The 7 Best Workout Gloves, According to Personal Trainers

When you start a new workout routine, changes often need to be made: that could mean everything from adjusting to an earlier morning alarm to learning the proper weight for a deadlift versus a farmer’s carry. And if you find yourself in the weight room frequently, you’ll notice some changes in your hands — from barbell blisters to rough palm patches.

Solution? Weightlifting gloves. These guys can quickly become your trusty sidekicks, helping you work out harder and more efficiently while protecting your hands and wrists from the weighted pressure.

They can support your wrists when lifting heavy weights, to relieve the pressure and provide more structure and protection, says Abby Schmidt, CPT and Instructor at Studio Three in Chicago.

Even better, they can actually help you heave heavier weights. “Using gloves takes the pressure out of your fingers and hands and puts the weight into your forearms, which can increase how much you’re able to lift,” she explains.

When looking for gloves, make sure they are easy to clean. A buildup of sweat and moisture in them can lead to skin infections, says Caleb Backe, CPT and health expert for Maple Holistics. It’s also worth considering what workout you’re choosing.

“Gloves, wrist supports and lifting straps should vary depending on the workout,” he says. “When doing muscle-ups, gloves are important because you can easily tear up your hands. Wrist support should be the main priority when doing heavy dumbbell press and overhead press.”

With that in mind, these are the seven best options.

Schiek Sports 425 Power Lifting Gloves

Best Everyday Weightlifting Gloves

“These gloves serve a more diverse purpose, which means they are functional for a wide variety of your weight training needs,” Backe says. They are ideal for several different types of lifting, as they give added wrist and hand support to help with a variety of workouts and moves. “While they won’t make up for grip strength, they will protect your wrists from injury and stop your hand from getting calloused,” he adds.

Trideer Padded Weight Lifting Gloves

Best Budget Weightlifting Gloves

“These gloves are super durable and come at a great price point,” says Schmidt. The Trideer gloves are great for powerlifting and using heavy weights. “The gloves are padded through the palm and the fingers and are fully supported with added StretchBack Lycra for increased flexibility through the wrists,” she says. Use them with deadlifts, heavy chest and back exercises.

RimSports Premium Weight Lifting Gloves

Best Powerlifting Gloves

“These gloves are ideal for powerlifting because they help improve your ability to pick up the heaviest bar possible,” says Backe. “They give you the necessary wrist support to lift heavier weights and also double as lifting straps,” he explains. What’s more, they can help you build muscle past your grip strength limitations, so you can expect some serious gains when wearing these on your hands and wrists.

Fit Active Sports RX1 Weight Lifting Gloves

Best Travel Weightlifting Gloves

“The Fit Active RX1 Weight Lifting glove would be my choice for travel, combines user friendly features for comfort and support, including wrist straps and breathable material,” says Jamie Hickey, CPT, founder of Truism Fitness. Plus, they’re easy to pack in a small carry-on and keep odors at bay due to the openhanded design and ventilation.

Pullup & Dip Grip Pads

Most Versatile Weightlifting Gloves

“These gloves are ideal for muscle-ups, pull-ups, dips and kettlebell workouts because they don’t restrict your wrist mobility,” Backe explains. “These gloves will protect your hands near your fingers while still allowing you to have the proper dexterity in your wrist,” he adds, so swap opt for these gloves if you do a lot of bodyweight or kettlebell work.

Crown Gear Weightlifting Gloves

Most Stylish Weightlifting Gloves

“For style I would choose Crown Gear weight lifting gloves,” says Hickey. “Featuring a striking black and red design with ergonomically curved fingers, these gloves are very easy on the eyes,” he says. Plus, the gloves are made from soft leather with stitching for contrast and durability, so they’re super sleek while still being incredibly functional.

Mark Bell Sling Shot Lifting Straps

Best Lifting Straps

“These are very affordable and offer extra hand support if you’d like to train while giving your grip a rest,” says Aaron Alexander, CR, LMT, CPT, author of The Align Method. They’re strong, light and made of high-quality materials. “These can also come in handy for gymnastics or training on pull-up bars,” he says.

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The Best Weightlifting Gloves (Plus, How to Clean Them)

FYI: It’s a good idea to improve your grip strength. But if you need a little extra help, do that and reduce your calluses with a pair of our best editor-selected weightlifting gloves. Then, learn how to keep ’em clean—because you want to pick up weights, not bacteria, amiright?! (Start here: The Only 4 Exercises You Need to Be a Better Athlete)

10 Weightlifting Gloves to Try

Bionic Women’s StableGrip Half Finger Gloves

Complete with antimicrobial fabric to help control odor, these weightlifting gloves goes above and beyond. The enhanced wrap-around pad will provide you with more secure grip, a poly towel on the thumbs helps manage perspiration and side padding provides for more comfort on the thumb, palms and sides of hand.

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Buy It, $23,

UA Medium Training Gloves

Complete with genuine leather, the palms of these weightlifting gloves feature strategic padding for extra protection and grip so that you can comfortably hit those personal records.

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Buy It, $30,

Nike Fundamental Training Gloves II

Designed for a personalized fit, these training gloves will have your back (okay, your hands) throughout a challenging routine (like this killer HIIT and strength combo). With features including a padded, yet breathable synthetic leather palm for enhanced grip and a wicking mesh fabric upper, these gloves are a knockout.

