January 15, 2020

Finding the right photography glove is hard, we know. When the weather takes a cold turn, we’re always wishing for the warmth of a glove but we’ve always found gloves too bulky and clumsy when trying to take photos, so this year we’re solving that problem with the updated Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP: glove, mitt, and complete functionality all in one!

This glove is the ultimate piece when it comes to versatility and customizing warmth. With all the benefits of a mitten and the functionality of a glove, the Skadi the two-in-one Mitt and liner allows you to adapt to the conditions so it can be worn the Mitt by itself or use the liner when you need that extra bit of protection and warmth. The glove can be unzipped to reveal all four fingers as well as a flip cap for your thumb making this an ideal glove for videographers or drone operators who especially need to be hands-on when it comes to their craft. 

We've talked a lot about the specs of the glove but as with all of our gloves, a lot of care and attention to detail is put into the production. Every stitch has a story, every component has a purpose. Our gloves are made for photographers, by photographers and we designed this glove model in close collaboration with videographer and Vallerret Team Shooter Lukas Riedl.

man wearing glove and mitten for winter photography
Lukas Riedl modelling the original version of the Skadi.

The Brains Behind the Operation:

Lukas has been a winter bum at heart for as long as he cares to admit. Transitioning from being in front of the camera, to behind and onto videography Lukas loves to pack the gear and use it. From filming backcountry snowboarding to chefs cooking in the winter outdoors, Lukas needs the ultimate of versatility to enable his work and continue to roll that film throughout the coldest of days.

Lukas has been in search of the perfect glove for him that would give him all access and control of his videography gear without having to expose skin to the elements.

“When I’m out shooting I need to work fast with different gear components changing lenses, operating the gimbal, fiddling with microphones, adjusting camera settings and all that. Sometimes I need all my fingers out to operate and other times just my thumb or index” said Lukas. “I wanted to develop a design that could help me stay warm even when I need to use all my fingers and I’m so pumped with the result – it’s just awesome”

The brown/camo colour is Lukas’ design and we’re so excited to add a little colour to our glove range and line up. And for those who are wondering, yes, the doodle on the bottom is Lukas’ signature. (It’s a pretty doodle, don’t get us wrong!)
glove and mitten for winter photography

It's all in the details:

We designed the glove to zip open to reveal all four fingers underneath. The Skadi also comes with an included Polartec Power Stretch Pro liner for extra durability and warmth. The Power Stretch Pro Liner, from Blue Sign Certified materials, features panels on the back of the hand protect you from wind and the index finger and thumb are touch screen compatible so you can access your touchscreens without being exposed to the elements.

Skadi PSP phtography mitt touch screen with a phone

The Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP is lined with a merino wool lining to give you extra warmth and softness when wearing the glove without the Polartec Power Stretch Pro liner. Of course, the zipper and FlipTech finger caps with magnets remain a staple in the Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP ensuring you have complete and easy access to your camera and dials. 

The outer materials feature goat leather, laminated soft twill and a 2 ply DWR suede which resists water and gives excellent wind protection. The Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP also features a super grippy palm to give you confidence and a great camera grab. A handy storage pocket on the back of the hand is perfect for storing a spare SD card or microfibre cloth and comes embedded with a handy tripod key. The Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP also features a storm leash so you can drop the gloves in an instant without the fear of losing them forever in the powder. 

Skadi Zipper Mitt Photography Glove Sketches

For a long time during the design process and prototyping, this glove was nicknamed “The gLover” and it was in the late stages of finalizing the design that we landed on the name.

Original sketch of the skadi zipper mitt.

woman taking photo on mountain top

Behind the name Skadi:

“Skadi” (spelled Skaði) in tribute to the goddess of winter in Norse mythology. Skadi is a jötunn and goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains. She was raised on a snowy mountaintop where heavy clouds hid the sun and the hard rock made the ground feel dead cold. She felt at home in her wild and inhospitable land where nothing would thrive or grow, and her love for the cold would become a point of division in her marriage to Njord, god of the sea who found her environment too cold and harsh.

While we all shared Skadi’s love of winter, not everyone was quick to adopt the name for the new glove. For a long time during the design process and prototyping, this glove was nicknamed “The gLover” and it was in the final stages of finishing the design that we landed on the name Skadi.

“I thought gLover was a great name,” admits Lukas, “I’m still secretly voting for it. It’s a glove and I love it. Glover!”

The Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP is designed to be the ultimate versatile glove for Winter photographers/videographers with different needs on the same shoot. We’re excited to have teamed up with Lukas to design a truly lovable glove that will make you feel like the winter goddess Skadi herself.

gloves and mittens for winter photography

gloves used for winter videography
You can find Lukas at www.luckyreel.eu and on Instagram.

 

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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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