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Gloves for Monterey, CA?

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by Dermochelys, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. Dermochelys

    Dermochelys Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Rocklin, CA
    I was just wondering if anyone has a recommendation for good gloves for diving Monterey in a wetsuit.

    My current set (Deep See 3mm Kevlar) that I hastily purchased at a Sport Chalet while en-route to my first dive in Monterey (because 1/2 down there on the drive I realized my dive rental gear didn't come with gloves) have done just "ok" when diving there and my hands get a little cold. Same thing happened when I dove in British Columbia. It's not terrible, but I'm wondering if I should upgrade and the seems are starting to develop some small holes.

    Do most people use 5mm gloves?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!
  2. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    5mm absolutely, though I cut the tips of the three main fingers off for dexterity.

    Mine are old so I'm not much help on brands.

    I prefer a warm environment.
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  3. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Livermore, Calif.
    I see a mix of 3s and 5s. Personally the 5mms are a big pain to don and I can't feel a darn thing through them. I wear my 3mms all the time, almost never the 5s. But I haven't cut off any fingertips, and I don't tend to be on the cold or warm side. I have the Aqualung Thermocline Flex, but basically all my gear is Aqualung because that's what my local sells, so that's not exactly a recommendation except that I'm happy with them.
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  4. Dermochelys

    Dermochelys Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Rocklin, CA
    I don't think I could cut off the tips! Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check those out.
  5. runsongas

    runsongas Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
    5mm or thicker is common
  6. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    I no longer will dive Monterey wet and have now gone to dry gloves as well as dry suit, I had progressed up from 2mm gloves for dexterity to 3mm and ended up at 5mm, you will learn to adapt to each thickness as you desperately attempt to stay warm. Waterproof makes a good wet glove, get a pair of those to use while you wait for Seaskin to make your drysuit.
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  8. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oakland, CA
    I used to have 6.5 mm, but I had garbage dexterity with them.

    I had to replace with a 5 mm. Dexterity is OK.

    I have dove with dudes (always dudes) who use no gloves in Monterey/Carmel (incl. one dude who also didnt use a hood). That couldnt be me, but I guess its possible for some folks.
  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I don't even dive in SoCal without dry gloves, let alone Monterey or BC.
  10. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    I wore 6/4 gloves and an 8/7 semidry and was still cold in general but I'm a total whimp.

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