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Buy It, $28,

Harbinger FlexFit Wash and Dry Gloves

With a “tech gel” cushion and leather palm pad, these half finger gloves are comfortable and durable. Plus you can toss them right in your washing machine if they get a little too sweaty. (Hey, we’ve all been there…)

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Buy It, $22,

Amara Weight Lifting Gloves

An anatomical relief pad system gives the ultimate grip and support while the Velcro closure gives your wrist support and creates a snug fit. (Perfect for all those tough CrossFit WODs!) Combine the awesome features with the fun design and you’ve got a match made for all the fit fashionistas.

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Buy It, $15,

Weight Lifting Gloves With 12-Inch Wrist Support

Ideal for barbell lifting, CrossFit, and powerlifting, these weightlifting gloves have just the right amount of padding. Your hands will stay protected against calluses and blisters so you can attempt those personal bests time and time again.

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Buy It, $20,

Nike Pro Perforated Wrap

Durable protection is created by synthetic leather on the palm and back of the hand while Nike dri-FIT mesh helps your hands to stay dry and comfortable. Cut-off fingers allow for increased airflow and a range of motion give you no limitations in this department as you work on your strength goals.

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Buy It, $25,

UA Flux

You’ll be lifting like a pro in no time with the sweat-wicking material of the UA Flux. Your hands will stay dry while soft and breathable construction feels comfortable no matter how heavy the dumbbell, kettlebell, or barbell. (Related: Breathable Workout Gear to Keep You Cool and Dry)

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Buy It, $23,

SIMARI Workout Gloves

Calling all CrossFitters! Toss the tape out and ditch the chalk—opt for these weightlifting gloves instead. They feature a sturdy wrist support and padded palm so you can rock everything from pull-ups to push presses with good form and without calluses.

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Buy It, $14,

Women’s Fit Weightlifting Gloves

Designed with a woman’s hand specifically in mind, these weight-lifting gloves are fully breathable and feature a no-slip grip. Complete with pull tabs on the fingers and wrist for an easy on and off, these gloves will have you covered through all of your lifting and training ventures.

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Buy It, $17,

How to Clean Weightlifting Gloves

When you’re lifting heavy weights (and, BTW, we have 11 reasons to get to it if you still need convincing it’s a good idea), gloves become a staple pretty quickly to protect your hands and give you a better grip. Unfortunately, soon after your sesh it’s more than likely that they end up in your gym bag—a dark, moist environment that’s perfect for bacteria to grow all over your weightlifting gloves.

Bring ’em back into the light and follow these cleaning tips (once per week!) from Erin and Leif Frey, founders of FREY laundry detergent.

  1. Soak in the sink. Fill your sink with warm water, add enough soap (dishwashing detergent works great) to make it sudsy, then submerge your weight-lifting gloves. Massage each glove, making sure to squeeze water through each finger, and use your hands to scrub off any grime.
  2. Flip ’em inside out. That’ll make it easier to clean the inside. Just rinse and repeat the same routine you followed for the outside. If the gloves still smell post-massage, let them soak in the sudsy water for an hour or so before going in for another scrub. Then rinse them thoroughly to avoid leaving behind any irritating residue.
  3. Toss in the machine. If washing them by hand isn’t doing the trick, throw the weight-lifting gloves into the washing machine on a gentle wash setting (make sure any Velcro straps are securely fastened to prevent them from catching on clothes). Let them air-dry so they keep their shape, and stick to drying indoors—putting them in direct sun can weaken the fibers, allowing them to lose their shape faster.
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Product Review: Rage Leather Hand Grips

Recently I wrote articles about both the prevention and treatment of tearing of the skin on your palms. One of the tools I recommended was leather hand grips. There are a variety of hand grips on the market, but most are designed for gymnastics. The best general exercises hand grip I have seen is the Rage Leather Hand Grip.

The Rage grips are very simple in design. They cover your palm with a pliable piece of soft leather, while a Velcro strap allows for you to tighten the grip down around your wrist. Your middle two fingers will slide through the finger holes of the grip and the Velcro strap can be adjusted for any wrist size.

While they will take some getting used to, these hand grips are helpful with a variety of exercises. The most popular use for them, of course, is while doing pull ups. They can help you prevent tears, or in the event you already ripped your palm, they can protect your skin while you heal.

In addition to pull-ups I have seen students use them for deadlifts and kettlebells. You can potentially find an application for these grips in any exercise that is grip intensive.

At first using the grips will feel awkward and the leather, while not stiff, will not be as soft as you would like. With use and time, the grips will soften up and become much more comfortable.

Rage Leather Hand Grips come in three sizes. You measure for your size by measuring the distance from the edge of your wrist to the base of your middle finger.

Small – up to 4”

Medium – 4”-4 ¾”

Large – Over 4 ¾”

It has been my experience as a coach that none of my most of my adult students will use either a medium or a large.

Rage Leather Hand Grips are a great addition to anyone’s gym bag.

Rage Leather Hand Grips are available for $15.95-19.95 at

The 7 Best CrossFit Gloves

If you are in a hurry and want our pick for the best CrossFit gloves or grips, we recommend the Bear CompleX pair.

For the most part, I try to avoid wearing gloves whenever I can. There’s just something to be said for the feeling of your skin against the bar, and I don’t think anything beats it.

