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Cold Weather, Camera Friendly Gloves
Timothy Andrews, Photographer
Pearl Harbor | Hi | USA | Posted: 12:21 AM on 01.06.13
->> I know this has been on the board before (and yes, I searched), but I'm curious if anyone has any updated suggestions. My wife is going to Alaska in March and needs a good pair of gloves that still allow her to operate her camera. It'll probably only be 20-40F out, so they need to be warm. We live in Hawaii, so it's hard to just go down to the store and try some out.

Thanks in advance.
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Joel Hawksley, Photographer
Carbondale | IL | USA | Posted: 12:27 AM on 01.06.13
->> I got this pair for Christmas and have used them in that temperature range. Currently on sale at BH for $20. BTW, they run a little small.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/704117-REG/Freehands_11121ML_Men_s_St...
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:46 AM on 01.06.13
->> tell her to look at north face gloves. they have a large variety and are quality equipment. and they have a huge selection for women.
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Israel Shirk, Photographer, Assistant
Boise | ID | US | Posted: 1:52 AM on 01.06.13
->> Do you mean 20-40 or -40 to -20?
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Timothy Andrews, Photographer
Pearl Harbor | Hi | USA | Posted: 2:51 AM on 01.06.13
->> I would expect +20-40F for a southern coastal area in Alaska in March (Homer).

Thanks so far.

Joel, I've been looking at those. You like them?

Chuck, any particular model you like? I love North Face stuff, but like I said, it's hard to find stuff like that here. Whatever we get will be via Internet.
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 7:43 AM on 01.06.13
->> I use a fly fishing type wool glove/mitten, they are a glove with the finger cut out but have a mitten part that flips open to expose fingers. Look for the ones that also have a slit in the thumb to get it exposed--I've run across some that didn't have the thumb access and had to cut my own--should have seen the store clerk when I asked to borrow a pair of scissors after buying a pair of North Face gloves and proceeded to cut a slit in the thumb.
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Brian Westerholt, Photographer
Kannapolis | NC | USA | Posted: 8:24 AM on 01.06.13
->> I have a pair of gloves from http://www.freehands.com/ and I love them. They come in a variety of styles and materials for men and women.
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Robert Caplin, Photographer
New York/Barcelona | Worldwide | | Posted: 9:05 AM on 01.06.13
->> I'm a big fan of my new conductive fingertip gloves I got from Santa...I dont have to take off my gloves to get to my iPhone, and still thin enough to use my camera...though in extreme frigid conditions, they're pretty thin...I think he got them from Muji, but I couldn't find them on their site, here's a similar pair on Amazon: http://amzn.to/UsQ11c Probably cheaper there anyway. :)
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Erik Schelkun, Photographer, Photo Editor
Tipp City | OH | USA | Posted: 10:13 AM on 01.06.13
->> I have been using a pair of craft cycling gloves for the last few years. They have been great. designed to be warm and still allow maximum movement and durability. Here is a link to a similar pair

http://shop.craftsports.us/cycling-clothing/accessories/bike-siberian-glove...
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 10:45 AM on 01.06.13
->> also consider a combination system of gloves. the conductive ones like robert mentioned and a heavier pair over those....although 20-40 degrees isn't all that bad. in those temps she's not going to need heavy duty "I'm gonna get frostbite" gloves. isotoner also makes very nice women's gloves that are both warm and have the conductive fingertips to use with your electronics. good luck
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Pat Lovell, Photographer
Bloomington | IN | US | Posted: 10:57 AM on 01.06.13
->> +1 on FreeHands.com , I have a mid-weight and a heavy pair of gloves from them and they are the best glove purchases I've ever made.
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Robert Deutsch, Photographer
NY | NY | USA | Posted: 11:42 AM on 01.06.13
->> I find any gloves that have the finger cut out to be useless... that's the part of my hand that gets coldest fast!
So I use a thin glove (my favorite is Mechanix (
http://www.mechanix.com/the-original-glove)
They are thin and incredibly tactile so you can do anything on the camera easily. I combine them with hand warmer pouches in my pockets to keep my hands warm between plays. Anything thicker gets in my way while shooting. That combo works to about 15 degrees. Colder than that, another layer would be needed.
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Michael Granse, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 12:16 PM on 01.06.13
->> I wear a pair of tight, black leather gloves that have a Thinsulate liner similar to the ones in the link posted in this message.

