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Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by soli, Oct 23, 2009.
Take a look at roofing/framer gloves.
I bought a pair of "sealskinz" gloves
They aren't superwarm, but they work well enough in australian conditions
They have grippy dots on one side, are waterproof, and I have enough dexterity whilst wearing them to be able to operate my camera properly (canon 1d) this means flicking switches, pushing buttons and changing cards/batterys
Very happy with them (and they do cover my thumb and forefinger)
they also fit my odd shaped hands (very long skinny fingers)
Whenever I need fine dexterity in cold weather, I wear flight gloves like these http://www.flightsuits.com/index.php?id=18&cat_id=26&prod_id=102
They are comfortable, sufficiently warm that I can use them at least for a bit without trouble, and unless doing some very hard work are durable enough. Of course it helps that I have LOTS of pairs left over from the military.
I would look in catalogs that have police gear in them, and find the gloves with insulation. Certain loves by Franklin, for example, have insulation in them but retain a close-fit and dexterity.
I would recommend maybe a set of anti contact gloves like a set of nomex flight gloves and maybe something mitten like to slip your hands into when not handling the controls on the camera. Bare skin in sub zero is bad news. When I lived in Alaska, the Army has "Arctic Mittens" they are great. can't do anything with them on, but you can wear them around your neck, pull your hands out (gloved) do whatever it is that you needed fingers for and slip them back in. They would also snap behind your back, so they were out of the way. the fuzzy stuff is to wipe your snot with.
I have a pair of WONDERFUL wool blend fingerless gloves that have a "mitten-top" that folds to the back of your hand to expose fingertips. I think they are Thinsulate.
I havn't quite broken out the winter gear yet (need too). Let me look for them online.
Here they are: Fingerless Mittonshttp://astore.amazon.com/thinsulate-gloves-20/detail/B000SORT3E
I'd have to second trying a pair of Nomex flight gloves. I can do almost anything gloved with them that I can do barehanded.
For wet or in water use, look at your local fly shop or Orvis.com. Orvis will be EXPENSIVE, but top quality. I work outside and like Patagonia's wool fingerless gloves. I'm always moving my fingers or they are in my pockets or the tips stay warm. Good luck. Marmot makes a thin, wind proof glove that I think they market for joggers. My wife has a pair and really likes, a little slick for my taste but warm enough for most cool days in the SE.
You can get by with LowePro gloves, and then if you're in sub-freezing weather, finger-opening gloves over that, so when you remove the outer glove you still have the LowePro gloves as a protective layer.
Don't forget thermals, and keeping your core warm, and especially your head. Water, communications, etc., depending on where you go.
those convert mittens are nice but only seem to sell them in the UK, any stateside place to buy em'?
I've been using a really heavy glove (actually one from a pair of BMW winter motorcycling gloves, but any heavy ski gloves would work) on my left hand (to hold the camera / lens - the metal in the lens really sucks the heat out of your hands) and a thin glove (meant as a liner, I think) on my right (to operate the shutter / controls) - then keep my left hand in a pocket when I'm not shooting. It works OK; but my right index finger gets pretty cold after a while (last episode - on a couple hour hike in Northern MN, at about 15 F), and some of the controls are tough to use (particularly the scroll wheel on the front of my Nikon D700) - although the shutter button works well enough. I actually have some nomex flight gloves, but hadn't thought to use them - I'll have to give them a try.
I've been having a hard look at these:
(model 824BK Premium Waterproof Hunting Glove)
I was originally looking for a glove for sport shooting (shotgun) this winter, but also like to take my Nikon D50 out in the woods from time to time. They appear pretty good and they're cheaper than the Underarmour gloves I've tried on. Also, these have protected seams for full water proofing (I know, hopefully not an issue with a spendy DSLR), and have a special tactile fingertip for added dexterity. Anyone else have experience with Glacier gloves?
Lowe Alpine Grip Gloves really work for me in sub-zero temps - I can highly recommend them. Surprisingly warm, despite being thin. Very dextrous, good fingertip sensitivity - can easily turn dials/push buttons on my camera and pull notes out of my wallet with ease while wearing these gloves. Used them last week in -9c with no problems and they fared well in -17c earlier this year.
are those lowepros water proof? I am also looking for one.
'Fraid not - they're made of Aleutian Stretch Fleece. Apparently... http://www.rvops.co.uk/clothing-eyewear-78/hats-gloves-36/lowe-alpine-contact-grip-glove-1884.html
well eventually i want to post up a pic of what i want. rather a drawing.. I am in a similar situation, i want gloves that fit like a second skin so I can be nimble and use it for photography and use a stylus like on a palm pilot. Yet waterproof and warm in the -40 below lol.. Is there such a glove?