Gloves are an essential part of abalone diving. They need to keep your hands warm enough to move, they need to protect your hands from all the sharp and dangerous things in the ocean and they need to allow enough freedom of movement to pry abalone from the rocks and collect them.
There are varying opinions and preferences when it comes to the thickness of neoprene for abalone diving. Most wetsuits are 7 millimeters thick for getting into the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. But when it comes to gloves, most people are willing to sacrifice a little thickness for better dexterity.
I personally use 7 mm thick gloves when diving and don’t have a problem using my abalone iron or grabbing a detached abalone. My hands stay warm and the gloves are not a burden.
Here are some of the best gloves for abalone diving on Amazon:
Now that you’ve got your gloves it’s time to check out what else you need on my abalone dive gear checklist.