November 15, 2018

At first glance, it might seem a bit ridiculous. Perhaps even a bit of an overkill. Photography gloves the size of oven mitts? Sure, it may seem absurd but bear with us! The Altas were designed to go over all of our photography gloves to be used as a giant coat. A glove for your glove. It provides insulation and warmth in the harshest of environments.

We know the gloves look big compared to our normal photography gloves but don’t worry, we’ve made them large intentionally and hopefully after reading this blog post, these bad boys will become your new best friend in Arctic temperatures.
women wearing warm gloves for winter photography

It all began with dogs:

Back before they were glove extraordinaire, founders Carl and Stine were spending their winter seasons working with sled dogs in the Arctic. They even had the privilege to train and race dogs who were heading to the great annual Iditarod race in Alaska.

Although it was a truly amazing experience, they quickly received a crash course in the fundamentals of keeping warm in the Arctic.

women getting kissed by a sled dog

Layer your hands like you layer your body:

The first thing they learned was that layering was key. Having multiple layers trap heat better than one big warm layer and allow you to adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates.

Naturally, when you are training sled dogs to race 1000 miles, you are required to spend many long, cold hours behind the sled to make sure the dogs are fit and ready for such a big task. The musher is tasked with standing behind the sled in -20C degrees or colder with windchill which requires a good deal of stamina and a hearty pair of durable, warm gloves.

dog mushing in the arctic

Big bulky gloves are good for dog mushing but mushers still need to balance bulk with functionality as they are often required to untangle a dog or provide immediate assistance which requires complete dexterity. Normally, mushers wear gloves with which they can attend to their dogs and equipment with full dexterity and then on top of that glove, they wear and over-mitt: a mitten they put on when they stand still on the sled as a “sleeping bag layer” with zero dexter. Great for warmth, not great for functionality. 


When a problem arises or when the musher needs to use their hands, they use a brilliant and practical trick: the harness hack. Mushers never need to keep track of or look for their over-mitts because they wear a glove harness for the over-mitt. This allows them to drop their over-mitts in a second and run to attend to their dog without having to worry about losing their gloves. A bulletproof glove layer that never got in the way.

photographing in arctic conditions

The over-mitt design was a complete game changer in the Arctic when mushing dogs and Carl and Stine took the concept and developed it into a photography glove design. In the Arctic, Photographers and dog mushers have one thing in common: They have periods of time when they need dexterity in their gloves and other periods of time where dexterity isn't needed and the most important thing is staying warm. The Alta Over-Mitt solves this problem and gives photographers the best of both worlds. Gloves that keep you warm in the harshest of conditions but also all you to take them off and drop them in a second when you need to operate your camera.

Just like not one jacket will keep you warm enough in the Arctic, neither will one pair of gloves. You should layer up your hands just as you would the rest of our body. As a photographer, your fingers are an important asset so don’t neglect them and invest in a layering system that works. These gloves are the perfect addition to photographers shooting the stars or the Northern Lights where standing in the bitter cold for long periods of time is essential. Try them out, you won't regret it!

Warmest gloves for arctic photography

 

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Winter is no joke! Keep warm and shop our range of Vallerret Photography Gloves.

 

 


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Help With Sizing

FIND YOUR SIZE:

  1. Measure around the widest part of your hand with a relaxed open palm.
  2. Measure from base of hand to the tip of the middle finger.

PEASE NOTE:  We design our gloves to be snug for best camera feel possible. This sizing chart reflects snuggly fitted gloves.

    Unisex Sizes XS S M L XL XXL
    Hand Girth cm  18 - 20  20 - 21 21 - 22 22 - 23 23 - 25 25-28
    inch  7.1 - 7.9   7.9 - 8.3  8.3 - 8.7 8.7 - 9.1 9.1 - 9.8 9.8-11.0
    Hand Length cm  16.0 - 17.5  17.5 - 18.5 18.0 - 19.0 19.0 - 20.0 20.5 - 22.0 22-24.0
    inch  6.3 - 6.9 6.9 - 7.2 7.1 - 7.5 7.5 - 7.9 8.1 - 8.7 8.7-9.4
     EU Size Equivalent  EU 7.5  EU 8 EU 8.5 EU 9 EU 10 EU 11
     Unisex Glove Models: Markhof Pro 2.0 | Skadi Zipper Mitt | Ipsoot | Alta Over-Mitt | Merino Liner Touch | Primaloft/Merino Liner | Urbex
    Female Sizes XS S M L XL
    Hand Girth cm 16.0 - 17.5 17.5 - 18.8 18.5 - 20.0 20.0 - 21.5 -
    inch  6.3 - 6.9 6.9 - 7.4 7.2 - 7.9 7.9 - 8.5 -
    Hand Length cm 15.5 - 16.5 16.3 - 17.2  17.0 - 18.5 19.0 - 20.0 -
    inch  6.1 - 6.5 6.4 - 6.8 6.7 - 7.3 7.5 - 7.9 -
     EU Size Equivalent  EU 6  EU 7 EU 8 EU 9 -
    Female Glove Models: W's Nordic

      

    Please note, our gloves are designed to fit snuggly to give you the best camera feel without compromising on warmth. If you prefer a looser fit, please size up.

    As we learn more and more about gloves we also learn that all hands are different. Some people have long skinny fingers and slim wrists, others have wide hands with short fingers.

    Our gloves wont fit all even with the right measurements from the sizing chart – but we try!

    What size should I get if I'm between sizes?

    For many, the best option will be to go up a size if your measurements are in between sizes.

    If you are between sizes or if your hands do not fit into the measurements on our sizing chart, we recommend prioritizing the fit for the girth measurement. The girth is the most important measurement and if you the girth size on the glove is too small, you won't be able to fit the glove.

    Should I size up for my liner glove?

    If you’re considering pairing a liner glove with your photography gloves, we recommend choosing the same size liner as photography glove. We designed our liners to be thin and fit inside of our photography gloves so we recommend your normal size in liners. There are two exceptions to this:

    Exception #1: If you are at the very end of the ratio size in the sizing chart, e.g. 1 mm from being a size Large, then we advise going up a glove size if you plan to often wear the liner with the gloves. 

    Exception #2: If your personal preference is to wear fairly loose gloves, then you should also go up a size when adding a liner. We don't recommend this as you will compromise dexterity with loose gloves and our priority is best possible camera feel. But you know best what you like!

    House tip: Make sure to chose a liner size that is snug/tight on your hand for the best Fliptech performance when wearing liners and gloves together.