It’s a question we get all the time: What is the best glove for my winter holiday? Whether you’re headed to the Arctic or Japan, we know how crucial it is to have the right gear dialed in before you hop on that plane. There’s nothing worse than investing in gear that doesn’t work for you. Finding a glove that works best for everyone can be tricky but we’ve learned some tips over the years to help you get the right glove for your winter holiday.
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Ipsoot between Nov - February / Markhof all other times
It’s no doubt that Lofoten tops the charts when it comes to dream winter photography locations. With its idyllic seaside fisherman cabins and frequent Northern Light shows, Lofoten has made a name for itself as a winter photography must-do. But being in the far north during winter has its challenges. During winter Temperatures range from -2 to -15 with the short daylight and ocean side weather conditions making it feel even colder.
If you’re traveling to Lofoten during November - February, we recommend taking the Ipsoots. This is our warmest five-fingered glove. It’s wind and water resistant and insulated with a merino wool inner and Thinsulate insulation. The FlipTech on the finger and thumb allow full access to your dials and settings without having to remove the gloves.
Outside of November - February, you can get by just fine with our fan favorite, the Markhof Pro 2.0 gloves. These are the gloves we take everywhere. They are great for walking around town but also warm enough for the mountain. These gloves also have a merino wool inner with Thinsulate Insulation as a mid-layer.
You can check Lofoten's average temperatures here.
Photo by Charlotte Workman
Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP - Perfect pow glove with all that snow + Layering option with the 2 in one.
For many, Japan is considered powder heaven. Many ski resorts in Japan get nearly 15 meters of snow each season so if you’re headed to Japan to chase the waist-deep powder, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the perfect glove to accompany you.
We recommend the Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP for a Japan holiday. The Skadi is a 2-in-1 mitt that makes customizing your warmth a breeze. The mitt comes with a Power Stretch Pro Liner glove for extra insulation. When you need to use your fingers, unzip the side of the mitt to reveal one finger or four. For milder days, you can wear the mitt all on its own without the liner. Flip tech on the thumb allows you to have complete dexterity.
Photo by Denis Palanque
Those headed for an Icelandic winter should be prepared to bundle up. While the lowlands of the island tend to be relatively mild for its latitude (0° C), the Highlands tend to average around -10°C with the lower temperatures in the northern part of the island ranging from -25° to -30°C. Those seeking the Northern Lights are in for a cold night where covering up is essential. For Iceland winters, we recommend our Ipsoot glove, our warmest five-fingered glove. Made out of goat leather and 2 ply twill, the outer is water and wind resistant. The glove is insulated with a merino wool inner and Thinsulate insulation.
Photo by Todd Easterbrook
Similar to Japan, Canada is known for its epic powdery winters. For those visiting British Columbia, we recommend the Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP. This glove performs great in powder and will keep you warm in the deep winter. This glove provides the ultimate customizability performing as a glove, a mitt or both! A side zipper reveals all four fingers and the FlipTech on the thumb gives you complete control. Wear it on its own on warmer days or pair it with the included Power Stretch Pro liner glove for colder days.
If a five finger glove is your preferred option, this is where the Ipsoot comes in. The Ipsoot is our warmest five-fingered glove and is built for cold, snowy conditions. The FlipTech on the fingers overlaps to ensure no snow gets in the glove if you take a spill. It’s insulated with Thinsulate Insulation and the goat leather and 2 ply twill on the outside make this glove water and wind resistant.
Photo by Muench Workshops
Markhof 2.0 & Primaloft/Power Stretch Pro Liners (due to only visiting in summer it should only be around 0 to -2 degrees.
Despite being one of the coldest places on Earth, Antarctica requires only a modest glove since visitors usually only visit in the summer months. During the summer, the days are long and the sun is plentiful and temperatures typically hover around 0°-2°C. For this reason, we recommend the Markhof Pro 2.0. This is our most popular glove and performs both in the city and the mountain. For extra cold days, you can pair it with the Power Stretch Pro Liner to get a few more degrees of warmth.
Photo by Nico Babot
Despite being a Southern Hemisphere winter destination for many, New Zealand’s winters are quite mild. Being a maritime climate, the temperatures rarely drop below 0 meaning your hands don’t need to be layered up too heavily. We recommend the Markhof Pro 2.0 for your New Zealand winter. It’s just enough to protect you from the elements without being too big or bulky.
For serious winter chasers, Alaska and the Yukon might be the ultimate winter photography destination. Isolated and remote, these areas provide some of the harshest winter conditions as well as some of the biggest rewards when it comes to winter photography. For these die-hard winter lovers, we recommend our ultimate glove layering system.
We designed the Alta Overmitt as the “glove for your glove.” It’s exactly as it sounds, a large mitt that goes over your normal photography glove. It adds the ultimate protection against the elements. When you need to operate your camera or use your hands, simply take off the gloves and drop them behind your back on the included harness or keep them on and unzip the Mit to reveal your base glove.
For your bottom glove, we recommend the Ipsoot or the Markhof, based on how cold you run and your personal temperature preference. For extra warmth, go with the Ipsoots. If you prefer a slimmer fitting glove, we recommend the Markhof Pro 2.0. Both will be a great fit under the Alta.
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FIND YOUR SIZE:
|Unisex Size Guide||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 | Powerstretch Pro Liners|
|Female Size Guide*||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||-|
|*This size guide is specific only to W's Nordic Photography Glove|
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 consider to go a 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!
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 the girth size on the glove is too small, you won't be able to fit the 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 choose a liner size that is snug/tight on your hand for the best Fliptech performance when wearing liners and gloves together.