7 Best Wetsuit Surf Gloves for 2023

7 Best Wetsuit Surf Gloves for 2023

For those dedicated souls who dare to endure the elements and paddle out in conditions that turn the weak-hearted away, we have reviewed the 7 best surf gloves of 2023. A good pair of gloves can make a huge difference and help you surf in colder water more comfortably for longer. Selecting the right glove has a lot to do with personal preference. We’re here to help you choose the best glove to prolong your next cold water session.

Wetsuit Surf Gloves Reviewed

  • O’Neill - Psycho Tech Gloves - $69.95+
  • Rip Curl - Flashbomb Gloves - $54.95+
  • Rip Curl - E-Bomb Gloves - $49.95
  • Buell - 5 Finger Gloves - $52.95+
  • Patagonia - Yulex Gloves - $75.00+
  • Vissla - Seven Seas Gloves - $59.95+
  • Quiksilver - Marathon Sessions Gloves - $49.95+

O’Neill Psycho Tech Gloves - $69.95+

“Best Seller”

O'Neill Psycho Tech Gloves.

O’Neill’s Psycho Tech gloves have been a shop favorite for many years. The Psycho Tech glove combines O’Neill’s technology with an anatomical design that conforms to the hand and creates a comfortable, reliable fit. The glove is constructed from hydrophobic Technobutter 3 Neoprene and includes a Technobutter Firewall. The Technobutter neoprene cuts wind exceptionally well and fits the wearer's hand like a second skin. The gloves have a tacky grip on the palm and fingers to help when you need to carry your gear and grip your board.

We find the Psycho Tech glove is cut a bit longer with a snug-fitting wrist than most gloves. If you have thicker wrists, we suggest sizing up. Lastly, our owner Josh sports the 1.5mm Psycho Tech for wind kiting since they offer the best grip and dexterity for holding the bar.

Highlights and Features

  • Flexible and comfortable Technobutter neoprene
  • Fluid Seam Welds
  • Wind Resistant
  • Fits long
  • Sizes: XXS - XL

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O'Neill Psycho Tech 1.5mm Gloves - $69.95
O'Neill Psycho Tech 3mm Gloves - $74.95
O'Neill Psycho Tech 5mm Gloves - $79.95
O'Neill Psycho Tech 5mm Mitten Gloves - $79.95

Rip Curl Flashbomb Gloves - $54.95+

“Warmest Lined Option”

Rip Curl Flashbomb Gloves.

The Rip Curl Flashbomb is the best choice for those looking to find the warmest option possible. Lined with Rip Curl’s Flash Lining, you know you can count on these gloves to keep your hands warm in the coldest conditions. The Flash Lining, also found in Rip Curl’s high-end wetsuits, is quick-drying, helping to ensure dry gloves at the start of your sessions. In addition to the liner, the gloves are taped and externally sealed at the seams. This seam construction helps keep the gloves watertight and warm throughout your sessions. The Flashbomb is cut longer than other gloves, so keep this in mind when sizing.

Highlights and Features

  • Warmest liner
  • Strong seams
  • Stitchless technology
  • Fits long
  • Sizes: XS - XL

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Rip Curl Flashbomb 3/2mm Gloves - $54.95
Rip Curl Flashbomb 5/3mm Gloves - $59.95
Rip Curl Flashbomb 7/5mm Mitten Gloves - $59.95

Rip Curl E-Bomb Gloves - $49.95

“Adjustable Comfort”

Rip Curl E-Bomb Gloves.

The Rip Curl E-Bomb is a unique set of gloves: one of the only models with an adjustable wrist strap. The strap allows you to snuggly tighten the wrist of the glove to help reduce the chances of flushing and moving around on your hand. If you aren’t a fan of the straps, don’t sweat, they are fully detachable. Constructed using E4 Neoprene, the E-Bomb has a cool feature in that it is stitchless.

The glove uses tape and glue to create a durable seal. These features help make the E-Bomb one of our top recommended 2mm options. The fit of the E-Bomb is similar to the Flashbomb in that they are a bit longer cut. If you are a fan of Rip Curl, check out another bestseller, the Dawn Patrol 3mm Gloves, a great budget option.

Highlights and Features

  • Adjustable and removable strap
  • Stitchless design
  • E5 neoprene
  • Fits long
  • Sizes: XS - XL

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Rip Curl E-Bomb 2mm Gloves - $49.95

Buell 5 Finger Gloves - $52.95+

“Great Mid-Level Option”

Buell 5 Finger Gloves.

