Fingerless gloves/mitts for photographers

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Bing Chow Senior Member • Posts: 2,009
Fingerless gloves/mitts for photographers

In the spirit of winter for my northern hemisphere comrades:

I have finally found a pair of "glomitts" that I can use for photography. Most glomitts leave the thumb covered, and as you know, us photographers need the thumb (esp the right one) to spin that command wheel or operate the multi-directional nav wheel on the backs of our cameras. It came from an unlikely source: a fishing apparel company. This is the Simms Exstream Foldover Mitt.

The backside of the glove is Polartec Power Shield Pro so it is waterproof. I ran it under a faucet and confirmed it. Fleece lined for warmth. If it's too cold for this mitt, it's probably too cold to shoot. Please note: I wouldn't actually wear my watch like that! But those of you with clasp extensions on your watches could time your long exposures if you wanted to!

The best part is those orange bands on the middle and ring fingers. Removal of fingerless gloves are rather annoying because you have to pull on each finger in succession, a little at a time. Not these ones. You hook those orange bands with your index and middle fingers of your other hand, pull, and it slides off clean. They are comfy, soft, warm when you need them to be, give you full dexterity, and waterproof. For the price of a cheap circular polarizer, they will make your shoot much more tolerable this winter.

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Lawn Lends
Lawn Lends Senior Member • Posts: 1,950
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Great find. Have you tried to use the gloves with walking sticks?

I suspect "glomits" wont allow a good grip on the sticks when the mit part is in place.

Edit: Just found that the same company makes a three finger cut glove too which is not a glomit, just ordered it and will post an early review in a couple of weeks when I get it.

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Ken Christie Senior Member • Posts: 1,278
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Lawn Lends wrote:

Great find. Have you tried to use the gloves with walking sticks?

I suspect "glomits" wont allow a good grip on the sticks when the mit part is in place.

Edit: Just found that the same company makes a three finger cut glove too which is not a glomit, just ordered it and will post an early review in a couple of weeks when I get it.

I use biathlon gloves.

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OP Bing Chow Senior Member • Posts: 2,009
Re: Fingerless gloves/mitts for photographers

Lawn Lends wrote:

Great find. Have you tried to use the gloves with walking sticks?

I suspect "glomits" wont allow a good grip on the sticks when the mit part is in place.

Edit: Just found that the same company makes a three finger cut glove too which is not a glomit, just ordered it and will post an early review in a couple of weeks when I get it.

I don't use walking sticks. Good luck with your purchase!

YetAnotherBlender Forum Member • Posts: 78
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Thanks for the tip! I ordered a pair from Simms and they arrived yesterday. Haven't had a chance to extreme test these yet (maybe that's a good thing ;).

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YetAnotherBlender wrote:

Thanks for the tip! I ordered a pair from Simms and they arrived yesterday. Haven't had a chance to extreme test these yet (maybe that's a good thing ;).

So what is your experience with Simms' sizing?

I just got my Simms gloves (not the glomits, the three cut five finger versions) and they fit me perfectly. I was worried whether they would fit me or not because I used Simms' measurement system and it said I was a Medium. I have always bought large, so I went with large. I can just fit my hands into these large gloves and they fit great. Glad I went with my instincts and not the Simms measurement system.

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YetAnotherBlender Forum Member • Posts: 78
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Lawn Lends wrote:

So what is your experience with Simms' sizing?

I went with the Simms measurement, which indicated a size Large. The large is my usual fit. The glommitts fit well, not too snug, I can easily remove them. I think the extra-large would have been too big.

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YetAnotherBlender wrote:

Lawn Lends wrote:

So what is your experience with Simms' sizing?

I went with the Simms measurement, which indicated a size Large. The large is my usual fit. The glommitts fit well, not too snug, I can easily remove them. I think the extra-large would have been too big.

Yeah, if you cant see any fingers when you pull the mitt covers back, they are probably too big.

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