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Thermadry merino wool gloves are worn by scuba divers off the coast of British Columbia

Early this year in what can only be described as winter diving conditions some brave souls decided to test our Thermadry merino wool and possum fur gloves during a series of dives in B.C.

During a number of dives our testers found that merino wool gloves kept their hands warm even when wet after surfacing. They were able to operate cameras without loss of dexterity druing the dives and on the boat while wearing the gloves.

Below you will find some brief accounts of their experiences using Thermadry merino wool gloves combined with dry suits on dives lasting up to 60 minutes.

Try using merino under your wet or dry diving suit.

Scuba divers in New Zealand have experimented with merino wool layers and found them to add value and comfort to diving in the ocean using wet and dry suits. Merino adds warmth without bulk resulting in the provides potential to use a thiner wetsuit helping to control buoyancy.

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Leanne Ingham's review

Review on: Merino Wool Gloves
By: Leanne Ingham

Being relatively a new cold water diver I thought that wearing just cotton liner mitts would be fine but after wearing the Merino wool. I found these mitts to be softer and more comfortable to wear and easier to put on with the rubber cover gloves that are worn by drysuit divers.

I wore these mitts during a sea lion dive on January 31 which I was in about 15-30 ft of water. These mitts kept my hands a little bit warmer and a bit longer than the regular cotton mitts that I usually wear. Like I also explained before these mitts were also softer and felt better on my hands. In order to make a better and more accurate assessment of these mitts I believe I will need to wear these mitts a few more times on various dives in various area in various depths.

Yours truly,
Leanne Ingham

Angela Damant's observations


I wore the gloves under my drysuit gloves as a first layer and did a 40 minute dive in 4 degree Celsius water.

I found the gloves to be warm but no warmer than my synthetic gloves that I currently wear. However, they did keep my hands drier and wicked moisture away that occurs because of condensation.

I liked the way they felt and they were thick but did not limit what I could feel with my hands which was very nice. If I had a choice, I would replace my current gloves and wear those ones.

Sincerely,
Angela Damant

Gerald Huppertz's findings

Sea Lion Dive # 1 - Jan 31/ 2010

Depth - max 25'
Time - 56 min
Location- Union Bay, BC
Temp - 42 degrees

Gloves were soft and warm as soon as I put them on. My usually liner gloves are cotton. My hands felt warmer for longer - and as soon as I took off my gloves after the dive - My hands exploded with heat. I am usually a warmer person but these did help. I am a photographer and when working with the camera - small buttons - I need the use of my fingers.

These gloves were great because they were not so bulky that they impeded the use of my fingers but kept me warmer than my normal cotton liners.

Sea Lion Dive # 2 - Jan 31/ 2010

Depth - max 25'
Time - 54 min
Location- Union Bay, BC
Temp - 42 degrees

This dive was a little colder but sitting still with the sea lions - it is expected. These gloves still kept my hands warmer and not pinch points on the seams - even with keeping my suit compressed more at the shallower depth.


Keel Cove - fun dive - Feb 21/ 2010

Depth - 67 '
Time - 57 min
Location- Nanaimo, BC
Temp - 41 degrees

This was a great dive - my hands got chilled but not severely cold. While swimming - my hands would warm up. While sitting still waiting for the newer divers- taking pictures etc- they would get a little colder. Much better than my cotton liner gloves. Soft- comfortable - not clammy and sweaty - easy to get your gear off with too- so you can keep your hands covered - even while damp- they are warm.

Gerald Huppertz

Amber Huppertz's comments

Sea Lion Dive # 1 - Jan 31/ 2010

Depth - 10 - 25 '
Time - 55 min
Location- Union Bay, BC
Temp - 41 degrees

Sea lion diving while very fun requires very little movement and therefore very little blood flow. My hands usually get VERY cold in a very short amount of time 15-20 min typically. I noticed that it took almost 30 min for my hands to reach the "freezing" point and once done the dive and above water- my hands warmed up much faster than they normally do. Once my hands warmed up a bit- I put the gloves back on.

Sea Lion Dive # 2 - Jan 31/ 2010

Depth - 10 - 25 '
Time - 52 min
Location- Union Bay, BC
Temp - 41 degrees

Hands got colder little quicker this time - but again….made the camera easy to use and my hands warmed up quicker after the dive as well.

Keel Cove - fun dive - Feb 21/ 2010


Depth - 62 '
Time - 51 min
Location- Nanaimo, BC
Temp - 43 degrees

Long swim dive - poking into holes looking for critters. Hands stayed warmer until the 40 min mark. While we still did not swim fast, swimming obviously kept the blood moving a little more than the sitting still on the sea lion dive. Think I am going to try gloves doubled up on the next dive - may make it worse with compression - may be better....will see

I am a photographer - above and below water - use of the fingers -dexterity- is very important. These gloves - while not bulky -kept my hands warm for longer and were not itchy, rough and do not compress into the fingers while at depth, (at the seams) - no sore spots. These gloves are very soft and compress well. Very worth the price!!

I'm in love!!

Amber Huppertz

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