Constructed out of Ninja Neoprene, the Buell 5 Finger Gloves are an extremely flexible and warm mid-range option. The Buell 5 Finger Glove has externally glued and blindstitched seams and Dura-Grip textured palms. A key feature to note is the exterior silicone seals, which create a strong seal with your wetsuit over the wrist of the glove. With solid features at a great price, the Buell will keep you warm while being easy on your wallet. We find that Buell gloves have a shorter cut in the fingers than other gloves.

Highlights and Features

  • Glued and blindstitched seams
  • Exterior silicone wrist seal
  • Ninja neoprene
  • Fits short
  • Sizes: XS - XL

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Buell 5 Finger 2mm Gloves - $52.95
Buell 5 Finger 3mm Gloves - $56.96
Buell 5 Finger 5mm Gloves - $64.95
Buell Lobster 3 Finger 7mm Gloves - $68.95

Patagonia Yulex Gloves - $75.00+

“Eco-Friendly Option”

Patagonia Yulex Gloves.

The Patagonia Yulex is a great choice for those looking for an eco-friendly option. Constructed out of 85% Yulex and 15% synthetic rubber, this glove uses materials from Forest Stewardship Council certified sources. The Patagonia Yulex sports 100% external seam sealing, with taping in high-stress areas of the glove. This helps with the seal and durability.

The interior is constructed of quick-drying 100% recycled polyester liner to keep your hands toasty warm. The Yulex’s articulated panels allow for the glove to conform to the shape of your hand and create a snug fit. In addition, the micro gasket at the wrist cuff keeps water from sneaking into the glove. With all these features packed into an eco-friendly package, you can stay warm while doing your part in reducing your carbon footprint. We find the Patagonia Yulex to fit true to size.

Highlights and Features

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Iron Clad Warranty
  • Durable construction
  • Fits true to Size
  • Sizes: XS - XL

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Patagonia R2 Yulex 2mm Gloves - $75.00
Patagonia R3 Yulex 3mm Gloves - $79.00
Patagonia R4 Yulex 5mm 3 Finger Gloves - $89.00
Patagonia R5 Yulex 7mm Mitten Gloves - $99.00

Vissla Seven Seas Gloves - $59.95

“Minimal Performance”

Vissla Seven Seas Gloves.

The Vissla Seven Seas is a glove designed to be minimal but effective at keeping your hands comfortable and warm. These gloves are eco-friendly because they use Eco Carbon Black neoprene sourced from old tires and limestone neoprene from Japan. The Seven Seas sports a full thermal lining that works as an excellent insulator while drying quickly after your session is over. It cuts wind chill effectively with its Duramax smooth skin exterior. With a silicon board grip on the palms, the gloves won't hinder your board control. We find the Vissla Seven Seas fit true to size.

Highlights and Features

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Warm lining
  • Wind resistant
  • Fits true to size
  • Sizes: S - XL

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Vissla Seven Seas 3mm Gloves - $59.95
Vissla Seven Seas 5mm 3 Finger Gloves - $59.95
Vissla Seven Seas 7mm Mitten Gloves - $54.95

Quiksilver Marathon Sessions Gloves - $59.95+

“Affordable Features”

Quiksilver Marathon Sessions Gloves.

The Quiksilver Marathon Sessions Gloves are updated from the former Syncro model. Quiksilver has been around for years, making quality and affordable products. The Marathon Sessions are a great cold water glove that provides warmth, flexibility, and comfort. Made with StretchFlight neoprene, the gloves run warm without sacrificing flexibility.

The seams are glued and blindstitched with an external liquid flex seal to ensure they are watertight. Quiksilver produces the gloves using an eco-friendly Limestone-derivate neoprene made from scrap rubber tires. In addition, all glues are water-based, making this a more eco-friendly and affordable option to keep your hands warm. We find the Quiksilver Marathon Sessions to fit slightly shorter in the fingers.

Highlights and Features

  • Eco-Friendly materials
  • StretchFlight neoprene
  • Fingers fit shorter
  • Sizes: XS - XL

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Quiksilver Marathon Sessions 3mm Gloves - $59.95
Quiksilver Marathon Sessions 5mm Mitten Gloves - $59.95

Finals Thoughts

There are a lot of different gloves, styles, and thicknesses. Whenever you are shopping for a pair, it’s most important to consider where you will be surfing with them. If you need to find the perfect-sized glove check out our Surf Glove Guide for tips and tricks.

If you have any questions about these gloves or any of the 30+ styles of gloves we stock, feel free to contact us at support@cleanlinesurf.com or toll-free at 1-888-546-6176, or leave a comment below.