Scubapro EverFlex 3mm Dive Gloves
When it comes to temperate water diving, your gloves need to perform a balancing act: be thick enough to keep your hands warm (or at least comfortable), but thin enough to allow sufficient finger dexterity to grab weight-ditch handles, manipulate camera levers and push little buttons on dive computers. Scubapro’s new EverFlex 3mm gloves hit this mark dead center.
Scuba diving in low 60s water, a pair of EverFlex test gloves were able to keep our hands comfortable with minimal water intrusion. The glued and blind-stitched construction kept water from seeping in through seams, plus the gloves’ short wrist gauntlets, lined with silver smooth-skin, sealed perfectly against the smooth-skin wrist seals of our semi-dry wetsuit. EverFlex material is quite stretchy, which makes easy work of donning and doffing the gloves. As for dexterity, we found a surprising level of finger freedom and control when handling power inflator buttons, BC pocket zippers and exhaust valve pull cords. The palms and fingers are textured with a non-skid pattern that’s aggressive enough to provide a sure grip, but not so aggressive that you end up scratching your skin when brushing the hair out of your face. EverFlex gloves aren’t equipped with wrist straps, a huge plus in our book; we found the cuffs fit snug enough without straps, which makes donning/doffing simpler and the gloves feel less bulky.
Here at RDC, every so often we find a basic gear item that gets it just right. The EverFlex 3mm glove is one of them. Straightforward in concept, easy to use, and every feature has a purpose. Keep it simple, do it right. Amen.
Tusa DG-5600 Tropical Glove
Diving in tropical waters is a wondrous experience, but the thing about warm water is, it feels so good being in it that it’s easy to forget that the neoprene you wear is for protection as well as for comfort. Tusa’s DG-5600 does a pretty good job of delivering both. The glove is lightweight with a poly-mesh, high-stretch spandex-like backing so your hands have plenty of freedom of movement, while on the palm side a poly-vinyl suede-like textured material provides some protection in the high-wear areas. This poly-vinyl material is on the upper portion of the fingers too, a nice extra. The glove’s fingertips are boxed to afford more move-around room, yet they are still relatively dexterous. We found we could pick up a quarter and a nickel while wearing the gloves, although a penny eluded us. The DG-5600 has a short neoprene gauntlet that reaches a bit beyond the wrist and secures with an adjustable wristband.
Overall, this is a comfortable glove that will no doubt do a good job of protecting hands from cuts and potential infections from inadvertent brushes with coral or encrusted ladders—if, that is, the tropical dive destination you’re heading to still allows divers to wear gloves—but that’s a discussion for another time.
I’ve been a diving addict since my 14th birthday when my parents took me to the Bahamas and had my first scuba diving experience. I’ve been an active diver ever since but in the last few years my focus shifted on sharing my thoughts and experience on diving gear, writing product reviews and gave up on organizing dive tours.