The Heat Company – Best gloves tested in the Field

The Heat Company – Best gloves tested in the Field

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Last year I wrote an article about the importance to keep hands warm and dry when we are shoting landscapes in very cold places. You can find the article here, and the combination I had against the cold during my trip

Also today I will talk about gloves and protection from the cold always thanks to The Heat Company® that gives me the chance to do a new test in the field with a different combination of gloves

The Heat Company®  offers a modular and very versatile gloves system to totally protect your hands from cold and atmospheric agents. The modularity of the gloves is divided into layers, combining them toghether you get total protection from the cold, but using them individually you can benefit of their warm + other features of adherence, brethability and capacitivity for touch screens

I tested out the various combinations of these gloves and in today’s post I will talk about the combiation Liner + Shell

The first layer, called “Liner” is in contact with your hands: this layer guarantees adherence and mobility to the hands as if we were without gloves. In this category I choiced for my latest trip the Polartec Liner

Among the Liner line they are the warmer ones, they are incredibly durable, resistant to the wind and breathable. The Polartec Liner are equipped with conductive fabric on the tip of thumb, index and medium for the control of the touch screens. The gloves are completed by two practical openings external back pocket for hand warmers and straps to pull them down easily

I used Polartec Liner very often during my last trip, I appreciated the good heat transmitted and the elasticity of them, they also have the conductive fingers for screens really excelent!

The second category in this system is composed by “Shell” that represent the layer that protect your hands from the cold to put over the Liner layer. In this category I use this kind of Shell

Incredibly warm, soft and comfortable, the Shell are the ideal protection from the cold to the hands. They are made with insulatic fabric and goat skin on the palm to give more grip to your hands, they are ideal for handling thanks to thumb and flask folded down. The “Shell” are very hot and hydro repellents also here we have an extra pocket to insert the hand warmer inside. Very well thought out the elastic wrist strap useful when you need to take off your gloves quickly without the risk of leaving them lying around

In addition, the Shell can be used in combination with the Polar Hood, which you will find more details in my latest article

The main characteristic of Shell, besides obviously the protection from the cold and the atmospheric agents in general, is what can be opened. Opening a zip located on the palm will allow us to extract the hand (covered by the Liner of course) to have always the hands covered by the cold and at the same time to extract the fingers for greater convenience. The part of the Shell that opens is equipped with a magnet to attach it to the back of the glove in a stable way, a small trick that increases its practicality

During my latest trip on the Alps I found many variations of temperatures from afternoon to evening while I’m shooting. I very often used the Polartec Liner for their practicality and versatility, until a certain time of day to mount my equipment on the snow was the ideal for moving easily and handling my goals.

With the gradual setting of the sun the temperatures were lowering more and more, in those moments it was of great help the use of the Shell that worn over the Polartec Liner gave immediate heat and an efficient protection from the cold

During the shooting phase whenever I needed to have free fingers I proceeded to open the zipper on the palm in order to use the Polartec Liner, this allows to have free fingers to easily interact on the controls of my camera. Without the finger cover the absence of the thermal shield on the fingers offered by the Shell it feels, but it is all gained in terms of practicality, in addition to the fact that more than half of the hand remains covered by Shield

In conclusion The Heat Company® with this combination of gloves, really impressed me with a  really efficient system. The combination Polar Hood + Shell is the warmest and at the same time comfortable solution you can find for take landscape photography on the snow

I appreciated the good quality materials and the manufacture makes it a beautiful products designed in every detail

The modular system between gloves to is ingenious and adapts to any situation in the case of the cold becoming too intense and it certainly represents the strength of this company

The Heat Company®also this time pleasantly impressed me and is my ally number 1 against the cold

 

 

 


The Heat Company – The Perfect Gloves for Photography

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As a landscape photographer  it often  happens to find myself out in the cold and wet occasions. For this reason I need clothing that will keep my warm and dry and surely comfortable to shoot, with hands warm and ready for camera control.

There are many factors to consider when choosing photography gloves, wind-proofing, water-resistance,  cold-resistance, good grip features, tactile control of camera dials and buttons, and  the tactile function for mobile phones – I found this feature very usefull when you need to answer to phone or sending a message while you are shooting without take off your gloves

Finding a pair of gloves that have all this features in one is impossible and in this article I will talk to you about a brand that I had the pleasure to collaborate and test in the field, that has succeeded with a combined system of gloves to enclose all these features for your needs

I’m talking about The Heat Company® an austrian company that from 1994 produces very high quality thermal products

With a simple and ingenious combination of gloves, what The Heat Company® gloves offers is everything you need to shoot outdoors in every type of conditions. The gloves are divided into 3 categories, each of which has different characteristics and properties, combining them together you get total protection from the cold and wind but using them individually you can benefit from the features I said above, to shoot easily or for the common use in the city

I tested out the various combinations of these gloves in the Liner, Softshell and Hood models that also correspond to the different levels of heat transmitted

The first layer, called the “Liner” is in contact with your hands: the key feature of this layer has to be close fit, for enabling you to have mobility equal to that without gloves

For the Liner category I choice for my needs the Merino Liner:

Beautiful and elegants they are the gloves you can use for every day, perfectly adherent have a tactile detection on screens for phones well congenital on 3 fingers and works in an excellent way. They are equipped in the external part of an opening to be able to insert the hand warmers in order to produce more heat when necessary. The Merino Liner are treated in detail and are equipped with a strap to pull them down that I found very comfortable 

Talking about the second category they are the gloves that protect you from the cold

In this category I have the Heat 2 Softshell:

It is an outdoor activity glove, absolutely necessary for those like me who often photograph in the cold. They are incredibly versatile and represent a valuable ally of mine during my photographic trips. It is possible to use them as whole gloves or as a half-glove with the possibility to also draw the thumb, this ensures excellent functionality of interaction with the camera buttons ensuring at the same time heat, grip and resistance from the cold

These gloves can be combined with the Merino Liner, placing them on top of each other in order to have excellent protection from the cold and to have from both gloves the best of the characteristics

I found this feature very usefull and I continue to use this configuration very often when I’m out. Furthermore the Heat 2 Softshell are very easy to remove without removing both gloves thanks to the special supports located through the fingers

The last layer is the Hood, in this case I’m talking about the outermost layer that is worn above the previous two or just above the Shell

The Hood system is represented by the Polar Hood gloves:

Born for extreme cold and extreme bad weather situations. The Polar Hood gloves are wind and waterproof, thin and lightweight practical and simple to use, developed for the hardest weather conditions. The possibility of using them in combination with the Liner and the Shell make this configuration for me an authentic total shield against the cold and wind, for all kinds of extreme conditions

In conclusion The Heat Company® has revealed a sure ally in the field, now thanks to the combination system Liner, SoftShell and Hood I have a glove for every need!

The materials are of good quality, the products are undoubtedly of good workmanship, beautiful to look at and resistant

The excellent thermal protection is proven in every situation, and in the case of the cold becoming too intense, the possibility of using heating inserts deftly resolves the problem. The practicality and the modularity of the same are certainly the strenght of this products

The Heat Company®  gloves has, without doubt, exceeded the field test, and has earned a place in my backpack!


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