The 8 Best Lineman Gloves
This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in January of 2017. Linemen take hundreds of hard hits every football season, so it is important for them to take all the precautions they can to protect themselves from injuries, including those to their hands. These specialized gloves are designed to provide some measure of padding, along with a reliable grip that can handle all kinds of weather conditions. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
August 30, 2019:
Considering that a lineman's main tools are their hands, it is important to keep them well protected, especially considering that they are under constant threat of injury from being stomped on or jammed. A good pair of gloves may be the difference between you finishing the game or watching the second half from the waiting room of an ER department with a broken finger.
Because protection is the number one priority, lineman gloves will often be considerably bulkier than receiver gloves. Despite this, we were able to find a few pairs that have a somewhat streamlined, yet still protective, design, such as the Under Armour Fierce VI, Under Armour Combat V, and Adidas Scorch Destroyer.
The Nike D-Tack 6 claimed our top spot because we felt it offered the perfect balance of size, protection, and grip. Unlike some other models that may lose their grip when dirty or wet — we are looking at you Cutters Force 3.0 — the D-Tack 6 remain tacky in almost all weather conditions. Since the Nike Hyperbeast 2.0 are equipped with the same hydragrip palms, they also offer good all-weather tackiness.
If you want the highest degree of protection, you may have to look to the Cutters Force 3.0 because they feature backs that are essentially fully covered with padding. However, they have almost no breathability, which may be a deal breaker for some.