Review (ENG): VALLERRET Skadi LRS glove
The best dual layer photography glove!
Being a landscape photographer is beautiful. Doing it while traveling around the world is even more so. Often when I find myself shooting I’m so focused on the photographic moment that I just give myself everything and everyone. There is only one thing that brings me back to the real world: the cold. Yes, because when you find yourself in the middle of winter on the Finnish steppe, in the Norwegian fjords or along the Icelandic cliffs, the cold is felt. And there is nothing worse than finding yourself in front of a beautiful Aurora Borealis and not being able to take photographs due to cold hands. To overcome the problem, after years of using a traditional glove from another brand, last winter he needed a new pair of gloves. I had received positive feedback on VALLERRET from friends/colleagues so, browsing their official website https://photographygloves.com, I noticed a very interesting new product: the SKADI LRS glove. I was looking for a glove that was different from traditional ones and so, intrigued, I asked the Vallerret Team for the possibility of testing this model.
The Skadi LRS, available in black and military green, is placed on the Vallerret scale at the “Deep Winter” point, meaning it offers very high protection from the cold.
It is a modular glove, i.e. it is made up of two levels with a tight-fitting liner and a covering mitten. This combination means that the Skadi LRS is a glove adaptable to 90% of winter conditions. During my winter trips to Iceland and Norway I was able to fully appreciate this feature, as the double layer makes the glove very warm and perfectly adaptable to the alternation of temperatures throughout the day. As mentioned, since it is made up of two gloves, it is possible to wear only the underglove, only the mitten, or both in case of really cold temperatures.
In general I found the Skadi LRS to be a very flexible glove thanks also to its mitten shape which allows, thanks to the heat-sealed zips, to give freedom to the fingers in a few seconds to have complete control over our camera.
There are small details that make the Skadi LRS one of my favorite gloves:
First of all, the elasticated lace ensures that the mitt remains firmly attached to the wrist even in extreme wind conditions (tested in Iceland…trust me!) and helps not to forget the glove here and there when we are concentrated on the shooting phase. Then the carabiner, very convenient for attaching to a tripod, backpack or belt loops. The Skadi LRS is also equipped with small magnets inserted in the thumbs of the mitten which allow our fingers to be free to act, as well as a small pocket in which we can place the warmers, for those who suffer most from the cold. Furthermore, the pocket of the right glove hides a small tool that allows you to act on the tripod pins or plates to attach the cameras to the heads of our tripods.
Finally the question is: if you could go back would you buy them again? the answer is simple. Absolutely yes! I recommend everyone to try the Skadi LRS, you won’t regret it, and your fingers will thank you!