TOP 11 Best Wrist Wraps for CrossFit of 2020 Tested & Reviewed

From Overhead squats and Hand Stand Push Ups to Snatches and Thrusters, CrossFit athletes know firsthand that the daily WOD can put a strain on the wrists.

With a good pair of wrist wraps you can lift more weight, and go longer and harder, while protecting your valuable wrist cartilage, tendons and bones from overuse injuries.

That’s why I got down to business researching and searching everywhere to create this carefully selected list of the 11 best wrist wraps for CrossFit of 2020.

Plus I include a quick buying guide and a CrossFit wrist wrap FAQs so you can get all your wrist wrap questions answered.

TOP 11 Best CrossFit Wrist Wraps 2020

Rogue Wrist Wraps

Rogue Wrist Wraps

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Review: Rogue wrist wraps are elastic style wraps with a Velcro closure. These wraps are a bit less stiff than Rogue’s white line, but they are supportive enough for most CrossFit activities and for those who do not want super stiff wrist wraps.

These wraps are easy to adjust and get on and off. The quality of the hook and loop material is superior to others and these wraps will last longer too.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Cotton blend – comfortable and breathable.
  • Three lengths available.
  • Superior quality velcro.

Cons

  • The Velcro will wear the wrap material if it becomes attached to it.

Takeaway

Top-rated, supportive, moderately stiff Velcro-elastic wrist wraps at an affordable price.

Rogue Wraps

Rogue Wraps

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Review: The benefit of these nylon cloth twist tight Rogue lifting straps it that are lighter and less bulky than the elastic and Velcro variety.

If you want to tighten them, or loosen them up after a lift, it’s simple, just twist them a bit. It really helps you keep your momentum in your workout when you can quickly and smoothly adjust.

Pros

  • Lightweight and slim-fitting, not bulky.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Fast and easy to adjust.

Cons

  • More expensive than the elastic style.

Takeaway

Top-quality Rogue wrist wraps that are light, not bulky and easy to tighten.

Rogue Wrist Wraps - White Series

Rogue Wrist Wraps - White Series

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Review: White series Rogue wrist wraps are stiffer that the regular Rogue elastic and Velcro style wrist wraps. These are designed for maximum support and heavy weight.

Pros

  • White Series – stiffer than the regular Rogue wrist wraps.
  • Included thumb loop makes them easy to get on.
  • Unbeatable price for high-quality wraps.

Cons

  • Have a strange smell out of the package.

Takeaway

These top-rated Rogue wrist wraps have exceptional stability and support for heavy lifts.

WOD Wear Wrist Wraps

Review: These lightweight WOD Wear wrist wraps are not bulky and are so easy to use. You just put the little stretchy black strap over your thumb, wrap them around your wrist and twist them to tighten and tie-up with using the black strap so they stay tight.

They come in fun colors and are breathable and comfortable to wear.

Pros

  • Easily tighten.
  • NOT bulky or cumbersome – good for small wrists.
  • Light, breathable material.
  • Moderate support – great for CrossFit.

Cons

  • Would be a little easier to use with a thumb loop.

Takeaway

These soft cloth wrist wraps are easy to tighten, lightweight and breathable, and are some of the most comfortable around.

RockTape Wrist Wraps

Review: These RockTape wrist wraps are a hybrid of both style wrist wraps. They are soft cloth strips with no elasticity, yet they secure closed with Velcro instead of a strap.

They are long enough for all wrists sizes and do not feel cumbersome to wear.

Pros

  • Breathable nylon cotton fabric.
  • Velcro closure in a cloth wrist wrap.
  • Moderately supportive, good for lifting weight with high repetition.

Cons

  • Material is too thin for really heavy weight lifting.

Takeaway

Cotton wraps that secure with Velcro instead of a strap, the best of both worlds.

Schiek Sports Blue Line Wrist Wraps

Review: Schiek wrist wraps are long-wearing, moderate support elastic style wrist wraps with a Velcro closure.

They are offered in three lengths, with the 24 inch length being the most supportive. They are supportive, without being restrictive, making them great for CrossFit moves, moderate weights and bench presses.

Pros

  • Includes thumb loop for ease of installation.
  • Cotton material is breathable.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Moderate support.

Cons

  • Shorter lengths are not as supportive.

Takeaway

Best-rated, made in the USA, moderate support wrist wraps from a trusted brand.

Sling Shot Gangsta Wraps

Review: Sling Shot Gangsta wraps are a level 3 out of 4 on the Mark Bell sling Shot grade of stiffness. This means they are great for heavy lifting. They can be used for strongman, CrossFit and weightlifting.

