Let’s be honest: Bird Photography in winter is not for the faint of heart. Bird and wildlife photographers who stake out their position and patiently wait for the shot for hours on end surely are some of the hardiest photographers in the game but those who are willing to wait it out are usually rewarded with images that not every photographer can get.
Like any winter photography, the key to enjoying bird and wildlife photography in the winter is dressing appropriately and staying warm. We have an in-depth article here on how to layer for winter photography as well as this cheeky video from our Co-Founder Carl.
When it comes to your hands, you need to think about keeping them warm the same way you would think about keeping your core warm. Layers layers layers! The more insulating layers you have, the warmer your hands will be.
The trade-off, of course, is getting a glove that is well insulated that still allows you to use your dials and buttons as well use your binoculars without having to take the gloves off and thus, lose all of your hard-earned heat.
When choosing gloves for bird photography, we always encourage our birders to think about two variables:
It’s safe to assume that most bird photographers are going to be sitting still for the majority of their shoot so you’re likely going to want a warm glove since your body will not be working up a sweat and keeping you warm while waiting for the birds. Next, you need to think about what conditions you normally shoot in. Will you be sitting in the snow? Do you live in a place where winter is all about endless rain? Are you battling winds? All of these factors contribute to how warm your gloves need to be. The more harsh conditions you face, the warmer the glove should be.
A good rule of thumb is to mirror how many layers of clothing you wear. If you are bundled up in a base layer, a few mid-layers and waterproof outer layer, you'll likely need maximum warmth on your hands too. If you're dressed to go skin up a mountain (i.e. a base layer and windbreaker) you probably don't need our most insulated glove model.
This Markhof Pro 2.0 is our go-to everyday glove. It will serve you well in your wildlife photography but also is a great all-rounder glove to keep in your winter kit no matter what you’re shooting.
The Markhof Pro 2.0 is insulated with a 100% merino wool inner in addition to Thinsulate insulation. The FlipTech on the fingers allows for quick and easy access to your camera. If you want a glove that has a low profile and a great camera feel whilst still being warm, this is the glove for you.
We recommend pairing it with our PowerStretch Pro Liners for days when it’s just that little bit too cold. The liners are designed to fit snugly under any of our photography gloves and will provide you with an extra layer of warmth. The liners are touch screen compatible which means pairing the Markhof with the liner means you won’t risk exposing any skin without compromising on usability.
For photographers who routinely shoot in cold conditions for long periods of time the Ipsoot or the Skadi Zipper Mitt is your best bet. Both of these gloves are rated for Deep Winter which means they are heavily insulated and designed with high performing materials that shields you from the elements. Which glove you choose depends on your preference.
The Ipsoot in our warmest five-finger glove. It’s insulated with a 100% merino wool inner and extra Thinsulate insulation for maximum warmth. The FlipTech on the fingers overlaps to help keep out cold air and snow and the outer materials made from premium goat leather and 2-ply twill help protect you from wind and rain. If you are extra prone to cold hands, you can also pair the Ipsoot with the PowerStretch Pro Liner to ensure you have maximum warmth without exposing any skin.
For those who prefer a mitt over a glove, the Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP is a great choice. The Skadi is also rated for Deep Winter but the difference comes in the functionality. The Skadi unzips at the top of the fingers to allow you to expose one finger of all four, depending on how much dexterity you need. This mitt comes with an included PowerStretch Pro Liner so you can avoid exposing any skin altogether. The Skadis is great for photographers who find they have more warmth when the fingers are all kept together inside the mitt.
If you have any questions at all about how our gloves might help keep you warm during your winter birding, just drop us a line. We are always happy to help or just simply have a chat. Happy birding!
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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.