Buying Guide: Weight Lifting Gloves Review

At First Physique we test all our gym gear before we launch them to our customers. Our first product is leather weight lifting gloves with wrist support through a wrist strap. In this article we will explore the key elements that make a good pair of weight lifting gloves.

Should you wear Weight Lifting Gloves? What are the pros and cons?

This is a much debated topic with some saying that fitness gloves help users in a number of ways from protecting the palm and helping wearers to lift more whilst others say they deny the user grip strength and create a reliance. Some gym users use gloves, wrist wraps or chalk but in reality this is ultimately a personal choice. There is no evidence to suggest any down side to wearing gloves.

What are the different types of Weight Lifting Gloves?

Weight lifting gloves come in a variety of styles but below is an overview:

  • Fingerless – Most weight lifting gloves are fingerless as this provides ventilation and helps provide additional grip in the fingertips. This is useful when holding weights.
  • Padding – Gloves often provide padding but this can vary hugely. This helps protect the palm of your hand and reduce the development of calluses or blisters.
  • Wrist Support – Some gloves including the one provided by First Physique can include a wrist wrap often using an elasticated material.
  • Material – Gloves use different materials. One of the best materials which First Physique use is real goat leather as this is softer and more flexible than cow leather but equally as tough. Other materials include fake leather or neoprene.
  • Mens/Women's – gym gloves are made for men and women. They are sometimes in different styles/sizes and for slightly different purposes but they are essentially the same.

 What exercise do people wear Gym Gloves for?

 Gym users can use gym gloves for a wide range of activities for example:

  • Class based activities like bodypump, crossfit or spin where grip is required (for example when hands tend to get sweaty).
  • Free Weights lifting such as bench press, barbell raises, barbell curls etc.
  • Weight machines for example chest or shoulder press.

These are just examples and clearly users can use gloves for whatever exercise they feel comfortable using them.

What are the best Weight Lifting Gloves?

There are a number of things to check when buying a pair of weight training gloves:

  • Material: if you look closely at the material and feel it you will probably be able to tell if it is not real leather. There are various leather imitations but these tend not to last as long as the leather equivalents.
  • Wrist Support: If you do want wrist support check the thickness of the strap this may be elasticated or not but if elasticated this will need to be 1-2mm thick to provide any support.
  • Stitching: Have a look at the stitching between the fingers to see if these remain intact if stretched to a reasonable level.
  • Padding: Check the palm has the padding you require. Gloves have vastly different padding and this can take pressure of your palm when lifting to reduce discomfort.
  • Fit: Check the sizes carefully to make sure you get the right sizes to avoid any discomfort.
  • Price: The price of gloves on the market vary considerably. It is important not to just go with the absolute cheapest as these are often this price for a reason. If you have to replace them soon after purchase waste your time and money. 

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