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Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black)

You Pay: $29.95
Product Highlights
  • Waterproof / Windproof Back
  • Thinsulate Insulation for Warmth
  • Magnetic Finger Tips
  • Silicon Gripped Palm
  • Designed for a Snug Fit

The x-large black Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves from Freehands are designed to be used when photographing outdoors in cold weather. The gloves have a waterproof and windproof backing and are lined with Thinsulate to keep you warm in the winter while being lightweight enough to wear in milder weather.

When photographing in cold weather you can open the finger tips so that you can more easily access small buttons on your camera, which might be difficult to access if you were wearing normal gloves. When you need to access buttons on your camera, simply pull back the thumb and forefinger tips of the gloves to reveal your fingers. The tips are secured in place by magnets until you are ready to cover your fingers again. The palm patch features a silicon grip to prevent your camera from slipping. The gloves are designed to fit snugly so you can hold and operate your camera easily. For a looser fit, order the next size up.

Size X-Large
Measurement taken on the dominant hand just below the knuckles should be between 10.5 to 11.0" (26.7 to 27.9 cm)
Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black)
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    FreehandsMen's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black)
     
    4.1

    (based on 63 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (39)
    • Easy to use (36)
    • Durable (28)
    • Reliable (19)
    • Warm (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape photography (31)
      • Travel (24)
      • Everyday (11)
      • Macro photography (10)
      • Portraits (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (25), Semi-professional (21), Professional (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (48), Yes (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sizes small: Measurements & more warmth

      (Since I've tried both Large & Extra Large, I am reviewing them under both item numbers)
      1. Sizes run small, here are some hand measurements.
      2. Making them even...Read complete review

      (Since I've tried both Large & Extra Large, I am reviewing them under both item numbers)
      1. Sizes run small, here are some hand measurements.
      2. Making them even warmer wearing by nitrile gloves underneath.

      1. As other reviewers state, the sizes run small and even then the Large was too small for my slim, medium sized man's hands. I then got the Extra Large; those are a better fit and none-too-large. To save others from making the same mistake, here are my hand measurements:

      The standard measurement is around your knuckles with your hand extended flat with a tape measure across your palm. Do not clench your hand or include your thumb. Use your dominant hand, the right if you are right-handed, and the left if you are left-handed.

      My hand measures 8.5" this way and the Extra Large is a snug fit. The Large is too small.

      An additional measure is the distance from the tip of your longest, middle, finger to the web between it and your first (index) finger with hand flat and fingers next to each other. This is 3.5" on my hands. The Extra Large is barely long enough in this dimension for my hands.

      2. My hands still get cold very quickly and easily with even the best gloves. I make these gloves a bit warmer by putting disposable nitrile gloves over my hands before putting on these gloves. This way I still have some insulation over my thumb & index finger tips when the tips of this glove are flipped open . Be certain to wash off any powder on the nitrile glove before use; you do not want any powder getting into your camera.

      Even then, if the temperature is below about 35 deg F (~0 deg C), I still need to use a handmuff with chemical hand warmers because my hands do not tolerate cold.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Works OK, but not for deep cold

      I used these gloves while trying to photograph eagles at Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts (there were none, it turned out). I was on an exposed hilltop. Ambient temperature was about 20...Read complete review

      I used these gloves while trying to photograph eagles at Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts (there were none, it turned out). I was on an exposed hilltop. Ambient temperature was about 20 degrees F, and there was a mild (not strong) breeze. The peel-back finger- and thumb-tips worked fine, and allowed me to adjust my camera and tele lens as I wished. My hands were warm for about 10 mninutes; then they started to chill and eventually became numb. I was able to get them functional again by putting my hands in my coat pockets, but that's not the point of buying the gloves in the first place. I'd recommend these gloves for medium-cold temperatures (i.e., just above freezing), but not for heavy-duty cold.

