Crossfit Gloves Analysis


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[Updated: June 10, 2015]

With the recent popularity in the sport of Crossfit many people that participate in movements that cause extreme friction in the hands. Almost any one from beginners to professional games athletes have experienced a rip to bursting bloody hands. Luckily, there are gloves out there that help protect and minimize the possibility of ending up with bloody hands. Many have asked. What are the best Crossfit Gloves? We have done the digging and searched for the best Crossfit Gloves in the Market. Out of many gloves in the marketplace the choice was difficult, to find glove we can call Crossfit gloves that preform well for the demands of Crossfit. We came across nine gloves that work and summarize the good the bad and the ugly and ranked them in terms of value, comfort, protection, durability and overall use.

 

**(The Winner)**

The StrongerRx RTG Gloves

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The StrongerRx RTG Glove took the number one spot in terms of value, comfort, style, durability and performance. We have seen this brand come out in popularity within the Crossfit community and we have been eyeing this glove for sometime. This not only has it had excellent reviews by many users; most users have claimed they cannot exercise without them. The StrongerRx RTG Gloves comes in it’s Elite Series and Competition Edition which added a different stitching for even more durability. This glove takes the winner category. Versatile material to preform almost every movement you give it. The StrongerRx RTG Gloves is also known for a comfortable fit, and protecting the hands completely as it delivers performance for any demanding WOD. Another factor that gives a good boost for the StrongerRx’s RTG Gloves is the fact that it comes in three colors, Black, Yellow and Pink for the ladies of CrossFit out there. You can find the StrongerRx RTG Gloves in many retail shops or you can visit their website at www.StrongerRx.com. (As of Dec 1st 2014 StrongerRx has come out with a new 3.0 Glove in which we have yet to review).

 

(Rank 2)

The Reebok Crossfit Glove

The Reebok Crossfit Glove

The Reebok CrossFit Glove takes the number 2 spot.  They perform nicely for certain grips and feel very comfortable for use during the workouts. Aside from the big name it carries, this pair of gloves really delivers in terms of protection and comfort. This glove is used by many of the top athletes in the Crossfit Games. But, as we found out Rebook provides them the items for free during the games. As they do perform well for the given sport, many users have commented they are really nothing more than glorified batting gloves due to the light leather is carries on the palm. Now don’t be fooled we evaluated many new styles of Reebok’s crossfit gloves. There are new lower priced models Reebok has recently come out with making them with a thicker goatskin leather. Many users where not convinced and did not come close on ranking on the review list. Yet many other users have still commented it has protected their hands and assisted in performing hand intensive movements during a WOD. The Rebbock Crossfit Glove can be found at http://shop.reebok.com/us/

 

(Rank 3)

Under Armor Nitro Gloves

 Under Armor Nitro Gloves

Under Armor Nitro Gloves takes the number three spot. These gloves are built to take a beating. Yet they can perform well in Crossfit exercises. Many users have commented the glove would be better suited for baseball or football yet many people still love it for CrossFit. Given the fact the glove is a bit bulky in grip and can cause additional space in grip resulting in the user fighting for grip in pullups. For bar work or lifts this glove feels and performs great and protects the hand fairly well. Having to lift or WoD with damaged hands is of course out of the question with this pair. The pair of gloves comes in various sizes with color red and black , the perfect color to represent rage and intensity. The Under Armor Nitro Gloves can be found at http://www.underarmour.com

 

(Rank 4)

Rebook VR6000 Gloves

Rebook VR6000 Gloves

Rebook VR6000 Gloves: CrossFit known for its diversity and as well as the intensity it has to offer in the world of sports.  Just like any other sport, it is most preferred to have the appropriate gear that would help you perform optimally. The VR600 CrossFit Games Glove from Reebok  that promises not only protecting your hands from getting ripped but also enhances repetitions and overall performance.

It is without a doubt that Reebok has played and continue to play a huge role in the context of CrossFit, The pair of gloves delivers seamless palm technology which utilizes world class cabretta leather. Cabretta leather provides breathable texture as well as a repellant to moisture which provides comfort for the user. As tried and tested, the Reebok VR600 helps protect the hands to some extent.  When put into the test in doing pull ups, kips and rope climbs, the gloves did give some level of protection but not to what it was expected of. A decent pair of gloves that may be used for the everyday WoD but not the perfect pair of gloves that we would personally recommend for the avid CrossFitter. Other pairs of gloves that are made for CrossFit should be taken into consideration before settling with Reebok’s VR6000. You could check the gloves out for yourself and let us know what you think.

