CROSSFIT GLOVES: The good the bad and the ugly.
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In the world of CrossFit the demand for pure performance is getting more difficult day by day as more athletes merge their natural abilities and training methods to excel in human performance. As athletes seek to shine in the realm of functional fitness, every day they are placing more and more pressure on themselves and on the body. This is taking them to new limits and heights in performance. Protection is a major factor when performing functional exercises. It is critical to understand when and where protection is needed most. In most cases the lumbar area, the knees, shoulders and the hands are areas of the body in which athletes take on stress in their movements. In regards to the hands, fitness gloves also known as CrossFit gloves have been created by several companies to protect the athlete during high friction movements on either the pull up bar or Olympic bars. There are various motions in which athletes experience more stress than others. In the case of gloves, it is a critical tool to use when needed to ensure maximum output and duration of your exercise. Total hand protection is seen most with the use of fitness gloves over other types of accessories seen in the market. This is not an opinion of the writer but facts from the users that have given feedback throughout the world. Whether it’s a pull up or a muscle up and even on a rope climb during various CrossFit exercises gloves tend to have an advantage in protecting the hands giving the ultimate advantage to the athlete.
Every year we undergo an extensive review on various CrossFit gloves to ensure we find the best for you. Thousands of athletes are asked for feedback all around the world in order to determine rankings and overall functions of what you the users think are the best gloves around. We value opinions and take every feedback seriously in order to provide the upmost accurate information on a product as we are dedicated to providing our readers reliable information that will save them time on research and money on bogus and unreliable products. Our last review was done in 2014. Since then we have collected much information to now give you the review for 2016 on new products that have hit the market. The 2016 glove review goes into various factors to determine the best gloves around. As there are many gloves in the market, we not only choose the top few so we do not waste our readers time, but we select the latest ones that you, the athletes choose. In determining our rankings we assess the following factors such as style, design, value, durability, comfort, support, warranty, brand recognition, overall user happiness, protection factor and described as intended. After feedback and evaluation on these various factors, rankings are determined to bring you the best CrossFit gloves for 2016 chosen by you the readers and athletes. We hope you find this informative as you search for information on reliable CrossFit gloves.
2016 Glove Rankings
StrongerRx launched their 3.0 Gloves early part of 2015 and we must say we are impressed! The company really means business when it comes to providing top notch quality when it comes to their gloves.
The StrongerRx 3.0 WOD Gloves comes with anti-Vibration Technology with vibration damping polymers to prevent complete muscle and hand fatigue and improves overall body stability and fluidity. The Gloves’ touch screen technology enables the bearer to conveniently use gloves with most touch screen device- which is a standard feature nowadays. Abrasion resistance science has also been integrated into the gloves to minimize palm callous and prevent hand rips and other skin abrasions. And who can forget the signature StrongerRx Perma-X fabrics that provides the bearer outmost comfort with uncompromised protection. This glove brought forth a unique silicone grip feature for added stability and control on various bars when performing movements. The features are endless. The only drawback many users noted was it could improve the aesthetic appeal of the product. Although it’s a huge improvement from its prior 2.0 glove it is designed for what it is intended to do. We’ve gotten ourselves a sample pair and took them out for a hard beating. And by hard beating, we mean hours turned to days turned to weeks of Box time.
