It can be hit or miss trying gloves at random so we put together this short guide to show you what to look for when you are choosing weight lifting gloves.
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We offer reviews of men and women’s gloves, and have a few unique choices you probably wont find on other review lists, but give us a chance to explain why we chose them an decide for yourself.
Some important things you should look for to find the best weight lifting gloves
Let’s get ready to do some heavy lifting.
Getting a good grip
Leather is the best in terms of grip. If grip is the most important aspect in your eyes, look for a glove with a leather palm.
The glove should be leather on the inside and he side that touches your hand. The leather should touch the inside of your hand, because this secures the glove in place. The glove should have good grip, not only on the side that touches the bar, but the side where the glove touches your hand.
Tip: a glove with a full leather palm works well for gripping the bar, and also for kettle bell work, where the bell needs to move in your hand.
The thinner and softer the leather, the more grippy it is, so keep that in mind.
However, there is a catch.
Thin gloves are good for grip, but they wear out faster. It’s a sacrifice you will make if grip and being able to feel the bar are the priorities at the top of your list.
Warning: Don’t buy gloves with felt or similar material on the inside.
They are junk and will slip off your hand. The grip goes both ways, it needs to grip inside and out which is why we love leather.
A secure adjustable close
Velcro or some sort of wrist wrap to secure the glove on the hand is a must. The last thing you want is a glove that slips, pops open at the wrist, or won’t stay on while you are lifting of hanging from the bar.
Tip: Look for gloves where the closure strap is below the wrist. Gloves where the strap is too high tend to slide off and wont secure well.
Some people just need a little more support
Lifting gloves with built I wrist warps support the wrist on heavy lifts. The best lifting gloves, designed for HEAVY lifting, have built in wrist wraps.
Wrist wraps are not as important if you lift moderate weights, or don’t feel much pressure on the wrists when you lift, so decide which style is right for you.