October 02, 2018


What are the best gloves for winter photography? This is a question that has been the center of our business ever since the beginning. Vallerret was founded because of the all too common problem of not being able to find gloves warm enough to withstand the harsh winter weather that came with winter photography. Each year we look to improve and innovate and we’re so excited to share our new gloves with you this winter!

We know there’s nothing quite like getting a new piece of kit, especially when it’s something you’ve been frothing over for a while. Equally as important, there’s nothing more disappointing than ordering a new piece of gear and realizing it doesn’t quite fit the bill. All of our winter photography gloves were designed to keep you warm so you can focus less on circulation to your fingers and more on getting that perfect wintry shot.

So you know you’re ready for a pair of winter photography gloves but with so many options, how do you choose? We break down our complete 2018-19 line to help you make the best decision possible.

Consider these two things:

When choosing the best gloves for winter photography, you need to consider these two things.

Where are you going and what are you shooting?

These two factors will determine more than anything which gloves are going to be the best temperature rating for you. All of our gloves come with a season rating: light winter, mild winter, mid-winter, deep winter, and arctic.

Of course, there’s the obvious: Will you be in Arctic or light winter conditions? But then there’s also the less obvious: does your photography require you to sit still for long periods of time (e.g. landscape photography) or are you actively running or skiing in order to get your shot (e.g. sports photography)? All of these factors play into finding the best gloves for winter photography.

Let’s start with our lightest gloves first.

Primaloft/Merino Liner

Merino Liner gloves for winter photography

Rating: Light Winter
Use: Wear this glove on its own for very light winter conditions when you just want to take the chill of the skin or more commonly, use the thin merino liner as an addition to any of our other winter photography gloves.
Materials: This glove is made from a Merino Wool/Primaloft blend to keep you warm but also built to be durable for the long haul. Conductive suede on the thumbs and index fingers on both hands allow for easy touchscreen compatibility.
Sizing/Fit: The Primaloft/merino liner is a unisex glove and comes in XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL

Women’s Nordic

Women's Photography Gloves

Rating: Mild-Winter
Use: This glove is suited for everyday use, from running around town to a day up the slopes.
Materials: Our W’s Nordic is made from 100% Merino Wool and Thinsulate insulation for maximum comfort. Laminated soft micro twill and suede with DWR resist water gives you excellent wind protection. The back of the glove features a pocket with an embedded tripod key, or use the pocket for a spare SD card or microfiber cloth. Our non-slip silicone grip gives you the best handle on your gear.
Fit/Sizing: While all our gloves are unisex, this one is custom made to fit the slightly narrower hands of a woman. We’ve added extra insulation for comfort and fitted the glove to be tight fitting to reduce bulk and increase camera dexterity. This glove features our signature FlipTech finger caps with magnets to ensure you can quickly access your dials and touchscreens. The W’s Nordic comes in XS-S-M-L

Markhof Pro 2.0

Everyday gloves for winter photography
Rating: Mid-Winter
Use: Our customer favourite returns this year for photographers looking for coverage in mid-winter conditions. Similar to our W’s Nordic, this is our “take anywhere” or “never leave home without it” glove. It’s discreet enough to be worn around town but tough enough to handle the elements in the backcountry.
Materials: The Marhof 2.0 features a 100% merino wool liner, Thinsulate insulation and weatherproofed fabrics that makes for a fitted glove with outstanding warmth and performance. The back of the glove features a pocket with an embedded tripod key, or use the pocket for a spare SD card or microfiber cloth. Our non-slip silicone grip gives you the best handle on your gear.
Fit/Sizing: Like all of our gloves, this glove is designed to fit close to the hand to maximize camera usability, however, it can still fit a merino liner underneath for added warmth. This glove features our FlipTech caps and magnets of the index fingers and thumbs to allow easy camera access. The Markof Pro comes in sizes XS -S - M - L - XL - XXL

The Ipsoot:

Warm gloves for winter photography

Rating: Deep Winter
Use: This glove is for the long, bitterly cold days where you need extra warmth. It’s a heavier duty photography gloves providing extra protection against the elements with instant access to your camera dials.
Materials: The Ipsoot featured 100% Merino wool linter, premium goat leather, Thinsulate insulation, laminated micro twill that resists water and gives you maximum camera feel with exceptional protection. Like the Markhof Pro and W’s Nordic, this glove features FlipTech caps and magnets on the index fingers and thumbs as well as a stash pocket for the included tripod key, microfiber cloth or SD card. It also features a non-slip grip to provide the best hold on your camera.
Sizing/Fit: The Ipsoot is slightly bulkier than our Markhof Pro and W’s Nordic but is still a relatively tight fitting glove. Wear it on its own or pair it with the merino liner for those super cold days. This glove is offered in sizes XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL.

