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.
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Thread: gearing up
Dec 24, 2010, 11:16 PM #11
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Dec 25, 2010, 03:08 AM #12
Dec 25, 2010, 06:50 PM #13Junior Member
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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.
Dec 25, 2010, 11:13 PM #14