That said, sometimes you either wear gloves, or you don’t work out. If you’d rather be in the gym than on the sidelines when your hands are torn up; it’s time to throw on a pair of gloves.

Beyond people who feel like I do, there’s also plenty of people who rely on a solid pair of gloves for every workout they do. Whichever side of the line you stand on, this post is for you.

Today, we’re going to cover the ins and outs of seven of the best CrossFit gloves that are available today. We’ll also drill down some of the different criteria you should evaluate any pair of gloves you look at by, so you can be sure you’re picking the perfect gloves for your workouts.

These are the CrossFit gloves and grips we’ll be reviewing:
  • Bear KompleX 3 Hole Leather Hand Grips
  • Emerge Cross Training Grips
  • JerkFit WODies
  • FitActive Sports Weightlifting Gloves
  • ProFitness Cross Training Gloves
  • PHERAL FIT Leather Hand Grips
  • Mechanix Original Covet Gloves

Why You Need CrossFit Gloves

Whether you wear gloves all the time, or only when you have to, the fact of the matter is you need a pair of gloves. They say that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. I’d argue that there’s a third: CrossFit is going to tear up your hands sometimes.

When your hands are torn up, throwing on a pair of gloves often makes the difference between getting your WoD in and needing to take the day off. A solid pair of gloves will protect any cuts or tears on your palms.

Besides protecting your hands from the pain of working out when your hands are a mess, they’ll also protect against infection. Think about how many people touched that bar today before you did. Do you really want to be gripping that thing with tears on your hands?

Plus, there are going to be plenty of times when a pair of gloves comes in handy on days when your hands are in good shape, too.

When you’re deep into a workout and your hands feel like they’re literally made of water, throwing on a pair of gloves will help you power through your workout with your grip intact. Plus, when your hands are at their sweatiest, this is when you try and overcompensate with your grip and end up tearing your hands up because you’re over-gripping the bar.

Another bonus of wearing gloves is that they’ll keep your hands in somewhat presentable condition for the real world.

Some guys are still wearing their cuts, callous’ and blisters like a badge of honor, but if you’d like to be able to shake someone’s hand without them feeling like they just met Thing from the X-Men, gloves are the answer.

Now that we’ve established why you need a pair of CrossFit gloves let’s take a closer look at what your options are.

Types of CrossFit Gloves

In the past, it was virtually impossible to find gloves specifically designed for CrossFit. This fact led us to find alternatives, some of which are very good. For years, people at the gym have been wearing everything from batting gloves to handball gloves and pretty much every other sport-specific glove you can think of.

Nowadays, there’s more choice than ever, so it’s helpful to break down the different kinds of gloves on the market so you can identify the best CrossFit gloves for you.

CrossFit Gloves

These are gloves designed specifically for CrossFit. These gloves are born from the old days when you’d have to pick up batting gloves or football gloves to use in your workouts. These are similar to a pair of leather work gloves, looks-wise, but they incorporate features specifically designed for CrossFit workouts.

CrossFit Grips

CrossFit grips are an evolved version of the grips gymnasts have been using for decades. They protect your palms, and wrist support, while still allowing you uncompromised use of your fingers.

These are a solid fit for anyone who feels like they lose their feel for the bar if they wear gloves during a workout since your fingers are free.

CrossFit Wrist Wraps

I call them “CrossFit wrist wraps,” but there’s nothing that separates these from the wrist wraps that powerlifters have always used. Wrist wraps don’t offer much in the way of palm protection, but they offer ample wrist and joint support and can help prevent sprain injuries during heavy lifts.

What to Use When

When it comes to CrossFit, there are no hard and fast rules about which type of apparel you should put on your hands.

Some people feel comfortable wearing gloves for every single workout. The truth is, each type of glove has its place in the gym, and some are better for certain workouts for others. Some people will even keep all three in their gym bag and switch between them depending on the workout they’re doing.

CrossFit gloves tend to perform best for exercises like the rope climb, chin-ups, kettlebell work and other AMRAP exercises, and muscle up on rings. They’re also your best bet for bar work, provided you can get used to the feel of the bar when we’re gloves.

Grips are great for bar work as well, but depending on the particular workout, you may find that you prefer full gloves or just wristbands or wraps.

Wrist wraps are probably the least useful of the three. Wraps are great for any Olympic-style workouts you do, like clean and jerk, snatch, deadlifts, and overhead squats.

Thankfully, all three types of hand gear are relatively inexpensive, so it’s fairly easy to try them all out and decide which is best for you, or rotate between different types of handwear during your workouts.

How to Choose the Best CrossFit Gloves for You

There are a few key features that differentiate the different products on the market, and these features are the key to nailing down the best CrossFit gloves for your style.


One of the most important factors to look at is durability. What good is a pair of CrossFit gloves if you’re going to wear through the palm in a month?

Just as CrossFit can be hell for your hands, the same goes for your gloves, too. The fact is, most general-purpose gloves just can’t stand up to CrossFit workouts. Look for a pair of gloves that feature things like a double-layered palm and reinforced stitching, as they’ll stand up much better.


Most CrossFit gloves rely on several different materials to get the job done. A good pair of gloves offers support and protection where you need it, they’re breathable, and they allow you to still “feel” when you grip something. Look for materials like leather, neoprene, silicone, and lycra, as these fabrics are regularly seen in the best CrossFit gloves.


