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Which dry glove system is 'best'

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by GiantMoray, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    Keep it simple.

    OMS Nordic Blue Dry Gloves - Conic Glove System

    The Nordic Blue drygloves come with latex seals. After some practice, the first glove can be donned alone, and your dive buddy will help with the second glove by extending the seal sideways (two hands needed) while you use your other hands index finger (third hand) to pull to the side to widen the opening. Then you just put your hand deep into the glove. Too deep is generally a good idea as pulling the glove will typically make it seal well on top of the drysuits latex seal. Once the glove is on, you will push it slightly backwards and it folds over your wrist.

    Takes some practice, but comes with the following benefits:

    1) you can use drygloves, wetgloves or bare hands (nothing special here)
    2) no annoying plastic rings that break during transport
    3) no annoying plastic rings that interfere with you goodman handle or computer/gauges
    4) no annoying plastic rings that are rigid and make it difficult to put your hand through (latex is flexible)
    5) no annoying plastic rings with moving parts, no lubrication of o-rings (talcum powder is required though)
    6) once it seals (you can test it on the surface) it does not become undone during the dive, like some ring systems can
    7) they feel like clothing

    OK, drawbacks
    1) you will need a dive buddy
    2) you cannot remove the wrist seals and have air move freely
    [but compression/equalization are not major problems, air moves a bit, as I dive with these down to 4..6 ATA just fine.]
  2. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland

  3. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

    I love the G17K (Kubi) gloves for the dexterity. I doubt I will ever wear neoprene gloves again. Dry gloves, Mechanix gloves, or bare hands.
  4. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    Phil green gloves_DSC6263.jpg
    I have no issues at all manipulating the small buttons on my housing with thick dry gloves and liners.
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  5. grf88

    grf88 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Markham, Ontario
    Si Tech rings with pullover gloves is a very simple option that works well and is not bulky.
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  6. ericfine50

    ericfine50 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Grafton, MA
    From my experience:
    Diving Concept Dry Glove System
    Kubi Dry Glove System
    Sant Smart Seals
    OS Systems Dry Gloves (Simple)
    DUI ZipSeals/ZipGloves
  7. AustinV

    AustinV Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NoVA
    Yes, as long as you can get your hand through with a liner on it should be fine. I sized mine as 80 mm using the official Kubi sizing cutout (available online, print to scale) and they were a similar fit, hand rubbed slightly but was able to get it on no problem. The actual 80 mm rings on my suit SEEM bigger, I havent measured them, but I wouldnt be surprised if they were ever so slightly bigger than stated to allow for some play.
  8. cleung

    cleung Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Mississauga, Canada
    Has anyone here with a Bare drysuit tried their own Bare dry glove system yet? I have a Bare trilam so interested on feedback for any systems that might work on my drysuit
  9. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    Could you please post a link or picture of what you are referring to? I was not aware that Bare had their own system. A quick google search pulled up what looks like rebadged Si-Tech products:
    Quick cuff platform (QCP) round wrist rings and the Quick Glove dryglove system.

    The Quick Glove system is not highly recommended. The Glove Lock dryglove system is compatible with the QCP wrist ring system.

  10. vioch

    vioch DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: St.Petersburg Russia, Vladimir Ioch
    Replaced ring system with seal on seal gloves rather long ago.
    But prefer such drygloves over Nordic Blue
    They are twice cheaper and can be patched from inside just with glueless bike patches... Nordic Blue should be replaced in case of pinhole or tear.

    Can't understand mentioned by you "drawbacks" - seal on seal system is flawless)))

    P.S. mine are red now))


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