Boots & Gloves & Hoods
Cold water puts extra demands on your body and greatly affects your endurance time. The extremities, hands, feet and head need coverage once you are in water temps under 13º. You should consider hoods,booties and gloves to counter this.
Wetsuit hoods,booties and gloves are vital to ensure that you stay warm weather you dive in a wetsuit or a drysuit. Granted, in warmer climates you may be able to get away without gloves and hood but even a thin one will increase your warmth drastically.
Wetsuit hoods,booties and gloves. Hard pieces to come across yet surprisingly necessary pieces to come across when tackling some of the colder elements on offer in the diving world. Finding the right pieces without turning into a rock solid rubber man is something of a hard task.
In the coldest of temperatures of course you will be wearing a nice thick 5mm wetsuit, but what good is that if you have freezing hands and feet and can barely thing because your on the verge of brain freeze? Keep them nice and toasty with some proper gear, you have probably heard but most of the temperature is lost through your head so why aren’t you covering it. Even a 1.5mm hoods,booties and gloves are going to make a noticeable improvement too.
These two equipment are protective and are especially important in cold waters and should be made of neoprene material. For extra protection I recommend that the base of the boot is made of thick material. Both equipment should fit well in the body, there should be no spaces at the ends.
Thin socks are comfortable and feel the most natural when wearing fins. However, the thicker the neoprene the warmer the sock will be. When buying you need to consider that the thickness of the sock may require you to purchase a larger fin than would be necessary if using bare feet.
When you’re exploring under the sea you need a decent pair of gloves. Not only do they keep your hands warm, but the best spearfishing gloves will protect you from all sorts of nasties.
However, we are all different in the way in which we feel the cold. Also to be taken into account when choosing gloves is the requirement to retain as much dexterity as possible to be able to operate the speargun efficiently and safely. Neoprene gloves that are thicker restrict movement and feeling more than those made from thinner and softer neoprene.
Wetsuit hoods are designed to cover the skull area, whereas wetsuit hoods cover the head and neck area and tuck into the wetsuit. They are also sometimes attached to the wetsuit.
A large percentage of body heat can be lost via the head and thus wetsuit hoods ensure longer and happier freediving sessions.
If you don’t choose to wear a hood in the coldest waters you’ll get an ice-cream headache and then you’ll probably change your mind next time!
Hoods are of great benefit in retaining body heat and are often integral to the suit to reduce flushing. Occasionally, circumstances, cold, or the type of suit being worn, mean that a hood is required.
Excessive tightness can cause headaches and even heart deceleration. Like other protective equipment, the cap should not be too tight or too plentiful.