gift for a trip
I was given these as a gift for a trip to Maui several years ago. I was skeptical at first, but that changed immediately. These gloves give you a dramatic increase in the power from your arms as you're in the water. This accomplished two things. First, safety. I love swimming in the ocean, in Maui. South Maui to be exact. Big waves, lots of fun, but unpredictable rip currents, and these will occur suddenly. My Darkfin gloves give me the power to handle stronger currents with confidence and ease. I work less, and get far more power with each stroke. I've gone diving with them, and they give my arms almost as much power as my legs do with my flippers. Second, pure fun. These change how you move in the water. In salt water, it becomes possible (for me, anyway) for me to "sit" in the water, move my arms back and forth at a slight angle, and they willprovide enough propulsion to stay on top of the water. Moving through the water, and changing directions is a breeze, and you begin to feel like a fish might. I LOVE these gloves, I won't go in the ocean without them anymore, and have bought them as gifts for others. I'm on my 3rd pair now. One note, neoprene will begin to break down after several years, but that's a fact of life, and is a quirk of the neoprene itself. Store them by putting baby powder, or talc powder in them, along with a paper towel to prevent sticking. And while not necessary, the silicone spray helps a lot if they're not already wet. You won't regret buying these.