Breathability is vital, as it will determine how comfortable the gloves are to wear, and how they’re going to stink after a few months of regular use.

Gloves that are designed with breathability in mind are more comfortable because you won’t be dealing with sweaty hands inside the glove, and they’re also more resistant to odors.

Machine Washable

Even the most breathable gloves are going to stink eventually. When you get to that point, being able to pop your gloves into the wash with the rest of your gym gear is key. Before buying any hand gear, make sure you can wash it.

Texting Friendly

Have you ever considered how often you pull your phone out in between workouts? If you’re like me, you do it a lot. Whether you’re trying to fire off a quick text or enter your PR into your favorite CrossFit app, being able to use your phone while you’re still wearing gloves is a big plus.

This is a non-factor when it comes to wraps or grips, but if you’re in the market for a pair of full-fingered gloves, this may be an essential feature for you.

The Seven Best CrossFit Gloves

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the seven best gloves on the market right now.

Bear KompleX 3 Hole Leather Hand Grips

These grips from Bear KompleX are an ideal option for anyone who can’t bear the thought of wearing full gloves during their workouts. The gymnast style design of these grips keeps your fingers free, and many people feel like they aren’t wearing anything when they strap these on.

These grips feature a full grain leather palm and quadruple stitching throughout to ensure durability. The design is also extremely breathable, so you won’t have to worry about your hands sweating more than usual. Since there are no fingers, you’ll also be able to use your phone while wearing them.

The wrist straps use the same material as the palm of the glove, so they provide ample wrist support, and the wrist straps are adjustable to ensure a perfect fit for everyone.

Bear KompleX makes these grips in five different colors and four different sizes. You’ll be able to find the perfect grips for you regardless of your style or the size of your hands.


  • Protects without compromising feel
  • Quadruple stitched for extra durability
  • Breathable


  • Doesn’t protect fingers from blisters or tears
  • Finger holes may be too small if you have wide fingers

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Emerge Cross Training Grips

For anyone who wants the benefits of a traditional grip without sacrificing blistered fingers to get it, Emerge may have just the ticket for you.

These grips are designed to ride a little higher up your hand, so they protect your palm and the bottom of your fingers as well. They’re made from durable nubuck and feature a neoprene interior and wrist strap.

The hand holes have some stretch to them, so they’re a good choice for people with large fingers.

Comfort wise, these grips are among the most comfortable options on the market. While they aren’t as breathable as some other grips, they do offer ample breathability.

One gripe we have with these is that the stitching isn’t reinforced enough, which may lead to durability issues. They also feature some extra padding in the palm area, which may limit your feel during bar workouts.

  • Protects palm as well as fingers
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors
  • Questionable stitching – may not be durable enough for daily use
  • Padded palm compromises feel

JerkFit WODies

Designed for and by CrossFitters, JerkFit has quickly developed a reputation for making the best grips on the market.

WODies may be the most well-engineered gloves on the market, and they possess some characteristics that make them the perfect gloves for many CrossFitters.

The palm features JerkFit’s GripRidge technology, a textured finish that absorbs more chalk than other wraps, allowing you to get a better feel during your workouts. The fabric glides over your hand during workouts, which reduces friction and helps prevent tears and calluses.

WODies have 3” wide elastic weightlifting straps for superior wrist support during high-weight workouts.

As for fit, this is where WoDies separate themselves from the pack. The finger holes can be customized for a perfect fit, and they’re available in four different palm sizes to fit the needs of any size hands.

They’re also arguably the most stylish option on the market, and they’re available in tons of cool colors and patterns to help you express your personality in the box.

Most importantly, the thin yet supportive material allows you to power through your workouts without ever feeling like your grip or feel is compromised. Even people who hate wearing gloves or grips are going to like WODies.

  • Durable
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Most extensive variety of colors and sizes
  • Customizable finger holes provide a tailored fit
  • Doesn’t provide total palm coverage

FitActive Sports Weightlifting Gloves

These gloves from FitActive sports are a solid choice for anyone who is looking for more protection than what grips or wraps offer but still aren’t into the idea of wearing full gloves.

These gloves provide full protection for your palm and the lower half of your palms. The entire glove is made from neoprene, with silicone impregnated into the fabric at crucial points, like the balls of your hand and the palms. Extra wide wrist straps protect your wrist from sprains.

However, the interior of the glove is also made from neoprene, which some people find to be slippery. I wasn’t bothered by it, but I could see some people feeling like the neoprene against their hand makes them question their grip.

Fit wise; these gloves are tough to beat, as they’re available in six different sizes from XXS to XL. Whether you have hands like a gorilla, or hands like a child, FitActive has you covered with these gloves.

While these gloves offer a great fit and incredible comfort, they do leave some to be desired in the durability category. Neoprene just doesn’t stand up to workouts the same way other fabrics can, and you’re bound to wear through these gloves if you’re using them every day.

As someone who doesn’t like to wear gloves on most days, I love being able to break these out occasionally, on days when my hands really need a rest. They’re also one of the most affordable options, so buying these to stash for occasional use won’t break the bank.

  • Superior comfort and fit
  • High breathability
  • Most protective option
  • Affordable
  • Not as durable as some other gloves
  • Neoprene interior may feel slippery to some people

ProFitness Cross Training Gloves

These gloves are basically a carbon copy of the Emerge gloves we discussed earlier, and they’re even more affordable, so they’re an excellent option for the thrifty CrossFitter.

