Completely Redesigned for Optimal Comfort, Fit, and Flexibility
Recommended Water Temp: 40F/4C+
NOTE: Gloves are running TRUE TO SIZE this year. Use this guide for sizing:
Gloves On/Off and Fit Tutorial
Our entire Solite glove line for Fall 2022-Winter 2023 has been redesigned for improved fit and flexibility along with unmatched grip, durability, and warmth. The Solite 5:3 Split-Mitt is designed to keep your hands warm and flexible in all but the most arctic conditions.
The 5:3 Split-Mitt Features:
The 5:3 Split-Mitt now features a more flexible 3D Grip Palm with better stretch to fit more hand shapes. The 3D Grip is a sticky, rail-grabbing compound with full palm/finger coverage to repel water and keep the glove light for max dexterity. The 3D coating insures long-term durability and grip, while interlocking triangle print allows the palm/fingers to stretch and flex with minimal strain.
Unlike "lobster-claw" style gloves, our exclusive Split-Mitt design joins your pointer finger with your middle finger to insure the pointer finger stays warm. This simple but effective design allows you to have the same warmth as a mitten, without the clumsiness of all fingers in one pocket.
The Split-Mitt is pre-shaped with a curve in the fingers for comfortable, natural paddling position and features a single back panel for max flexibility, durability, and comfort.
The 5:3 Split-Mitt features a unique Thermal-Rebound plush, quick-dry interior lining material. Thermal-Rebound material features a thin, flexible metallic grid-layer between the neoprene and the outer lining, reflecting body heat back to the skin for enhanced warmth. Lab tests on the Thermal Rebound laminate show an increase in insulation exceeding 10%, which extends your sessions and increases your odds of getting the wave of the day.
Hex-Shield Back Panel
Our exclusive Hex-Shield Back Panel combines the water-shedding warmth of a unlined panel with the enhanced durability of laminated neoprene. Many gloves feature raw "mesh skin" neoprene panels which shed water for lightweight and warmth, BUT these unlined panels rip very easily without a laminate for strength. Our Hex Shield offers the best of both worlds: a durable, nylon-lined exterior with a full-panel lamination of water-proof ink. The hex-pattern print insures max flexibility while still absorbing sunlight and repelling water. All this is done in a single panel, minimizing seams for enhanced comfort, flexibility, and durability.
Overkill Seams and EZ-O Cuff
To maximize lifespan, we've utilized the most durable seam construction available. Our Overkill Seams start with a glued/blind-stitched seam, with the seam on the outside for maximum comfort. The external stitching is then coated with a liquid seam seal, sealing the stitch holes and providing a durable, flexible barrier against water entry. Inside the gloves, all of the stress areas (between each finger and where the wrist joins the palm panel) feature internal taping for an even greater level of protection.
Just like our boots, our gloves integrate our EZ-O Cuff, which provides a seamless seal around the wrist but with a larger panel than all other gloves making the gloves easy on/off. Our EZ-O Cuff is also double laminated (inside and out) for max durability, whereas most other O-Ring cuffs feature a weaker non-lined interior. For reduced bulk, lighter weight, and easier on-off, the EZ-O cuff panel is reduced to 3mm thickness.
Pre-Curved Fingers and Minimal Seams
The 5:3 Split-Mitt has a pre-curved, anatomical shape out of the box, putting your hand and fingers in perfect paddling position without any strain on the hands/fingers. This shape reduces fatigue and allows longer, warmer, more comfortable sessions.
Flexibility, durability, and comfort is also optimized with minimal seam construction. Most gloves feature 4 or more neoprene panels, reducing flexibility, comfort, and providing more seams to leak. The 5:3 Split-Mitt only has 3 panels: a single back panel, single palm panel, and EZ-O cuff panel. This simplified pattern results in incredible comfort, easy on/off, and versatile fit for a variety of hand shapes.