How to choose your scuba diving gloves? 

What are the different types of diving gloves? Textile, or neoprene? Which ones to choose according to the water temperature? Subea give you the answers in this simple and practical guide.

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Diving gloves are essential in cold water. They protect the body’s extremities which is really important as your hands are very sensitive and are the main heat loss zones. So give some thought to this accessory that can be a major aid when you’re diving.~Here are some tips from Subea on choosing the right neoprene thickness for your future dives.

Choose by water temperature

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Diving gloves : two types

Do you prefer to dive with bare hands so that you feel your equipment? Below 12° C, you go numb in 10 minutes, so why suffer? Protect your hands from the cold while improving your suit's seal at your wrists! In addition, gloves have a third advantage : in strong currents, they enable you to catch hold of a mooring without risk of injury. In terms of choice, selecting a pair of gloves means finding a good compromise between thermal protection, freedom of movement and feeling. Their thickness varies from 1 to 7 mm and size-wise, they must fit like a second skin. Even if they feel tight when dry, you won’t feel anything under water because the neoprene will crush under pressure.

Textile diving gloves

Textile gloves are recommended for protecting your hands when spearfishing, but they can be used for scuba diving.~They are made of 1 to 2 mm-thick fabric. Some are coated with latex on the palm to resist wear and cuts while others have "Amara" textile on the palm and fingers for a better sense of touch. They don't provide the best thermal protection for diving in winter, but they compensate for this with freedom of movement and an incredible sense of touch. Suitable for temperatures down to 15°C for the hardiest divers!

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Neoprene gloves

Available with a thickness of 0.5 to 7 mm, neoprene gloves offer a wide choice. Some diving gloves are reinforced with supratex or Amara, which improve grip and sturdiness on the palm and between the fingers. Their sturdiness primarily depends on their thickness. Very practical for snorkeling and diving, the thickest gloves are pre-shaped for a better grip and to make them easier to put on, which can sometimes be difficult. Think about it!

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2 MM DIVING GLOVES 

Designed for scuba diving, freediving and spearfishing in water between 16°C and 24°C.~"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage).~These 2 mm neoprene diving gloves are perfect for mid-season and still enable good dexterity.

3 MM DIVING GLOVES 

Designed for scuba diving, freediving and spearfishing in water between 16°C and 24°C.~"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage). They also feature a supratex reinforcement.~3 mm neoprene diving gloves that protect your hands, without limiting your movements.

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5 MM DIVING GLOVES 

Designed for scuba diving, freediving and spearfishing in water between 10°C and 18°C.~"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage). They also feature a supratex reinforcement.~5 mm neoprene diving gloves provide good cold water insulation without restricting your movement.

6.5 MM DIVING GLOVES 

Designed for scuba diving in water between 10° C and 18°C.~"Glued and sewn", which means that the neoprene is glued first, then sewn for maximum strength (the sewing needle does not go right through the neoprene to prevent water leakage). They also feature a supratex reinforcement.~6.5 mm neoprene scuba diving gloves. They're sturdy and provide high thermal insulation against the cold.

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It’s better to try diving gloves on first!

Your diving gloves should be like a second skin ! They must be as tight as possible to ensure optimum thermal insulation.~~All our gloves have been designed, tested and approved by our diving club and technical partner, PlanetOcean, to check the thermal insulation of our products and so ensure the comfort that you need during your diving trips.

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How to care for diving gloves

It’s so simple! Just rinse your gloves with clear water after each dive. Allow them to dry upside down in the shade.~For storage, machine wash before storing in a cool, ventilated area.

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Other essential accessories to fight the cold : shoes and boots! 

ONE FOR FULL FOOT FINS AND THE OTHER FOR ADJUSTABLE FINS, SEE ALL OUR PRODUCTS AND TIPS ON CHOOSING YOUR SCUBA DIVING SHOES AND BOOTS.

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Article co-writen with

Alexandre, retail assistant at Decathlon in Toulon
I'm a retail assistant at Decathlon in Toulon and have been a diving instructor for 4 years. Before joining Decathlon, I was in the Navy where I went on a lot of operational dives. During my time in the Navy, I got my diving certificate, which got me to the equivalent of FFESSM (French Federation of Undersea Studies and Sports) Level 3 today.

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