November 29, 2018

The Gift Guide for Photographers:

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.

Safe-Hit Gift (Under €80)

Everyday photography gloves

  • If you’re looking for photography gift that’s sure to be a hit, you can’t go wrong with our fan favorite Markhof Pro 2.0 and our W’s Nordic
  • These are routinely our best sellers and because of their versatility, we’ve deemed them our “never leave home without them” gloves. 
  • Warm enough for the mountains yet stylish enough to wear around town. These gloves do it all. 
  • Fitted, slim profile with Thinsulate Insulation and a merino wool inner are the core pieces of this glove.


Luxury Treat Gift (under €100)

Warm photography mitt and gloves

  • Our Skadi Zipper Mitt and Ipsoot are the perfect gifts for the dedicated winter photographer.
  • Built for deep winter conditions, these are the gloves you’ll want if you’re out in the snow all day long.
  • The Skadi is a liner + mitt for ultimate customizability and the Ipsoot is our warmest 5-finger glove.
  • For the dedicated photographers and videographers, these gloves are sure to keep you warm when the weather turns. 
  • The versatility of the Skadi allows you to completely customize your use. Keep it as a mitt or unzip to reveal one finger or all four, depending on your needs.
  • The Ipsoot is our warmest weather resistant five-finger glove. The FlipTech flaps overlap to ensure no snow gets in your glove while you’re in the mountains.


Ultimate Photography Glove Gift:

Markhof pro photography glove and liner

  • For the hardcore winter loving photographers, there’s no greater gift than the gift of warmth. 
  • Our 3 part layering system is the ultimate way to keep your hands warm.
  • Start with the Primaloft/Merino lineras your base layer
  • Add any of our photography gloves (Ipsoot, Markhof Pro 2.0 or Nordic)
  • Top it off with the Alta, our “glove for our glove” 
  • For those traveling to the Arctic, a layering system with a heavy-duty top layer is a must. 
  • This is the perfect system for photographers who live and breath winter. The night sky shooters, the Northern Light chasers, the deep Arctic lovers. This layering system is a sure bet on warmth. 

Still not sure what to buy? Here are some of the best sellers for every type of photographer in your life.

The adrenaline junkie:

Snowboarder hitting a jump
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.

The nature lover:

Sheep on a misty mountain
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!

The urban dweller:

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.

The filmmaker:

gloves for a gimbal
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.

The wandering traveler:

Travelers on top of a mountain

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.

The arctic obsessed:

Arctic Surfer
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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Winter is no joke! Keep warm and shop our range of Vallerret Photography Gloves.

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  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.

NB: We design our gloves to be snug for best camera feel possible. This sizing chart reflects snuggly fitted gloves.

    Unisex Sizes 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
    Female Sizes 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 -
    Female Glove Models: W's Nordic