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Gloves for -20oC

osen 8
24 Jan 2013 9:02PM

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 Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
24 Jan 2013 9:11PM
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 5 275 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 9:46PM
Neutrogena ,unscented, always helps me with chapped and dry hands-- non- greasy too
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 9:48PM
As for gloves, any good outdoor specialist dealer should be able to recommend a good brand
justin c 14 5.0k 36 England
24 Jan 2013 10:04PM
Have a look here PHD . For extreme weather clothing, they're probably one of the best retailers in the UK.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
24 Jan 2013 10:48PM

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
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
24 Jan 2013 11:23PM

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 Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 12:02AM
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 14 19.1k 3 Canada
25 Jan 2013 12:46AM
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
shakeyhands 5 445 Canada
25 Jan 2013 2:09AM
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 Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
25 Jan 2013 6:39AM
i found these are very good .
IanBurton 8 81 7 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 8:07AM
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 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 8:33AM
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 7 104 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 7:09PM
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 17 19.1k 6 England
25 Jan 2013 8:03PM

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