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Webbed Gloves

Discussion in 'Divers with Disabilities' started by JeffG, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Roy McKinney

    Roy McKinney Nassau Grouper

    No problem pasley,

    Developing a new product is a tuff business. You have to be resilient and a little thick skinned.

    Right now my commitment has been to designing a webbed glove that will meet all of the criteria for any other kind of glove such as dexterity and comfort and am afraid I can do little to improve on the thermal properties (with natural latex rubber) with out sacrificing the previosly mentioned comfort and dexterity.
    That said, you can use a pair of Darkfin gloves a size or two large over a pair of lightweight cotton liners. That will increase the thermal protection some with out loosing everything else.

    Forever foward

  2. D_B

    D_B Kimber/TekDiveGirl storyteller and memory keeper ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: San Diego, Ca.
    Roy ... really like how your steping forward and offering your gloves to be tried and tested by the people that need them most
  3. Roy McKinney

    Roy McKinney Nassau Grouper

    Thank you D B,

    I hope someone takes me up on it.
    Most people won't buck conventional wisdom. I wouldn't make this offer if I wasn't confident in my design. How about you? Are you willing to try something really different? I'd be happy to send you a pair.
  4. disableddiver

    disableddiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Originally from Minnesota and going to school in T
    i use i think a 3m glove but they have the gloves don't have fingertips and they're webbed but i think not having tips on them makes it a little easier to handle gear
  5. TechBlue

    TechBlue Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
    Hi Roy,

    A very generous offer and I also hope that we get good feedback and test results from your offer.

    I am based in Mallorca and we also promote adaptive diving, very little is available here in that direction, by the same token it's a long way to send something back when it doesn't work.

    I guess either a thin wool or silk liner would help cold water divers.
  6. ScubaDiverRyan

    ScubaDiverRyan Angel Fish

  7. AndrewRG

    AndrewRG Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Los Angeles
    I've looked at the website for DarkFin, and admittedly, they look really cool. The thing is, I'd buy a pair right now if it weren't for concerns about thermal protection.

    Can someone who has tried these tell me how they insulate in Pacific water?

    Roy, do you offer any versions designed for cold water?
  8. BrokenT10

    BrokenT10 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Roy sent me a pair of Dark Fin gloves and I am grateful for the experience and that Roy has taken it upon himself to develop a new product. I don't have any experience diving in the Pacific, but I have dove in Ohio quarries and they can be down right cold. The temps range from 38 - 80 degrees. I used the Dark Fins on two dives to see how they would work. The first dive was in fairly warm water and my hands were okay. The second dive, I dropped lower under the thermocline to about 40 degree temps and my hands felt like ice cube in the thin gloves.
    I normally dive using 5mil gloves and a pair of swimmers training paddles. The paddles move more water volume than the Dark Fin gloves and they rotate out of the way leaving a free hand to work with gear. Also, you can wear any glove from reefs to dry and just slip the paddles into place. [​IMG] I'm hoping this image shows up if not check my profile I'll put it there also. You can see the hand paddles and my experimenting with side mounting. I have since made the switch full time and am still working out the kinks. Love sidemounts!
  9. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Houston Area
    so am i seeing webbed, functional gloves? that would help me a lot when manuevering around while diving, one leg makes things a bit harder...
  10. thomjinx

    thomjinx Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    I have a pair of the Darkfin gloves I bought for freediving and snorkeling and I love them!

    Great dexterity and very well-made.

    Mine fit like I grew them.

    Quick response and support from the company too.

    I have no affiliation with Darkfin.


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