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The best gloves for photographers in 2021

Best gloves for photographers

The best gloves for photographers will keep your digits nice and toasty – even during the harshest winter conditions.

It is essential for photographers who like outdoor photography, such as landscape and wildlife genres, to have the correct equipment to keep warm and dry – and the best gloves are an absolute necessity if you want to keep control of your camera, to change your lenses or apply filters, for example.

What gloves you choose will largely depend on what type of shooting you're doing and where. You'll want to consider gloves that have good wind-proofing, water-resistance and a great grip, and it's vital that whatever you choose should enable you  to adjust the camera controls easily. 

As the choice is so varied, we've picked out some of the very best gloves for photographers here. If you're like us, you'll want to pick up a couple of different pairs to account for mild and severe weather...

Best gloves for photographers

(Image credit: North Face)

1. The North Face Etip gloves

The best gloves for photographers overall

Specifications
Colors: Available in gray, black and heather
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Reasons to buy
+Feel like a second skin+Touchscreen capability
Reasons to avoid
-Not the warmest

The stretchiness of the North Face Etip gloves makes them a pleasure to shoot with: they feel more like a second skin that enables you to feel small controls and lens rings. While you can't really beat fold-back fingertips for control, these non-foldable tips are still supple enough for you to feel recessed buttons.

Every finger and thumb tip features invisible Etip conductive tech: perfect for multi-finger swiping on a touchpad. And you get an effective grippy coating on the palms.

It's probably best if you don’t expect ultimate insulation in very cold climates from these gloves. 

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(Image credit: Vallerret)

2. Vallerret Women’s Nordic Photography Gloves

Luxury gloves for female photographers

Specifications
Colors: Available in gray and black
Sizes: XS, S, M, L
Reasons to buy
+Perfect fit for females+Good grip
Reasons to avoid
-A little pricey

Sized and shaped for female photographers, the Nordic is lined with merino wool and has Thinsulate insulation. 

It features a flip-back forefinger and thumb, so you can handle your camera's fine controls, and change lenses or apply filters easily. Non-slip material on the palm side helps give you a good grip, and each glove has a small pocket to hold items like a memory card. One even has a tripod release plate key on a lanyard.

(Image credit: Vallerret)

3. Vallerret Ipsoot

Excellent gloves for very cold conditions

Specifications
Color: Black
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Reasons to buy
+Great insulation+Flip-back index fingers and thumbs
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky like skiing gloves

Similar to the Vallerret Women’s Nordic gloves (featured above), these unisex Ipsoot gloves are thicker and warmer than the Nordics, with a feeling that's akin to skiing gloves. Unlike standard skiing gloves, however, they have flip-off caps on the index fingers and thumbs so you can feel the buttons and dials of a camera without having to expose your whole hand or your fingers to the cold.

If you are planning to go out in very cold conditions, or photography isn’t the main aim of your trip, the Ipsoot gloves are an excellent choice. 

(Image credit: SealSkinz)

4. SealSkinz Ultra Grip Gloves

These gloves are waterproof and breathable

Reasons to buy
+100% waterproof+Rubber grip on fingers and palms
Reasons to avoid
-Not quite warm for winter conditions

If you often find yourself working in wet and windy conditions (as landscape photographers are sometimes wont to do), then waterproof gloves can be an absolute lifesaver. With these gloves, no more do you have to worry about the torrential rain eventually seeping through to your fingers – you can even plunge your hands into water (useful for it you drop a lens cap into the drink). 

Not only are the SealSkinz gloves waterproof, but they also have rubber grips on the fingers and palms to help you keep hold of your camera gear and adjust settings without any hassle. The forefinger tips and thumbs are also compatible with touchscreens as well. 

(Image credit: Under Armour)

5. Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Softshell Gloves

A wonderfully warm solution for photographers

Reasons to buy
+Perfect for cold winter conditions+Compatible with touchscreens
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly bulky

One of our favorite techniques for shooting in wintry conditions is to use a thin pair of gloves, such as the North Face Etip gloves at the top of the page, and pair them with a thick pair whenever you're not using your camera. These windproof and water-resistant gloves are designed to keep your hands warm in almost all conditions. 

The inside features a thermo-conductive coating that's designed to absorb and retain body heat, while the outside is made of a combination of an elasticated man-made material and suede. There's also silicone grips on the palm area as well. 

(Image credit: Torro)

6. Torro Wool Touchscreen Gloves

For those who like a touch of wool

Specifications
Size: One size
Colors: Charcoal gray
Reasons to buy
+Top-quality wool+Touchscreen capability
Reasons to avoid
-Not the warmest

The Torro Wool Touchscreen Gloves don't feature the usual flip-back fingertips, instead they are conductive, so you can use the touchscreen without worrying about adjusting or removing anything.

The wool keeps your hands and fingers warm, yet it’s thin enough to enable easy camera control. Extremely comfortable.

(Image credit: Vbiger )

7. Vbiger Men’s Touchscreen Gloves

Not the warmest but extremely flexible

Specifications
Sizes: M, XL
Colors: Black, Black and grey
Reasons to buy
+Lycra material is very flexible
Reasons to avoid
-Not the warmest

The Vbiger Men’s Touchscreen Gloves have been designed with flexibility in mind: The gloves are elastic material means that they fit your hands perfectly.

While the lycra-style gloves aren’t the warmest, they are extremely flexible and lightweight making them perfect to travel with, and they feature superb silicon grips so you can be sure you're in control.

The touchscreen-compatible pads on the thumb and forefinger are a little slippery but work well enough.

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