For hands get a pair of extra large latex gloves (USA- I use orange Stanley Paint stripping gloves from Ace Hardware).
For the actual insulation use a pair of fleece glove liners from a ski shop. The fleece insulates even when it is soaking wet but if you tuck the latex glove into your drysuit seal the liner won't get wet at all.
The fleece gloves I have are pretty thick, so that when I have the latex and feece on, It is about the same as a ski glove.
The advantage over neoprene is that it stays dry, fits loose for good circulation and does not sap all of your strength in compressing stiff neoprene just from opening and closing your hand.
My hands stay warm even when the water is 35* F. For the feet something similar would be nice but I've had okay results with big clunky O'neil 5mm windsurfing boots. I use heel bungies to keep the stupid things in my straps for jumps.
Make sure the fit is not too tight or you will get cold fast.
One of my friends has the ocean rodeo and he is sometimes getting a lot of water in the suit. He thinks it's from the seals pulling back when he is getting dragged. Wearing boots or velcro straps over the seals seems to help.
On 2002-11-11 19:35, MissionMan wrote:
Any idea how to handle your hands and feet if you do want to keep them dry? I find neoprene gloves make your hands freezing and neoprene booties do the same. Are there any dry gloves or booties on the market or anything that will save your hands taking strain?