Sunday, March 2, 2014

Product Review: XSscuba's Dry 5 Dry gloves

As a New England diver, one of the most difficult dilemmas we face is staying warm when we dive. The water can be quite chilly with water temps range from mid 30's- mid 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A good pair of gloves can make a big difference in a day of diving. I have recently been diving with XSScuba's Dry 5 Gloves A semi dry glove that keeps my hands warm during the coldest dives.

The gloves are reasonably priced, $63.99 at my local dive shop. they are made with neoprene rubber with a double cuff system that tucks under its self to limit the exchange of water inside the glove. If you look in the first photo above, you can see that the first cuff is tucked under itself, creating a semi waterproof seal. Once that is tucked you can roll the top cuff over it to keep it sealed. During the dive my hands stay nice and warm, and even as i get out of the water I notice that my hands are still warm, a pretty unusual  thing for New England diving.

The only downside with the gloves that I see is that being able to tuck the second gloves cuff under itself can be difficult. When one hand is wearing a glove it is a bit of a challenge to tuck the second cuff under with a gloved hand.  Not a huge problem when you have a buddy who can help, but it can be a bit frustrating when you are trying to do it yourself.

I like to recommend these gloves to people because I know it will make for longer and more enjoyable dives. Its very nice to get out of the water after a chilly dive and realize that your hands are the warmest part of your body. I think this keeps you feeling warmer all over and will increase the length of your dive season!

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