These gloves are made from breathable nylon with a double-reinforced palm. The palm has a silicone pattern for added grip. These gloves also do a great job absorbing chalk, which should further improve your grip and feel for the bar.

Like the Emerge grips, these also ride higher on your hand, so they should protect you from blisters and calluses along the lower part of your fingers. Extra wide wrist straps provide ample support to protect you from sprains during your heaviest lifts.

Since these grips are so similar to the Emerge set, they also fall victim to the same issues. Some people aren’t going to like the way the silicone grips on the palm feel. While these appear slightly better constructed than the Emerge pair, the stitching on the finger holes does seem a bit suspect, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it started to rip after a few months of regular use.

That said, if you’re interested in the Emerge grips, these may be an even better choice, as they’re a bit cheaper.

  • Affordable
  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Machine washable
  • Not as durable as some other options
  • Silicone palm grip may bother you

PHERAL FIT Leather Hand Grips

If you’re looking to get the job done every day without too much fuss or fanciness, check out these grips from PHERAL FIT.

One of the first things you’ll notice about these grips is they’re exceptionally thin. This is perfect for those of us who have a hard time getting a feel during their workouts when they’re wearing grips or gloves.

The exterior (the part that touches the bar) of these gloves is untreated suede, which improves with chalk absorption, and provides a feel that’s about as close to bare hands as you’ll get with any grip or glove.

Like all the other grips we reviewed, these include wrist straps. However, they’re about half as wide as the rest of the competition, so they don’t provide quite as much support during Olympic style workouts.

While these gloves provided hands-down the best feel during my workout, the two finger design leaves a large portion of your palm vulnerable to tearing and blisters.

Overall, these might not be your best option if you’re nursing some severely torn hands. But, they do provide an unparalleled feel and the most durable design on the market. PHERAL FIT is also the only grip we’ve covered that offers a money-back guarantee if your grips fail you within six months.

  • Best feel out of any glove or grip
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Unparalleled durability
  • Not as much wrist support as competitors
  • Doesn’t offer as much coverage as competitors

Mechanix Original Covet Gloves

No CrossFit glove roundup would be complete without a nod to the one that started at all – the mechanics glove.

This classic model from Mechanix may be designed for the guys at the auto shop up the street, but they’re also ideally suited for the box, too.

The Covet glove features a single layer suede palm with double reinforced thumb and index finger, which provides added protection from blisters and tears to your fingers. The rear of the glove is breathable nylon, and Mechanix’s Trekdry lining keeps your hands cool while wicking moisture away from your hands.

These gloves are also machine washable, so you’ll be able to toss these puppies in the wash whenever they smell less than fresh.

On the downside, these gloves aren’t explicitly designed for CrossFitters, so there are some inherent design issues here. For one, while the single layer palm provides an excellent feel, it leaves something to be desired when it comes to durability.

  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Provides great feel
  • Added thumb and index finger protection
  • Not as durable as some competitors

Final Word

Whether you wear gloves full time, or only when you need to, the fact of the matter is that you’ll want to keep a set of them in your bag at all times. You never know when a tear or blister is going to ruin your workout.

Finding the best CrossFit gloves for your style can be a daunting task, but it’s far from impossible. If possible, try out a bunch of different styles and brands and don’t settle until you find the best option for your workouts.

For us, our favorite pair is the Bear KompleX. While they may not be the most durable grips on the market, but if you’re like me and only throw them on occasionally, you should get plenty of good workouts from them.

Whichever gloves or grips you choose, I hope you’re wearing them the next time you achieve your PR!

Weightlifting gloves and wrist straps are essential gears for the gym, especially while lifting heavy weights. While working out, your whole body becomes sweaty including your palms. If the question “ Do I need weight lifting gloves?” arise in your mind, then follow the weight lifting gloves’ benefits.

Benefits of Weightlifting Gloves

Excellent Grip

Perspiring palms can lead to danger as the heavyweights can fall off from your hands. So, you must use weightlifting grip gloves to prevent slithering.

Improvises the Overall Exercises

Weightlifting gloves with wrist wraps tighten the hand’s grip which helps increase the grip strength.

Protects the Fingers and Skin

Use weightlifting gloves to prevent calluses, blisters, scars, redness and skin infection.

Pain Reliever

Acute pain occurs due to the friction between your skin and the bars. Wear weightlifting training gloves every time you lift.

Types of Weightlifting Gloves


Most of the weightlifting gloves are fingerless which provide additional grip and ventilation.

Full Finger

If you are a bodybuilder or a weightlifter and want full hand protection with better grip; choose full finger weight lifting gloves. These gloves are suited for both women and men.

Women’s Weightlifting Gloves Review Table



Harbinger Women’s 5
Under Armour Women 4.5
Nike Womens II 5

Men’s Weightlifting Gloves Review Table



Harbinger Men’s 5
Under Armour Men’s 4
Nike Men’s 2.0 5

Women’s Weightlifting Gloves Review

Harbinger Women’s FlexFit Wash and Dry Weightlifting Gloves with Padded Leather Palm (Pair)

Harbinger Women’s FlexFit Wash and Dry Weightlifting Gloves

If you are searching for girly weight lifting gloves, go for this one. Made up of antimicrobial treated materials, these women’s weightlifting gloves and hand supports are super flexible. The short finger length has its ending below the first joint for the ultimate surface contact. Make your style statement with the attractive tones.


