I finally found gloves who are warm enough to photography outside but also allow hands movements and setting the camera functions.
I very much like these gloves. I have 3 pair of them now. I most often use them alone and when it is very cold I use them as liners for the Vallerret mittens. When using them alone, I have found them to be nice insulation between my hands/fingers and the cold surfaces of my tripod. I have also found them to provide a bit of insulation even when wet. The only reason I don’t rate them at 5 stars is that they lack any “tackiness”. I need to be careful when handling my camera or even more so my lenses as these gloves aren’t “grippy”. This is probably a consequence of being designed as a “liner” glove where the “grippyness” would make it difficult to insert them in other gloves. Furthermore, the fabric is, by design, “stretchy”. So any material that would be added to make them more “grippy” would need to also be able to stretch. Maybe they could use little dots of “grippy” material similar to the socks that my grandchildren have so they can run around on hardwood floors without slipping and sliding as would happen with normal socks. ;-). All that said, I very much like these gloves and keep one pair in my down puffy at all times.
I had tried two other less expensive brands of photography gloves and found both to be lacking, either inflexible or not warm. This pair from Vallerret are both flexible and warm. They're great!
Over the last 10 years, as a landscape photographer, I have been using a popular brand "-30F mitten" for my backcountry treks during winter months. Once on-location, I have been shifting to a wind-resistant glove to provide more dexterity with camera controls.
My wife has another brand of mittens with 'touch sensitive' liners that, quite frankly...suck! So, my mission has been to try out the Vallerret photography mittens with touch sensitive liners both for my own benefit, but also for her.
I am supremely happy with these mittens. They are very warm (temps were 0F -> 14F on day of 1st test trek), the ability to unzip the upper portion of the mitten to expose the liner for camera control was fairly easy and the liner, the touch sensitive liner is, by far, the BEST liner I have ever used with my smartphone.
I would give these a 10 star rating if I could and will be happy to purchase a pair of these mittens for my wife, in the near future.
The gloves fit well when I tried them on upon receiving them and I'm pretty tickled about the tripod key. :) Sadly, spring is upon us so I didn't have a chance to truly try them out. I look forward to that day.