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      4.0

      Great for temps in low 30's and up

      By MikeT

      from Taos, NM

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Ok For Temps In The 30's
      • Windproof Waterproof

      Cons

      • Not All Finger Tips Lined

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Traveling

      Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

      Used these both as is and with liners. With temps in the upper 20's (and my thumb and forefinger exposed to operate the camera) these gloves were great except for the finger tips. I lasted about 30 minutes before putting my hands in my pockets with hand warmers. With liners they were good for about an hour before my hands got too cold. Even with the thumb and forefinger inside the fingers, my finger tips got cold because there isn't any lining or thinsulate in the finger tips. So for really cold weather use hand warmers along with the gloves to keep your hands usable.

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      4.0

      Fit like a glove

      By MBlue

      from Sebastopol, Ca

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good design
      • Good grip

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

        I have not put these to the test yet in cold weather, but as someone who wears gloves regularly, I have confidence in their intended use. The fit is good, not too bulky, and my hands warmed up quickly just trying them on in the house. The textured palm/finger surface grips aluminum and carbon fiber tripod legs well. Although the thinner fabric covering the tips of the thumb and index finger might let some cold in, you should be able to perform some dexterous tasks without folding them back to expose skin. I thought the little magnets embedded to hold back the folds were a gimmick, but they actually work very well to keep the tips free and clear of touchng things. Usually I just wear thinner gloves that allow me to make camera adjustments at the expense of not enough warmth. With these gloves I will not have to do that.

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        • No

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        5.0

        I thought they would be great

        By Michael the Photographer

        from Flint, MI

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

            Should be exactly what I need.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Larger Is Better

            By the codger

            from Boston/South Africa

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

              Great to read about sizing in buyers' assessments. XL is perfect for my large hands.

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              • No

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              3.0

              OK Glove, but not great

              By tribaltat

              from Maine

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                  Glove seems well made. Magnets are a gimmick...velcro would have worked just as well. Fingers are some what short for an XL sized glove. I purchased specifically for shooting outdoor high school football in Oct.-Nov., so they'll probably work ok for my needs.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Not for winter use.

                  By Darrell

                  from Milwaukee, WI

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Reviewer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                        When the temp is below 20, with a little wind, these are really useless. The tips of my fingers became numb within minutes. To warm my hands, I had to remove the gloves and put my hands in my pocket - the same thing I always do when I don't have gloves with me.

                        Maybe they work when it's above 40, but then, I typically don't need gloves anyway. These just offer no protection in the fingers.

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                        • Yes

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                        2.0

                        Magnets in the thumb and index fingers

                        By Al

                        from Frederick, MD

                        Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                        I put these on at 21 degrees. Within a few seconds of stepping outside I felt coolness on the thumb and index fingers where the caps pull off and fold back. Still it is better than nothing at all. I intentionally left these gloves on to get the keys out of my pocket, and once in the car I pulled a Kleenex out of the box. I was able to get a single tissue, meaning you can handle your small gear easily with these. I got what I thought was the right size for me but they didn't come up high enough on the wrist. I noticed two magnets on the thumb and index finger so you can fold the tips back and keep them out of the way. So, don't take your memory card out with these caps in place, given that there is a rather strong magnet over the fingernail of the index finger and thumb. The leather front of these gloves worked great for gripping things, and would be good for cold metal tripods.

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                        4.0

                        Great Purchase

                        By David Rodriguez

                        from Bogota Colombia

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                          Purchased it for Winter trip and they are very good , light, and exposing the tip is the way to go instead of those touch enabled gloves...

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Photographer's gloves

                          By eco-Hawk

                          from Salt Lake City, UT

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography

                            Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                            These are everything I wanted in cold weather gloves. They are comfortable and easy to work in. I like the thumb and fore-finger flip back so I can easily get to the camera controls.

                            I did order a size larger than I would have thought by measurement, but I'm glad I did. They are a good fit.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Good gloves

                            By Sanga

                            from New York

                            Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                            A little large for my hands. Hands feel cold in sub-freezing temperature. Easy to open up finger tips for use of camera or smart phone. Would buy again.

