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Searching for gloves that’ll give you more paddle power in the water and/or protect your fingers from turning into icicles in chilly conditions? We’ve got you covered. These are the best surf gloves on the market.
With a 3/2 construction on a classic 3 mil neoprene rubber, the Flashbomb is designed for keeping fingers toasty in the water. These gloves are flexible and have enough grip to help you grab onto the rail–no worries about skipping or sliding around here, thanks to gel panels that adhere to the board.
The 5-finger design of the Comp Anti Glove is not just about durability, but also dexterity and maximum heat retention. Made from ultra-thin latex, heat is trapped in your hands while providing adeptness. It might not be robust enough to help you scramble over sharp reef, but it’ll keep your fingers toasty out in the surf.
If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly pair of surf gloves, consider the Billabong Furnace. It is made from eco-conscious materials like recycled fibers. On top of this, it is infused with graphene yarns providing max warmth, thus its name.
These surf gloves give you extra paddle power out in the lineup, and works wonders for keeping your hands from sunburning. While it is awkward to use this (especially if its your first time), you will appreciate its paddling prowess courtesy from its web design. And when its time to hold your board, the sticky shark palm will aide you in having a good grip.
If you’re planning to ride a tropical surf that breaks in a shallow reef, then opt for the Henderson Thermoprene. Many surfers avoid hand scrapes and scratches with these gloves (although they do get pretty warm…). This is due to its rigid and thick neoprene material that has streamline seal. For temperate swells, you can fit these gloves over your wetsuit and seal it using its gator elastic wrist strap.
These surf gloves are great if one of your primary surf concerns is sun protection. Thin enough to be flexible, though thick enough to add an extra element of warmth, these gloves are ideal. They are a little on the long side, but this lets you tuck them under a wetsuit or rashguard pretty easily. Plus, they offer great grip for standup paddlers.
On top of warmth retention, the Woowave is known for its gripping powers. It has one of the largest surface areas when it comes to palm grip and the rubberized anti-slip pads will aide you in handling your board. The wrist strap keeps cool water from flooding in.
If you’re surfing destination is in a temperate country, do not forget to bring and use this surf glove. Using a 7mm neoprene rubber with a 3-finger mitt design, warmth in your hands is guaranteed. While it is initially awkward to use, you will eventually appreciate its mitt design that can aide you in paddling out even in cold waters.
In order to achieve warmth, grip control and hand dexterity, consider these features in the surf gloves you are about to use.
It is recommended you have different surf gloves with different thickness. You have to remember that water temperature varies on each site. For temperate areas, 5 to 7mm thick gloves are ideal while 2 and 3mm are great for the tropics.
When you duck dive, a part of your glove opening will stretch allowing water to come in. With wrist straps, glove openings will be held in place.
Comfort and fit should always be paramount in choosing a surf glove. Not too tight and not too loose. If you choose a loose glove, then the heat retention of the gloves is compromised as water can come in. On the other hand, if it is too tight, you will lose dexterity up to a point that your fingers will become numb.