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12-07-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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With the northern climes getting chillier by the day, i was wondering what you are wearing on your hands while shooting? Any advice on what to use?

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I used to have those gloves where the finger compartment folds back, but I found them to be.. neither warm, nor useful. Now I just have snug leather gloves and take the glove off when I need to mash buttons.
But there are many "photographer" gloves out there, some have missing fingers, others have removable fingers..

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Here is what one well known wilderness shooter had to say on the subject just this week.

It’s the Season for Gloves : Moose Peterson's Website

For me, I prefer the snug "tactical" gloves worn by many police and special forces types.

Amazon.com: Hatch Specialist All-Weather Shooting/Duty Glove, Large, Black: Sports & Outdoors

They are fine for cool to moderate cold. For truly frigid temps, you might want cross country skiing or mountaineering-type gloves. Since I've aged and don't climb anything bigger than the stairs in my building anymore, this is a non-issue for me.
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I have been shooting at -20degC the past several days. I have found the only thing that works for me is to wear thin liner gloves and use hand warmers to keep the fingers warm. Not ideal but you cannot wear mitts or thick gloves and expect to work machinery such as a camera. The hand with the IR remote gets the coldest so I alternate hands, the free one gets pulled back all the way into the parka sleeve to warm up, Hand and toe warmers are required equipment, IMO. In addition to a parka, you need snow boots and snow pants when it gets really cold. And an alternate power supply since the lithiums give out when they get really cold.

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I have combination fingerless glove/mitt where the mitt part folds back if needed. Under that I use glove liners so my fingers are never fully exposed.


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I have been shooting at -20degC the past several days. I have found the only thing that works for me is to wear thin liner gloves and use hand warmers to keep the fingers warm. Not ideal but you cannot wear mitts or thick gloves and expect to work machinery such as a camera. The hand with the IR remote gets the coldest so I alternate hands, the free one gets pulled back all the way into the parka sleeve to warm up, Hand and toe warmers are required equipment, IMO. In addition to a parka, you need snow boots and snow pants when it gets really cold. And an alternate power supply since the lithiums give out when they get really cold.

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I heard you guys are getting a serving of deep chill... Stay warm,. eh? Cheers from a Canuck in Prague. Good advice, also changes depending on the humidity....least you have dry cold... here -3c and wet is miserable.

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hmmm some good input so far...

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QuoteOriginally posted by abmj Quote
For me, I prefer the snug "tactical" gloves worn by many police and special forces types.

Amazon.com: Hatch Specialist All-Weather Shooting/Duty Glove, Large, Black: Sports & Outdoors

They are fine for cool to moderate cold. For truly frigid temps, you might want cross country skiing or mountaineering-type gloves. Since I've aged and don't climb anything bigger than the stairs in my building anymore, this is a non-issue for me.
+1 on this, though I have some tactical gloves with kevlar on the entire palm side and they are way too stiff for easy camera operation (ok for the other kind of shooting, though). Normal tactical gloves are ideal for me, though admittedly I'm rarely exposed to the kind of truly frigid weather that some of you are. Just make sure to get your exact size, since they need to be like a second skin for dexterity.
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I use a pair of HEAD touch-screen capable thumbs and fingers with nice grippy silicone pads as liners under heavier gloves. They're pretty good down to about 40F, though.
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I wear one-size-fits-all knit gloves inside heavy oversized gloves (or if really cold - mittens). When necessary, I remove the heavy outer glove, but leave the thin under glove on.
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I use a pair of HEAD touch-screen capable thumbs and fingers with nice grippy silicone pads as liners under heavier gloves. They're pretty good down to about 40F, though.
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I use a system of mittens and gloves:
1. moderate cold to about -5C: lightweight knit gloves with 'grippy' dots
2. cold to -15C: insulated gloves with a windproof exterior shell
3. colder still: fold-back insulated mittens with half-fingers; plus either a light liner glove or the gloves from (1).
4. Really cold: the camera will probably freeze before I do!

I find the mittens work well. I can cradle the lens and focus/zoom with my left hand without exposing the inner glove part. On my right hand, I'll pull back the mitten flap, take the shot(s), then quickly cover the exposed fingers. The light liner glove is very tactile but prevents the skin itself from touching the cold camera.

As you might know, it is critical to get the proper fit. Gloves that are too tight do not allow the thin air space around the hand/fingers, which lessens the insulation value. Too big, and they're sloppy.

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When it gets down to -30C as it is here, I wear hot chocolate in my hands and watch everyone else frozen solid.
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just a normal, light "wind blocking" glove. Generally they rate them minus 5 to 10 celsius in various brands. I have no issues using them on Pentax cameras at those temperatures. Like others have said, the fingerless ones aren't very warm, or useful.
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