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Boots, Hoods, Gloves

Wetsuit Gloves, Hoods, and Boots

YES!

We all love paradise surfing!

NO!

We don´t live in paradise where we could just wear our boardies and sunscreen when going surfing.

But as the years go by – surfing becomes more popular and wide-spread around the world, especially where the weather is not as ideal – as where the surfing got its roots from.

If you do not live in Hawaii, Australia, Indonesia or the Southern Americas, your “hometown” surfing conditions can be rather harsh than mellow.


What next?

1Toughen Up

2. Get some extra layers

Are you seriously thinking of skipping those swells and waves because of the cold water?
Of course, it is dangerous and foolish to go out in the cold water unprepared but what you can do – is to get a proper gear for the weather, which in 2018 doesn’t cost you a fortune anymore.

If you already have a proper wetsuit – Good, now go and check out the following gear to keep you from losing body heat.


Price guide

$ = $1– $50
$$ = $51 – $99
$$$ = $100 – $150


Thickness guide


HOODS
hoodies

Which type of wetsuit hoodie to buy?

What size is right for you?

How thick does it have to be?

TYPES of wetsuit hoodies.

There are four main types of hoods or so-called hoodies to warm your little head. Not counting the hats, which don’t usually contain the neoprene – the material most of the wetsuits are made of.


Billabong Furnace Carbon Gbs

Full head with a neck with a beak.

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2mm

The warmest since it is connected up until the chest inside the wetsuit. The peak comes handy as well whenever there is some sun or high UV rating out there. Some models are adjustable as well to have a real snug fit so no water could crawl up near your neck.

PRICE range $

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Henderson Lycra Hot Skins Bib Hood

Then there is a bit simple “diver” style full head.

The design is without the and peak. More widely used by divers where the peak would interfere with the goggles. You can sure use it if you are spearfishing and surfing at the same time and don’t need an extra hood for each occasion.

PRICE range $

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O’Neill Beanie

Then there is a regular beanie.

 

Great for Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Wind- or Kitesurfing where the chance of falling in the water and losing the hat is not very high. This might also work for longboarders, but using it for more performance style – you might lose it.

Price range $

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Neosport Premium

And a beanie with a neck strap.

For semi-rippers who might get caught in the smashing overheads. Comes super handy on windy weather, you don’t want that cold wind to blow over your sweating head. Respect your brain and embrace the cold.

Price range $

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BOOTS

 

TYPES of wetsuit booties

Here are four main types of wetsuit boots or booties, reefies, socks or whatever else you have ever heard.


SEAC Pro HD

6mm

High Top Side Zip Rugged Sole

The most advanced model comes with a rugged sole, a convenient side zipper, and a high-top design. Plenty of engineering behind that bootie, good for those adventurous hard-core surfers out there who take no expectations in performance. Those soles look so well-made that I would personally take cautious standing on a board without making a ding on it.

Price range $$

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SEAC Basic HD

 

5mm

High Top Side Zip Soft Sole –

Next is the one step down from the previous model. a more relaxed high-top side-zipper boot, which does not have a rugged sole as previous. It is more relaxed and probably won’t be as durable when walking long distances on rocky terrain – but would be perfect and comfortable on the surf.

Price range $

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O’Neill Tropical Dive

3mm

Then there is the mid-heel reef/diving shoe. Good for rocky bottom reef-break, sand-bank surfing, kayaking, etc. This is a simple slip-on shoe that will give you more feel on board and some protection when hitting your feet on the rocky reef bottom. Another difference from the previous model would be the lack of zipper.

Price $

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Rip Curl Reef Walker

1mm

Then there is the low-top reef shoe. Very convenient as this shoe will not only protect you from the razor sharp reef but it also gives you an extra good grip on the board. Can be used for snorkeling, kayaking, and what-not other water sports. A must-have when you are a surfer and planning to do some serious exploring now and then.

Price range $

Price range $

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GLOVES

TYPES of wetsuit gloves

There are a few different types of wetsuit gloves to choose from, whether you are windsurfer, kitesurfer or “original” surfer. If you already know the thickness you need, the rest is easy. There are “knobbed” soles and normal ones. If you are into board riding and need the grip on your waxed board, choose normal rubber gloves without any plastic knobs.


Hyperflex Access Glove

Probably the most widely used glove. It is a standard slip-on model with some good flexibility and sealed seams, glued and blind stitched for extra warmth and durability. Hexgrip Palm provides positive traction on boards and bars as well. A go when looking for a good all-rounder for surfing, diving, spearfishing, and any other watersport.

 

Price range $
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Neosport Five Finger

This a great all-arounder again with some padded palm area for standard grip. The difference from the previous model is that it’s got an adjustable wrist strap for an extra tight fit. Great for surfing, kayaking, wind-, and kite surfing, spearfishing or like the ad recommends that it is great for boating, cleaning gutters, pond and why not aquarium maintenance”.

Price range $

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Artisan Griller 12

The Artisan Griller 12 is top of the range, state of art ultra waterproof and flexible glove for surfing 10ft’ plus waves. Not. I Just added these pair of bad-ass Griller gloves here if the article got too long and you guys got bored. Anyway don’t buy these for surfing, they are “Heat Resistant Insulated Neoprene Gloves For Smokers, Fryers & Grills For Cooking & Handling Turkey Fryers, BBQ’s, Pulling Pork, Home Brew Tasks.”

PRICE range $

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Rip Curl Flash Bomb Mitten

This one is for our tough brothers in the northern hemisphere. Somewhere there up there, you know, “pointing fingers”. Brave souls only got to that bottom of the list to look at those hardcore “onesies”. Those are designed for extra warmth. Good for surfing only! Engineered for performance.

  • Gel grip lined surf mittens
  • Aqua ban Plus sealed
  • Double E4 neoprene
  • Quick dry flash lining

PRICE range $$

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Hey I hope you find that guide useful. PS: After surf make sure to rinse your wetsuit and other neoprene accessories thoroughly with water and let them hang outside PROTECTED from direct sunlight as the sun and UV will ruin neoprene as fast as you got wiped out last time. Ha-ha enjoy

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