A heavier duty photography glove, providing extra protection against the elements
I bought the ipsoot for our aurora trip to tromsö. Unfortunately is was not that cold I had to use them all day, but what I can say up to now: they are good quality. I recommend buying the ipsoot a size larger - they are very tight. And I have small hands... at least for a man.
Brilliant customer service from this company.. first pair of gloves were not good cos they were too big - the company identified this problem for me and have replaced the gloves!
Brilliantly well made with so much attention to the detail. These are not just gloves!
I ordered a pair of Vallerret Ipsoot Photography Gloves in mid December 2019. When they arrived, my wife hid them away to wrap as a present for me for Christmas or my birthday, the following day. Your email requesting a review arrived on my birthday, before I had had an opportunity to wear them outdoors! This winter there has been exceptionally little cold weather in southern England, so I left it until now to develop my opinions on the gloves. I sense that yours is the type of organization that cares enough about what your customers think to take notice of a late review (and, frankly, given your prices, I doubt whether you will stay in business otherwise).
I got my son to measure my hands as you describe, which suggested I take size L. However, I’m over 6' tall (almost 1.88 m), I think my hands are a fairly normal length for my height, and so I didn’t believe that the fourth largest of a range of six unisex sizes would be big enough for me. I looked at other sizing charts which placed me nearer to EU 10 than EU 9, and ordered size XL. These are almost an ideal fit, although a couple of extra mm length in the thumbs would be ideal.
My current camera, a Nikon D800, has a couple of buttons between the lens mount and the handgrip (the default options are to restore the virtual horizon, and show depth-of-field preview), positioned to be operated by the middle and ring fingers. I believe many other cameras have buttons in a similar position. So it would be helpful if finger caps were provided for these fingers as well.
I haven’t yet found a use for the pockets on the back of the hands, although I haven’t found their presence to be a nuisance.
I suffer from Raynaud's syndrome, meaning that my hands get cold very easily. I find that the Ipsoot gloves work well when the weather is cool. But when it turns cold (by lowland British standards, ~5°C, not the -5°C or 5°F that might be considered the onset of cold in eastern Europe), the gloves aren’t warm enough for me. So I would like similar gloves with much more insulation.
Your website refers to wearing liner gloves inside them. However:
a) The Ipsoot gloves are a fairly snug fit. I suspect that wearing liner gloves inside would compress my fingers somewhat, restricting what little blood circulation there is my hands in the cold, and thus stopping them from feeling any warmer.
b) The only liner gloves you offer have material covering the fingertips, which in my opinion would largely defeat the point of buying gloves with finger caps that can be folded back.
These are the best gloves for winter photography I’ve found so far, but they fall well short of what I would like, because of insufficient insulation, and the inability to release my right middle and ring finger tips for relevant camera buttons.
FIND YOUR SIZE:
NB: We design our gloves to be snug for best camera feel possible. This sizing chart reflects snuggly fitted gloves.
|Hand Girth||cm||18 - 20||20 - 21||21 - 22||22 - 23||23 - 25||25-28|
|inch||7.1 - 7.9||7.9 - 8.3||8.3 - 8.7||8.7 - 9.1||9.1 - 9.8||9.8-11.0|
|Hand Length||cm||16.0 - 17.5||17.5 - 18.5||18.0 - 19.0||19.0 - 20.0||20.5 - 22.0||22-24.0|
|inch||6.3 - 6.9||6.9 - 7.2||7.1 - 7.5||7.5 - 7.9||8.1 - 8.7||8.7-9.4|
|EU Size Equivalent||EU 7.5||EU 8||EU 8.5||EU 9||EU 10||EU 11|
|Unisex Glove Models: Markhof Pro 2.0 | Skadi Zipper Mitt | Ipsoot | Alta Over-Mitt | Merino Liner Touch | Primaloft/Merino Liner | Urbex|
|Hand Girth||cm||16.0 - 17.5||17.5 - 18.8||18.5 - 20.0||20.0 - 21.5||-|
|inch||6.3 - 6.9||6.9 - 7.4||7.2 - 7.9||7.9 - 8.5||-|
|Hand Length||cm||15.5 - 16.5||16.3 - 17.2||17.0 - 18.5||19.0 - 20.0||-|
|inch||6.1 - 6.5||6.4 - 6.8||6.7 - 7.3||7.5 - 7.9||-|
|EU Size Equivalent||EU 6||EU 7||EU 8||EU 9||-|
|Female Glove Models: W's Nordic|
Please note, our gloves are designed to fit snuggly to give you the best camera feel without compromising on warmth. If you prefer a looser fit, please size up.
As we learn more and more about gloves we also learn that all hands are different. Some people have long skinny fingers and slim wrists, others have wide hands with short fingers.
Our gloves wont fit all even with the right measurements from the sizing chart – but we try!
For many, the best option will be to go up a size if your measurements are in between sizes.
If you are between sizes or if your hands do not fit into the measurements on our sizing chart, we recommend prioritizing the fit for the girth measurement. The girth is the most important measurement and if you the girth size on the glove is too small, you won't be able to fit the glove.
If you’re considering pairing a liner glove with your photography gloves, we recommend choosing the same size liner as photography glove. We designed our liners to be thin and fit inside of our photography gloves so we recommend your normal size in liners. There are two exceptions to this:
1. Exception #1: If you are at the very end of the ratio size in the sizing chart, e.g. 1 mm from being a size Large, then we advise going up a glove size if you plan to often wear the liner with the gloves.
Exception #2: If your personal preference is to wear fairly loose gloves, then you should also go up a size when adding a liner. We don't recommend this as you will compromise dexterity with loose gloves and our priority is best possible camera feel. But you know best what you like!
House tip: Make sure to chose a liner size that is snug/tight on your hand for the best Fliptech performance when wearing liners and gloves together.