As expected, the gloves were as tough and impressive as the company claimed they would be. Hand protection was delivered exceptionally and superior grip was sustained all throughout each workout. At the end of each WOD, our hands felt fatigue but definitely looked as if nothing was conquered. To simply put it short, the StrongerRx 3.0 WOD Gloves is not just a pair of gloves to help drive away those nasty blisters, but an overall innovation that enhances your workout to a whole new level. Overall value support durability and protection factor all take very good ratings in which enable us to read these gloves as the number one gloves for 2016. Once again they did it two years ago with the original RTG glove and have proven themselves with this innovative gloves designed for the impacts of functional fitness. Offered by many retailers you can typically find this glove directly on the manufactured website. www.StrongerRx.com
Reebok CrossFit Glove
Now Reebok has been in the CrossFit game since day 1, and they sure know how to move within the ropes of the sport. The Reebok CrossFit Glove has once again made a name for itself as one of the top CrossFit gloves available in the market out there. Reebok CrossFit glove promises high material mix for hardworking reliability, elastane stretch fabric with mesh inserts located between each finger to ensure breathability and ventilation, PlayDry tech wicks sweat to help provide skin comfort , and of course Reebok’s Goat Leather Palm feature that promises to deliver enhanced grip throughout your workout. We really commend Reebok for having gloves with respect to aesthetic and overall comfortability, but the performance and durability speaks a whole different story. As the official brand of CrossFit. And developing a CrossFit glove for the athletes. The Reebok CrossFit Gloves are like by many yet disappointed some when they took them to the box to for a day’s work out. Overall grip made possible by the Goat Leather Palm technology was on point, but overall durability can be improved – two or three weeks of hard use in the box will leave you with damaged gloves, or even worse damaged hands. The Reebok CrossFit Glove is priced at a premium compared to their other gloves for CrossFit training. But it’s features looks and overall hand protection helped bring this glove to the number two spot. You will see it’s constructed a very light fabric for added ventilation and comfort hence this could be part of the durability issue but they do have one nice glove. In terms of hand protection after various and multiple uses many users have claimed to experienced sore and tender hands and in many cases rips. Although it does what it’s intended to do because of these factors we could not give this the number one spot. You can find these gloves directly at Reebok.com
Harbinger X3 Competition Wristwrap Glove
You don’t really have to question the credibility of a product when its made by Harbinger. In the weightlifting business, you know Harbinger is where it is from its excellent line up of performance products. These guys have been around forever and are known in constructing some real nice stuff. Now let’s talk about the company’s X3 Competition Wristwrap Gloves. Harbinger flaunts its HumanX’s proprietary multi-function WristWrap which offers tight-to-loose tensioning for strong wrist support and overall improved stability. What we really want to highlight here is Harbinger’s SpiderGrip™ real Leather technology which assures the bearer to superior grip in and out of the gym, especially when used with chalk. Trying on a pair during a week’s worth of workout, our opinion is pretty straightforward. First off, the grip is excellent, especially when used with chalk – yes we even dedicated a whole day to test this chalk theory. You can really feel the toughness and durability of Harbinger’s SpiderGrip™ real leather technology throughout the whole motion of each repetition.
Same goes to the wristwrap feature. However, what we saw as a minor hiccup is the aesthetic built and comfortability it delivers. When worn, your hands would definitely feel protected but at the same time the fit was a little bit too snug, which compromises movement fluidity. If you are someone who enjoys the fruits of a good workout securely and efficiently without minding the sense of comfort, then this might be the perfect pair you would want to grab for yourself. In terms of value these crossfit gloves is priced a bit more than what we would like it to be. Certain things to take note after multiple uses the gloves durability tends to lack in terms of strength as many users experienced rips and tears of the gloves. Although we commend the grip these gloves bring once again these gloves will give you very sore and tender hands especially if the size is not correct. The protection factor is there yet after multiple repetitions especially in competitions many users have claimed they simply have had to take it off due to the bunching of material that stretches in use over time. This results in obstruction of correct movement of the hands. But overall this glove took the number 3 spot due to grips, looks, comfort and reputation. You can find these gloves directly at the manufacture website www.harbingerfitness.com
Rocktape G – Gloves
Looks can be deceiving -this is what we have observed with the Rocktape G – Gloves. Plain looking and hence definitely does not leave a very impressionable mark on the design department, especially now that most competitors would never leave out the aesthetics of the products compromised. But then again, this is a minor thing to consider and isn’t really a drawback that sets it apart from the other top gloves in the functional fitness market. Now moving on to the more important aspect of the Gloves – usability .The Gloves’ para –cord pull strap provides an excellent snug fit for your hand which really does feel as if the Gloves are embedded into your hand – it gives the bearer that ol’ natural feeling. The gloves are feels lightweight, although they do not entirely protect the hands from callouses and tears, the gloves are definitely one of the best to consider with respect to breathability and overall movement fluidity. The Rocktape G – Gloves’ synthetic palm material goes excellent with gym chalk, adding that extra needed grip for your workouts. Although, based on personally testing the product, the gloves would need a little more grip points to be ahead of the game against its competitors. Without chalk, grip feels sluggish and does not pave way for added confidence to the bearer.