While the long wraps are bulkier, they are also the most supportive. They are stretchy, but can get very tight, and offer more support, the more you tighten them, making the level of support customizable.

Pros

  • Flat sewn loop can be used like a belt loop style or as a thumb loop.
  • Level 3 elastic, stiff for heavy lifting.
  • Available in 20 and 36 inches. Longer wraps are stiffer.

Cons

  • Expensive.

Takeaway

Perfect for the heavy lifts of Strongman, CrossFit and weightlifting, stiff and durable, meaty wrist wraps.

Sling Shot Wrist Wraps by Mark Bell

Review: Sling Shot wraps offer level 2 support, so they are more elastic and less stiff than the Gangster wraps. They are great for everyday CrossFit moves, when the WOD is not using heavy lifts.

These wraps are available in 4 different lengths from 20 all the way up to 40 inches. Keep in mind that longer wraps are stiffer.

Pros

  • Level 2 moderate support with some flexibility.
  • Available in 20, 26, 36 and 42 inch lengths.
  • Flat sewn loop can be used belt style or as thumb loop.

Cons

  • Pricy.

Takeaway

The most versatile wrist wrap, best CrossFit wrist wraps for everyday WODs.

Manimal Wrist Wraps

Review: These Manimal wrist wraps are wide, substantial, stiff and good for moderate to heavy lifting.

4 Color schemes available, Old Glory, Thin Blue Line, OD and Night stalker. These wraps can be worn tight for maximum support during heavy lifts, or adjusted to fit looser for moderate support and comfort during everyday accessory work.

Pros

  • Long-lasting.
  • Wide and thick.
  • Customizable support.

Cons

  • This wrist wrap is short, compared to most, just 13 inches, not including the Velcro.

Takeaway

Great support, fast to wrap, with customizable support.

Bear Grips Extra Strength Wrist Wraps

Review: Bear Grips Extra Strength are their most supportive wrist wrap, with 4 elastic bands woven into the 2.5 inch wide wrap. Wrap lengths of 12, 18 and 24 inches are available.

Pros

  • Available in lengths of 12 to 24 inches.
  • Triple stitched, long-wearing.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • Have an off smell out of the package.

Takeaway

High quality for the money, these wraps are comfortable, supportive and sturdy.

Contraband Black Label 1001 Wrist Wraps

Review: Contraband has straps available for everything from light wrist support for accessory work or to keep the wrists warmed up, all the way up to extreme support wraps for heavy lifting. There is a wrap available from Contraband for every athlete.

The Velcro is strong and long-lasting, the wraps are wide compared to others, and you choose the length you need based on the level of support you are after.

Pros

  • 3 inch width.
  • Available from 18 to 36 inches.
  • Available in light, medium, heavy and extreme duty support.

Cons

  • Slight rubber odor when new.

Takeaway

Top rated CrossFit wrist wraps with different lengths and stiffness levels available.

How to Choose the Best Wrist Wraps for CrossFit?

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Choose Your Level of Support and Stiffness

Wrist wraps come in varying degrees of stiffness which determines how supportive they will be.

Light Support Wrist Wraps

Wrist straps that are more relaxed are good for accessory work. They can be worn continuously during your entire workout.

The support will keep your wrists warmed up, prevent some strain from movements like Burpees and promote circulation, but light support is not enough for moderate to heavy lifting.

Contraband wrist wraps makes wrist wraps with all four levels of support, including a light support wrist wrap.

Medium Support Wrist Wraps

Medium support wrist wraps are good for every day WODs and light to moderate lifting.

This level of support is usually enough to protect the wrists from strain, keep them warmed up and still be comfortable enough for wearing continuously.

Sling Shot Wrist Wraps by Mark Bell are a good example of medium support wrist wraps for CrossFit.

Heavy Support Wrist Wraps

When working with heavy weight most people need support to prevent their wrists from collapsing backward. Heavy support and extreme support wraps are in this category.

Heavy support wrist wraps are quite tight. They are usually too stiff to wear during the entire workout and are loosened, unless you are doing a heavy lift. This level of support is for lifts between up to 300 lbs.

Extreme Support Wrist Wraps

Extreme support wrist straps are for advanced athletes who lift more than 300 lbs. Extreme support wraps are very stiff and are made for maximal work, and feature extreme casting, immobilizing the wrist. These wrist wraps keep your wrist straight and improve your grip.

