December 09, 2019

The Ipsoot is back for another season helping to keep you warm during the dark cold days of winter. This glove model was first introduced in our winter 2017/18 line and has quickly become a gear staple for our fellow winter-loving photographers. 

From the get-go, our vision was to create a glove range to accommodate every winter condition. Enter the Ipsoot, sparked by our customers needing that extra warmth and protection.  In our first season, we launched with the Markhof Pro. The Markhof Pro quickly become a crowd favourite, we designed the Markhof as a pipe glove —a thin glove— so when our customers took the Markhof out into the deep snow, they let us know they needed something extra, and thus it was time to advance our glove line to the Deep Winter.

As we strive to always innovate and improve, we were quick on the case. The people want warmth? We’ll give them warmth! We jumped straight into designing the warmest 5 finger glove we could think of, a glove that would perform great in the snow and still suit the needs of photographers. 

Shop the Ipsoot Photography Glove


Gloves for photography TheIpsoots continue in our line up as our heavy duty 5 finger deep winter glove.


Heavy duty winter photography glove requirements:


To design the best glove possible, we knew there a few key elements we must have: Heavy-duty design, great insulation, merino wool, and waterproof materials only. We instantly thought of our team shooter Todd Easterbrook and what kind of glove he would need while shooting long cold days in the Canadian Rockies. If we could develop a glove warm enough for Todd, surely it’d be warm enough for the masses.

Todd grew up on a skateboard on the east side of Canada. He made a move to Whistler, BC where he went all-in on photographing mountain sports. As a snowboarder himself, he naturally worked his way into a full-time photography career focused around snowboarding. His work routinely requires him to withstand harsh backcountry environments for 8-12 hours a day. We knew Todd needed a glove that could keep up with him and we quickly took to the challenge of making that glove. And a challenge it was! 

The art of being open — yet closed.

winter glove design
The original sketches of theIspoot


Designing the glove took much more than adding extra insulation. We knew we’d have to beef up the insulation but we also knew the focus was going to be on the Flip-Tech overlap. We designed the Markhof to allow quick and easy access to get the fingers out, but for the Ipsoot, we wanted to make sure the flap was completely sealed with overlapping material to make sure snow and cold air wouldn’t find its way in.

The overlap would need to be both tight enough to not flip open by itself, but also loose enough to make it easy to use and seal without force. We stuck to our original creating philosophy: “If it doesn’t work smoothly, it doesn’t work. Full stop.”

We designed and tested and designed again. In reality, we tested pretty much every solution of finger opening options there is. We’d even go as far to say if there’s a finger opening option you can think of, we’ve probably already tested it! Small zippers, overlapping stretchy material, diagonal openings, velcro seal options. We’ve tried them all. Our best performing solution ended up being the overlapping flap with magnets, keeping the snow out but still easy to flip.

It’s all in the details:

Man taking a photo in photography gloves

The name “Ipsoot” comes from the name of a mountain in Todd’s backyard. We thought it was more than fitting our most durable glove yet would be named after a hearty, steadfast mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

As with all of our gloves, the silicon palm print is more than a random pattern. The Ipsoot palm print comes from a photo depicting a backcountry snowboard photography mission and if you look closely enough, you’ll spot the snowboarder and helicopter among the mountains.

helicopter shadow on snowy mountain in canada

 

These are the gloves you want to have if you're heading into deep winter conditions. We recommend them for the following locations:

1. Japan 
2. Iceland 
3. North American Rockies
4. Lofoten (between November - February) 

If you tend to run cold and generally like an added layer, consider pairing them with a Power Stretch Pro Liner glove. We recommend getting the same size liner as glove for the best fit. 

Man with photography gloves holding camera by a snowy river

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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 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!

     

    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 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 choose a liner size that is snug/tight on your hand for the best Fliptech performance when wearing liners and gloves together.

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