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The hands and feet are the first to cool in the water. The diving gloves protect from the cold and thus prevent the hands from hardening. They also offer protection of the environment (sharp rocks, plants, and animals). It is advisable to wear diving gloves (fine) if you want to go snorkeling in cold water or for a long time. They are actually an extension of your diving suit and snorkeling equipment. They come in different thicknesses, materials, and models.
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The Thickness of the Diving Gloves
The thickness of the diving gloves is determined as well as the suit and footwear by water temperature and personal preferences. In hot tropical water (hotter than 27 degrees) gloves with a thickness of 1 to 2 mm may be sufficient. In water from 20 to 27 degrees Celsius gloves with a thickness of 3 to 4 mm are needed. In colder waters, thicker gloves of 5, 6, or 7 mm or dry gloves are needed. This last category ensures that the hands do not get wet and are usually used in combination with the drysuit.
You can also wear thin gloves (eg lycra) under dry gloves to increase thermal comfort. This way you can determine the thickness of your gloves by yourself.
Different Models of Diving Gloves
There are different models of diving gloves. As for the shape, there are actually two models, the five-finger and three-finger models. The gloves of the last category are actually a variant of mittens and are mainly used for cold water diving. The closure is also a feature that may vary depending on the model. There are gloves with velcro closure and gloves that have elastic material trapped by the wrist and therefore are a bit longer. For drysuit diving, there are special ring closures that can be attached to the sleeves of your drysuit or wrist seals.
Different Types of Material
The most common material for diving gloves is neoprene. Like wet suits, there are thicknesses from 1 mm to 7 mm. The neoprene is flexible and resistant. For greater resistance (for some parts of the glove such as palm) materials such as synthetic leather (Amara), titanium and rubber are used. Dry diving gloves are almost always made of latex and rubber (vulcanized).