  • Controls stains and odors.
  • TechGel padding naturally bends with the hand movements.
  • Cushion the main stress points.
  • BioFlex palm reflects integrated layers of super-fine materials.
  • Elevated comfort during the lifting session.
  • Combination tones like Black / White, and, Purple / Black.
  • Washable and dryable.
  • Available in small, medium and large sizes.
  • The small sizes can be used as kids weight lifting gloves.


  • Only women-specific design
  • Pricey

Under Armour Women’s CoolSwitch Flux Training Gloves

Under Armour Women’s CoolSwitch Flux Training Gloves

The product has a heat pulling nature making the working ladies feel ultra-comfortable. You can spend more hours in the gym wearing these cool weight lifting gloves. The design is quite trendy, and you will get a UA power strap for extra strong grip support. Built with special quality nylon, polyester, polyurethane, and elastane, you can name the pair as everlast weight lifting gloves.


  • UA CoolSwitch helps in keeping the hand cool.
  • The exceptional power strap provides powerful support to the delicate wrists.
  • The silicon placing on the palm area delivers enhanced grip.
  • The hollow in the palm zone increases the ventilation.
  • Wipe your sweat with the terry cloth thumb panel.
  • Available in different sizes.
  • Men, women, and children can wear.


  • Limited colors.
  • The tightly fitted power strap may cause irritation after a long workout.

Nike Women’s Fundamental Training Gloves II

Nike Women’s Fundamental Training Gloves II

Security, support, and comfort: 3 in 1 training gloves designed by Nike for female fitness freaks. The stylish look and the dry feel fetch the women’s attraction even more.


  • The Dri-Fit mesh jersey pulls the sweat away from the hand.
  • You can stay dry for long.
  • Adjustable wrist strap along with everlasting VELCRO® fastener.
  • Swoosh design trademark.
  • Faux suede on the palm for enhanced protection.


  • Little bulky.
  • Limitation in color

Men’s Weightlifting Gloves Review

Harbinger Men’s BioForm WristWrap Weightlifting Glove with Heat-Activated Cushioned Palm (Pair)

Harbinger Men’s BioForm WristWrap Weightlifting Glove

The benefits of BioForm pads let you mold your hands smoothly. The dual closure system provides a customized fit for every hand. The product has a stylish and sporty outlook. It’s worth investing in a pair due to the BioFlex and Spidergrip technology.


  • Genuine leather made.
  • Better grip and hand movements.
  • Very useful for longer lift sessions.
  • Protects from blisters, infection, and calluses.
  • Pre-curved for more workouts.
  • BioFlex acts as second skin leading to the stronger lifting.
  • Tactified leather palms for ultimate grip and control.


  • Pricey.
  • Color limitation.
  • Not available for kids.

Under Armour Men’s Coolswitch Flux Gloves

Under Armour Men’s Coolswitch Flux Gloves

The gloves DNA reveals exclusive coating in the inner panel that drags the skin’s heat produced during weight lifting.


  • Cold and dry feel due to the UA CoolSwitch technology.
  • Longer performance.
  • Adaptable wrist strap for the perfect fit.
  • Extra grip due to the silicone palm.
  • Small holes in the palm area enhance breathability.
  • Terrycloth thumb panels for moping sweat.
  • Stunning colors.
  • Lightweight.
  • Long lasting.


  • The wrist strap may hurt after an intense workout.

Nike Men’s Core Lock Training Gloves 2.0

Nike Men’s Core Lock Training Gloves 2.0

One of the most comfortable and secured fits for your hands- A masterpiece of sporty art from the house of Nike. The extra marks can be given to the modified graphics- preferable for the creative men. If you hate bulge, this pair of thin weightlifting gloves is right for you.


  • The voguish Swoosh patent logo gives you the branded elegance.
  • The Dri-Fit fabric keeps your hands dry.
  • Adjustable wrist strap for a customized fit.
  • Stretch fit design delivers easiness and secured fitting.
  • Dual- colors graphic designs- Black/ Volt, Black/Grey, and Black/Crimson.
  • Multiple weightlifting gloves size.


  • Not recommended for extreme heavy weight lifting.


So if you want to do deadlifts, chin-ups and lift barbells and heavy dumbbells, you must slip in weightlifting gloves with wrist support for saving yourself from getting injured. Comfort, safety, and style- for the fittest you.

Best Gym Gloves 2020: Shopping Guide & Review

Last updated: 10/10/2019

If you’re the type to spend long hours in the gym every week, you’re probably looking for the very best gear to train properly. This is why you need a pair of good gym gloves for all your workouts. They will help you perform all your exercises with greater comfort. That being said, it is important that you are aware of their advantages and drawbacks.

These will depend on the types of training, the exercises and the athlete himself. In that regard, you are advised to be clear about the goal of your workouts, as well as the pros and cons of using gloves. In the article below, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about gym gloves and how they can benefit your health.

Key Facts

  • Gym gloves allow you to have a more comfortable grip on weights. You can also hold more weight with them.
  • You should wear gloves for your weight sessions to avoid getting calluses on your hands and prevent them from sweating. This is essential so that your dumbbells don’t slip out of your hands.
  • Some gloves also include a strap to protect your wrists. This prevents your joints from suffering during training.

