Should I Wear Gloves While Spearfishing?

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Spearfishing Gloves

Let’s start with the benefits of wearing gloves. They help keep your hands warm. Gloves protect the soft skin on your hands and fingers from the environment and the little creatures you don’t always see. Gloves help you get a grip on a struggling fish and add a layer of protection to from the fin barbs. Gloves also protect your fingers when you load your gun. The short answer is yes.



How should gloves fit?

They should be a little snug because they sill stretch a little when they get wet. Snug fit does not mean tight fit. If the gloves are so tight that it’s cutting off circulation, your hands will go numb. I ware 5 mm gloves. Thick enough to keep my hands warm and thin enough that I have mobility in all my fingers. I pull my suit sleeve down to my wrist then pull my glove over it. The Velcro on the gloves makes a good enough seal but I still overdue it by wearing my dive watch over the glove on my right hand and one of two dive knife straps over the glove on my left hand.

So ware gloves! You’ll be more comfortable and take less damage which means more time in the water.

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