Weightlifting gloves come in all shapes, sizes and colors. When you're walking down the aisle of your favorite sporting goods store or searching online, how are you supposed to know what to choose? Even though they are considered fitness accessories or weightlifting equipment, weightlifting gloves are something you actually wear. Most people wouldn't order a pair of shoes online because they can't try them on first - yet they don't hesitate to buy their gloves online. Here are a couple of things to consider before deciding what to buy:
Weight lifting Gloves Review
1. What are you going to be using them for?
That might seem like a stupid question, but it's something you need to think about. We all know that when we buy shoes they're usually grouped by the exercise or sport that they're designed for. Crossfit shoes or cross-training shoes are different from running and basketball shoes; and you're weight lifting gloves are designed for different uses as well. Those meant to be crossfit gloves will usually have a more minimal design and be more compact. This is to accommodate the circuit training and avoid having to take them on and off in between exercises. For weightlifting you can use something with a little more bulk and padding to ease hand fatigue with heavier lifts.
2. What are they made from?
Read the small print! I recently tried a pair of Golds Gym Workout Gloves thinking they were leather. Afterall they looked like leather and felt like leather. It was only after I read the fine print that I realized they were made of micro-fiber leather material. Good 'ole China! lol Regardless of what you choose, leather is better! Some of the women's weight lifting gloves in particular seem to be made more for fashion than function. Save the style for the runway. You need a glove that will perform!
3. Read the reviews.
Lot's of people leave reviews, however few of them have substance. You want to read a gym gloves review that gives specific examples of workouts and exercises that the person actually used them for!
At the end of the day, at the very least make sure you have a solid return policy in place if you're ordering online. Weight lifting gloves on Amazon for example are considered apparel and most retailers are not required to allow for returns. Sure you may only be spending $25 on them, but if you're not going to use them it's a waste!