A diverse range of weight lifting or GripOwl gloves are available in the market, and you can categorically divide them by mainly three metrics –
- gloves which provide wrist support and which do not
- gloves which cover what area of a hand
- what materials used to make those
So, let’s discuss the differences among those gloves from each category –
- Wrist support: 2 types of gloves are there in this category.
- Gloves with wrist support: These gloves provide wrist support by the wrist strap which needs to be tied securely with your wrist when wearing. These gloves come with different size of the wrist strap, and different thickness as well. You should try at least a few gloves before deciding on the perfect one to check the size and thickness according to your personal comfort and the level of support you expect from gloves.
- Gloves without wrist support: These gloves come without any wrist strap, hence do not provide you with any kind of wrist support. Some lifters prefer gloves only this way because according to them, wrist support interferes with the natural stance of the wrist when lifting the weight – also depending on wrist support prevent the hamper the natural strength building process in the wrist.
- Based on hand area coverage: Mainly 3 types of gloves come into this category.
- Weight lifting gloves with full-length finger coverage: These are like any traditional gloves; they cover the whole finger area – means these gloves cover entire hand without any exposed part. These gloves are useful to prevent blisters or calluses on any part of hand or finger.
- Weight lifting gloves with partial finger coverage: These gloves do not cover the whole length of fingers – these can be either completely fingerless or can have halfway openings or quarter openings. As these gloves have finger openings, these are more comfortable due to the breathable nature. They are beneficial for those who have sweaty hands and want to use gloves but do not compromise on the finger grip.
- Based on material types:
- Leather gloves: These are made of leathers and the sturdiest ones. Leather is strong, provides good grip, and serves a long time – hence save you from having to buy gloves frequently due to wear and tear.
- Rubber gloves: These are also very sturdy, though not at par with the leather variant. However, due to the use of rubber material, these are more comfortable than the leather ones.
- Neoprene gloves: This is an artificial rubber used to make gym gloves. This material can provide good cushioning.
- Silicone gloves: Silicone has a rubber-like feature, but it’s more durable than natural rubber. This material can provide a better grip.
- Cotton gloves: The main feature of any gloves made from cotton is the breathability. With adequate padding and cushioning, this glove is very long lasting and provides protection from blister and calluses formation.
- Spandex gloves: This material is a type of synthetic fiber which is made from polymer and has wide industrial usage. Gloves made with spandex provide long-lasting comfort and also prevents blisters and calluses.