Ranking: The best gym gloves on the U.S. market

In the following section, you will discover our very own selection of the best gym gloves available right now on the American market. We’ve briefly detailed the specific characteristics of each model to help you make the right decision. That way, you’ll be ready to go hard every day of the week.

No. 1: Fit Active Sports

Fit Active Sports is a young American company that’s taken the fitness market by storm, providing top-quality gear at very affordable prices. This value for money is definitely one of the reasons why this pair of weightlifting gloves has become Amazon’s Choice in the category, and past customers can vouch for that. They are available in size sizes, from XXS to XL.

They offer several features that make them attractive and particularly versatile gloves. First of all, the built-in wrist straps will protect your wrists. The back of the hand is open to allow it to perspire better, and the palm is fully protected with a silicone-printed neoprene. This durable pair of gym gloves is comfortable, easy to wash and offers real bang for your buck.

No. 2: Ihuan A X Man

Ihuan’s A X Man gym gloves are a fan favorite and an Amazon Best Seller, and it’s not surprising. This is because the Chinese brand’s niche is specifically the manufacturing of fitness gloves, and it knows exactly what athletes want. These full gloves will protect your whole hands during training, and previous buyers can’t stop talking about their value for money.

They’ve loved their overall quality, as well as their design — and we know this matters. Available in four sizes, the palm features a skidproof material to avoid any accidents. The Velcro is extremely durable, and the design of these gloves makes them ideal to prevent sweat. This product also comes with a lifetime money-back warranty, in case you weren’t quite convinced yet.

No. 3: GloFit Freedom

from $17.99

The GloFit Freedom workout gloves are another Amazon Best Seller, and they have received great ratings from athletes who have used them. Available in four color sets, they are sold in small, medium and large sizes. Made from high-density mesh material, these gloves are extremely resistant and breathable to avoid excess sweating.

One particularly attractive feature is the jersey fabric placed on the thumb, which allows you to quickly wipe the sweat off of your face. The cushioned palm pad also includes mini anti-slip points that will give you the grip you need for al your weightlifting exercises. According to past users, you can easily wash these gloves — in the machine or by hand.

No. 4: Grip Power Pads

Grip Power Pads in an American company that specializes in the production of high-quality protective handwear for all your workouts. All their models are made right here in the U.S., and their first products were actually invented by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. And these fitness gloves are a little different from the other ones we’ve selected in our ranking.

How, you ask? They feature a heavy-duty steel hook around which you can wrap the palm of your hand. This means you’ll never have to worry about your grip anymore, and you can truly focus on what matters: reaching your fitness goals. The wrist strap is extremely sturdy, too, so you’re completely safe from any potential accident. A reversed hook model is also available.

No. 5: Nano Hertz

Last but not least, these tiny gloves by Nano Hertz are extremely versatile and take up so little space you can fit them in your pocket. They wrap around the palm of your hand, leaving your wrists and fingers free for greater comfort and mobility. Made from elastic neoprene fabric, they are very breathable and durable.

The small extra padding on the palm is all you’ll need to prevent blisters and calluses during workouts. These pads also feature an anti-slip design to avoid any unwanted accident. Whether you prefer Crossfit, machine workouts or free weightlifting, these gloves are super versatile and will always help you get the job done just right.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about gym gloves

Many different types of gym gloves are available out there. This affordable item is essential if you want to make your fitness training more comfortable. However, there are various styles and levels within weightlifting itself. This is why we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions in the following paragraphs.

Gym gloves are ideal for people who do strength training.
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What are gym gloves and how are they useful?

This fitness gear is fundamental if you practice various types of sports activities such as bodybuilding, body pump, or weight lifting. They provide a much greater grip, and the elastic materials they are made with perfectly adapt to the hand. They can both protect you from blisters and prevent sweat so that dumbbells don’t slip out of your hands.

Using gym gloves while you exercise is also more hygienic; you won’t be leaving your sweat around the machines and weights anymore. Their protective properties will allow you to have a more intense workout and, above all, avoid injuries such as blisters and calluses that can arise from the bars rubbing against your skin.

Did you know that for most gyms now recommend using gloves as a hygiene-related measure? Sweat can also play tricks on you by causing slips and fractures, as well as spreading warts.

What types of gym gloves are there?

There are three main types of gym gloves: training gloves, weight gloves, and gymnastic grips — a gymnast’s best friend. In the table below, you’ll learn more about the specific characteristics of each one and their different uses. Pay attention, and you’ll have key information to pick the gloves that most suit your training needs.

Type Training Weight Gym grips
Use They are very versatile: you can use them for spinning classes, bodybuilding or wall bars. For weight training: bodybuilding and weightlifting. They are tailored for continuous contact sessions, such as training on bars or rings. Also useful for Crossfit.
Characteristics They generally leave your fingers bare. They have a longer wrist cover and are more resistant in the palm. Different types exist: those that are only anchored to the wrist and to the middle and ring fingers, and those that have a circular and flat design.

Why should I buy gym gloves?

Whether you’ve just signed up to the gym or have been training for some time already, you’ll always benefit from wearing specialized handwear. It will be easier for you to grip dumbbells, weights and gym bars. You can also perform your exercises more comfortably and prevent potential injuries, blisters, and pain in your hands and wrists.