 

(Rank 5)

Bionic Gloves

Bionic Gloves

Bionic Gloves took the number 5 spot. While performing as expected the glove had a great feel and delivered quite respectable results. Downside was excessive sweat made the glove a bit slippery on the inside during a hot and extensive WOD preventing full grip on bars. The material was strong and versatile yet padding on the grips, which was supposedly added for extra protection made it real difficult to obtain a natural grip after a while of use. In other reviews, we have read that the Bionic Gloves does not give out that comfortable hugging fit to the wrist during movements. Anyone interested to give this pair a good testing on the bars could get them from http://www.bionicgloves.com/

 

(Rank 6)

The Nike Alpha Structure Lifting Glove

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THE NIKE ALPHA STRUCTURE LIFTING GLOVES dominates 6th place in our books. We know Nike as one of the pioneering brands in the sports department, not only that, Nike is also popular for its quality and great looking products. Although, with the Nike Alpha Structure Lifting gloves look just like any other lifting gloves with a check on them, if you ask us. The gloves are well snug and feels great when worn. The fabric on the gloves are well crafted as to serve protection to the hands, mainly the palm area. Here’s the verdict, if you’re a person who loves hitting the gym and work on some sets of presses and curls, then this pair would definitely be a good workout partner for you.

But if you are the person who would take frequent visits to the local box and hit a couple of kips, pullups and even muscle ups, then you would be better off with a different pair. In one review, the material used in the Nike Alpha Structure Lifting Gloves would, in time, tear and expose the inner layer – when used regularly of course. You can easily grab a pair from http://store.nike.com and experience the pros and cons yourself.

 

(Rank 7)

Mechanix Gloves

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Mechanix Gloves: built for racing and hardcore construction activities the glove preforms somewhat well in crossfit. This company builds gloves built for heavy workmanship. Your hands feel safe in heavy movements such as sledgehammer work and tire flips yet it lacks the proper grip and protection on many bars. It is important to know that unlike racing, the sport of CrossFit demands full range motions of the body which the Mechanix Gloves preform adequately. Furthermore, many users have reported the lack of protection the gloves deliver in some cases. Torn hands would still be a probably result from using this pair in some cases which brings the ranking lower in our scale.

 

(Rank 8)

  Gorilla Grips

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Gorilla Grips: Don’t let the looks fool you. Despite it’s simplicity in terms of design, the Gorilla-Grips, a product and at the same time a brand on its own, promises its users a farewell to sweaty palms, calluses, slippage, and basically anything that restrains the everyday athlete from getting the best out of each workout. The Gorilla-Grips, brands itself as an “all-around” workout partner, regardless of the sport – may it be mountain biking, weight-lifting , or kettlebell training. For those CrossFit enthusiast out there, you may ask “does the Gorilla-Grips suitable for CrossFit as well?”.   Yes, tried and tested from our end, this pair of grips may be best recommended for lifting kettlebells or even doing a couple reps of pull-ups, but for WoDing – that’s a whole different story, hence, placing itself in the near bottom position in our charts. Being a pair of grips and not a pair of gloves, comfort is definitely out of the question. Comparing it to one of the better pairs of CrossFit hand wears . You can get a pair from http://gorilla-grips.co.uk/

 

(Rank 9)

HarbingerPro WristWrap Gloves 

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HarbingerPro WristWrap Gloves more suited for a traditional gym product this gloves perform very well in isolation exercises with bar work such as the bench press. They protect the hands of many users but in Crossfit this gloves falls short to perform in the dynamic nature of the movement found in Crossfit. Your hands may be protected from scratches and harsh friction against the bar, but it wont protect you from ending up with hand fatigue due to the excess padding. This particular pair may be used in the normal lifting motions but you may want to reconsider a pair that is really meant for the intensity of CrossFit. Overall use as a Crossfit Glove is adequate.

Disclaimer: Rankings are determined from sampling and surveys of over 2500 Crossfit Athletes. Each Glove was personally tested by the staff of the glove review team over a 5 month period. CrossFit® is an exercise program owned by CrossFit Inc. The CrossFit trademark is a registered trademark of CrossFit, Inc. The Glove Review is not affiliated with the CrossFit trademark and does not sell merchandise or any that carries the Crossfit Brand. They do not sponsor our reviews nor are endorsed by CrossFit, Inc or any of its subsidiaries including CrossFit Journal, CrossFit Kids or the CrossFit Games.

