I divided this list by gloves for men and gloves for women.
Many gloves are unisex, so be sure and check measurements carefully before you choose a size. It is best to always measure your hand, even if you believe you know your size, because each manufacturer is different when it comes to sizing.
Rogue Mechanix Gloves V2
Review: The second-generation Rogue Mechanix gloves are perfect for lifting weight because they accomplish several things at once.
They give the lifter grip, protect their hands and are well ventilated. They are less bulky and padded than the original while still protecting the hands and creating better grip. The most well-loved feature is how ventilated they are and how they keep hands dry and cool.
The most unique feature of these gloves is they are full-fingered gloves, offering protection for the entire hand.
Less bulky than the originals.
More ventilated that the original.
Adds grip without adding too much bulk.
Protects hands without being overly padded.
Full finger weight lifting gloves.
Version 2 is just not as durable as the original.
Rogue Mechanix v2 gloves are grippy, protective and well ventilated without adding bulk.
Review: The GoFit Diamond-Tac weight lifting gloves are some of the best weight lifting gloves of 2020. They have decent wrist support, padding that protects your hands in key locations on the palm, they offer superior grip and still allow you to feel and retain dexterity.
They fit well and last longer than other brands, even brand name gloves do not compare.
High-quality, will outlast other brand name gloves.
Padded in strategic locations on the palm to minimize bulk.
Diamond-tac gloves have wrist wrap support.
Gloves run large, especially for women.
Best weight lifting gloves with wrist support and well placed cushioning.
Review: The Fit Active gloves feature an open-top, which keeps hands well ventilated and cool.
They have just enough cushion for comfort, without getting in the way of your grip.
I love the added wrist support they provide, its hand protection and wrist support in one.
Open top design – keeps hands cool and dry.
Strategically placed padding on the palm.
Wrist support built-in.
Tend to run large.
Perfect for high-intensity CrossFit workouts where Olympic lifting is included in the WOD.
Looking for CrossFit gloves? These Fit Active ventilated gloves above are excellent for a fast-paced, sweat producing, CrossFit session. I also have my top picks reviewed in this list of the best gloves for CrossFit, here.
Review: Possibly the most popular weight lifting gloves are the Harbinger gloves. These lifting gloves have a full-length wrist wrap, and are amongst the best weight lifting gloves with wrist support I know of.
Full length wrist wrap.
Leather palms for good grip.
Thick padding prevents calluses.
Short ½ inch fingers.
Padding can cause slipping.
If your goal is callous prevention, these gloves will do that, and the added wrist support and durability is what makes these gloves a classic.
TOP 6 Best Women’s Weight Lifting Glove Reviews 2020
Review: For the female who lists seriously heavy weights, these gloves are leather inside and out, something that is hard to find with other weight lifting gloves.
…they have wrist support which is not always found in ladies’ gloves. They are a high-quality glove from a top-rated weight lifting accessory company. If you are a heavy lifter, these are the gloves to get.
12” integrated Velcro fasted wrist wrap.
Breathable mesh top, with leather palm.
Takes a week or two to break in.
These are serious lifting gloves for the gal that is serious about lifting. The best weight lifting gloves for women with wrist support.
Review: Searching for the best weight lifting gloves for women? These gloves might be “The Ones” with awesome flexibility and well-ventilated fabric tops.
They are form-fitting, with light cushion that will keep callouses away and prevent you from getting rough hands.
Moisture-wicking, ventilated fabric.
Terry cloth thumb to wipe away sweat.
Gel grip on the palm, but the palm is still thin.
Tabs on fingertips for easy removal.
Runs a little small.
A great, thin leather palmed glove for moderate lifting and OCRs.
Important Things You Should Look for in the Best Weight Lifting Gloves
Let’s get ready to do some heavy lifting.
Getting a Good Grip
Leather or suede is the best in terms of grip. If the 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 the 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 kettlebell 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 I 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 won’t secure well.
Some People Just Need a Little More Support
Lifting gloves with built-in wrist wraps 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.
Getting the Size Right
Each weightlifting glove maker uses their own size scheme, so it can be a challenge to get the right size.
Add to that…
…Some glove are unisex, making it even more challenging to tell which size weight lifting glove you should get.
Your best bet?
Measure, check and re-check!
Get yourself a soft measuring tape and measure your index finger from palm to tip. Also measure the span of your palm, at the widest part. Then measure around your entire palm.
Make a note of these measurements and keep them with you as you shop.
Weight lifting glove makers may use any one of these measurements to determine the size you need.
Weightlifting Gloves FAQ
What are Weight Lifting Gloves for?
Weight lifters, CrossFit athletes, bodybuilders, gymnasts, bodyweight and calisthenics athletes and others wear weight lifting gloves to:
Get a better grip on the bar, dumbbell, or kettlebell.
Soak up and wick away perspiration.
To workout it really cold conditions where a metal bar is hand numbing cold.
Which Gloves are Best for Weight Lifting?
Some favorites are the Rogue Mechanix gloves because they allow dexterity while still protecting your hands and improving your grip.
The Skott Evo 2 gloves are well padded and durable, with some wrist support. If you like well-cushioned gloves and need some wrist support, they are a great choice.
The RIMSports gloves are a favorite with women. They have a large range of sizes to accommodate smaller hands, and are form-fitting and protective.
What Size Weight Lifting Gloves do I Need?
You need gloves that are snug without being restrictive.
Believe me when I say: you need to measure your palm because every brand is different. Always check the size chart and measure your hand before you order. This is especially true for unisex gloves.
Some gloves use your index finger measurement, while others measure across your palm, while others have you measure all the way around the palm.
It is best to use a soft tape measure to get an accurate measurement around the curve of your palm.
Is it Good to Wear Weight Lifting Gloves?
If you want to keep your hands soft and callous free, while maintaining sensation, weight lifting gloves are the way to go.
Some may argue that they ruin your grip, while others swear by them and insist they help your grip.
Others are not willing to rough up their hands and do not welcome cuts and tears.
I say you need to do what works for you and not worry about what others say in this case. If weight lifting gloves improve your lifting experience, use them.
Why You Shouldn’t Wear Lifting Gloves?
As I said, some lifters believe gloves prevent them from strengthening their grip. If that happens to you, simply discontinue using them.
Is it Better to Lift Weights with or without Gloves?
Some lifters and coaches argue that weight lifting gloves do not improve your grip. I like gloves because they prevent callouses and absorb sweat and I feel they do improve my grip and protect my hands.
…to each his own.
If you want better grip or some support while lifting heavy you can try gym chalk or lifting straps, both of which help your grip in their own way.
That wraps up this list of the13 best weight lifting gloves.
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