Review: RucPac Tech Photography Gloves

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After writing my guide to the best photography gloves on the market, RucPac contacted me to ask whether I would like to try out their own RucPac Professional Tech Gloves, for possible inclusion in that guide. I certainly don’t put all products in my gear guides or it wouldn’t be the “best” stuff, but I did end up adding the RucPac gloves after I’d had a chance to use them.

Putting the name aside – I dislike it when brands needlessly put the word ‘professional’ in a product name – these are a solid offering for someone that is looking for a lightweight liner-style glove for mild winter usage. They are touchscreen compatible, and the rubber pattern that is printed on the palms of the glove does add a remarkable amount of grip.

The gloves are made from stretchy fleece material, and they are very comfortable in milder winter temperatures. As I have said before, it’s very difficult for me to apply a specific temperature rating to gloves because everyone has different cold tolerances, and I suspect mine is quite high given that I live in the far North. What I will say is that they were comfortable for me in temperatures approaching zero Celsius (32F). If I knew it was going to be colder than zero, I’d pick something different from my gear closet, but for those milder above-zero temperatures these are a great, budget-friendly choice at just $40.

Although they are touted as ‘weather-resistant’, as far as I can tell, the fleece does not have any kind of moisture-resistant coating on it so these are for dry cold usage only. Something like the Heat 2 Softshell glove would be a better choice if you are expecting colder temperatures or wetter, snowy conditions, although that will stretch your budget an additional $25 or so.

As a budget-friendly photography glove, as a backup photography glove to keep in your car or as a liner glove to wear inside a larger winter glove, the RucPack Professional Tech Glove is a fine, comfortable option.

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Professional photographer based in Yukon, Canada, and founder of Shutter Muse. His editorial work has been featured in publications all over the world, and his commercial clients include brands such as Nike, Apple, Adobe and Red Bull.

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