November 20, 2018

The Ipsoot is back for its second season this year 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. 

The idea behind this glove was sparked based on our customer feedback after our first season presenting the Markhof Pro. The Markhof Pro quickly become a crowd favorite but 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. It just wasn’t warm enough.

As we strive to always innovate and improve, we were quick on the case. The people want warmth? We’ll give them warmth! Stine and Carl jumped straight into designing the warmest 5 finger glove they could think of that would perform great in the snow.
Gloves for photography
TheIpsoots are back for their second year as our heavy duty 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, thick 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 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 in 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 wouldn’t get 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 glove, 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

Have you tried theIpsoots yet? Where’s the coldest place you’ve taken them?

 

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


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SIZING CHART

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.

NB: 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
    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