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Hands getting cold

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by formernuke, Jan 11, 2021.

  1. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I also moved to silicone so I will check that tommorow as well. Thanks everyone for the suggestions
     
  2. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    As I moved to better dry glove systems I cut my seals way back, I can burp air into the gloves even if the tubes/bungee/thumb loop get moved or slip.
     
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    I removed my wrist seas a few years ago and never looked back. I can lift my hand and air instantly fills my glove.
     
  4. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think I'll do the same, or at least cut back.
     
  5. 0ctoman

    0ctoman Angel Fish

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    Can you explain what type of equalizer you have between wrists and seals?
     
  6. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I was using 1/4 inch bungee.
     
  7. jborg

    jborg Lurker ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I had a dry glove tear a few weeks back and in the end had to abort the dive because the suit slowly flooded. (It was a night dive which also made it harder to see what was the actual problem, I initially thought it was a bad dry-glove-to-suit connection.) I had the undergarment under the seal to get some air into the glove. My takeway from that was that it would have been a large improvement to instead let the seals seal and deal with some minor glove squeeze. That is, I was sure I'd been Doing It Wrong. However it seems that consensus here is more like screw the seals...
     
  8. grantctobin

    grantctobin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If you have a deco obligation or are in a hard overhead in cold water, ditching the seals is reckless.
     
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  9. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    According to fourth element those wrist warmers let air but not water pass so I'll be trying them when they get in.
     
  10. ScubaAnts

    ScubaAnts Angel Fish

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    My 2 cents:

    Been working as (pretty much) full time diving instructor in Iceland for over 4 years and been doing plenty of 60-90 minutes dives in +2´C (36F) water I have noticed few things what might help:

    1. Make sure you keep your hands as warm as possible before you enter the water. That makes a big difference.
    2. Try different inner gloves. Finding balance with having nice and warm thick inner gloves and not having them too tight, might take few tries/pair of gloves to test.
    3. Material of the dry glove itself makes a different - when diving sidemount and playing a lot with the camera, some times I do use simple latex (dish washing) gloves and although they are making easier to operate with clips and buttons, they are not as warm as thicker material ones. (Using ones fourth element is making- dry gloves). When doing anything more than OW diving, then it is very easy to puncture and damage the dish washing gloves. And then sadness will come for a visit.
    4. As mentioned before, cutting seals is one option. Just have a proper minute of two before leaving entry point to be sure that system is secured and there is no leaks and good air movement should keep your hands a lot warmer. I do use either my inner gloves to put them between the wrist seals - or just part of the undergarment.s sleeve.

    May the warmfinger gods be with you.
     

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