Heat Company Gloves, USA
Shoot the Light, Inc. is the Exclusive USA Photographic Distributor of Heat Company gloves and products. Our new online store will be available shortly.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for US orders. Additional info - http://www.theheatcompany.com/en/gloves
I have a container full of expensive gloves, mittens, and combinations thereof that never keep my hands warm in the temperature and weather conditions advertised. Those big cumbersome down or synthetic fill mittens that do provide superior warmth, provide little, if any, tactile ability when trying to alter camera settings. Most mittens require a separate liner glove and the complete withdrawing or your hand from the mitten to operate the camera equipment. That is until now…enter the Heat Layer System glove.
Layer 1 - Shell Mitten available in Fabric/Leather or Full Leather (warmest).
Layer 2- Liner gloves (4) available in a variety of fabric choices to suit different temperture needs. Durable liner (warmest).
Layer 3-Polar Hood (over-mitt), adding an additional layer of warmth the Polar Hood is wind and waterproof (think, snow mobile).
I have personally tested the Heat 3 Layer System this past winter in the Arctic, sub-Antarctic, Yellowstone National Park, and Japan in temps down to -30F. The system is without doubt the best I have ever used in extreme conditions, offering both superior warmth and dexterity.
As photographers our extremities are particularly vulnerable, as we often remain motionless for long periods waiting for the decisive moment to occur. Many of you have experienced the incredible pain of thawing fingers, frostbite, or frost nip. When our hands become cold and fingers numb we loose concentration. Staying out even longer means we risk permanent physical damage. I have a permanent loss of sensitivity in two of my finger tips, and would like to avoid further damage and/or additional digits to suffer a similar fate. HEAT Company gloves have been continually developed over their lifetime. High quality materials and workmanship are the prerequisites for these high performance products. Great emphasis is placed on functional details. The gloves are incredibly versatile as they can be used fully closed as mittens providing the ultimate in warmth, or opened with the liner gloves exposed allowing for full freedom of movement, and dexterity. Thumb and index fingers with silver fabric enable use of your i-phone and all LCD camera touch screens. Being wind and water resistant the Full Goat Leather Shell/Mitten provides maximum warmth, while affording better grip. Additional 4 oz Primaloft Gold insulation on the cuff has been added for even more warmth. Hand warmer pockets placed in strategic locations on the Shell/Mitt and Liner glove backs greatly enhance the comfort in temperatures far below that of other products. Two weather resistant zippers located on the Shell Mitt provide pockets for hand warmers, CF cards, keys, etc. This product was originally a custom-made item designed specifically for special combat forces of Germany and Austria. HEAT Company gloves are perfect for cold weather photography, skiing, mountain climbing, hunting, etc.
I bought a pair of the Heat gloves from Shoot the Light and recommend them without any qualifications. Everything Chas and the others have said here is right on. You will not be disappointed or able to find a better cold weather glove for photography....
Best winter photography gloves on the market today, bar none. My wife and I just got back from two trips photographing polar bears in the Beaufort Sea. We were out on small boats 8-10 hours a day, sometimes in blowing snow and very cold wind chills. These gloves did not let us down and we were able to easily operate the camera dials and buttons while retaining warm hands. Great space for hand warmer packets to fit inside the gloves on those brutally cold days. Our best photography purchase in quite a while!....