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