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osen  4
24 Jan 2013 - 9:02 PM

Hi.

I'm off to Sweden in February 2013 to take photos of the Aurora and will be out at night for a few hours at temperatures down to -20oC.

Please can you recommend appropriate gloves - and any other clothing you think I should have.

Thanks very much.

Simeon Osen
Essex, England.

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1022904 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna31 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 9:11 PM

Whatever gloves you get, before you wear them, take a big dollop of Vaseline and work it into your hands until it's all taken up by the skin. Shown to me by a Norwegian fisherman and it works wonders.

Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 - 9:46 PM

Neutrogena ,unscented, always helps me with chapped and dry hands-- non- greasy too
Steve

Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 - 9:48 PM

As for gloves, any good outdoor specialist dealer should be able to recommend a good brand

justin c
justin c  104518 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 10:04 PM

Have a look here PHD. For extreme weather clothing, they're probably one of the best retailers in the UK.

Last Modified By justin c at 24 Jan 2013 - 10:06 PM
cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 10:48 PM


Quote: for a few hours at temperatures down to -20oC

-20c, That's a doddle, I spent a week in Norway in December a few years ago, It was -20c all the time, No gloves, No cold weather kit at all, Just trainers, Jeans, Shirt, Big jumper, Scarf, Leather Motorcycle Jacket.

Sorted...Grin That said it was a while ago, When I was a bit younger, Seem to remember using a 35mm Mamiya film camera on that visit.....LOL...Smile

If I was to seek gloves, Check out the Sealskinz range, They do plenty that will keep you warm, Whilst also allowing you to press the shutter button.....!!!

Avoid " Mittens ".....Pain in the proverbial when using a camera....Wink

Last Modified By cameracat at 24 Jan 2013 - 10:49 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315163 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 11:23 PM


Quote: Whatever gloves you get, before you wear them, take a big dollop of Vaseline and work it into your hands until it's all taken up by the skin. Shown to me by a Norwegian fisherman and it works wonders

Seriously I can`t see any point in using a barrier cream to try and keep your hands warmer. I used to do a lot of open water swimming and we used Vaseline, lots of it, but this was used as a barrier against yourself and the Jelly fish, nothing elseSmile

arhb
arhb e2 Member 72197 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 12:02 AM

The best gloves I've used in alpine sports and endurance sports during the cold months, are breathable layer systems,
as opposed to thick chunky woolly fleece, which impairs finger use.

However, as mentioned -20 in an alpine region is the same as -5 in the UK, but best to be prepared all the same.

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014648 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 12:46 AM

I go out in -20 - 30C temps all the time, and I gave up wearing gloves years ago; a good pair of mittens with a thinsulate lining is what I wear. Having your fingers separated in gloves will be very cold. My hands stay warm enough to remove my mittens for a short period of time to change settings on the camera. A carbon fibre tripod or a metal tripod with thick wrap on the legs will help. The metal absorbs the cold and transfers it to your hands. I wear a down filled parka which is toasty, and I wear underwear that wicks moisture away from the body, especially if any amount of walking is intended. Don't forget a good thermos of tea.Wink

Last Modified By StrayCat at 25 Jan 2013 - 12:47 AM
shakeyhands
shakeyhands e2 Member 2252 forum postsshakeyhands vcard Canada
25 Jan 2013 - 2:09 AM

Same goes for me StrayCat. Mitts do keep hands warmer longer especially if you have froze your finger tips a few to many times. Smile

colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 6:39 AM

i found these are very good .

IanBurton
IanBurton  465 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 8:07 AM

I went to Lapland recently and the temperature plummeted to -30C. I bought a pair of ski mitts as they tend to be waterproof & windproof, only cost me 20. Them couple with a pair of silk gloves so you can take the mitts off to operate your camera without feeling the nip.

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93451 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 8:33 AM

I've had the same pair of these for years. Always kept me toasty, even through Maine's winters, and have yet to show any signs of wear.

edtaylor
edtaylor  3104 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 - 7:09 PM

Rohan do some gloves that are electrically heated. They do look a bit cumbersome and you would need to recharge the battery when you get back to your hotel.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315163 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2013 - 8:03 PM

Hand warmers

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mycoal-hand-warmers-10-pairs/dp/B001THB8RM

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