The 10 Best Diving Gloves
This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in October of 2016. From sharp objects and spiny marine creatures to jagged coral and rocks, there's no telling what you might encounter during your underwater explorations. That's why a good pair of diving gloves is an essential part of any scuba or snorkel enthusiast's gear. They're good both for protecting your hands from any potentially harmful surfaces, as well as keeping them warm in cold waters. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
July 03, 2020:
Finding the right dive gloves isn't just about getting a pair that fits well and looks cool. Just like with a wetsuit, it is vital that you choose a pair well-suited to the waters you will exploring. For example, if you pick a 2-millimeter thick pair for a cold- or temperate-water dive, you digits will probably wind up being pretty chilly the whole time. Conversely, if you were to choose a 5-millimeter thick pair for a tropical dive, you would needlessly hinder your dexterity for warmth that isn't needed. Also, people who plan on bug hunting and reaching into rock crevices will often need tougher gloves those who simply plan on observing the marine life. With these various uses in mind, we made sure to include some options to suit every need.
For those who have warm-water dives planned, we recommend the Cressi Tropical, Seavenger Abyss, AquaLung Admiral III, Mares Pure Instinct Amara, Akona All ArmorTex, and Cressi Ultraspan. All of these range from 1.5- to 2-millimeters thick. Lobster divers will probably be best served by the Akona All ArmorTex and Cressi Ultraspan. The former are crafted with a cut-resistant fabric, while the latter have extended cuffs that can help protect the wrists when reaching into holes. That being said, the others do all have some palm reinforcement, generally with a genuine or synthetic leather material, that does offer a reasonable level of protection from sharp objects. The AquaLung Admiral III are the most stylish of the warm-water options, though if you prefer very bright colors, you may be drawn to the Seavenger Abyss.
While a few of the gloves on our list come in 3- and 5-millimeter options, the Cressi High-Stretch come in three thicknesses, so if you like how they feel on your hands, you could get a thin pair for warm-water use, and thicker pair for cold-water use.
When it comes to more temperate dives, we recommend the Scubapro EverFlex, NeoSport Premium SG30V, and Kona Premium Double-Lined, in addition to the 5-millimeter Cressi High-Stretch. We like that the Cressi High-Stretch are fully covered with a non-slip finish, rather than just the fingers and/or the palms like on most others. That being said, they aren't the most durable and some may not like the lack of a wrist closure. If you know you'll be subjecting your temperate-water gloves to a lot of abuse, we recommend you look at the Kona Premium Double-Lined and NeoSport Premium SG30V instead, both of which have reinforced seams and a hard-wearing construction.
Henderson Thermoprene Gloves The Henderson Thermoprene Gloves are available in three- and five-millimeter models, both of which are nice and flexible for gripping objects while underwater. They are equipped with Gator elastic closures on the cuffs that should create a secure, yet streamlined, seal against wetsuits. hendersonusa.com