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"This course helped understand new ways of improving my winter photography. I enjoyed the full manual shoot video. Things I never thought to consider when shooting manually."
Julian Stocker, Norway
"I enjoyed going through the course. There was a lot of useful information from clothes layering to way more. The photography info was really well done and the composition ideas very useful.
I liked that it was short and yet complete. I will refer back often."
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Vallerret brings you the best in quality, comfort, warmth and style so you can continue to capture your images all winter long.
(If you want to jump right to the juicy details of our new Merino Apparel, scroll down.)
To really let our gloves shine, keeping your hands warm and accessing your dials all winter long, it’s important to start with keeping your core warm.
Here is why:
When it’s cold, our bodies are experts at keeping us alive. The body takes the blood away from the hands and feet and directs it to the core. We are unconsciously willing to sacrifice our digits in order to keep our organs functioning.
So, how do you keep your core warm? It’s not as easy as just putting on a big jacket, or adding an extra hoodie.
It comes down to layering, and layering with the correct materials.
Staying warm in Winter is all about layering.
What do we mean by layering? Simply put, you add a piece of clothing over another piece of clothing and keep going until you have the optimal warmth.
Why just wearing a big heavy jacket doesn’t work?
Getting too hot is almost worse than being too cold, you start to sweat and if you try to remove that jacket, you will instantly freeze because whatever you were wearing underneath is now wet.
Layering works because you are able to add layers and remove layers as the temperature changes or your level of activity changes, staying dry, comfortable and warm all day.
As Carl explained in the video, layering works as 3 main levels; Your base layer, Middle layer/insulation layer and outer layer.
And the secret and first step to keeping your hands warm is keeping your base layer and your core 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.
That's why we are such a huge fans of merino!
But that's not the only reason. ;)
The main key secret to Merino wool’s success lies in its exceptionally fine fibres, which make it the softest wool available.
Wool has been the natural leader in keeping warm since the viking times and it still beats most synthetic fabrics on performance. However traditional wool sweaters are itchy as hell and a heavy beast to carry around. So what makes Merino Wool Different?
It all comes down to differences in the fibres. Let’s break it down in bullets:
And before we rest our Merino case/drop the mic, here are some additional features of Merino wool:)
It won’t stink - even if you do :) Merino contains natural anti-bacterial properties that stop the bacteria in your sweat creating an odour.
It’s super soft! Merino wool fibres are superfine, making it itch free and luxuriously soft next to skin.
MOISTURE WICKING AND BREATHABLE
Merino wool manages moisture like a boss! It has the ability to move moisture away from your skin, and can absorb up to 30% of it’s own weight before feeling wet.
With superfine fibres, the garments are incredibly breathable and fast-drying, so the moisture that it wicks away, dries in no-time, keeping you feeling comfortable all day long.
WARMTH TO WEIGHT RATIO
It’s warm, even when wet! Due to the structure of the fibres which are also hollow, merino traps air and punches above it’s weight when it comes to insulating. A thin layer keeps you very warm, even if it get’s wet.
Think of merino wool as a well-insulated house. Toasty in the winter, and a nice cool temperature in the summer. Again, this is due to the ability of merino to trap the air keeping you cool when it’s hot, warm when it’s not!
As a photographer being on fire isn’t exactly something of concern, but it’s a nice bonus especially around the camp fire. Wool is naturally high in nitrogen and water, which requires higher levels of oxygen in the surrounding environment in order to burn.
Summary: MERINO WOOL is king and is why it used as the leading fabric in winter active wear by companies around the globe.
Now that you are stoked on merino wool, and the importance of layering, let’s introduce the Vallerret Merino Base Layer Apparel!
Vallerret Long Sleeve Tee shirt boasts a super fine merino wool blend, giving you all the benefits of merino (warm, soft, flexible, and oder-resistant) plus added durability, keeping you out there for longer.
At 150gsm, this shirt is designed as base layer allowing you to layer up, and adjust to the temperature or activity level.
Here is a list of all the benefits that come with Vallerret Long Sleeve Tee:
Colour: Long Sleeve Tee comes in Midnight Black and Huskey Gray
Vallerret Zipper Jersey is made of super fine 100% merino wool.
At 240gsm we have created a super warm, extra soft, flexible, and oder-resistant garment, keeping you out there shooting for longer.
Here are all the benefits of Vallerret Zipper Jersey:
Colour: Vallerret Zipper Jersey is available in Midnight Black
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The neck holds thick blood vessels close to the skin which carry 20% of the body's warm blood to the head, so if you don't have a neck gaiter, you're putting yourself at risk to get colder sooner. Just like other base layers close to the skin, we recommend a merino wool neck warmer.