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gloves for winter outdoor photography / photojournalism

Neil V. , Dec 05, 2006; 07:38 a.m.

What gloves do people like for winter outdoor photography?

More specifically, I need something that lets me keep a good grip on my gear, operate the controls, and not slow down my "draw" too much.

Shooting an outdoor protest in Boston in January for example, I might have to be outside for an hour or more, take hundreds of shots, and be ready for sudden action.

The seemingly closest gloves I've found are from Lowepro (once the branding has been subdued with black Sharpie):


The Kinco Pro Series Handler Gloves also look like they might work:


Suggestions from photojournalists?


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David Gillespie , Dec 05, 2006; 08:26 a.m.

Always a tuff one. I have a pair of winter golf gloves. Mine are black and made of thick synthetic leather - but still very dexterous. I took a razor knife and cut all of the advertising logos off - there were lots and they work pretty well. I also have a pair of large mittens I keep clipped to my belt and I stuff "hot-hands" in those so I can quickly warm up without having to take one pair off. I just shove the gloved hands in the mits and Ahhhh. Winter shooting in my wife's home country of Poland is very different than here in AL. My most challenging frustration is my eyes water in the cold weather, its like I am crying and that makes focusing a challenge.

Good luck.

Mikael Karlsson , Dec 05, 2006; 08:56 a.m.


I like these police gloves for general use when it isn't too cold: http://www.galls.com/style.html?assort=general_catalog&style=GL001

Galls also carries very thin leather gloves with no lining that are very good.

Hope that helps.

Jeff Polaski , Dec 05, 2006; 09:07 a.m.

Fingerless gloves, in fleece or wool. When the tips of my fingers get cold, I put them in my pockets. For sustained, colder conditions, try:


John MacPherson , Dec 05, 2006; 09:15 a.m.

Glomitts are the thing you need. They're mittens with a fold-back top that reveal a set of fingerless gloves. Good ones have rubberised non-slip palms and are made of Gore windstopper thermal fleece. These are superb. If you wear a pair of neoprene palm/wrist warmers designed for arthritic/reynauds sufferers underneath them you'll have a great keep-warm outfit that wont impede your dexterity. Speaking from experience!

yoni perlmutter , Dec 05, 2006; 10:06 a.m.

This works for me:

Outer - Horsehide, sheepskin lined mittens. Right hand has "flap" allowing trigger finger to exit mitten and activate whatever.

Middle - Woolen five-fingered gloves. I replaced the pair the army gave me with medium weight merino wool. I think mine are Filson, but any merino wool would be ok.

Inner - Silk.

The big&bulky mittens are of course for the 99.7% of the time you are not shooting. This setup will keep your hands warm enough when the temp dips to 35 degrees below freezing. These mittens are tied to the parka or whatever outerclothing you wear.

The bulky mitts come off when tripod setting-up or camera work is called for. The silk and the wool with airspace in-between will keep you going for some number of minutes in severe cold before you arrive at a state of "medical emergency".

The silk will allow you to make the finest of fine adjustments to whatever it is you may be adjusting and provide a crucial metal/flesh barrier.

In temps around freezing, the silk alone is often enough. Can't get much lighter than those.

I got my setup for free. You can get yours in an army-navy suplus shop for very little money.

Good luck.

Bill Tate , Dec 05, 2006; 11:16 a.m.

A couple of years ago, my wife bought me a pair of Lowepro photo gloves. Generally they served their purpose of permitting me to manipulate the camera and keep reasonably warm. Grass and stickers do penetrate and get stuck in the fabric, but they are the best I've found. You don't have to have a sharpie to blot out the LowePro name either. that would be like covering the name Canon or Nikon with a bit of tape so no one would know what you were using. As I recall they cost about $22 and serve quite well.

Alexander McLeod , Dec 05, 2006; 11:24 a.m.

Lowepro gloves are available from B&H in three sizes (medium, large, and extra large) for $19.50. I'm sure there are other sources, too.

KL IX , Dec 05, 2006; 12:42 p.m.

The Lowepro is fine for temps around 32 deg F or higher. If it gets down to the 20's, you'd need another pair of gloves to keep your hands warm.

Any pair of gloves with rubber grips should be fine for control, for temps in the 30's. It's when you get down to the 20's and lower than I would recommend having seprate shooting gloves and winter gloves.

I went to school in Boston; I miss everything about it except winter. I now live in SoCal, where it's currently 76 deg F :-P

Stay warm!


D N , Dec 05, 2006; 07:32 p.m.

I like those fingerless gloves with those extra-heavy snowmobile gloves over them.

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