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| p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · gloves for photography in low temperatures |
I have spent quite a lot time shooting outside in temps 0 F to -35 F. I have not found yet, in 40+ years, a single pair of gloves that work well for me. There were some mitts I found a few years ago from Russia that really worked well. I bought them from a flee market in the middle of summer one year, two sets, should've bought ten, can't find them anywhere now.
So I make mine as follows, I use a silk liner that goes on first. You almost cannot tell you have gloves on. These are getting harder to find as well so if you see-em, buy em. I then put on a fairly tight fitting neoprene glove, they can be found everywhere, ice fishing supplies stores, diving outlets, etc. I cut the tips on the index finger and the thumb of the right hand side. Lastly I place a wool pair of mitts that have designed open & close w/velcro for either fingers, (index and thumb).
I have used the above combination for several years now, last year I was outside for about 6 hrs straight in temps in the minus 30 F range. I would keep my hands in my pockets any chance I got, but when the targets appeared after a couple hrs my two fingers were numb from cold. Hand warmers also help, the chemical type, I use them only when temps get past -25F. Anyway you look at it it is a challenge for your fingers. The group with me could make it a couple of hours and they had to go in for heat.
I found a company that makes excellent cold weather foot wear. I wore a pair of Camucks from a company out of Ely,MN @ http://www.mukluks.com/ These are some great boots, I've had mine two years and they are the best I've owned. They remain soft and pliable in -35 F, and warm. Some of the people with me had reputable expensive sorrels
and they would get very hard after a few hours and their feet would get cold. They make a mitt but it would need to be modified to work for photographers.
My experience says if you are standing/sitting still for several hrs in temps below -20F you are going to get cold. Need to protect head, fingers and toes, first. Head is easy while the other two are tough, other than to move, and sometimes that cannot be done. You are looking for 0 F. Find an ice fishing retailer, if you can, neoprene & wool mitts modified like I do should easily work for you.
I see you are in Greece, probably not much ice fishing but there must be many diving retailers. I know a lot of people who use diving gloves for ice fishing, where they deal with ice cold water.
Naturescapes as stated is a good resource.
Hope some of this steers you in the correct direction.