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                            3.0

                            Practical, almost (but not) perfect

                            By kiwibonds

                            from New York NY

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Tips Not Lined

                            Best Uses

                            • Moderatley Cold Weather

                            Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                            Look great, feel great, clever (tiny magnets hold the tips open), are well constructed (i've had one run over by many cars and buses - i thought i'd left it in a Manhattan taxi but found it on the road 40 mins later), easy to pop the ends off/on to expose/cover the fingertips.

                            Their one, but significant,flaw? Although everything else IS lined, the removable tips (thumb and first finger) are NOT lined, so you get a bit cold pretty quickly,especially as there is an open join there too. Seems like a silly design oversight to me.

                            I'll be wearing thin liners underneath in the cold. Which kinda defeats the purpose.

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                            5.0

                            they work great

                            By crjonc

                            from Smithville, NJ

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography

                              Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                              Work as advertised

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                              • No

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                              2.0

                              Very small

                              By Oneway

                              from Bethlehem, PA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Poor Design

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                  I have an XL pair of the fleece version of these gloves and love them. Got these for a little extra wind protection. They run extremely small. I gave theses XL to my 14 year old son and ordered XXL, they were WAY too small too, gave them to my other son. If you normally wear an L order the XXL. If you wear XL or larger, forget about these.

                                  The index fingers on these gloves are so short that your finger pushes against the tip cutting off circulation. My index finger tips got extremely cold in these gloves

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Very useful gloves

                                  By Ed

                                  from Fredericksburg, VA

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                    I think the gloves are pretty warm. I've only tried them in the low 30's so far, but they are far better than bare hands. The split finger and thumb feature seems to work well, but I can usually operated my DSLR without opening the finger and thumb sections. I was concerned about the size, since my hand measured at the high end of a Medium. I decided to order the extra large gloves to be safe and they are still a bit snug. The sizing seems to be way off!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    I'll buy these also next time

                                    By Steven

                                    from Sedona, Arizona

                                    Verified Buyer

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                                      Cons

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                                          Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                          given as gift

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                                          • Yes

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                                          5.0

                                          Awesome gloves!

                                          By Todd

                                          from Crowley, TX

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape Photography
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                            I not only use these when taking pictures but are also great for hunting! Love the ability to have an open finger and thumb opening.

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                                            5.0

                                            Wish I'd had these in the 1960s

                                            By cj

                                            from LA, CA

                                            About Me Semi-Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Magnets
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape Photography
                                              • Sketching
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                              I was living in the Rocky Mountains and sketching outdoors in the winter time. I might be the first to have thought of these as I stood there with freezing hands.

                                              These are perfect for doing such things outdoors in cold weather, whether sketching or pressing tiny buttons on a digital camera. Or typing a message on a cell phone, which would be impossible to do with standard gloves.

                                              They work, and the magnets that hold back the parts that open might be the best thing about these gloves--no flapping around of those parts while working.

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                                              5.0

                                              Love these gloves

                                              By Coppersmith84

                                              from Vermont

                                              Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                              Perfect for winter photo shoots. Love the magnets that hold the finger hoods out of the way when they are not needed.

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                                              4.0

                                              Better Than Average

                                              By B Lake

                                              from Northern Illinois

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Landscape Photography
                                                • Outdoor photography
                                                • Traveling

                                                Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                                I bought this product because I needed something better than the gloves I was using, but still needed the ability to hit the small buttons and the shutter button on the camera. These gloves fit my needs well! The only downside is that while you can cover your thumb and index finger when you need to, they aren't kept as warm as you would hope. Still better than not covering them up at all!

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                                                5.0

                                                XLNT Photographer cold weather gloves

                                                By Tomkat Mark II

                                                from Santa Barbara, CA

                                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Reliable
                                                • Warm

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Landscape Photography
                                                  • Macro Photography
                                                  • Traveling

                                                  Comments about Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves (X-Large, Black):

                                                  The gloves fit perfect and are performing very well in cold weather, I would not hesitate if you're looking for a glove not only for warmth but that gives you the flexibility of accessing every feature on your camera then look no further, this is it!

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