It’s that time of the year. The fireplaces are roaring, the snow is falling and everyone is scrambling to find the perfect gift for their loved ones this year. As fellow photographers ourselves, we know how hard buying for a photographer can be. If you’re left confused by the technical jargon and tech specs of products you don’t understand then you’re in luck! If your photography loving beau likes shooting in the winter, a simple pair of photography gloves might be just the ticket.
Still not sure what to buy? Here are some of the best sellers for every type of photographer in your life.
Photo by Todd Easterbrook
The skier, the snowboarder, the dog musher, the mountaineer. Whatever the extreme sport, you probably know somebody that waits all year for the first day of snow. These athletes are admirable both in their search for the extreme and their love of winter. Buying for the winter adrenaline junkie is no easy feat and picking the right glove for them will depend on a few things: where they’re shooting, how cold it gets, and how active they’ll be.
Assuming they’ll be active the whole time easily keeping warm with body heat, the winter athlete might be best suited for our Markhof Pro 2.0. This glove is our fan-favorite and is a great all-rounder. For extra protection, the Markhof Pro 2.0 + the Primaloft Merino linerwill provide a bit more customization in the warmth department.
For the winter athlete who maybe needs a little more warmth or who won’t be active the entire time, consider the Skadi Zipper Mitt or the Ipsoot. Both of these gloves are designed to protect in harsh winter conditions. The Skadi is a mitt + liner glove to give the shooter the best of both worlds, dexterity, and warmth. The Ipsoot is a five-fingered glove with extra insulation and FlipTech that overlaps to keep snow out of the glove.
Photo by Simon Markhof
Shooting nature requires a great deal of stamina and patience. For landscape photographers, this could be long walks to get a unique view of a place that’ often over-photographed. Wildlife photographers, on the other hand, spend hours staking out grounds and waiting quietly for the wildlife to make an appearance. There’s no question about it, nature photography can be a cold endeavor if not properly layered up.
For photographers who are in cold conditions and exerting minimal energy, the Ipsoots are a good choice. Our Ipsoots are our heavy duty glove providing protection against the harsh winter elements. The FlipTech on the Ipsoot overlaps to ensure the no cold air or snow gets in the glove while wearing the glove. So if the photographer in your life likes spending hours at a time in the snow waiting for that perfect picture of nature, this is the glove for them!
Winter photography isn’t all about the outdoors. Sure, nature can put on a fine show when the snow falls but for many, urban winter photography is just as beautiful. Frozen glistening streets, city centers decorated in Christmas lights, icy architecture. The urban dwellers find beauty in man-made structures and there’s no question that cities can get just as cold as wintry mountain towns. For the urban lovers, we recommend the Markhof Pro 2.0. This is our go-to everyday glove that works well both on the mountain and out around town. Toss it in your commuter bag and never leave home without it.
Photo by Lukas Riedl
The winter filmmaker is a special, hearty breed. They often spend long, full days out in the elements doing take after take, making sure they have the content they need. Finger dexterity is incredibly important to filmmakers because they have a lot more to juggle: audio accessories, various forms of artificial lighting, lenses, filters. Having full use of their fingers to secure all their bits and pieces often means having to completely remove your glove and suffer through a few minutes of burning cold pain.
Not anymore! Our Skadi Zipper Mitt was made to fit the needs of photographers and filmmakers alike who want the warmth of a mitten with the flexibility of a glove. We designed this glove in close conjunction with Lukas Riedl, our team shoot who need something to keep him warm during his long days of shooting. A side zipper allows all four fingers to slip out and the FlipTech on the thumb ensures you have full mobility. The sticky palm helps you grip your equipment so operating a gimbal become safer and more reliable.
Travel photographers are always dancing the delicate line of carrying the right gear but keep things lean enough to make traveling easier. Unless your traveling photographer is going to extremely cold places, the Markhof Pro 2.0 is the piece of kit to throw in the suitcase. Our Makrhof Pro 2.0 is our crowd favorite and for good reason. With a merino wool inner and Thinsulate insulation this glove is warm enough for the mountains but smart enough for the cities. This is the glove we never leave home without. It’s slim and small without compromising warmth.
Photo by Hallvard Kolltveit
If your photographer is headed to the Arctic, they’ll need maximum protection. Temperatures regularly drop to -35 degrees and often even reach -50. For a photographer shooting in those conditions, any exposed skin will be punished. For our coldest Arctic days, we recommend a layering system to ensure maximum warmth.
Start with the base: any of our photography glove models (we recommend the Ipsoot, Nordic or Markhof). All of these gloves still allow the photographer complete dexterity with the FlipTech fingers. For those that run extra cold, a Primaloft/Merino linermight be a good addition underneath your normal photograph glove.
Next, we’d pair the base gloves with our Alta Over-mitt. Yes, this glove is big, but it’s warm! The Alta was inspired by our early days of dog mushing when you literally needed a glove for your glove. Weatherproof and warm, the Alta slips over your glove with a zip across the top of the palm, allowing you to expose your gloved hand from underneath. When you’re not shooting and when you need to get down to business, drop the over-mitts and let them hang out of the way on the included harness.
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