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Recommendations for Cold Weather Gloves

Raymond Liguori , Jan 15, 2004; 02:34 p.m.

I always have cold hands (but a warm heart). So, along the line of the cold weather boots thread (which was very helpful), how do you all keep your hands warm when you are out shooting. Has anybody found a really warm glove that is thin enough to shoot with? If not, do you value easy on/easy off? Layers? Please tell.


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Curt Weinhold , Jan 15, 2004; 03:44 p.m.

Wear polopro liners inside insulated mittens. Buy mittens at least one size large to facilitate easy hand removal. You may also put inside the mitten a disposable handwarmer. Any glove thin enough to allow easy use of camera controls will not keep your digits warm at 20 or lower. You may also pass a nylon cord around the back of the neck & attach your mittens when using the camera. Hoarfrost along open water is especially nice near 0 degrees.

Bob Bicknell , Jan 15, 2004; 04:50 p.m.


I've wrestled with this for years and there is no optimal answer.

However, Curt's suggestion of mittens and a glove liner is about the best you can do. The trade off is having warm fingers or being able to manipulate one's camera. Adding disposable hand warmers helps a little. I usually have an assortment of gloves/mittens and adjust depending on the weather.

Years ago in another life I did a lot of winter ice climbing. I had heavy wool mittens (Dachstein ? mitts) and under these I wore heavy duty fingerless gloves called "milarmitts" or some such. These were heavy duty knitted but made of a man made fabric. The palms were not at all slippery and would allow one to hold a camera or other tool without fear of it slipping on the material. The combination mitten/fingerless glove of today are a nice idea but I can't find any with palms and fingers that allow gripping a camera. My last pair of millarmmitts bit the dust about 10 years ago and I haven't been able to find any even at stores such as EMS or REI. Even at the time I don't think they were inexpensive.

Mittens, glove liners and handwarmis is as good as any option.


Edwin Barkdoll , Jan 15, 2004; 05:02 p.m.

I was out for a few hours in -10F in a stiff wind wednesday and managed to keep my hands reasonably comfortable - my main problems were the frost which formed on my glasses since I forgot the antifog treatment and repeatedly "burning" my nose on my metal camera back.

I used 2 layers - inner layer outdoor research windblock mittens with finger and thimb flaps so that one does not need to remove the entire mitten to perform some tasks, outer layer, also OR, a heavy windproof/waterproof nylon shell (for snowboarding?).

The heavy outer shell allows only minimal manipulation of things - no camera controls to speak of - so I pretty much kept my left hand double layered all the time and the right hand single layered.

There were definitely times when I had to stop what I was doing to jump around vigorously to keep cirulation in my extremities since I was mostly stationary in nasty wind, but I was surprised how well things workd out weathwerwise.

Jani Hyytiäinen , Jan 15, 2004; 05:03 p.m.

Ever thought of trying neoprene gloves?

Neoprene is flexible and foamy substance used to make suits for scuba divers and surfers. There are also neoprene gloves for fishers and paddlers. You can imagine fishing and paddling quite similar to photography by requirements. Need for dry and warm hands without loosing dexterity on fingers.

I did a fast search on internet and the thinnest gloves I could find right now were 1.5mm thick neoprene. Because it's foamy and flexible structure, it's like a second skin which keeps the warmth in and the cold outside.

I would think you could try them. Just don't take gloves too big.


Brady Dillsworth , Jan 15, 2004; 06:00 p.m.

I suffer from very cold hands when I shoot. What I have found that works the best for me is to wear a thin pair of light weight knit cotton golves, which I never take off, on top of those I wear neoprene kayaking gloves. The neoprene gloves make my hands sweat, which is why I wear the cotton gloves underneath. If I will be outside for anything more than 90 minutes, I will put two chemical hand warmers inside of a very large pair of down stuffed leather mittens to put my hands into when the neoprene gloves can't keep them warm any longer.

With the thin cotton gloves and the neoprene gloves, I am able to operate an N90 and RB67 Pro-S without a problem. I do keep the strap around my neck or over my shoulder, because it is difficult to feel the camera unless I am grabbing it firmly.

Craig Bridge , Jan 15, 2004; 06:06 p.m.

I've got a pair of thinsulate gloves that will let me deal with most camera controls (excludes ISO settings on my mechanical bodies). They aren't warm enough by themselves for long in below freezing wind chill, but inside an oversized pair of ski mittens are great.

Maury Cohen , Jan 15, 2004; 06:08 p.m.

Lowepro makes a photographers glove in several sizes.


I use whatever Cycling gloves I happen to be wearing at the time. My current digital allows control with gloves on.

Maury Cohen, Product Specialist-Lowepro USA

Mike Forbes , Jan 15, 2004; 07:15 p.m.

I wear the polypro liners under a pair of polarguard mittens that have the flap that unfolds over the half finger glove. It is a combination mitten/glove available from REI and several other outlets. There are these types of mittens that will allow the thumb flap to be folded back too. One thing that I discovered is that you do not need to unfold the entire flap over the fingers. You can "sneak" your trigger finger out between the gap in the mitten only exposing the one finger.

Balaji Venkatachari , Jan 15, 2004; 10:21 p.m.

I always wears 2 layers of gloves. The inner layer is my racquetball glove, which provides enough protection for the time needed to change film or to access certain functions in the camera.

The outer layer is a "proper" glove thick enough to withstand clod reasonably, but also just capable of firing the trigger.

For any camera adjustments, I find myself removing the outer layer and working with my racquetball gloves. I also have a chemical pack between the layers, when it gets really cold.


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