Best gym gloves 2021: the best weight lifting gloves to conquer any workout

The best gym gloves will improve your grip and prevent blisters from forming when lifting heavy weights

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The best gym gloves – a.k.a. best weight lifting gloves – won't lift the weights for you but they can help you lift more by providing better grip than just your sweaty palms. You don't want to ruin your deadlift PB by not having a proper grip on the barbell, do you? Better invest some money in a pair of weight lifting gloves today.

How do you pick the right gym gloves? Do they need to be fingerless or full-fingered? What's the right material? We'll try to answer all your burning questions about weight lifting gloves and give you a list of the best gym gloves on the market right now.

Building a home gym? Have a look at T3's thematic guides, including best dumbell, best barbell, best pull up bar and best kettlebell guides. And what a surprise, wearing gym gloves would come in handy using all of these home gym equipment. Pun is very much intended. 

The best gym gloves, in order of preference

best gym gloves: Bionic PerformanceGrip Fitness Gloves

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1. Bionic Full Finger Fitness Gloves

Ergonomics above all

Reasons to buy
+Pre-rotated finger design+_Very_ comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Can get a warm inside the gloves after a longer session

What sets the Bionic PerformanceGrip Gloves apart from all the rest? According to Bionic, they are the only glove brand on the market which has been created by a leading orthopaedic hand surgeon. How about that?

And indeed, the Anatomical Relief Pads smooth out your hands natural peaks and valleys and cut down on painful blisters. This is exactly why people wear fitness gloves so it all checks out for us!

Best gym gloves: RDX wrist support gloves

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2. RDX wrist support gloves

Super tough an super rad looking gloves

Reasons to buy
+Extra sturdy material+Integrated long wrist support band+Fingerless design
Reasons to avoid
-Rather stiff at first

The RDX lifting gloves are made out of cowhide leather, making them durable and a worthwhile investment too.

Even the finger areas are padded to avoid any blistering. The half-finger design makes putting on and taking off the gloves super easy.

And most of all, the extra long wrist support strap  keeps the gloves firmly in place while supporting the wrists during those heavy lifts.

Even the stitching is quality grade and won't let the gloves fall apart anytime soon.

best gym gloves: Bear Grip

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3. Bear Grip Gloves

Minimalist gym gloves for maximum grip

Reasons to buy
+Ideal for multiple sport disciplines+Good wrist support+Breathable design
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal for some type of exercises-Looks a bit odd

A CrossFit favourite, the Bear Grip offers superb ventilation without compromising on grip. Say goodbye to sweaty palms and soggy hands after a strenuous workout.

Adjustable Wrist Wraps integrated into the open air gloves providing extra support during those heavy lifts and giving a secure feel.

If you prefer little to none obstruction between you and the weights but don't like blisters, choose the Bear Grip Gloves.

best gym gloves: Adidas Essential Gloves

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4. Adidas Essential Gloves

As the name suggests, these gloves are essential for light training

Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Flexible+Breathable
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal for heavy lifts

The Adidas Essential Gloves are made out of lightweight and breathable fabric with suede applied to the palm area for extreme comfort. The gloves can also be easily removed using the ring. These are not heavy-duty lifting gloves; the Adidas Essential Gloves are more suited for lighter exercising and aerobic workouts.

best gym gloves: Harbinger Bioform Weight Lifting Gloves

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5. Harbinger Bioform Weight Lifting Gloves

Perfect balance between performance and control

Reasons to buy
+Spider Grip is amazing+Comfortable padding+Ergonomically shaped
Reasons to avoid
-Steep price

Heat activated BioForm clay contours to grip and absorbs impact, meaning when you grab and hold the bar, the gloves will take up the shape of the bar, making it ever so easy to hold the weights steady.

This effect is further enhanced by the SpiderGrip leather at palms for added grip and control. The BioFlex layered palm design adds some more cushioning to the already very comfortable palm area.

The Dual Closure System offers a customised fit and also support your wrist to avoid injury. This is especially useful for beginners whose form is not perfect yet.

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How do you chose the best gym gloves?

Ideally, you would like sturdy gym gloves; no one likes when their newly-purchased exercise gloves fall apart after one session.

Saying that, you don't want them to be too stiff so you can't bend your fingers. weight lifting belts might be supporting as hell, but if you tried grabbing some weights in gloves as thick as weight lifting belts are, you would not have fun in the gym. Also, you'd drop weight a lot more, which kind of kills the point of wearing gym gloves in the first place.

Should you use gloves at the gym?

Hardcore bodybuilders will tell you not to wear gym gloves in the gym. In Arnold Schwarzenegger's words, "If you are gonna wear gloves when you lift, just make sure they match your purse." However, not everyone in the gym is a bodybuilder and not everyone is fond of having calluses on their palms, as cute as that Instagram video is of the Rock's daughter trying to file them away.

Long story short, don't listen to the haters and wear gloves if you want to. For hardcore lifters, we recommend getting lifting straps/deadlifting straps for those really heavy lifts. Using gloves for heavy lifts can actually compromise grip so you're better off using straps or your bare hands covered in lifting chalk.

Matt Kollat
Matt Kollat

Matt is a fitness fanatic (a.k.a. fitness and nutrition writer) who's been rambling on about all things health and fitness for over two years now here at T3. His achievements include a short-lived fitness podcast called Fit Mentality Podcast and being a judge on the Fit&Well Awards 2021. In his free time, he works out at home, runs, cycles and loves a good ol' walk around the city. He writes about general fitness stuff, fitness tech, workouts, workout gear/equipment, nutrition and much, much more.