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  1. #11
    Update: the 5mm H2O Odyssey gloves were great today. My hands weren't cold at all, they have great grip, and with 5 fingers you have a little more dexterity to do stuff like take your fins off etc. I don't think I would personally go with a lobster claw-style glove/mitten. Just the loss of dexterity kills it for me. I can't imagine trying to get them off...

    I did notice that the gloves hold a little bit of water but my hands still weren't cold. I'm not sure if the water is getting in through the gloves or not though. I didn't put my head down while duck diving and got a pretty good flush past my hood. I've also got H2O Odyssey's 5mm boots and they do a good job of keeping my feet warm. My only issue is that the additional 5mm cause me some fitment problems with my fins. I wear a size 11 shoe and usually wear Hubb Makapuu fins in size large. The first time I went out w/ the boots + Makapuus my feet got cramped up. I just got an XL pair of Ally fins and today I felt like I was wearing clown shoes in the water. The XLs are just really floppy and compliant, I didn't feel like I was getting very good take-offs.

    What are you wearing on your feet, as far as both boots and fins?

    Oh, I guess I'll round out the last bit of winter gear I'm using. Suit is a RC 6/4, I forgot the model.
    Last edited by ziptiespec; Dec 25, 2010 at 12:35 AM.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziptiespec View Post
    Update: the 5mm H2O Odyssey gloves were great today. My hands weren't cold at all, they have great grip, and with 5 fingers you have a little more dexterity to do stuff like take your fins off etc. I don't think I would personally go with a lobster claw-style glove/mitten. Just the loss of dexterity kills it for me. I can't imagine trying to get them off...

    I did notice that the gloves hold a little bit of water but my hands still weren't cold. I'm not sure if the water is getting in through the gloves or not though. I didn't put my head down while duck diving and got a pretty good flush past my hood. I've also got H2O Odyssey's 5mm boots and they do a good job of keeping my feet warm. My only issue is that the additional 5mm cause me some fitment problems with my fins. I wear a size 11 shoe and usually wear Hubb Makapuu fins in size large. The first time I went out w/ the boots + Makapuus my feet got cramped up. I just got an XL pair of Ally fins and today I felt like I was wearing clown shoes in the water. The XLs are just really floppy and compliant, I didn't feel like I was getting very good take-offs.

    What are you wearing on your feet, as far as both boots and fins?

    Oh, I guess I'll round out the last bit of winter gear I'm using. Suit is a RC 6/4, I forgot the model.
    much appreciated man thank you! Seems as if the H2O's certainly are worth looking into. I got 5mm boots and churchill makapuus. I also have a size 11 shoe and I wear my makapuus in large, and they really fit fine I haven't had any problems and I really don't need to use tethers

  3. #13
    I don't have alot of cold water riding experience, but I'm looking to get in the water this winter.

    I have a 4/3 full suit, and am looking into getting a 5 or 7mm hood, and a decent pair of gloves and fin socks, probably also 5 or 7mm.

    Would that be sufficient for our 35-40ish degree water or would i still freeze my ass off with only a 4/3?

    anyone who responds, thanks in advance for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MD Sponger View Post
    I don't have alot of cold water riding experience, but I'm looking to get in the water this winter.

    I have a 4/3 full suit, and am looking into getting a 5 or 7mm hood, and a decent pair of gloves and fin socks, probably also 5 or 7mm.

    Would that be sufficient for our 35-40ish degree water or would i still freeze my ass off with only a 4/3?

    anyone who responds, thanks in advance for the input.
    since this seems like your first winter, you will probably die with a 4/3 to be honest. 5/4 or even 6/5 if you can. However i probably wouldnt get another suit unless you can afford it no problem seeing as if winter is only a few months out of the year you'll need the thicker suit.