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Secrets to hand warmth?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by spectre18, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. spectre18

    spectre18 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Cabot, AR. USA
    Anyone have recommendations in keeping hands warm in 46-55 degree water? I dive with a Henderson 7 mil full wet suit w/ a 5 mil hood and stay fairly toasty but my hands get terribly cold within 20 min. Gloves are Henderson 5 mil H2's that seem to have way to much water penetration not allowing my hands the time to warm the water at all. Oddly I have Neosport 3 mil boots with no problem. All are new.
  2. p1p

    p1p Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    5m is fine, its likely a fitment, and too much water exchange. Some people like gloves with the velcro bands that can lock up the water. I have Whites with no bands, and I the PNW and stay warm.

    There are 7mm gloves.
  3. w ripley

    w ripley Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Norfolk, VA
    This may sound strange, but you do lose a lot of heat thru your head and that effects the rest of your body, especially your hands. Even those of us who dive dry and use dry gloves have hand problems. If your hands are getting cold well beyond the rest of your body, take a second look at your hood. Nothing wrong with putting another hood over the one you have, when in very cold water. Good luck!
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  4. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    The fact that your core is cold is probably causing your extremities blood flow loss. Keep the core warmer and your hands will be warmer. Wear a drysuit! With dry gloves is even better. Throw on an Otter Bay hood and you will be toasty for those two, hour plus long dives each day.
  5. Avonthediver

    Avonthediver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ocala, Florida
    A GOOD woman..
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  6. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    the hood is too thin for that temperature water.
    Drysuits & Accessories - Deep See 6.5mm Zippered Coldwater Dry Hood Closeouts - SAVE BIG!!! - Northeast Scuba Supply
    sizes are starting to get limited but that would be much better for you. that being said, hands get cold. They give off a lot of heat, get not a lot of blood flow if they aren't moving, and as such get cold easily. Even when we're in dry suits with dry gloves your hands get cold. One way to combat that is to flex your hands almost continuously during the dive to promote blood flow, and the other is to put more neoprene on... Lobster mitts will help you stay warm. You could try to tuck your gloves under the wrists of your suit as well

    at 55 I usually wear 7mm fullsuit with 5mm hooded vest/7mm hood, and 3mm gloves. I just deal with cold hands. Any thicker than 3mm and I feel like I can't move. If I'm diving colder than like 50 the dry gloves get popped on the drysuit
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  7. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Murphy Cove, NS ,CANADA (Eastern Shore-Atlantic)
    At those water temps. I wear my normal gloves. Below, say, 42 F or so, I switch to my 3 fingered mitts. A little less flexibility, but a big difference from the 5 fingered ones for warmth.
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  8. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
    Dry suit. Dry gloves.

    See pic. 40 degree water. Toasty warm.

  9. moparmandjh

    moparmandjh Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Wheaton, Missouri, United States
    I'm a diabetic with poor circulation, my hands were chilly till I bought 3 finger gloves. Mine are 5mm Akona's.
  10. Chill Diver

    Chill Diver Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Chilliwack, BC Canada
    +1 for 3 finger gloves. My hands used to get quite cold. The rest of me was fine but whenever diving in the winter, 5mm 5 finger gloves (Bare Elastek) just didn't get it done.

    Now I have these: Welcome to Oceaner...

    7mm 3 finger gloves from Oceaner. The wrist seal locks out water so my hands are almost dry. You do lose some dexterity but the neoprene is pretty flexible so it is not too bad.

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