Skadi Zipper Mit:

Mitten gloves for winter photography

Rating: Mid-Deep Winter conditions
Use: This glove provides ultimate versatility for winter photographers. Built to fit the needs of team shoot Lukas Riedl who dedicates days on end to filming in cold conditions. Lukas was seeking the best photography gloves for winter allowing for ultimate versatility to ensure he could roll the film even on the coldest days. Wear it as a mitt for warmer days or pair it with the included merino liner for cold days. The zip on the side allows you to easily free one finger of four to ensure complete camera usability.
Materials: This glove is made with 100% Merino Wool and Primaloft insulation, goat leather, laminated soft twill, and a 2 ply DWR suede resists water and gives excellent wind protection. The non-slip grip on the palm ensures a great camera grab and the FlipTech on the thumb compliments the side zip to make sure all of your fingers are usable. Like previous gloves, the Skadi features an SD card pocket with an included tripod key.
Fit: The Skadi is offered in XS-S-M-L-XL

Alta Over Mitt:

Warmest gloves for winter photography

Rating: Arctic Winter
Use: Taken from our days mushing dogs in the Arctic, this glove will keep you warm in the coldest, darkest of days. Just like you’d layer up with a puffy jacket for your upper body, the Alta is meant to be used in the same way. An extra down coat layer for whatever glove you’re already wearing. Wear the Alta Mits over your gloves and when you’re ready to shoot, unzip the palm to free your fingers or simply drop the gloves which will hang suspended on our included harness.
Materials: Like a sleeping bag for your hand, a fluffy Primaloft insulation layer keeps the cold out and the warm in. With goat leather, laminated soft twill and suede with DWR, this glove gives excellent wind protection and insulation. The glove features a FlipTech YKK weatherproof zipper opening to expose your inner glove and gain access to your dials. This glove also includes a carabiner, steel eye loops, lens cap or cloth holder, and a glove harness all to aid with the ease of getting those arctic shots.
Fit/Sizing: The Alta Mitt is meant to fit over all of our Vallerret Photography Gloves, which are sold separately. This glove is offered in S - M - L - XL

Quick Recap:

The Best Gloves for Winter PhotographyMerino liner, Light winter or as a base layer so you can add some extra warmth and gets that versatility. Touch screen compatible. 

Ws Nordic and Markhof 2.0. Our everyday use gloves. W’s Nordic is made to fit for thinner hands. The Markhof 2.0 can be used from the streets to the peaks with great dexterity.

Ipsoot and Skadi Mitt. Deep winter gloves. Use these when you have to handle snow and or are shooting in colder environments. 

Alta over mitt. For when you really need that extra layer. If you are wearing 4-5 layers on your body (i.e multiple jackets) you are most likely needing to wear multiple layers on your hands as well. This is for the Arctic and extreme cold weather climates.


There you have it: our thorough recommendations for the best gloves for winter photography. Hopefully, this quick guide helped clear up a few questions but like always, if you have any further questions or want any additional information, leave us a comment or send us an email.

Happy Winter shooting!

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5 Responses


October 22, 2018

I believe that you need to write more on this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people don’t speak about these topics. To the next! Cheers!!

Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves
Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves

October 16, 2018

Hi Joshua. Thanks for your comment! We have come a long way since our first pair of gloves but we appreciate the feedback anyway. Thanks for the ideas, we’ll get busy designing!

Joshua Quattlebaum
Joshua Quattlebaum

October 15, 2018

I’m in agreement with Mike. I’ve got your first round gloves and they’ve been great for day to day but having just come back from a trip to Iceland I realized that i needed something that could both protect against the blasts of the rain and waterfalls as well as something that could pull the moisture from my hands during those long hikes to get shots. I settled on 2 sets of gloves but would have loved a wicking base layer and an insulated and waterproof outer layer both with the ability to grip and with finger holds.

Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves
Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves

October 08, 2018

Hi Mike. Thanks for your comment. The overall goal of our gloves is to provide warmth so we measure our gloves based on that, however, we have focused on making weatherproof gloves with DWR and laminated membrane with the UK in mind. A complete waterproof option in the form of an over-cover is something we are looking at. It would be great to hear more of your thoughts so please send us an email so we can talk further about making a great solution.

Mike Prince
Mike Prince

October 08, 2018

You seem to measure winter entirely by temperature. I am a Landscape Photogrparher (www.mikeprince.org) working in the UK. Deep winter in Scotland and Northern England always involves cold and wet conditions. Waterproofing is a major factor for us. Difficult if not impossible in a fingered glove but can be achieved in an over mitt.

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  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