But when it comes to wrist wraps they won’t bother.
In this article we will review a selection of the best wrist wraps for crossfit, and hopefully convince you of their effectiveness.
The reason why wrist wraps are so popular with some lifters is the amount of support they give. When performing basic movements such as the squat or bench press the wrists get put under a lot of pressure.
Without any support, the wrists may prevent you from performing the exercise correctly. They might also lower the amount of weight that you can handle.
A decent set of wrist wraps can prevent this from becoming an issue, when performing your heaviest set the wraps will hold your wrists in place and allow you to complete the exercise.
Just make sure that you don’t overuse them, if you’ve got them on for every set then you won’t be able to strengthen them.
The Two Types of Wrist Wrap
Depending on what you want to achieve, there are different wraps available.
There are wraps that are thinner and more flexible which are perfect for Olympic lifts. Whilst there are also thicker wraps that provide more support which are better suited to 1 rep maxes on the bench press.
When looking for the best wrist wraps for crossfit you might find that you need two pairs! As crossfit involves both Olympic lifts, and more traditional strength training.
Now that you know what the benefits of wrist wraps are, let’s take a look at some of the best products out there.
Best Wrist Wraps for CrossFit and TOP 6 Reviews
Schiek Black Line Heavy Duty Wrist Wraps
Schiek is one of the best companies out there for wrist wraps, straps, and similar items. The company has been running since 1991 and has customers such as Phil Heath (Current Mr Olympia) endorsing their products.
The wraps are 12 inches long which allows them to be very tight, which is best suited for 1 rep maxing in squats, and pushing movements.
The design is excellent, and the wraps contain a thumb loop for easy set up. Price wise, Schiek are definitely not the cheapest out there.
This is partly due to the product being made in the US rather than in China. What you are getting with Schiek products is the assurance that you’re buying a quality product that will last you a long time.
- Two sizes available 12″ and 24″
- Made in USA
- Lovely design
- Thumb Loops
- Not cheap
WOD Fitters Wrist Support Wrap Pair
WOD Fitters, named after Crossfit’s infamous “Workout of the Day” (but you already knew that) is a company that was started by a Crossfit trainer.
If you’re looking for the best wrist wraps for crossfit, where better to look than a company run by a trainer?
WOD Fitters create functional yet nice looking equipment specifically designed for Crossfit. That means that you can be sure that the wrist wraps will be able to survive even the most intense session without getting damaged.
The wrist wraps also come with a free carrying bag. This may not be the coolest thing to take into a gym, but it is undeniably useful.
- Well made product
- Well known company
- Free carrying bag
- Sizes 12″ and 18″ offered
- Needs to be hand-washed rather than machine
- Doesn’t offer the 24″ size
- Decidedly uncool carrying bag
Hawk Wrist Wraps
If you’re looking for a decent set of no-frills wrist wraps, then Hawk might just be the company for you. Their products are cost effective, yet also well made.
The wraps come in either red or pink, and are 13 inches long (3 inches wide). Due to their width, they are probably more suited to powerlifting than crossfit as they aren’t going to allow the same amount of flexibility.
But as a standalone product they are excellent.
One big plus is the thumb loop is of a much higher quality than most of the competition. This is beneficial because some of the lower quality brands tend to lose the wrist strap after a few months use.
- Well designed thumb loop
- Choice of two colours
- Designed for powerlifting
- Machine washable
- Will give excellent wrist support
- Only one size offered (13 inch)
- Lack of flexibility
Wrist Wraps by Rip Toned
Rip Toned are a company dedicated to selling weightlifting accessories such as belts, straps, and supports for the knee and elbows.
This is a very niche company, and all the better for it.
Clearly they have a lot of faith in their product. The wraps themselves are very well made, with a reinforced thumb loop, heavy duty velcro, and long-lasting stitching.
The wraps come in 5 different colours with a pretty awesome camouflage design as one of the options. They are 18 inches in length and are endorsed by Kevin Weiss (a former World Champion Powerlifter).
- Heavy duty velcro & long lasting stitching
- Reinforced thumb loops
- Large choice of colours
- Only one size (18″) offered
Steel Sweat Wrist Wraps
There’s not much to say about Steel Sweat wrist wraps other than that they are a decent set of wraps.
There’s a large range of colours to choose from, you can choose between 18″ and 24″ sizes, and the wraps are well made.
They have reinforced stitching that will help prolong the life of the wraps and they are made up of “30% stronger cotton and elastic” which the company says increases support.
Steel Sweat provides a handy guide for using the wraps which is a nice touch, though the majority of people would be perfectly capable of putting wraps on their hands.
The nicest thing about Steel Sweat’s product is the design and packaging. The logo looks cool, and whilst this is a fairly trivial point, there’s not much that separates these wraps from any of the other high quality wraps we’ve mentioned.
So why not judge them on how cool they look?
- Choice of 18″ or 24″ sizes
- Reinforced stitching
- Nice design
- A little more expensive than Rip Toned whilst being essentially the same in terms of quality (high quality)
WOD Wear Wrist Wraps
These wraps are a little different than the others as instead of a thumb loop, you tie these with a string.
Also there is no velcro on these wraps as the string is used instead. This makes the wraps harder to put on but potentially longer lasting as velcro can begin to fade over time.
Something that is really interesting about the WOD wear wrist wraps is the design, you will struggle to find another set of wraps that are as unique and out of this world as these ones.
Other than the standard colours you have bright, multi-coloured wraps that will really stand out in the gym. Of particular note is the dollar sign design.
- Unique designs
- Possibly longer lasting than thumb loop versions
- Bundle discounts – great if you’re buying for your Crossfit team
- Machine washable
- Expensive compared to other wraps
- No thumb loops
- Designs may not be to everyone’s tastes
Amongst this list is a wrist wrap to suit everyone, if you want to go for the more popular and trusted brands then Schiek could be the wraps for you.
If you want wraps that were specifically designed for Crossfit, then the wraps sold by WOD Fitters, which were designed by a Level 1 Crossfit instructor might be a better choice.
If you would prefer wrist wraps that are made for powerlifting then check out the Hawk wrist wraps, while Rip Toned and Steal Sweat offer excellent value, all-round wrist wraps.
Finally you have the wrist wraps designed by WOD Wear, that stand out by not having thumb loops nor any velcro, which might appeal to the more hardcore amongst you.
So, that’s it for our pick of the best wrist wraps.
Any one of these wrist wraps should help improve your bench, squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses, and Olympic lifts.