Obviously, this style of wrap is worn only during the actual lift, as it would be very uncomfortable to wear it for any significant length of time.

See Dave Tate show you how to wrap your wrist using wrist wraps.

Choose Your Length

The length of wrist wraps can vary considerably. I have seen wraps as short as 12 inches, and as long as 40 inches.

Here is the deal…

Generally, the longer the wrap, the more supportive it is. I see a lot of complaints from people who ordered wraps that were too short.

A 12 inch wrap is probably only going to wrap 1 and a half times around your wrist, so you can see that will not offer much support aside from maybe keeping your wrists warmed up.

People are generally more satisfied with the performance of wraps that are at least 24 inches long or more.

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Choose Your Style

There are two basic styles of wrist wraps for lifting weight.

There is the classic elastic band/Velcro close style, and the cloth band with a strap that ties closed.

Let’s briefly review each.

Elastic Band with Velcro Close

Elastic band wrist wraps with the Velcro close are the most common style. You can get them really tight and stiff, so they can be quite supportive.

They are pretty easy to get on, especially is they have a sewn-in thumb loop.

The downside to this style is they are bulky, the Velcro will eventually wear out, and they may not be as comfortable as the cloth wraps.

Cloth Band with Strap Tie

Cloth wrist wraps are pretty popular with the CrossFit crowd. The Rogue Wraps and the WOD Wear Wrist Wraps are both cloth wraps that you may see around your box.

Cloth wraps are comfortable, breathable, not bulky and they can be supportive if they are adjusted tight enough.

This style of wrist wrap has no stretch, and you simply twist the cloth to make them tighter.

Wrist Wrap FAQs

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What are the Best Wrist Wraps for CrossFit?

There are many brands out there that make excellent wrist wraps for CrossFit, and choosing the best wrist wrap for CrossFit also depends on what particular activity you are doing.

For light lifting and accessory work

For WODs that do not include heavy lifting, I prefer the Rogue Wrist Wraps and Sling Shot Wrist Wraps by Mark Bell because they are flexible enough to be comfortable during the entire WOD, but can be adjusted to be more supportive when needed.

For heavy lifting

If the WOD includes heavy lifting, you need a more supportive, stiffer wrap. In this case, the best wrist wrap for CrossFit heavy lifts are Sling Shot Gangsta Wraps or Contraband Heavy or Extreme level wrist wraps, which have more support.

What Size Wrist Wraps for CrossFit?

The longer the wrap, the more supportive, stiff and bulky it will be.

If you lift heavy, you want a longer wrap. If you are doing accessory work, or lifting light to moderate weight, a shorter wrap is what you are after.

I will say this; many who get the shortest, 12 inch wrap, wish they had gotten a longer wrap. You can always wear the wrap looser for comfort, but it’s hard to make a short wrap any more supportive since it only circles your wrist about one and a half times.

What Exercises Should You Use Wrist Wraps for in CrossFit?

Wrist wraps are used for both heavy lifting and other high volume CrossFit exercises that place strain on the wrists. Even bodyweight exercises, if done enough, can strain the wrists.

Your wrists have some delicate small bones and the cartilage can get damages from repetitions as well as heavy lifts, and that damage takes time for your body to repair.

Here is a list of the most common exercises where CrossFit athletes use wrist wraps:

  • Heavy Snatches
  • Overhead Squats
  • Front Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Hand Stand Push Ups
  • Snatches
  • Clean and Jerk

When do I recommend you use wrist wraps?

For all the exercises listed above, for all Olympic lifts and any time you do an exercise that involves the wrists somehow and you find they are sore afterward.

What is the Difference Between Lifting Wraps and Lifting Straps?

  • Wrist wraps support the wrist. They protect the joints and cartilage, prevent the wrist from flexing back, excess flexion and immobilize the wrist during heavy lifts, preventing strain and injury.
  • Wrist straps are a tool, used to improve or increase your grip. The strap wraps around your wrist and the barbell allowing you to hold the barbell easier. Wrist straps insure that a weak grip does not prevent you from reaching your max potential on the lift.

If you are interested in seeing more wrist wraps I have a list of the best wrist straps for lifting here.

If you are curious about wrist straps, take a look here, I have put together this collection of the best wrist straps for heavy lifting.

Of course, if the grip is a limiting factor for your CrossFit Olympic lifts, you might also consider CrossFit hand grips or CrossFit gloves, which are also great options for increasing your grip.

That’s a Wrap!

I hope this list of reviews of the best wrist wraps for CrossFit helps you find the right pair for you.

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