Although, durability is somewhat there, after intensive days spent in the box, you can notice some significant damage to the gloves. Comfortable they are, but materials used are so light and soft it definitely compromises the durability factor here. As a shoe all things wear-and-tear especially after use so please make note nothing last forever but again many users have claimed these particular issues. We also observed there are some users that have a tendency of performing movements slightly different in which can result in rips and tears from the top of the glove. Nevertheless, it’s a good glove just to have them throw in your gym bag in use when needed. We have seen the price of these gloves gone down in the last year. Not sure why as we do know they were one of the most expensive gloves in the market. The RockTape G-gloves takes the #4 spot in the functional fitness, crossfit gloves category by terms of comfort, it’s unique strap gives the user a great sense of usability, it’s a lightweight feel and brings a medium hand protection factor. This is still a very good performing glove but we could not have taken it past the number for Mark due to the various factors we came across. You can find these gloves directly at the manufacturer’s website www.rocktape.com
Rouge Mechanic Gloves
With over 20 years of experience in making high performance work gloves, you know it’s a good thing to see Mechanix join the functional fitness market. Clearly you have a match made in heaven when you have one of the top brands in the CrossFit Business team up with one of the most reputable brands in making heavy duty Gloves.The Rouge Mechanic Gloves comes in both beauty and brawn. By just simply looking at a pair, you know that Gloves like these are meant to last every last rep of every set. Let’s start with the good shall we. The material of the gloves seem very strong. The vented feature helps keep hands comfortable, even during the longest and sweatiest of workouts. Also, the breathable material helps prevent the gloves from soaking up your hands or even worse, stinking up your gym bag. Another thing worth mentioning about the Rouge.
Mechanix Gloves is the durability of the material. Of course, from a maker of gloves made for firearms, you would expect something that won’t let you down even when used while sliding down meters from a top of a rope or even doing a hundred reps of pull ups. When you talk about durability and sturdiness, true enough, the Rouge Mechanix Gloves are a pair worthy of appraisal. However, the disappointment with this particular pair, or should I say drawback, is the stitching pattern of the gloves. Some have reported to have their pair’s stitching coming apart 3-6 weeks after heavy usage. But then again, this can depend on how recklessly the gloves were used or abused. The durability factor is a plus as these gloves are so sturdy and rough it affects many other factors associated in the movements of functional fitness and use. It seems by the comments of many users wrote Rouge has simply used a glove made for mechanic use and is marketing as something that can be used for crossfit and general fitness effectively. This glove lacks fluidity all over. It’s not a glove that you can simply wiggle your fingers effortlessly and move throughout movements how the hand is intended to be. Although this glove is excellent to be under a car or truck rubbing with metal and other objects we simply cannot rank this higher than the #5 spot. Durability and manufacturing make this a very tough glove but again you can’t simply perform accurate movements effortlessly or comfortable with the gloves. We also had comments on blisters and mild skin abrasions when using these gloves in the area of the big R. that Rouge has asked Mechanix to place and give it a more aesthetic look to the glove. Although this glove can be used for functional fitness it does have its setbacks and if you are extremely critical on these particular factors this might not be the glove for you nevertheless if you want to glove that will last and can break walls this definitely would be a glove of choice. You can find these gloves directly at the manufacturer’s website www.roguefitness.com
HumanX X3 Competition 3/4 Finger Gloves
There are three features of that the HumanX X3 Competition ¾ Finger Gloves that are worth highlighting. First is Harbinger’s a reinforced load-bearing thumb design and secure NeoTek pull patch that promises ample protection and a secure, customizable fit. The second thing that takes the HumanX X3 Competition ¾ Finger Gloves ahead of the game is the ¾ finger length design that allows the bearer a natural and accurate workout feel, especially when working on sets that require maximum grip. Lastly, is the fact that these crossfit particular the gloves works decently with chalk. Although, what may have disappointed us is Harbinger’s “SpiderGrip” leather technology which supposedly translates a durable and sturdy material. When brought to the box, after a couple of rope climbs and a hundred reps of pull ups, the gloves showed some signs, although not significant, of impairment. The gloves however did provide a decent grip and the ¾ finger length was indeed helpful for that added accuracy when lifting. If you’re new to CrossFit and are still trying to accustom yourself to its fundamentals, then we highly recommend this pair for you, after all as mentioned earlier, Harbinger is where it is from its excellent line up of performance products. Although we do not have enough information on various half finger gloves for functional fitness this one we did have enough user feedback to place it on the list as the number #6 spot. Factors include lightweight material, medium hand protection, and adequate durability yet some users have complained for these gloves to come apart fairly quick. Overall it’s a decent glove really more fit for the have finger category yet we have included this in our list due to the user feedback we acquired and for this glove almost being a complete full finger. Be careful when putting on the glove if your hand is swollen or if the glove is tight as pulling it from the bottom palm area has resulted in complete tears in rips of the glove. Although the critical analysis this is still a good glove to use when needed. You can find this glove directly on the manufactured website.