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Surf gloves

Buy surf gloves at Telstar Surf

You can purchase surf gloves for a variety of reasons. Most wind and kite surfers will wear surf gloves against the cold or for extra protection against blisters. Below we tell you what to look for when buying surf gloves.

Advice on buying surf gloves 

There are different types of surf gloves that you can use for during wind and kite surfing. The kite gloves and windsurfing gloves are each the same. Most surfers will wear the gloves against the cold. When you purchase surf gloves for the cold, it is also important that you wear a warm wetsuit. If your wetsuit does not provide optimal warmth then your surf gloves may be warm, but you will never get a warm body. The same goes for warm surf shoes or a good surf cap.
The thickness of surf gloves varies from 1.5 to 6 millimeters. The rule is: the thicker the surf gloves, the warmer your hands will stay during your kite- or windsurfing session. Attention! The thicker the surf glove the less feeling you have in the boom or bar. Keep this in mind when buying your gloves for surfing.

When buying a surf glove, the size is an important factor to take into account. When the size of your gloves is not right it can feel uncomfortable. To prevent this, it is best to try them on before you go on the water. You can do this at our surf shop or at your home.

Types of surf gloves

A common problem when wearing surf gloves / kite gloves is the acidification that occurs during kite or windsurfing. This is caused by squeezing harder on the bar or boom. After a while this will lead to soured forearms. For this purpose, different gloves have been designed by the suppliers. For example, there are kite gloves with the shape resembling a claw, the claw surf gloves. There are also surf gloves with an open palm for the most feeling in the bar or boom, but are also a bit colder. Of course, you also have the traditional surf glove that has no special features. Below are briefly explained the differences:

  • Closed palm surf glove: surf gloves with a closed palm are completely sealed from wind and water, most ideal for those extremely cold days on the water.
  • Open palm surf glove: are you looking for surf gloves that offer a lot of grip? Then the open palm surf glove is ideal for you. A disadvantage of an open palm surf glove is that it lets in water more easily, but on the other hand, your hands are well protected from the wind.
  • Claw surfing glove: claw surfing gloves are preformed. This ensures that during kite- or windsurfing you do not have to use extra force to feel the bar or boom. This means that your forearms will not sour as quickly.
  • Traditional surf glove: The traditional surf gloves simply keep your hands warm during the cold temperatures. The only drawback is that you may experience sour forearms after a while.

Blister formation while surfing

Everyone recognizes the following: there is a nice wind and you want to go out on the water, but after a few hours you suffer from blisters. If you suffer from blisters while surfing you could look at the thin surf gloves. These will protect your palms and come with short or long fingertips. Because the surf gloves are nice and thin you can also just wear them in the summer. Please note! These gloves are not suitable during cold temperatures. 

For more questions or advice about the surf gloves you can always contact us or come by in our surf shop!

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