Have you ever noticed how hard it is to grip the pull-up bar halfway into your WOD?
If you have been at it for a while, you are starting to sweat, and getting a good grip seems impossible.
Maybe you try to chalk them, but that only works for a few minutes, and then you are hunting around the box, looking for the chalk bucket every 5 minutes.
It can be annoying.
|Mechanix Wear – Original Gloves|
|Harbinger Power Weightlifting Gloves|
|Nike Men’s Core Lock Training Gloves 2.0|
|The Original SHREDDFIT Cross Training Gloves|
|Under Armour Men’s CTR Trainer HF Gloves|
Maybe you have thought of using something on your hands but can not decide what is best CrossFit gloves, grips or wrist wraps?
That’s a great question!
Before we talk about the best CrossFit gloves, let’s get something clear. Let’s define the difference between CrossFit gloves, grips and wrist wraps.
- CrossFit Gloves
- CrossFit Grips
- Wrist Wraps
- How do you choose the best CrossFit Gloves?
- TOP 10 CrossFit Gloves Reviews 2018
- Mechanix Wear - Original Gloves
- Nike Men's Core Lock Training Gloves 2.0
- The Original SHREDDFIT Cross Training Gloves
- Under Armour Men's CTR Trainer HF Gloves
- Nordic Lifting Gloves for Women with Wrist Support
- Callus Guard WOD Workout Gloves by Fit Four
- FITONY Workout Crossfit Weightlifting Wod Gloves
- SEEU Functional Fitness Weight Lifting Gloves
- The F4X Spartan Grip - with Enhanced Silicone Palm
- Harbinger Power Non-Wristwrap Weightlifting Gloves
These are full on, real gloves that cover the entire hand. There are some gloves made specifically for CrossFit, and some that are used by CrossFit athletes, but intended for other purposes.
Mechanics gloves, baseball pitcher gloves and football receiver gloves are sometimes used at the gym, and with good results.
In Fact, our number one choice glove falls into that category, but more on that later.
Crossfit Glove Pros:
- Protect your hand from painful and vulnerable tears, allowing you to extend workout time and not miss sessions.
- Minimize callous formation.
- Protect existing injury and tears from infection and re-injury.
- Add grip in the case of sweaty hands.
- Easier to put on than tape, wraps and grips. You can bang out a set of pull ups and take them off easily without interrupting your workout.
CrossFit Glove Cons:
- Gloves can be bulky and in some cases cause slippage.
- Can cause callous tears if the material is too loose.
CrossFit Grips are a leather or synthetic material that cover the palms and are secured at the wrist.
They usually have two or three holes that go over your fingers. The grips can be made of leather, canvas or synthetic material.
They are usually secured by a wrist wrap or band at the wrist. For more info, please see our in depth review on wod grips.
Wrist wraps are for support as opposed to gripping the bar. They wrap around the wrist and support the joint during heavy presses and overhead lifts.
They are sometimes used with grips, but not in place of grips.
Many gloves feature built in wrist wraps, which is good for some exercises, like deadlifts and other heavy lifting.
The wraps can get in the way on repeated repetition exercises and movements where you need more agility, so just be aware.
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How do you choose the best CrossFit Gloves?
Whether you need extra grip for a set of kettlebell swings, a WoD that includes the pull up bar, or a climb up and slide down the rope, you could probably use a pair of gloves at some point during your workout.
Consider the activity in the WoD before you put on a pair of gloves. The best pull up gloves for CrossFit probably aren’t gloves with an integrated wrist wrap, because they may get in the way.
The very same gloves may be just what you need for deadlifts.
To Wear or not to Wear
Good grip is crucial on the pull up bar. Some people do not like to wear gloves at the pull up bar for this reason. Gloves can cause you to slip easier.
However, in some cases they are necessary. If your hands or palms sweat, then gloves add grip.
If you have an injury, or an open tear, they are virtually required to help the hand heal and prevent more tearing.
If you are a medical professional or have another reason that would make open wounds or hand injuries unacceptable, gloves are your friend, even if you may slightly compromise grip.
The pull up bar is used by 20,30 40 who knows how many people each day. They sweat, have dirt, germs, microbes, whatever on their hands.
You go to do your pull-ups and end up with a callous. The callous may eventually tear, exposing you to all the bacteria and whatnot deposited on the bar by all the other people who used the bar that day.
It is our opinion that gloves are a must have if you have a tear or any open cut, to allow it to heal and protect it from infection.
Consider what the gloves would be like to wear. Do they offer vent holes, mesh windows or open panels that allow your hand to breath and perspiration to escape?
So now that we have covered the basics, let’s take a look at the reviews.
TOP 10 CrossFit Gloves Reviews 2018
This concludes our take on the 10 best gloves for CrossFit. So, Grab a pair and get out there.
So, Order a pair of the best CrossFit gloves, and we will see YOU at the Box!