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xxNathanxx
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melbourne
Australia
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Posted - 04 October 2011 :  2:03:52 PM
Im looking a getting gear, & im tols since im a bit of a wuss when it come to cold water Ill either need a 7mm or semi-dry wetsuit for melbourne.

Thats fine But does that mean 7mm gloves are also needed? may sound like a silly question (Im sure I have many more to come) but I just want to be sure before I get the stuff. I was also reading about someone saying that 7mm boots make their feet to 'floaty'. is this an actual issue? can you go thinner for hands and feet vs suit?


thanks

SheDives22
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Greenwith
Australia
21 Posts

Posted - 04 October 2011 :  2:40:26 PM
Hey Nathan,

Being an SA diver I understand the cold factor! I use a 7mm wetsuit and lavacore undergarment till the temp reaches about 15 degrees and then just use my 7mm. As for gloves and booties... my gloves are 3mm and I would never get any thicker as you would lose dexterity in your hands. I've never had cold hands with just 3mm. As for boots I did have a pair of 5mm soft sole... I've just changed to hard sole... no idea the thickness...but again have never had cold feet.... you can always buy a pair of thermal socks to wear if your worried about cold feet!!

:)

xxNathanxx
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melbourne
Australia
22 Posts

Posted - 04 October 2011 :  2:53:30 PM
Ok, thanks, not a strange question then. I didnt think about the thicker gloves & dexterity, maybe 3mm is the way to go, I also didnt think of thermal socks, which probably opens up a wider range of boots to choose from.

chewy
Dive-Oz Supporter 2011


Australia
833 Posts

Posted - 04 October 2011 :  4:55:16 PM
5mm boots is fine, 5mm gloves are not too bad esp. since the neoprene flattens over time.

I think 3mm gloves can still be cold - i.e. watch how many divers return after dive with cold fingers.

You could cut-off thumb and forefinger tip of the 5mm gloves for good grip/feel without getting cold.

A good hood is vital - keeps the head and neck from getting cold.

Lastly consider a drysuit if indeed you think you'll get cold year round. One benefit of a drysuit is staying warm/dry for repeat dives (2 or more) whereas a semi-dry is wet/cold if you (a) stay in the suit after 1st dive or (b) uncomfortable to suit up again.

I love my 5mm customer semi-dry but then again I have my one 'bioprene' - less lead, less drag, and more connected with the water (as oppose to baggy drysuit).

My drysuit allows me to do multiple 1hr dives in approx 14 degrees with the right undersuit. Definitely quite expensive but many divers love them for helping to keep them dry/warm.

Edited by - chewy on 04 October 2011 4:58:49 PM

Boneo
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Australia
23 Posts

Posted - 04 October 2011 :  6:14:09 PM
I use 5mm boots.
I have two pairs of gloves. 3mm for picking up scallops and 5mm for deeper diving. I prefer not to use the 5mm though, as they are a bit too thick.
Just rent or borrow a pair or two and see what you like.
As for boots, I find the cheapest pair that slip on (the ones with no zip) are by far the best.

Alien
1200+ Posts

Melbourne
Australia
2309 Posts

Posted - 05 October 2011 :  3:31:41 PM
5mm boots for Melbourne 2-3mm gloves that are firm fitting. Not required in Summer. Great for dexterity. Thicker gloves are a PITA. 5-7mm hood

Alien
1200+ Posts

Melbourne
Australia
2309 Posts

Posted - 05 October 2011 :  3:32:38 PM
5mm boots for Melbourne 2-3mm gloves that are firm fitting. Not required in Summer. Great for dexterity. Thicker gloves are a PITA. 5-7mm hood

dopplershift
New To Forums

St George
Australia
22 Posts

Posted - 05 October 2011 :  9:29:03 PM
I like the the extra warmth that thermal socks give. But when entering from the rocks on shore dives, my feet slip around inside my boots when I wear thermal socks, feels like I am going to roll my ankle.

watsea
150+ Posts

Brisbane
Australia
228 Posts

Posted - 26 October 2011 :  01:44:14 AM
I used 5mm boots for all seasons for many years. However a few folks mentioned socks were nice for colder times. Tried them out and they were right.
This year for some colder trips down south I got some semi-dry boots and wore thickish socks that spearos use. Wow what an improvement for relatively little cost.

I use the 2-3mm gloves.

lloyd_borrett
Dive-Oz Supporter 2010/2011

Cranbourne North
Australia
724 Posts

Posted - 26 October 2011 :  04:03:59 AM
I use Northern Diver Superstretch 2 mm Neoprene Gloves http://www.scubadoctor.com.au/diveshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=145_96&products_id=895 because I like the flexibility 2 mm gloves provide. Because I tend to be a bit touchy feely, a pair typically lasts me a dive season.

I gave up on soft soled boots for a pair of Performance Diver Multi-Purpose Rock/Swim Boots http://www.scubadoctor.com.au/diveshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=101_141&products_id=2221 a long time ago.

For winter diving in Melbourne a pair of thick Holeproof Explorer socks is worn inside the boots.

Best Regards, Lloyd Borrett.

chewy
Dive-Oz Supporter 2011


Australia
833 Posts

Posted - 26 October 2011 :  12:00:48 PM
I like the thin neoprene socks: low bulk (smaller boot size), quick drying, assists to put on/off boots (smooth outer surface), and keeps warm by trapping thin layer of warm water around foot). I use them with full-foot fins in the tropics to avoid rubbing.

Probe Insulator (0.5mm neoprene) and I think Oceanic makes them - for example

http://www.scubadoctor.com.au/diveshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=101_102&products_id=2162&zenid=d40541bb9d689807665a277191845dbb

Socks: I don't find they trap water as well but it's cheaper and easier to get - won't cost much to try and just throw them in the laundry machine (easy).

flyingbudda
300+ Posts

ALL OVER ASIA
Australia
509 Posts

Posted - 31 October 2011 :  01:19:51 AM
Boots i agree with the varying responses , this will sound stupid but when diving in colder waters we used to put medical gloves under our regular 3mm off the shelf gloves, tape up the wrists and away you go, i have no scientific proof but keeping that final barrier between the skin and water used to work a treat, maybe a placebo but works for me.
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