I also wrap one of those ear protecting headbands around the metal lens hood on my 300mm so that I am not resting my thinly gloved hand directly on the freezing cold metal lens hood while I am shooting.

Occasionally, I will put handwarmer packets inside the gloves against my palms, and even with these tucked inside the gloves I still have access to all of the buttons on my cameras. Between plays and during media timeouts, I slide my fingers out of their individual compartments and make a fist around the hand warmer inside my glove. When I need to start shooting again, I slide my fingers back into the gloves, leaving the handwarmers in my palms and this has worked very well.

Here is a link to a pair of gloves similar to the ones that I use for this:
http://www.amazon.com/Geoffrey-Beene-Thinsulate-Lined-Leather/dp/B00AAX8P4K...+leather+gloves+thinsulate
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Israel Shirk, Photographer, Assistant
Boise | ID | US | Posted: 12:32 PM on 01.06.13
->> For 20-40 you don't really need anything really beefy, I'd go with Robert's suggestion of mechanix + some hand warmers.
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Victor Biro, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 2:56 PM on 01.06.13
->> Wind and dampness is what will foul up any plans based on temperature ranges.

Even if the temp is 40, and it windy the wind chill will drop the effective temperature significantly.

What I use is layers: a polypropylene glove liner (
http://tinyurl.com/b2eekk2), which is thin, and a more robust leather or synthetic outer shell.

The glove liner has enough tactile feedback for using cameras, but keeps the wind from directly blowing away the 'aura' of heat from the hand.

Cheers and have fun.

Victor
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Victor Biro, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 3:01 PM on 01.06.13
->> Oh, I forgot: Don't forget to account for the effect cold has on batteries.

Have space against your body that you can rotate your camera batteries through as the cold saps the available power from your batteries.

Usually you can recover some of the power by warming them up again, but you will still use a lot more batteries than you would in Hawaii.

Bring plenty of spares. You don't want to discover that you have planned a day of shooting spectacular scenes and have your batteries crap out 2 hours into the day.

Victor
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 4:41 PM on 01.06.13
->> Excellent reminder, Victor. When I was a Polaroid tech rep a million years ago when we shot outside on cold days we would place the print in the armpit space to provide enough warmth to get the print to process (obviously this didn't apply to the 8 x 10 product) :P .

As Victor suggest, find a place to warm the batteries. Place them someplace where your body generates enough heat and don't wait for the battery to fail - just keep rotating through them.


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David Minton, Photographer
Denton | TX | USA | Posted: 2:38 AM on 01.07.13
->> I've been using these for the past two years and they've been great for down to the 20s. (http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Men%27s-Torsion%E2%84%A2-Glove/OM4339,default,pd.html)
The body is softshell with a thin fleece back and thin leather for the palm and fingers. The fingers have flat seams so I feel every button on the camera. Very good dexterity and the cuff fits tight against your wrist so no drafts.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:20 AM on 01.07.13
->> These work for me. They too run a bit small.

http://www.adorama.com/searchsite/default.aspx?searchinfo=aquatech+gloves
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:49 AM on 01.07.13
->> this is OT from the gloves but I have found unless you are using regular batteries in your cameras the cold is a non-factor these days...nicads just aren't affected in my experience....
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Tim Vizer, Photographer
Belleville | IL | USA | Posted: 11:52 AM on 01.07.13
->> I use a pair of batting gloves when the weather cools down for everyday shooting, driving, etc -- skin tight and great dexterity. When the weather gets too cold, I just slip heavier gloves over those.

Only had to use hand warmers in some outdoor HS playoff games in the Chicagoland area, I use the cheap foil pack kind you tear open and "mix" or "crush" together to get them to start generating heat, and put them between the two pairs of gloves -- they're too hot if they make direct contact with skin.

I put them on the knuckle side of my hands so they're out of the way of me shooting. The circulation of blood in my hands brings the warmth to the fingertips and whole hand. I can shoot an entire football game with just one set before the heat starts to taper off.

