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p.1 #1 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

Hi Everyone,

I have a trip to Antartica planned for next January. I am trying to get things that are needed for ththe trip early. I am looking for suggestions for gloves to use while photgraphing in the cold.
All suggestions are welcome.


Oct 02, 2012 at 05:24 PM
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p.1 #2 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

Hi Alan,

Get yourself a set of wool gloves. Cut the finger tips off at least the right side and hem them with needle and thread. Also get some Thinsulate mittens that these gloves will fit under. Ware both and take off the mittens when shooting.


Oct 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM

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p.1 #3 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

I dont know about the Antarctic and the differance in temperature, but I used these in Wyoming in february with a pair of glove liners under them and they worked well. Just an option.

Oct 03, 2012 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #4 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

Regardless of glove type, stock up on Hot Hands and keep them in pockets and even tucked down in your gloves.

Oct 04, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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p.1 #5 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

I have been told by a few photographers that SILK is the warmest (and is very light-weight). It is a natural fiber that is breathable.

Silk liners can be purchased at backcountry.com and cabelas and there are motorcycle outfitters that sell them too.

Use them under your favourite glove. Check it out.

Oct 04, 2012 at 02:00 AM
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p.1 #6 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

I would recommend layers, have a pair of good, thin gloves and then a set of warm mittens that you can wear over them. I like natural materials like wool and leather more than synthetic formulations, but that's just me.

Oct 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM

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p.1 #7 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

This is what I bought when I went to Antarctica:


They're called glomitts (as in glove-mittens). They have an outer finger flap covering and wear with the warmth of a glove . Then flip the glove part back and you get exposed finger tips for tactile shutter button control. Wonderful invention!

Oct 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM

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p.1 #8 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

You get chemical hand warmers at outdoor shops that keep warm for hours (sawdust and iron filings with some sort of catalyst) they start getting hot when you open the packet keep one in each pocket to keep your hands warm when you "park" them. Any outer inner combination will work - remember you get what you pay for, would not suggest bare skin touching bare metal at any time. Sudden temp changes will cause lens fogging so warm/cool lenses slowly in stages.

Oct 05, 2012 at 08:57 AM
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p.1 #9 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

January will tend to be warmer there then later in the season (their seasons are roughly reverse of ours). I was down at McMurdo and Palmer Station long ago and it was actually fairly warm on some days in January.

That said, things can change pretty quick, especially when the sun gets lower on the horizon. Where will you be visiting and are you going by plane or boat?

Oct 06, 2012 at 02:38 AM
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p.1 #10 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

SWANY makes a large selection of gloves. I found that their "Arctic Toaster" met my needs

A fingered glove made of new materials fits into leather and nylon mitten which has a zipper. You can unzip the glove to have an index finger trigger the shutter release. There is enough room to use a chemical heating pack between the fingered glove and the mitten.

You will find these gloves at a high end ski shop. I found medium fit very well where I am use to getting large or extra large gloves. I suggest that you try them on if you can find a place that sells them.

Jan 02, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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p.1 #11 · Gloves for Antartica trip !

If you get cold hands easily (Raynaud's Disease) then gloves never work. So I use mitts if it's at all cold and I cut a small slit for my trigger (index) finger to pop out and shoot. If it's just cool then wool gloves may work. If it's really cold I use thermic mitts with lithium ion battery heaters. They last for 4-6 hours on medium. Really pricey, but so are new fingers. I even cut a little trigger hole but that can be difficult in $300 mitts. They also make gloves and boot warmers. Don

Jan 03, 2013 at 06:21 AM

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