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#1 Michael Hauer

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:39 PM

I had to do my first job in really cold weather recently. It was in the low teens but the wind chill made it feel below zero. I kept my operating hand in a mitten with hand warmers until right before the shot and this would hold up the body temp of my hand for the first take or so, but after that I literally had no feeling in my hands.

Does anyone use a thin glove in these situations or have a better system? Someone told me latex gloves would help.
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#2 Anthony Graham

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:21 PM

I personally have a pair of horse riding gloves. They are neoprene on the back side and a soft ish leather on the front. These are fairly good in rain/snow etc too as they seem to repel the water quite well.

I tried neoprene and thinsulate plus some other funky fleece type gloves but they all got wrecked pretty quickly by the knurled grip on the gimble was using at the time. Leather seemed the most durable on the palm/finger area.

In extreme cold I could also put a thicker pair of insulated gloves over the top between shots!

The coldest I used these in was a wind chill of -30/40 centigrade on the top of Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) in the French Alps.

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Edited by Anthony Graham, 16 January 2012 - 02:22 PM.

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#3 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:58 PM

My choices for cold weather operating are a range of options depending on the type of shot, temperature, and other weather factors. For my post hand, my thinnest is a pair of nomex pilot's gloves in black. Next thicker choice is a pair of Mountain Hardwear windproof fleece gloves. Still thicker are the North Face Windstopper fleece gloves. For the arm hand, I choose the thickest glove I carry for most of the work since there is less dexterity required to function. Usually, this is a pair of Marmot Work Gloves which are still made today primarily for alpine sports at elevation. Love those gloves!! When not operating, I take my gimbal hand (left) and place it inside a pocket of my outer layer containing either hand warmers or another set of thick gloves and only slim down to the thin layer glove when they roll sound. Those thin nomex gloves don't really keep the cold from transferring from the cold metal to my hand but they do cut the wind and help with the recovery and reheating of the hand once the shot is completed.

To really make things more palatable, I recommend getting the electricians to setup an open face light on a stand placed directly adjacent to the Steadicam stand and focused to build heat on the gimbal control surfaces. Works like a charm and does really help you get through the day despite the weather conditions.
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#4 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:58 PM

Try Sealskinz chillblocker glove, as well as socks and hats.
You will love them.

Cheers,


Ken Nguyen.
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#5 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:35 AM

I personally have a pair of wool gloves with half fingers (homeless style) . PERFECT!!! Palm is warm, fingers get warmed by the palm and are still free of movement and grip. I've tried driving gloves but aren't soft enough in my taste.

you can see them in the pic (and you can see the snow too)

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#6 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 06:17 AM

you cannot see but it's snowing

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#7 Charles Papert

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:45 AM

Ron Baldwin operated for me in cold weather once and was rocking these. I thought it odd at the time but at least they matched his leggings.

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#8 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:56 AM

but if it's really too cold... I'm used to operate with underwear...

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#9 JobScholtze

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:45 PM

You guys are weird, how can you work with that.......



I use these

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#10 David M. Aronson

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 06:04 AM

I use these on all of my shots.
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The put the craft service table soooo far away XD
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