Functional and Stylish Photography Gloves
Review by Dave Williams
The problem for photographers of keeping their hands warm has existed since the dawn of photography. For as long as we’ve been taking photos, we’ve been shooting in cold places. The issues faced in shooting in these harsh climates have changed over time as newer technology emerges, including but not limited to touch screens and fingerprint recognition. Vallerret has the optimum solution, so gone are the days of having to remove your gloves and expose skin to the arctic air, losing the heat that’s been built up within the insulation in which you’ve invested.
The main product in the range of photography gloves offered by Vallerret is the Markhof Pro 2.0. I’ve tested these gloves for the past few winter months, putting them up against wind, rain, and snow, and they’ve absolutely excelled! Marketed as versatile, take-everywhere, functional, and stylish, these gloves live up to the hype. The most important feature for photographers is the FlipTech finger caps. Fastened with magnets, the thumb and forefinger of each glove can be opened to expose bare skin. That way, you can maintain dexterity, while simultaneously keeping your hands warm; just as if you weren’t wearing insulated winter gloves.
The fabric of the Markhof Pro 2, which is waterproof and windproof, includes goat leather, laminated soft twill, and two-ply suede. The gloves also have a 100% Merino wool lining. The palm has a non-slip grip so you can keep hold of your gear when your hands are cold, and there’s a jersey cuff that passes under your jacket cuff to make a seal at the wrist.
So much care and attention has gone into creating these mid-winter optimized gloves, and it really shows. They’re high-quality, comfortable, effective, and I can’t find a reason not to offer five stars. ■