Crossfit Gloves Uses


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Common Gloves Used in Crossfit Exercises

CROSSFIT GLOVES:

Uses, Functions, Durability, Protection.

May it be basketball, boxing, or even tennis, a sport is best played when we have the appropriate safety gear. In the case of CrossFit, having the perfect pair of gloves is the first step of ensuring CrossFitters or even weightlifters the proper motion, benefit, and protection from whatever workout. CrossFit, unlike most sports, demands heavy movement and motion of the wrist and hands. One very essential safety measure that crossfitters do seem to under appreciate is wearing a good pair of CrossFit gloves, which is a huge mistake. It’s a shame though that a good number of crossfitters don’t adhere to this kind of practice, as apparently having torn hands is “badass”. With this kind of disbelief, I guess being a “CrossFit badass” means having to skip days or a week of WoD due to injured hands, and affect your overall progress in the sport – not worth the tradeoff.  Just live by the basic idea that the more protected your hands are, the longer and better will you work on them killer WoDs or workout of the day.

CrossFit is no joke – it’s  the perfect mix of weightlifting and surviving the Zombie apocalypse. It’s hardcore. On a serious note though, CrossFit is a demanding sport which can definitely injure and leave you with damaged and torn hands when not done carefully and properly.
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BATTLE SCARS

Food for thought, especially for those new in the sport of CrossFit, ripped hands can and will stop you from reaching your true potential. Below are a couple of reasons why ripped hands aren’t “badass” , or another way to put it, here are a couple of reasons why gloves are needed for CrossFit.

  1. Torn hands will stop you from executing a good workout. Wounded or torn callouses will mean less explosive reps and hence lousy results. It is a fact that once you get injured, your mind will tell your body to take it easy, and your body will unconsciously reciprocate your mind and overall compromise the supposedly explosiveness of your workout.

 

  1. Ripped hands will stop you from reaching progress. One of the very reasons why we immerse ourselves in a sport, is because we want to improve ourselves physically and/or even mentally. And given so, we cannot achieve this if we have injured hands. To simply put it, ripped hands will mean less time in the box – which could have been time used for improvement.

 

  1. A total hassle – having ripped hands doesn’t only mean inconvenience in the box. Just imagine having to drive, go to work, take a bathe, eat with chopsticks and the list goes on and on. Enough said.

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AND THE COMMON PROBLEM ARISES

We have this pair of gloves referred by a friend, that pair that shows itself in google the most, and that pair that looks simply badass, and of course who could forget that pair that is really questionably affordable .  Yes, we have a lot of choices when it comes down to style, price, and availability, and we tend to overlook the fact that the pair we should be looking for is the pair that gives us the best kind of protection. Looking for the right pair shouldn’t compromise the level of protection over style, price, or for whatever reason. Seek for protection and quality more than anything else.

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WEAR THIS INSTEAD?

In the CrossFit community, hand grips are known to be a popular alternative to gloves – which  are purposely made for the same reason. Hand grips are a good alternative, they are light, easy to put on, and sometimes cheaper. But is it safe to say that they deliver the same amount or even more benefits to the bearer as compared to wearing CrossFit gloves? Yes, hand grips are easier to clean (in most cases), and easier to wear, but they do have their cons. Obviously, grips only cover a certain portion of your hand and sometimes a fraction of your palm ,not as compared to an actual pair of CrossFit gloves, which provides protection to the whole palm area and the vulnerable areas of your fingers – which is a big deal by the way. Hand grips are sometimes sportier to look at, but what most grips on the market today tend to sacrifice is the motion of the movement. What is meant by this? basically, hand grips are designed to be worn by only a portion of your hand, hence delivers that unnatural feel to the bearer , and unconsciously affects the motion and movement needed to successfully execute a repetition. And there are some grips which are made of enforced rubber which makes the material too thick which in return creates a significant isolated feel from the bar which again affects overall form and motion.

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FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE

  1. Gloves will prevent injury which will cost you medication and time.
  2. Protected hands means more hours, more reps, more explosiveness on the bars
  3. When buying gloves, go for quality and safety, then you may proceed to style and price and what not.
  4. Don’t be a “badass”. Grow a pair and get a pair.