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Which dry glove system is 'best'

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

  1. vioch

    vioch DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: St.Petersburg Russia, Vladimir Ioch
    We used this system in our team without anything like this for about 4-5 years, then switched to seal-on-seal gloves just because they lack the main disadvantage of any ring systems - bulkness. Other than that, we had no demand for replacing this system with another.

    If the glove by itself popped off from its main black ring - you just used wrong stopper ring (there are several in the set with different diameters and color) or was not installed properly.
    System by itself don't fall apart either as the rubber o-ring keeps it tight... strong tension should be applied to undo it, thus it has the ring on thread for pulling off. I guess separation may happen if the drysuit sleeves + gloves are too short for the hands to be fully straightened.

    P.S. we used this system in the second half of the 2000s, may be Si-Tech modified it a bit, as sometimes we even had to ask buddies to help with ring rotation to separate the system as it was hard to do this with one hand.
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  2. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern NH.

    Funny, I highly recommend this "yugo" glove system, it's simple and works great. The major issue with this system is that the o-rings that come with it are not the best match for the system. Just replace the o-rings with a standard -153 o-ring and most any problems with this system will go away. This trick has been known to this board for at least ten years. I've been using the Quick Glove system on two suits for twelve years now and I have no desire to change systems. divezonescuba: I'm not sure what you are doing wrong to have a glove pop off or leak on every dive but something is not right with how you are using the system. I have heard of some people having problems because they used silicone on the o-rings to make them easier to attach, the instructions that come with the system clearly state that this will cause problems. I have hundreds of dives with this system and I can count on one hand the number of wet dives I've had with them and all have been due to user error.
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  3. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    I’m moving into the Rolock being the best and ultima a close second. I’ve put a lot of dives on the Antaries and actually like them but before I took all of the bases I have and matches them with the glove side rings and put index marks to show when they are aligned properly (critical) they wold have a leak of various degrees on most dives, they turned out to be a very good system with low bulk and perfect reliability if a little fussy to set up right.

    The ultima system is very simple and reliable once you’ve forgotten the nightmare of glove loading :wink:

    The Rolock 90 (these all use the same suit PU rings) was hard to final lock on my neoprene suit I think it had more to do with the material and the snugger fit on my arms, worked much better the second time after moving the suit side rings but I wanted to try them on my trilam suit and wow so quick and easy to get them on and off and perfectly sealed with no issues at all, I also like that I put the on the suit for transport by just a slight rotation which also helps keep sand out while getting ready, about perfect on the bulk scale too and losing the gloves is so easy you may assume you did it wrong.
  4. Crazy_Canuck

    Crazy_Canuck Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manitoba Canada
    Kubi. Kubi, kubi. Did I say that correctly.......kubi.
  5. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    I like the ultima over the kubi, looks like I might try the roloc 90 soon.
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  6. _Ralph

    _Ralph Manta Ray

    Hard rings? kubi

    Soft tings? I’m liking the SANTI Smart Seal (not the magic ring)

  7. cleung

    cleung Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Mississauga, Canada
    My Bare trilam seems to have hard rings already installed when I first got it. My local dive shop says it's ready for the Bare dry glove system which they seem to like. But if I went with say Kubi or Ultima, would the hard rings already on my Bare drysuit pose a problem?
  8. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    I believe the ultima will only fit si tech oval system
  9. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Can you expand as to why? I'm interested. I love my Ultimas, but can't help feeling the grass is greener somewhere else.

    They are so easy to use. The only downside was loading the glove, but my 720's look brand new so I don't expect to change anytime soon. Plus I know @Zef and @MaxBottomtime have made some strides forward in that area.

    I vote Ultimas. I bought the PU rings, the glue, and did everything myself. All said it was less than $200.

    I trust them enough that I've been diving in 42f with no seals because they ripped and haven't given it a second thought.
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  10. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    The kubi were coming off when I didn't want them too and the rings are bulkier.
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