit.
Even if you dive in warm waters and the heat loss is not as important, your gloves will protect your skin from elements and injuries. Marine fauna and flora will be kept at bay by your gloves.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing the gloves:
The temperature of the water and your sensitivity to cold are the most important factors when thinking about thickness. Cold water dives require at least 3 mm neoprene gloves to stay comfortable.
16-24 Celsius water needs 1-3 mm thickness,
8-16 Celsius requires 5-7 mm thickness.
The thicker the gloves, the more restricting they feel. You will have more difficulty operating the equipment and pushing control buttons. The general recommendation is to get the thinnest tolerable gloves for each individual. They have to protect you from cold just enough, but also allow some movement freedom.
Thicker gloves should have a Velcro or a zipper to make putting them on and taking them off easier.
The gloves should protect your hands from water inside as much as possible, but don’t make them too snug. If the spaces between your fingers don’t touch the hand, the gloves are too small.
The best material for diving gloves is neoprene, especially for cold water because they can be the thinnest, but still provide heat loss resistance. Textile gloves are perfect for warm water usage as they allow more sensitivity and better grip.
Gloves are also made with different reinforcement coatings. Coatings help reinforce the durability of the gloves and protect from tears and rips.
Flexibility of gloves cannot be understated – the more flexible, the better.
The price is proportional to quality, just like everything else in life. $10 will get you gloves for occasional recreational diving in warm waters. $100 gloves will be high quality, flexible, thermal, useful in cold water, and durable. The choice is yours.
Wash your gloves with fresh water after each dive. Do not use detergents and washing machines. After washing your gloves, allow them to dry completely. If you won’t dry them properly, they might end up smelling and deteriorating. Don’t dry them in the direct sun.
When comparing different gloves, think about the kinds of waters you will be diving in, water temperature, the need of thickness and flexibility. Avoid gloves with extremely large Velcro or zipper, choose a proper material depending on water temperature, pay attention to reinforcements on palms and fingers, and make sure you take elasticity into account.
Here is a list of top 5 diving gloves of 2018, ordered with price going up:
1. Cressi Tropical 2mm Gloves
The gloves are made of neoprene, palm and finger soles are coated with Amara, adding strength and increasing the grip.
2. Cressi High Stretch Premium Neoprene Diving Gloves
These gloves have really great elasticity. They come in 2.5, 3.5, and 5 mm thickness. The gloves are great at resistance, comfort, and protection against cold.
3. Neosport 3 mm Neoprene Gloves
These are high quality gloves. They serve great during professional dives and protect from cold with relatively small thickness of 3 mm.
4. Aqua Lung 5mm Men’s Aleautian Kevlar Dives Gloves
Kevlar reinforcements and thin Velcro closures ensure great quality and comfort. The suit is sealed well and the diver can easily put the gloves on and take them off. The gloves are excellent for frequent usage by all types of divers.
5. ScubaPro Everflex 5mm Scuba Diving Gloves
These are excellent cold water gloves. They have no zippers or Velcro, so a bit trickier to put on and off, but provide amazing tightness between them and the suite. They are flexible for their thickness and add comfort while keeping you warm.