Claw gloves

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by EastShoreRider2, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. EastShoreRider2

    EastShoreRider2 Active Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    I plan on getting some claw style gloves, and never worn them before. Just wondering if anyone had any insight.

    Being that I probably will only wear them 3 months out of the year and they are reasonable, I was thinking Hyperflex 5m claws. Anyone have these gloves?
    Any other suggestions?
  2. bubs

    bubs Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    try them on first. i got bodyglove claws for like 25 bucks. love them.

    makes me feel like im paddling with NOS

  3. dirtythirty34

    dirtythirty34 Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2008
  4. EastShoreRider2

    EastShoreRider2 Active Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    sorry, lobster claw gloves
  5. 9ten

    9ten Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2009
    no likey. i don't see much benefit vs. mittens and the solo index finger gets cold sometimes. go mittens or regular 5 fingers.
  6. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I had a pair of hyperflex 5 mm gloves a couple years ago and they were cold and leaky from the first session. yea they were cheaper than the xcels and O'neills i usually buy, but i'd rather drop an extra $15 and have warm hands.
  7. Spy77

    Spy77 Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    I got oneil psycho's and I love them I think mittens are warmer since all your fingers are together and some times my one finger gets cold if i get a flush but that only happened a few times but its easier to grab your board and paddle i think
  8. span1

    span1 Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Claw gloves don't break down and get those little holes between fingers that let water in.
  9. Driftingalong

    Driftingalong Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2008
    I like the claw well enough that I've never had mittens.
  10. bananadogpizza

    bananadogpizza Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2010
    the lone index finger in the claw is good for picking your nose or your buddy's nose who is wearing mittens. it is also really good for pointing at things. god forbid someone kooks up a wave and you are unable to point at him and laugh because you are wearing mittens
  11. RobfromFredneck

    RobfromFredneck Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    I'm with you on the Hyperflex gloves. Love their wetsuits but the 5mm gloves get waterlogged instantly and cold. I think the sleaves are too short or something.
  12. ragdolling

    ragdolling Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    I bought a pair of O'Neil claw gloves 4-5 years ago and they were a disaster - not because of the warmth, but because they were incredibly slippery. The first wave I tried to catch I went to push myself up and both hands slipped off the board and I did a face plant onto my board. It kept happening and I had to ditch the gloves. I even tried waxing up my gloves but that didn't work. Thing, is, they had this slick looking layer on the palms that, when in the store, made it appear as though they would have MORE gription. But it turned out they had less. The newer ones seem to have rectified this, from what I can see...
  13. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Yes. The newer style gloves almost all have better gription (great word, BTW). Claws are my preference in 5mm winter gloves. I like 5 finger gloves for spring and fall in 3mm.
  14. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    new 5 mil body glove vapor 5 finger are really nice
  15. epidemicepic

    epidemicepic Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    every claw glove i have ever owned has formed a hole between the first finger and the other three
  16. epidemicepic

    epidemicepic Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    i agree, i used to always go with oneill mittens, but lately i've been wearing the oneill "dl psycho" 5 finger glove


    even at only 3mm they keep my hands warm on all but the coldest days, id say i wear them 90% of the winter... awesome grip on them too.
  17. OCsp0nger005

    OCsp0nger005 Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    I love them,i have both the claw and the 5-finger. Claw is alot warmer
  18. Xtreme*Liquidshredda

    Xtreme*Liquidshredda Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    alright so i tried out the 5mm hyperflex claw gloves today in 38 degree water. It was my first time wearing them ever. I purchased them from wetsuit wearhouse a few days ago because of the $22 price tag. So i'm 150lbs and was thinking a medium would be a nice snug fit. The fingers were good but the wrist is SUPER wide, think someone with the build of the incredible hulk wide. After about ten paddles my right hand was starting to get wet and after half an hour my glove was full of water. A hole between the index and 3 fingers broke out in less than one session! WTF!?!? That pissed me off but they were still warmer than the old 3mm psycho gloves i was rocking before that. But i'll be lucky if i don't go back to the old 3mm gloves before this seasons over. Warm... yes. Durable... most definitely NOT. dont waste your money like i did

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    This year I got a set of Body Glove Fusions and I have to say they are pretty warm . they are very well made and my hands are near dry when I take them off.

    After I get my taxes i am gonna get a new wetsuit gloves and boots. I cant decide between Hyperflex and Xcel . I hear great things about the Drylock stuff and I might have to bite the bullet and give it a go
  20. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I bought a pair of hyperflex 5 mm gloves a year or two ago and they leaked right from the first session...gave them to a kid who didnt have gloves after two sessions. Xcel drylock mo betta