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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.
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!
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.
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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 by tbone1004; December 23rd, 2011 at 12:22 AM.