How warm is a Dry Suit ?

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On today's dive we used the Rolock gloves : honestly it completely changed the dive..
The temperature profile today was 12° ( 53° f) on the surface and 10° ( 50° f) at 31m ( 101 feet) for a 50 minute dive. It wasn't the coldest of dives but here it doesn't usually get below 7° ( 44° f) even in the height of winter but it wasn't the warmest of dives either. Not once did I feel the cold on my hands and this in turn made the rest of the dive very, very agreeable.... It truly made a huge difference. I also had the Odlo 1st layer so that might have helped as well a little.

I just need to sew a little bit, of about 20cms/6inch or so of 5mm string/paracord/tubing onto my sweat shirt and pass it through the seals for the gloves to "breath". Today I slipped the seal overs my inner gloves in order to perform the same task.

I am beginning to understand why some people dive dry all year round.. Where we live anyway, not so much on the tropics obviously :)
 

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I just need to sew a little bit, of about 20cms/6inch or so of 5mm string/paracord/tubing onto my sweat shirt and pass it through the seals for the gloves to "breath". Today I slipped the seal overs my inner gloves in order to perform the same task.
You don't want that. While chances are small, you might rip your glove and then you will have a problem of water coming into your suit. I use thin bungee (2-3 mil) with big-ish knot on one end. I put knot in the lower part of my palm, the other end goes under the seal just enough to break the seal, that way I can just use fingers of my hand to pull bungee from under the seal if needed. Biggest problem I have is constantly loosing bloody things.
 
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You don't want that. While chances are small, you might rip your glove and then you will have a problem of water coming into your suit. I use thin bungee (2-3 mil) with big-ish knot on one end. I put knot in the lower part of my palm, the other end goes under the seal just enough to break the seal, that way I can just use fingers of my hand to pull bungee from under the seal if needed. Biggest problem I have is constantly loosing bloody things.

I don't have any 3mm bungee but I have some 3mm paracord, would that be sufficient ? What is the procedure to "deflate gloves" should the seal be too tight ? Would it be enough to simply become vertical and put ones hands/arms straight down the length of the body ?
 

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Anything that breaks seal will work. I use bungee because that's what I have.
In theory, yes, but there isn't much air in the gloves anyway (unless you have gloves bigger by 3-4 sizes). Even 1 mm cord will suffice, probably even if you go balistic from 100 m. I use 3 mm because you need to be able to grab it under your glove and underglove. Try it on land and find out what works for you.
 
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