Cold Weather Gear for Open Water Swimming

Roka thermal wetsuit

Who wants to go back to the pool? Not me!

There is something very special about the open water and I want to stay out there as long as possible. (I have a friend who swims all winter long. It’s called ice swimming, but that’s not for me.)

What do you wear for cold-weather gear for open water swimming?

Roka Thermal Maverick Pro Wetsuit

I wrote about this wetsuit before. If you are going to get a second wetsuit, this is the one to buy. It’s perfect for the cold water because it keeps you warm, really warm. I can attest to this! I’ve been swimming in 50-degree open water and it keeps me warm! Price: $750 (If you join WeREndurance, you get a 30% discount. Reach out to me for more!)

Body Glove Socks

These socks are incredible. They keep your feet from feeling the cold. The only problem, they are snug. I purchased a size 6, but I am normally a size 7.5. Your toes will touch the top of the sock. I bought these on Swim Outlet for $19.99.

Neoprene Gloves by Divestar

Neoprene gloves

I bought a different pair and had to return them. They were so tight, I couldn’t put my skinny hand in them. Then I saw the Divestar gloves and figured I would give them a try. I fell in love at first sight. They are comfortable and help you glide through the water. My one complaint, you don’t feel the water. Your hands will stay dry and you can feel the pressure of the water but you can’t feel it. Otherwise, a great product. Price: $15.98

ZCCO Neoprene cap

This isn’t just a cap it’s a full head and neck cold-weather gear. Talk about keeping your head warm. WOW! There’s a small opening for your face and the rest of your head, ears, neck are fully covered. You can pick it up on Amazon for $14.95

Products I purchased that I didn’t like:

BlueSeventy thermal cap – I’m sure this works great if you can get over the fact that it goes under your face and it’s really tight. I bought it and then when I put it on, I couldn’t get past the part where I felt like it was hard to breathe. That was it. I never used it again and it will sit in my closet until I end up throwing it out. Price: $45. (What a waste of money!)

Synergy Thermal Gloves – Here’s another product I would NOT recommend. I have thin hands and wrists and I could not get them over my fingers. They were that tight! Don’t bother with these either. Price: $14.95


Let me know what you use for cold-water open water swimming!