Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us workout because we want to look good, but there is no point in looking good if the moment you shake hands with someone or just touch them ever so slightly, they can feel the calluses in your palms from the workout. Avoiding the formation of calluses is one of the main reasons why people practicing with weight lifting wear gloves, but there are several more reasons that you need to take into consideration. For one, good quality weight lifting gloves are designed in such a way as to protect your wrists from being over exerted by the effort of lifting. There is also the fact that the gloves do not sweat so it is much safer to handle the weights and make sure that you will not accidentally drop them at a crucial moment. So taking all of these principles into consideration, it becomes apparent that gloves are an essential piece of kit and the only question is what distinguishes a good glove from a bad one. There are 2 major considerations: for one the gloves need to have a very rigid and sturdy wrist protection system, otherwise they are useless. You also need to check and make sure that they are made from a very strong fabric, ideally leather, so they will not wear away very easily with the passage of time. We have made sure that these 2 conditions were made by each one of our best weight lifting gloves choices and we have also made sure that they were comfortable, easy to use, easy to clean and cheap enough that you could wear them out without any regrets.


Product Rating Price
Harbinger 1250 Training Grip WristWrap Glove,Black/Grey 4.3/5 $$$
Nordic Lifting Weight Lifting Gloves with Wrist Support 4.4/5 $
Premium Weight Lifting Gloves with Leather Palm and Adjustable Wrist Support 4.6/5 $
B Nooch Premium Gold Label Weightlifting, Crossfit (WOD), Fitness & Workout Gloves with Wrist Wrap Support for Men & Women 4.6/5 $$
Nike Men's Lock Down Training Gloves 3.9/5 $$

Harbinger 1250 Training Grip WristWrap Glove

Considering just how expensive every other piece of equipment is, not to mention how much a gym membership costs, the price of even the best weight lifting gloves on the market is relatively low. The Harbinger 1250 Training Grip WristWrap Glove are the best gloves we have had the opportunity to test, and we did go through several dozen. Their key selling point is the Tech Gel Comfort Pads that line the inside of the gloves. The gel allows for a perfect distribution of the weight along the surface of the palm so you do not feel specific pressure points that would otherwise become sore and develop calluses. They also have a wrist rap technology that actually begins from just above your fingers and goes around the entire wrist. You can actually feel the wrap engaging your wrist as you lift and this gives you a lot more confidence when lifting particularly heavy items. There is also the fact that the fingers are very well made and slightly extended, so they do not roll back during your workout to expose your skin. Still they are not so long as to affect in any way your ability to flex your fingers, nor are they so thin as to provide no protection at all. In fact we immediately knew we had an excellent quality product on our hands when we saw how well the fingers were put together. Finally there is the fact that the gloves are made from Comfort Tech fabrics so not only are they washable, but it is actually recommended to wash them by hand after each workout, you can basically just wash your hand with the gloves on and give them a good final rinse at the and while taking them off.

Nordic Lifting Weight Lifting Gloves with Wrist Support

Despite our best efforts to convince you, our readers, that the Comfort Tech fabrics in the Harbinger gloves really is the best you can have today, we are certain there will be readers who still prefer the traditional leather gloves. For you the best choice, in our opinion, are the Nordic Lifting Weight Lifting Gloves With Wrist Support. For one we love the fact that they are not made entirely out of leather, so your hands do not get over heated while you workout. In fact we would judge that some 50% of the glove is made with breathable fabric and only the essential parts are made from leather. The one part of the glove that we were really happy to see was made from genuine leather is the wrist support. It does not have the same smart wrapping technique that we saw on the Harbinger, but then again, conservatives will also appreciate the fact that the Nordic Lifting gloves use old school, traditional wraps. Because they are using an excellent quality leather, these gloves need very little extra padding, but where it is really necessary, right beneath the fingers, you get just the thinnest layer that is required to get the job done, so your grip on the actual weights is still perfect. One final thing to consider is the fact that Nordic Lifting gloves were designed for both men and women, whereas the Harbinger gloves are more focused on man hands so it may be slightly more difficult to find the correct size if you are a woman, or even a man, with particularly narrow hands.

Alpha Impact Premium Weight Lifting Gloves

If you need to keep your investment in weight lifting gloves to a minimum, but still need a good quality set of gloves, your best choice are the Alpha Impact Premium Weight Lifting Gloves. They were able to keep the price so low by reducing the quantity of leather they used to simply protecting your palms alone. The rest of the glove is made from a flexible neoprene mesh that supports your hand without becoming too tight. The wrist is protected by a plastic band that uses an old school wrapping technique, which, although it is not the best, has worked for decades, so we can’t really say anything against it. The other thing that really impressed us were the extended fingers that actually work as well as the ones on the Harbinger gloves so they are really worth the money. They provide just the right amount of protection without being overly rigid, and they do not roll back when they come in contact with sweat. The leather itself is goat leather, which is a much tougher hide than calf hide, which is what is usually used for this type of gloves. You also get just the bare minimum padding so that you will have a perfect grip on the weights.

B Nooch Premium Gold Label Weightlifting

So far we have talked about what we believe are the best weight lifting gloves on the market and we tried to give you the best the money can buy, but also an option for people on a tight budget. Still there are 2 more gloves that, although not good enough to make it as part of our top 3 choices, they still deserve a mention. The B Nooch™ Premium Gold Label Weightlifting are just as expensive as the Harbinger and in most respects they are just as good. They use a synthetic leather that is more durable and more flexible than regular leather, and they let your hands breathe due to its multi mesh fabric inserts. The one place where we have a problem with them is in the wrist wrap protection system that is as traditional as apple pie, and we would have liked to have seen something more modern and high tech. There is also the fact that padding inside the glove is foam, which, although comfortable, is not as comfortable as gel, and at this price point we would have liked gel. Still, B Nooch is one of the better producers on the market, and, despite our reservations, they managed to produced a very impressive glove that is worth mentioning here.

Nike Men’s Lock Down Training Gloves

The last set of training gloves we are going to mention here are also the most affordable ones we could find that still provide an above the average quality point. The Nike Men’s Lock Down Training Gloves are definitely not as resistant as anything else we have been looking at in this article, but, depending on the intensity of your workouts they should last for at least a year, 6 months for people with really intense workouts. They are made from an artificial mesh that allows your hands to breathe, and we really felt like these were the coolest gloves to train in. The fingers are extra long but we did find that after several weeks of training they tend to roll back just a little bit, particularly towards the end of the workout. The grip of the glove though is perfectly designed and we really enjoyed using them. The wrist wrap too, is firm but not so tight as to constrict blood circulation. The bottom line is that if you are on a really tight budget, or you want to always wear gloves that look and feel brand new, you could go with the Nike Men’s Lock Down Training Gloves and just buy a new pair when the old one starts to fail. If you do the math you’ll notice that, if you change them every year or so, you will still come under budget with regard to the other gloves we have been talking about, for the first 2 and a half years.