Whether you are a professional weight lifter or you go to the gym just to get or keep in shape, you know how important a pair of weight lifting gloves are.
They are there not only to protect your hands during the workout but, actually, to keep your hands from developing calluses, and, if you have made the right choice, to protect your wrists from being pushed beyond their limits.
Best Weight Lifting Gloves of 2020
Of course, that makes finding the right pair of weight lifting gloves a challenge because it can be quite tricky to find that one pair that is perfect for you. An excellent pair of weight lifting gloves have to do all this, and they also have to let your hands breathe easily during the exercise, and they need to be easily washed otherwise you will just be growing your own strands of bacteria inside of them.
For those reasons we have scoured the market and have come up with a list of the top 10 best weight lifting gloves available on the market.
1. Harbinger 143 Men’s Pro FlexClosure Gloves
We are going to several Harbinger weight lifting gloves because they have some of the best products in this area and they work towards keeping their prices to an acceptable level.
The Harbinger 143 is an excellent example of what a weight lifting glove should be like. They have a reinforced leather palm rest so they can last for years, and they use actual leather so that the hand can breathe easily. The back of the hand uses a stretchable cloth with a double role. It allows the hand to move freely, and it also allows air to come through so your hands do not overheat.
Finally, the closure around the wrist is adjustable so you do not end up restricting blood flow to the hand, but it is also rigid enough to provide some support to the wrist. However, the Harbinger 143 does not go all the way around the wrist, so, although they are not our favorite, some people may love them for that.
2. Harbinger 1250 Training Grip WristWrap Glove
We have already told you that the Harbinger 143 are not our favorite pair of weight lifting gloves, and the reason for that is that they do not offer proper wrist protection.
The Harbinger 1250, however, offers just that and a whole lot more. They have an excellent wrist protection system that is both tight and rigid enough to protect and support the wrist, but not so much so as to constrict movement or blood flow.
They use comfort gel pads underneath the layer of leather protection of the palm so that your hand stays perfectly comfortable during any type of exercise. And, just like the Harbinger 143, they are perfectly washing machine safe so you can have that new glove feeling over and over again.
3. Harbinger 155 Power StretchBack Glove
The Harbinger 155 is the cheapest of the Harbinger products but they still offer an incredible level of protection for your palms and fingers.
They use a double leather layer with foam inserts on the palm side, but they have cut a few corners and used Lycra for the back of the hand. In actuality, you do not really need leather there, but they use it on the high-end models because it looks good. So with the Harbinger 155 you get the exact level of protection that you need for your hands but a reduced cost.
4. Valeo GMLS Meshback Lifting Gloves
We have decided to include the Valeo GMLS weight lifting gloves on our list because of how intelligently they were able to design the back of the gloves in such a way as to keep the cost down and still provide excellent support for the hand.
They have actually used cotton to create a mesh that is both extremely sturdy but that also allows the hand to breathe freely and easily. On the palm side, they have used actual leather for durability and the wrists are comforted by the same type of grips that the Harbinger 143 use.
5. Reebok Men’s Fitness Gloves
When it comes to weight lifting gloves we prefer leather because hundreds of years of testing have shown it to be supple and yet extremely tough.
However, if there is a company out there that can make a simple cloth be sturdy enough to take on the role of leather, Reebok has to be that company. They are using a mesh fabric that allows both the palm and the back of the hand to breathe very easily and they allow moisture to escape.
Because they are not using leather the gloves are far less bulky than the other ones we have talked about, but we still have our reservations about how long they would last compared to the Harbinger line.
6. Harbinger 140 Pro WristWrap Glove
If you like the wrist protection level that the Harbinger 1250 offer but are not too thrilled about the price tag, you are going to love the Harbinger 140.
They have done away with the gel inserts in the palm of the hand and are not using leather on the back of the hand, so they were able to reduce the price considerably. However, you still get the wrist protection provided by the patented WristWrap design present in 1250 and there is really high grain leather in the palm of the hand for extra strength and durability.
And as a testimony to the quality of the Harbinger 140, consider the fact that they have a 4.1 star rating on Amazon, which is quite high for this category.
7. GoFit Women’S Cross Training Glove
It can be quite difficult to find a pair of good weight lifting gloves that were designed especially for women, but we are happy to say that the GoFit gloves are excellent for the task.
They use a faux leather palm wrest with ergonomic pads so the hands are not only protected but you will find that your grip is also improved. They are also the only women weight lifting gloves that actually have a 4.2 star rating on Amazon so we are not the only ones excited by their quality level.
8. Valeo Competition Wrist Wrap Lifting Gloves
If you are looking for an even lower price on a pair of gloves that offer a good level of wrist protection, you may want to go with the Valeo Compentition.
They are not our first choice because the way they have stitched the palm leather covers is too large is and does not allow you to grasp the bars and the weights, as well as the Harbinger gloves, do.
Still, the palm side of the glove is made out of a double leather layer so they are sturdy enough and cheap enough to satisfy some demand levels.
9. GoFit Weightlifting Glove
We were so excited by the GoFit weight lifting gloves for women that we decided to feature the men’s gloves also. They also lack real leather palm protection but they use a rubberized insert that actually improves grip and feels more comfortable than the leather gloves.
We are not sure how it will face the test of time but are confident that they will last for at least a year under medium use.
10. Nike Men’s Lock Down Training Gloves
Finally, we are going to close our list of the top 10 best weight lifting gloves available on the market in with the Nike Men’s gloves.
They were able to get a more than decent 4 star rating on Amazon and we found them particularly attractive because they used special palm inserts that protect only the most exposed parts of the palm and leave the rest relatively open so the gloves can breathe easy and the hands remain completely dry.