As to the gloves for use with iPhones, I just ordered a pair of these in solid black (
http://www.amazon.com/Solid-Color-Touch-Screen-Gloves/dp/B006IY6I8K/ref=pd_...). I'll let you know how they work out.
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 4:10 PM on 01.07.13
->> Thinking of trying these thin glove liners under a pair of Windstopper gloves without finger tips...http://www.blazewearusa.com/heated-gloves/heated-glove-liners/heated-glove-...
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Victor Biro, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 4:20 PM on 01.07.13
->> ->> Thinking of trying these thin glove liners under a pair of Windstopper gloves without finger tips...http://www.blazewearusa.com/heated-gloves/heated-glove-liners/heated-glove-...

Egads!

"Special Price: $169.99"

At the rate I loose gloves I don't think so.
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Whitney Curtis, Photographer
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 4:48 PM on 01.07.13
->> I use these REI gloves for shooting in cold weather:
http://www.rei.com/product/838670/rei-tech-compatible-all-season-gloves-wom...
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Ben Krause, Photographer
Minneapolis | MN | United States | Posted: 1:07 PM on 11.01.14
->> With the Minnesota winter right around the corner I was looking into getting some gloves that will work well for photography. These Heat 3 Smart gloves look like they would be about perfect, but the price stings a bit. They ship to the U.S. and the U.S. price would not include the VAT that European customers have to pay.

http://www.theheatcompany.com/en/gloves/heat-3-smart

http://www.photolife.com/2014/10/cool-gadget-heat-3-smart-gloves/
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John Flora, Photographer
Louisville | CO | USA | Posted: 7:23 AM on 11.02.14
->> I modified my trusty wool gloves with a small slit and a bit of thread on the index finger. Works great.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v31vxu59gp7l35x/IMG_20141102_051912.jpg?dl=0
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 9:46 AM on 11.02.14
->> This is what I use for New England winters. I can use my fingers when I really need them and when I don't the mitten cover keeps everything warm. What I REALLY love is that the mitten cover also has a built-in pocket that holds a hand warmer. Nothing beats slipping your fingers back into a heated space.

http://www.amazon.com/Manzella-Hunter-Convertible-Glove-Realtree/dp/B009KOB...
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 2:33 PM on 11.02.14
->> For more mild winter temps - say down to about 45 or 50 degrees - I found a pair of "sticky" gloves at Menards that are made to be used with a smart phone screen. They work great. you can grab the camera with confidence, work the controls and use your smart phone without taking them off.

They also fit well as a liner glove in the finger cutoff gloves adding some finger warmth in the harsher temps.

Last Friday night with 40 mph winds and 30 degree temps.... nothing worked.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 2:44 PM on 11.02.14
->> Huntsworth Tech Series 1006
http://www.huntworthgear.com/men-gloves-tech-1006.php

Made for hunting, sensitive enough to be used with a touch screen. I make a small slit just under the finger tip on the index finger and thumb to have direct contact with the controls. Windproof, comfortable, good grip on the palm, and affordable. Medium weight - so not the best for extreme cold.
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Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 9:45 PM on 11.02.14
->> With my poor circulation my hands get cold FAST. So I have electric powered (lithium ION I believe) cycling liners from Canada. They work great but on a really cold day I need better gloves than I'm using now which are leather 200gm thinsulate gloves.

So, I ordered the Heat3 gloves from Germany and awaiting their arrival. My biggest issue was it was €49 or $61 for UPS Shipping. I'm assuming it's air, I still haven't received a tracking number from them yet, so I don't know how it's arriving. Considering the gloves are €130 ($160) it will end up costing $400 to keep my hands warm in cold temps, however assuming both work together in tandem it's honestly worth it.

These are the liners I purchased, $235 for a complete set.

http://ca.itselectric.ca/Heated-Wears-Clothing-p/heated-gloves-2batt-set.ht...
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John Flora, Photographer
Louisville | CO | USA | Posted: 6:31 AM on 11.03.14
->> Oh yeah, forgot to mention - handwarmers inside the glove on the back of your hand so it's close to the circulation.

http://www.amazon.com/HotHands-Body-Super-Warmer-count/dp/B0007ZF4Q8/ref=sr...+handwarmers

Works great in CO winters.
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Tim Hynds, Photo Editor, Photographer
Sioux City | IA | USA | Posted: 3:54 PM on 11.03.14
->> Old school Neumann non-tackified thermal coaches gloves. You can even change film while wearing them.

http://www.amazon.com/Adams-USA-FBC1-2XL-P-Neumann-Coaches/dp/B007FQ32ZW

Glove liners underneath if it's super cold.
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