February 18, 2017

What do we mean by layering? Simply put, it is placing clothes over your clothes to stay warm. Just like putting a jersey on when it cold or a rain jacket on when it rains.

That’s the basic version, however to effectively “layer” in a way that makes sense in regulating your temperature dependant on your activity and the weather, then it makes a big difference as to which fabrics you use as the different layers.
The benefit of layering is to control your warmth based on the amount of activity you are doing. If this is not news to you, then I will quickly outline that we utilise these layering systems built into our gloves with the real kicker being the extra Power Stretch Pro liner that you can add if you are just standing around waiting for the correct light, or take off when hiking, or even just wear by itself when the winter does a back flip and pretends to be summer for an hour or two. The ability to put on and take off layers as needed is what makes “Layering” so effective.
Layering works as 3 main levels; Your base layer, Middle layer/insulation layer and outer layer.


Importance of layering. How to layer to keep your hands warm


The base layer sits on your skin and should be a material that transports moisture off your skin and to the outside of the fabric where it can evaporate, otherwise known as “wicking”. The best material for this is merino wool (Obviously! That’s why we use it in our gloves). Other materials that can do this can be synthetic like polyester or pollypropelin.
These base layers keep you warm because the moisture, whether water or sweat, does not sit on your skin and chill you off. It’s also why they work well when wet and can dry a lot faster than cotton which absorbs moisture instead of transporting it.
There are dozens of companies who make merino wool base layers but we personally use and love Mons Royale. Pay attention to the weight of the garment which will help you determine how thick the layer is. 


Importance of layering. How to layer to keep your hands warm


The middle layer / Insulation Layer is exactly as it sounds, it insulates. By trapping air between the fibres of the fabric you become cocooned in a vacuum of warm air, (do you have an image of a force field in your mind?). Feathers or down are a great example of this. Look for brands that make performance down jackets that will fit nicely underneath your top layer. We like the down jackets from RAB but any similar looking mid layer will work great. There are multiple fabrics that provide a great insulation layer with the core principle that there is empty space between the fibres that can be filled by air. 


Importance of layering. How to layer to keep your hands warm


The outer layer protects you from the weather extremes. When choosing an external jacket, look for something that is both water and windproof like these.

Moisture and wind are the main driving forces of chilling you to the bone, thus the outer layers should have properties of wind protection and water resistance.
How does this work in practice? Think of the last time you where freezing and the last time you were way too hot, it sucks! No need to explain these feelings in detail, the principle of “layering” helps you regulate your temperature so that you are always comfortable.
You set off in the dark and start climbing the steps of a lookout tower to capture the vista overlooking a magnificent landscape. You start working up a sweat and decide to remove your big thick and super warm jacket which you wore to stay warm whilst you waited for that golden light to ignite. “Ah, fresh air”, but now the wind is whistling through your clothes and freezing your sweat to which you start to play the irritating game of Jacket on.. Jacket off. If you wore a thinner shell with an insulation layer you would be able remove the layer needed to keep you comfortable (in this case, the insulation layer) and enjoy those dark steps all the way to the sunrise in perfect comfort.

Why the same principle works with your gloves.

Most of the time we run around searching for a great composition, get set up and wait for the light or for the action. Moving like a crazy person with all your photo gear keeps the blood pumping to your hands.
Having a base layer (like our Power Stretch Pro Liners) removes sweat and with it, the “clammy” feeling whilst the outer shell protects from the wind and or precipitation in the form of snow or rain. Once you get set up and take a breather, the heart starts to slow and with it, your blood redistributes to protect your inner organs in the cold. Now is your chance to add an extra base or insulation layer to improve the warmth around our digits, keeping you comfortable while that light starts to take shape.
The whole purpose is to enable yourself to enjoy the process of capturing your prized shots. With changing conditions, changing activity and unknown time frames, Start layering and you won’t regret it.


Importance of layering. How to layer to keep your hands warm


Importance of layering. How to layer to keep your hands warm

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Help With Sizing


  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.