O'Neill gloves don't hold up. From pinhole leaks to general palm and fingertip breakdown, my experience says don't buy them, and I've told the company as much.
This will be the third season I've used my O'Neill 3mm gloves, and they don't have so much as a pinhole, or any breakdown whatsoever. They have outlasted my 5mm excel mittens... However, I've found that this pair is possibly the exception that proves the rule...
I hear ya I didnt start wearing a full suit til the 3rd week of october when we had the back to back Nor'easters and I only wore is cause the wind was giving me a chill.
The water temps really are hanging in there . I am not even wearing any type of gloves yet.On DP sessions I break out the 4/3 or the 5/4/3 which ever one is dry and my 7mm booties. and I am toast warm and I dont feel weighed down either with the suit . I think Hypeflex's stuff is kinds light compared to other suits out there.