Winter photography gloves should be warm without taking away from their primary goal: actually being useful during photography. Let's be honest. If they're not useful, warmth is irrelevant. 

We have built our entire business around the simple goal of keeping photographers' hands warm so when it comes to staying warm during winter photography, we know a thing or two. 

So you are ready for a pair of photography gloves but with so many options, how do you choose?

In this video Carl breaks down our Complete Photography Glove line to help you make the best decision possible (prefer reading our guide? scroll down):


Consider these two things:

When choosing the best gloves for your winter photography you need to consider these two factors:

  • Where are you going? 

This is the obvious. Will you be in Arctic or in the UK? All of our gloves come with a general season rating (light winter, mild winter, mid-winter, deep winter, and arctic).

  • What are you shooting?

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)?

This is the less obvious factor, which is often overlooked. Think about how much clothing you will need to wear. If you need many layers for your body, you probably need to layer up your gloves too. And vice versa; if you are going to be very active in the deep snow, perhaps you don't need a heavy duty glove.

Combined, these two factors will determine more than anything which gloves are going to be the best for you. 

Alrighty, let's go through our Photography Gloves and outline our recommendation for best use. 

Let’s start with our lightest gloves first.

 

Power Stretch Pro Liner  

Power Stretch Pro Liner

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 Polartec liner as an addition to any of our other winter photography gloves.
Materials: This glove is made from a durable advanced dual knit construction from Polartec®. Moisture-wicking, warm and comfortable, this a great glove for light winter or early spring days. 
Sizing/Fit: The Power Stretch Pro liner is a unisex glove and comes in XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL

 

Urbex Street Glove

 

Urban street photography gloves

Rating:
Mild Winter
Use: The Urbex is built for Winter Street Photographers looking for both style and warmth. It's the perfect glove for transitioning from the cafe to the back alleys of the urban tundra. 
Materials: The Urbex features genuine goat leather in a timeless tan colour. The suede conductive fingertips on the index finger and thumb make this glove touch screen compatible. The Urbex is insulated with a 100% merino woold liner and a comfortable long cuff and snap button strap to keep the glove nice and snug.
Sizing/Fit:  The Urbex is a unisex glove and is designed to fit close to the hand to maximize camera usability, however, it can still fit a merino liner underneath for added warmth. If adding a merino liner, we suggest choosing the same size liner as the glove. The Markof Pro comes in sizes XS -S - M - L - XL 

 

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 Mitt PSP:

Skadi Zipper Mitt PSP

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 Power Stretch Pro 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 Merino Wool and Primaloft insulation, goat leather, laminated soft twill, and a 2 ply DWR suede resists water and gives excellent wind protection. The included liner is comfortable and thin Power Stretch Pro Liner with wind panels on the back to protect against the elements. 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:

Alta Overmitt photography gloves

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:

winter photography gloves collection 2020

Power Stretch Pro Liner: Durable and warm liner made from Blue Sign Certified materials. Great for 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 Zipper Mitt PSP. 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!


15 Responses

Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves
Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves

January 11, 2021

HI Becky,

That’s great to hear! I’m glad the gloves are a great fit and suit your winter photography needs. Thanks for the comment and I’ll be sure to pass along the third FlipTech finger cap onto our design team.

Cheers
Erica

Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves
Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves

January 11, 2021

Hi Eva, you can find our sizing guide here: https://photographygloves.com/pages/sizing-chart

If the store closest to you is out, you can order from our online shop. If the size is wrong, we are happy to do a sizing exchange or, if the gloves don’t work for you all together, we are happy to refund your money, no questions asked.

Eva Iversen
Eva Iversen

January 11, 2021

Jeg mangler en størrelsesguide, jeg har en lille bred hånd nærmest firkantet og lidt korte fingre så mine handsker er som regel for lange i fingrene, hvilket er noget skidt, jeg har ikke nogen mulighed for at købe i fysisk forretning her i byen,eneste muligheder er København eller en by i jylland og alt er jo nærmest lukket på grund af corona. i øvrigt har forretningen i jylland udsolgt og københavn har kun i ex smal så jeg tør ikke bare bestille online.

Becky
Becky

January 11, 2021

Hi! I love my Women’s Nordic and am investing in back-ups in case there should ever be a shortage! I have a skin condition and can’t expose my hands to the cold, and these are the only gloves I have found that allow me to function in the winter (dog-walking, signing ipad charges, phone). Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful product. I echo the comment that suggested third-finger foldback, just for versatility. Thanks again for your efforts! Becky Brown

Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves
Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves

June 11, 2020

Hi Andrew — not a problem at all! Glad we got everything sorted so you’ll be well equipped for winter. Thanks for your comment. :)

Andrew
Andrew

June 11, 2020

Anna, thank you making the replacement of my liner gloves hassle free, particularly in this challenging time of covid-19. Great service.

Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves
Erica | Vallerret Photography Gloves

April 15, 2020

Hi Suresh,

We currently do not have any glove models that are fully waterproof. Our Markhof Pro 2.0 would likely be your best bet. The materials are water-resistant but because of the nature of the FlipTech, they are not waterproof. Like any water-resistant material, if left in the rain for an extended period of time, the material will become saturated and will not keep you dry, however, they are lined with a merino wool liner which is known for its ability to keep your warm even if the material gets wet. Hope this helps! Shoot us a message to support [@] photographygloves.com if you have any more questions.

Suresh Singh
Suresh Singh

April 15, 2020

Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you for being part of this wonderful product.
Which pair of waterproof photography/videography gloves could you recommend for use in tropical rainy yet humid climate in southeast asia.

I am going to be travelling to Thailand/Laos/Cambodia/Myanmar extensively and am currently using a neoprene gloves cut out on right thumb and index finger.
Would love to upgrade .

Thank you
Suresh Singh

Erica
Erica

November 27, 2019

Thanks for the idea, Nigel! I’ll pass this along to our product development team.

Nigel Pitts-Drake
Nigel Pitts-Drake

November 27, 2019

With a subtle change to the design of these excellent gloves, I think you could open up the market to drone operators. Being able to fold back the middle finger as well as thumb and forefinger would be perfect for drone controllers.

JamesIrref
JamesIrref

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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