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Best gloves for cool/cold weather photographry?
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Josh S.
(Stumphges) - F
Best gloves for cool/cold weather photographry? on 10/01/2008 12:54:41 MDT Print View

I'm looking for a form-fitting glove offering good sensitivity, dexterity and grip in the fingers for photography in cool/cold conditions.

Windproof would also be nice, but not essential as I use overmitts when not shooting.

Tried Manzella's Windstopper N2S recently and liked them, but wished they had more grippiness on the fingertips.

Any suggestions?

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Best gloves for cool/cold weather photographry? on 10/01/2008 13:21:25 MDT Print View

Hi Josh,

How cold? For down to perhaps freezing I'll recommend fingertipless mountain biking gloves; for colder conditions, fingertipless wind-blocking fleece gloves that fit snugly and have grippy palm material. I recently got a pair like that by Patagonia that work very well. There are others, but many have slick material on the palms that wouldn't grip the camera as well.

I've not found I can operate camera controls, especially wheels and small buttons, in gloves that include fingertips. I also have a kind of goofy pair of windproof mitten-gloves by OR. The mitten part folds back to reveal fingerless gloves inside. The fit isn't as good as pure gloves, though.

Edited by halfturbo on 10/01/2008 15:34:01 MDT.

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: Best gloves for cool/cold weather photographry? (free hack) on 10/01/2008 13:32:16 MDT Print View

I have worn through the fingers of a lot of gloves. Dexterity only improves. For cold, I'd open only the fingers needed for the device.

Mark Regalia
(markr) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz
mitten gloves on 10/02/2008 16:30:53 MDT Print View

I have pair of mittens with fingerless gloves inside that are for bicycling. You pull back the mitten to expose the ends of your fingers. I use them in winter. Except for the coldest days I quickly find my fingers overheating and need to pull back the mitten part (keeping in mind I live on the Central California coast, not known for its cold winters).

You might want to look at bike stores online like Performancebike, bikenashbar.com, coloradocyclist.com. One thing is for sure, they'll be cheaper than those made by an outdoor outfitter.