Six neoprene gloves reviewed

C Skins

In cold water, it is often your often extremities that freeze first. With neoprene gloves you can avoid the dreaded ‘claw’ and stay comfortable in the water for longer. Whether you swim in a wetsuit or without, they are a great bit of kit to extend your swimming season. We asked H2Open reader Wendy Roberts to check out a few of the best gloves on the market. All the gloves were tested with a 30-minute swim in the Cromarty Firth in water of approximately 9 degrees Celsius.

What to look for


The thickness of the neoprene of the gloves on test varied between 2mm and 4mm. Basically, the thicker the neoprene, the warmer your hands will be – but at the expense of flexibility. If you are a cold water swimmer choose gloves with thick neoprene to keep your fingers toasty


If you want to swim longer distances in your gloves, flexibility is key. Thick neoprene can affect your stroke by removing any feel of the water, so choose one of the sleeker-styled gloves.


No matter how technical the fabric, your hands will get cold if your gloves let in water because they are too big. Remember, neoprene stretches: your gloves should be a snug fit.

C-Skins Wired 2mm Gloves


Huub Neoprene Swim Gloves


BlueSeventy Thermal Swim Gloves


Gul Flexor Glove 4mm


Lomo Swimming and Triathlon Gloves


Wendy says: “Excellent for warmth but a little bulky, although I managed a good fit following some adjustments. All seams are glued with a very good wrist seal, so will suit swimmers without wetsuits. Some feel for the water. Buy smaller than recommended for best results.”

Warmth: 5
Flexibility: 4
Verdict: The best value gloves on test. Perfect for winter swimmers venturing out in very cold water.

Zone3 Neoprene Swim Gloves


01 Cover May

Issue 49 May 2021

  • How weather can affect your swim
  • How to train for your first open water mile
  • Where to swim in the Lake District
  • How pioneer women swimmers not only took on men in the open water but also campaigned for the vote
  • Training sessions to ease you back into the pool

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