In this article we hope to provide you with all the information you need to help you to choose the right size of swim glove for you. It is based on our extensive experience at our Ambleside shop in fitting our customers with neoprene gloves for swimming. Before we go into the different models we stock, let’s talk about general fit first.
A neoprene swimming glove should feel very snug when it is on and before it gets wet – remember when neoprene gets wet, it expands slightly. If the glove just slips on and feels like a normal glove would, then it is probably too big.
Our Swim Glove Models
We have 5 different models of swim glove and all of them are intended for cold water swimming, although they differ significantly in their design and construction:
- C-Skins Wired 3mm Swim Glove – a warm, seam taped glove and an excellent allrounder. A good winter glove made with exceptional attention to detail.
- C-Skins Wired 2mm Swim Glove – a warm, seam taped glove and an excellent allrounder. A good winter glove made with exceptional attention to detail, not as warm as the 3mm, but better dexterity.
- Zone 3 Neoprene Heat Tech Warm Swim Glove – a warm, seam taped 3mm glove with extended neoprene cuff and Velcro fastening. A good winter glove with great wrist coverage.
- Zone 3 Neoprene Swim Glove – a particularly good value for money 2mm glove with extended Lycra cuff and Velcro fastening. A good glove for early and late season swimming.
- Blueseventy Thermal Swim Glove – a thin 1mm neoprene glove with metalled inner, very thermally efficient for its thickness and gives excellent dexterity and takes the sting out of cold water. A good glove for early and late season swimming and for maintaining dexterity.
C-Skins Swim Glove Sizing
Below is the C-Skins swim glove size chart: we feel that it is reasonably accurate for most sizes, but from experience find that most swimmers get a better fit by selecting a size down from the size indicated on the chart.
In very general terms, the average size for ladies is XS and for those with very petite hands the 2XS and 3XS sizes work best. The average size for gentlemen is S, going up to XL for those with true shovel sized hands! If you have particularly slim hands with long fingers, then you might not get an ideal fit.
In this instance it would be better to go off palm width and compromise on finger length, we think that this is a worthwhile compromise for warm hands. The fit in the water often improves significantly as the neoprene stretches.
Zone 3 Swim Glove Sizing
Zone 3 Swim Gloves are very correct to size, so you just need to measure your hands and choose the correct size.
Blueseventy Swim Glove Sizing
The Blueseventy swim glove sizing is made quite simple by the fact that there are only two sizes to choose from, Small or Large. Small fits approximate palm circumferences of 18-23cm and Large fit circumferences of 24-27cm. Please note that Blueseventy use “Circumference” and not “Width” as detailed in the image below:
If your palm circumference is smaller than 18cm then we would suggest that you choose a different style of glove as they will not insulate your hands sufficiently to keep them warm. For people with palm circumferences over 27cm please note that there is a fair bit of stretch in these gloves, so perhaps it could stretch to 28cms, but again we would suggest you chose a different model of gloves with a larger range of sizes.
Whichever swim glove you choose we hope they add to your swimming experience and allow you to stay in the water doing what you love, for longer. Some of you may not like the lack of feel for the water that wearing gloves brings, but we hope that this is compensated for by having warm hands! If you are wearing a wetsuit, remember to tuck the gloves under the wetsuit cuffs for best glove performance.
The Swim the Lakes Team
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