Here are some of the useful characteristics of gym gloves:

  • Your grip is improved. You should always wear gloves when lifting heavy weights, even if the machine in question is ergonomic and specifically designed for weightlifting.
  • They prevent chafing. You’ll suffer from calluses, blistering and wounds to the hands without the right protection.
  • They are hygienic. Warts can be spread through sweat. Make sure to thoroughly clean the weights and machines with a damp cloth before training if you don’t use gloves.

How should my gym gloves be?

You already know that wearing gloves during all your workouts offers several benefits. But how should these gloves be, and what characteristics should they present? First and foremost, you need to pick gloves that are the right size for your hands. They should also be flexible enough for you to perform all your exercises comfortably while protecting your hands.

Two other key qualities that your gym gloves should offer are elasticity and good grip — to prevent the weight from slipping out of your hands. Last but not least, opt for high-quality materials to ensure durability and resistance. Nylon mesh is a great option, as it will perfectly adjust to your hand.

Gym gloves will prevent you from getting blisters on the hands.
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Is training without gloves bad?

You’re probably used to seeing most people without gloves when you hit the gym. However, it’s fair to say that wearing gloves during training is better than not wearing any, as they improve your performance in the search for balance. You will also have a better grip, thus ensuring greater precision for all your reps.

Gym gloves will give your wrist enhanced stability.
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Can I wash my gym gloves?

You should wash your gloves just like any other sports equipment. You are recommended to air them out when you get home after training; otherwise, germs will reproduce more easily if you leave them humid and in a bag. The best way to wash your gym gloves without damaging them is to hand wash with water and detergent every so often.

Shopping Criteria

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of brands and models available on the market. And this goes beyond the specific field of fitness, as you can find gloves for many sports disciplines. You might see this as a benefit or a drawback. In the section below, you’ll learn more about the key aspects to keep in mind if you want to be satisfied with your purchase:

  • Special features
  • With or without straps
  • Use
  • Manufacturing material

Special features

The first thing you’ll have to consider is what are your exact needs regarding the gloves. As a matter of fact, what you probably need is actually called gym mitts. These are gloves that only cover the part of your hand that’s in contact with the material, and they offer one great advantage: your hands will perspire better than with gloves.

When we’re looking at gloves themselves, here are different models and their features:

  • Classic gloves with no special feature: They offer protection both on the palms of the hand and on the back of the glove. You can use them for all types of training.
  • With wrist protection: They are an excellent option if you need extra grip on the wrist (or after an injury, or to prevent one).
  • Full-hand gloves: They protect your whole hand, from below your wrists to the tips of your fingers. They are ideal for outdoor sessions in winter.
  • Gym mitts: Many people prefer this type of gloves because they only use them for the exercises they need. Your grip will be stronger and your hands can sweat better than with gloves.
  • Mitts with covered fingers: The finger part of those models allow them to fit better to the hand. The palm is generally made of leather.

Gym gloves will help you do all your training exercises correctly.
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With or without straps

These aren’t so commonly used, so you might not have seen them before. Strapped gloves are specifically designed for heavy deadlifting. They are wrapped around the wrists and the ends of the bar. This provides full protection for your hands.

They are extremely useful to lift heavy weights, although they are uncomfortable to put on and off for each exercise.


You need to be very clear about what type of training you want to use your gym gloves for. If you regularly train with machines, bars, and dumbbells, for instance, you’ll find it more comfortable to wear classic gloves like the ones mentioned above. That way, you won’t have to take them off or adjust them during your training sessions.

If, on the other hand, you’ve suffered a wrist injury or want to prevent one because you’re working with heavy bicep and tricep loads, make sure to opt for gloves with extra wrist protection. Lifting weights can really be harmful if you don’t use the right protective gear — like quality gym gloves.

Manufacturing material

Gym gloves are made from different materials and fabrics that help improve your performance during exercises. In that regard, it is fundamental that the models you pick are made with mesh fabrics or polyester microfiber to facilitate skin transpiration and prevent sweating.

You’ll also want to have gloves that feature a Velcro strap on the wrist, in particular for weightlifting sessions. If you’re also looking for a better grip, we encourage you to go for models that are made of neoprene fabric, especially for the palm and wristband.

Gym gloves will become essential in your gym bag.
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The pads on the palms and fingers mean that your hands are fully protected from any possible impact with the machines, bars, and weights. Certain gloves even feature a piece of towel fabric on the thumb, allowing you to easily remove the sweat from your forehead.


Fitness is booming right now, as is the cult of the body: weight training has become extremely popular. This is why you need to protect your hands and prevent wrist injuries using a good pair of gym gloves. Whether you want full-hand gloves, mitts, or gymnastic grips, this handwear is fundamental for all your workouts.

As you now know, gym gloves are an essential item if you want to carry out any fitness training. This is particularly important if this sport represents a big portion of your fitness routine. That being said, it is important that you choose the right gloves that will suit your needs, preventing injuries and giving you greater comfort in the process.

If you liked our guide on gym gloves, feel free to leave us a comment in the section below! You can also share this article with all your friends on your social media.

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Why you can trust me?

Avery studied fitness and nutrition at college and currently works as a PE teacher at his local high school. Not only does he love to help out his students increase their fitness performance, but he also writes blogs about sports and fitness in his spare time.

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