Decide if you want half finger, ¾ finger, or full fingered gloves? Finger length impacts overall grip and impacts body temperature.Your hands area a primary location your body sheds heat. It brings blood close to the skins surface at the wrist, palm, and fingers that is cooled by air flow. Full fingered gloves will give you better grip but are much hotter. ¾ and half finger gloves sacrifice grip and padding but are much cooler. Many gloves now have moisture wicking properties and mesh on the back of the hand to help regulate body temperature.
How to choose
In the fitness world your apparel’s function and durability are just as important as comfort and visual appeal. And given the incredible amount of fitness wear out there deciding what to get can be daunting. But, especially when picking fitness gloves, not just any glove will do.Your hands should be a primary concern when it comes to just about any fitness program. They need to be protected. If your hands are injured, tired, or sore it will seriously impact what you get done on any given day. Yet, many fitness fanatics give little concern to their digits until they are injured. By then it is too late.Like any other piece of equipment you must match the glove to the workout. Weight lifting gloves need stability, grip and padding; cross training needs some padding and grip but also breathability and general safety coverage. Obstacle race training gloves need to be have a balance of each. Here are three things to consider when picking fitness gloves:Grip and padding
The more padding on the fingers and palm pads, the less wear and tear on your hands. It also provides a significant increase in overall grip. The problem is heavily padded gloves sacrifice feel and sometimes stability which can effect overall control when using bar bells, dumbbell’s, kettle weights, and other fitness tools. Thicker padding also reduces air circulation around your hand which translates to less temperature control.
Fitness gloves are pounded, stretched, and generally abused. But better your gloves take a beating than you’re your hands. After all that is what the gloves were designed for. Make sure the seams on the gloves are double stitched, the fabric is sturdy and thick, and the padding is evenly placed in the right spots for your hands. Make sure the fabric stays flexible and can stand up to washing as well as the beating they will take during your workout. If they have Velcro closures or straps, make sure the Velcro is strong and good quality. Velcro is often the first things to wear out on gloves, and once it begins to fail they will not fit right and you are stuck needing another pair.Like so many things buying fitness gloves is ultimately based on personal preference. You have to choose what you wear and wear what you choose. But if you keep in mind exactly what you need them for and remember that safety comes first it is hard to go wrong.