The 10 Best Crossfit Gloves

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in June of 2018. Whether you’re just breaking into the challenging world of CrossFit or are already an avid practitioner, you’ll want to ensure that your hands are well protected. These gloves will safeguard you from scrapes and blisters, not to mention maximize your grip and help minimize fatigue. We’ve included options made from a range of materials, with varying degrees of coverage to suit any preference. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Bear Komplex 3-Hole

2. Trideer Women's Workout

3. Mava Sports Training

Editor's Notes

June 07, 2020:

Just like with weightlifting gloves, everybody has a different preference for Crossfit gloves. Some people may prefer near full-hand coverage, while others may lean more towards a minimalist pair that provides a limited area of protection in strategic places, but leaves the majority of the hand uncovered. Our goal was to include options on this list that appeal to both types of users, while keeping an eye on factors like durability, grip, and breathability.

If you fall into the former group, you will want to consider the Trideer Women's Workout, Mava Sports Training, Fit Active Lifting, Mechanix Covert, Steel Sweat Rue, and Skott Nemesis Evo 2. The Mava Sports Training and Fit Active Lifting are best for those prone to sweating, since they leave the back of the hand uncovered. We also like that these both have wide wrist straps to provide a little extra support in an area that is known to need it. While made with breathable materials, the Trideer Women's Workout, Steel Sweat Rue, and Skott Nemesis Evo 2 do all cover the back of the hand, which some may not like as it is an area that doesn't really need protection. On the other hand, fully encompassing the front and back of the hand like this can help them to stay securely in place through very intense workouts.

For those who fall into the latter group, the GymPaws OG and Fit Four Gripper Callus Guard are going to be the go-to options. Both simply slip into place over the four fingers, without the need to deal with any annoying straps. Despite that, they generally stay in place through most types of exercises, though they may not be ideal for kipping and similarly intense workouts. With a genuine leather palm, the GymPaws OG seem to be the slightly more durable of the two.

While full-hand and minimalist gloves are great, for many users, something that falls between these two extremes will be the best option, such as the Bear Komplex 3-Hole and JerkFit Wodies. Both offer protection through the entire center of the palm, which is where it is most needed, but leave the fingers and thumbs completely uncovered, so as not to interfere with grip. When it comes to durability with these two, the Komplex 3-Hole wins out slightly due to its reinforced stitching and premium materials, however the Wodies offer better wrist support.

Special Honors

Barehand Minimalist Gloves While we will be the first to admit the Barehand Minimalist Gloves seem slightly overpriced, they are made with a lot of smart features. For example, they have pull tabs to allow for easy removal, a skin-like texture that closely replicates your natural grip on the bar, and anti-odor strips woven into the material.

4. Fit Active Lifting

5. Mechanix Covert

6. JerkFit Wodies

7. Steel Sweat Rue

8. GymPaws OG

9. Skott Nemesis Evo 2

10. Fit Four Gripper Callus Guard

Brett Dvoretz
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