October 30, 2017

Have you met Simon Markhof? He’s a Master of Every Day Photography Adventures and the inspiration for The Markhof Pro ModelAllow us to introduce you to a guy that keeps inspiring us to stop making excuses and instead go out and capture adventures:

Simon Markhof is a full-blooded photography adventurer hailing from Bavaria, Germany. He is an avid explorer taking to the seemingly untouched places to snap landscape or travel shots. In the short time we’ve known him he’s been claiming territory with his camera all over the globe and deep into his own backyard in Germany. Whether by himself or among his crew of fellow photographers, he’s always pushing his talents above and beyond.


Photo: Simon Markhof

Photo: Chris Simmerl

“What is most important to me is that photography enables me to capture and preserve the adventures I take – no matter how small they might be”
– Simon Markhof

How Vallerret met Simon Markhof

As most “love stories” of today, our relationship took shape online at first. Simon found Vallerret very early on in his search for photography gloves that fit the bill for him. It was way back when we only just had our first prototype made (many adjustments were coming) and were still in cocoon getting into gears to run a Kickstarter campaign that he dropped us an email.

Impressed with Simon’s approach to photography, portfolio and input for the gloves we invited him to join the Vallerret Team as a Team Shooter. Lucky for us, Simon was happy to join the team and share the Vallerret love and he has since taken our brand and gloves on adventures all over the globe as a dedicated ambassador.

You can also find tips and photography travel inspiration from Simon right here on Vallerret’s Blog. For example you can read:

Photo Simon Markhof

Photo: Simon Markhof in Norway

Photo Simon Markhof

Photo: Simon Markhof in Norway

Photography Iceland. Iceland photography tips

Photo: Simon Markhof in ICELAND

Photography Iceland. Iceland photography tips

Photo: Simon Markhof in ICELAND

…looking at a picture I will always remember the mindset I had back when I took the shot. And all the feelings will be revived (..) That is what photography is to me” – Simon Markhof

The rise of The Markhof Pro Model

The initial steps to The Markhof Pro Photography Glove were taken right after Simon won a snowboarding photography competition Vallerret launched. The photo competition was judged by public vote and I think it’s fair to say that Simon’s photos knocked it out of the park.

The prize for the winner was their very own Pro Model Photography Glove. With Simon ending up on top, we started brainstorming over a photography glove that would fit Simon’s needs and wants. It had to be:

  • Well suited for Every Day Adventures in general European Winter temperatures
  • Well suited for landscape & travel photography
  • Somehow have a bit of Simon represented
  • Stylish to match Simon’s cool:-)

Naturally, we asked Simon what kind of glove he was dreaming of and in this video you can hear his criteria for a great photography glove in his own words:


We spent all of spring/summer 2015 testing designs and finally The Markhof Pro Model was born in December 2015. As you know, we landed on a black softshell/goat leather/suede glove with 100% merino liner. As a tribute to Simon’s Photography, the non-slip silicone palm print is a stencil of Simon’s epic photo of Mount cook from his time travelling through New Zealand.

Fortunately, many photographers have the same needs as Simon and we are super stoked that our collaboration with Simon has been so successful that The Markhof Pro 2.0 Model has claimed the title as our bestselling Photography Glove.


Photo: Simon Markhof rocking his pro Model

Photo: Simon Markhof rocking his pro Model

Photo: Simon Markhof

Photo: Simon Markhof

If you want to see more from Simon, he has great works displayed on his website at simonmarkhof.deSimon’s instagram is off course another great platform, where you can check out his work.

Hope you enjoyed this little insight into the Man behind The Markhof Pro Photography Glove!

Capture later,

Stine // Team Vallerret

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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.