Working as a diver I’m incredibly lucky to get to go to some incredible places around the world and a recent job as Expedition Dive Guide in Antarctica was no exception. Choosing the right equipment is paramount to allow me to do my job safely and effectively and to this end I found myself back in the O’Three shop on Portland discussing gloves with Sean…
I’ve never been a big fan of dry gloves and wanted something more robust and durable as the Polar environment is very unforgiving and its a long way to the dive shop if something fails. Taking this into consideration, Sean recommended the Extreme 5mm Mitts and although never having used mitts before, I took his advice.
During a month of diving in Antarctic waters, these Extreme Mitts constantly out-performed my expectations, not only keeping my hands warm during dives of up to 40 minutes with water temperatures of zero degrees, but also being incredibly well made – they came back looking as they did when they left the shop!
Most importantly though, the Mitts were also flexible enough not to compromise my dexterity, allowing me to operate all my dive gear without problems – something many of the other divers using dry gloves were worryingly unable to perform at the end of their dives as their hands had gone numb with the cold.
Thanks to all at O ‘three for your expertise and service – keep up the good work!
Marine Biologist and HSE Commercial Diver
Photos courtesy of Catherine Buckland