I’ve been known to be stubborn and thickheaded from time to time. It either comes with being Irish/German/American or a Taurus or just because that’s who I am. Regardless, it gets me in trouble occasionally.
As such, I have lost track of the number of times I have torn my hands in crossfit on the rig. Whether it’s pull-ups or knees-to-elbows or whatever else, I either wear blisters or tear large holes in the skin on both hands. As you might imagine, it hurts. And each time I do it I have said “I should buy some gloves or something to prevent this from happening again…”
About a year ago I did purchase a pair of “The Gripper” gloves from Fit Four and gave that a shot. It really didn’t work well for me. Whether there was too much fabric or it didn’t fit right, it didn’t feel right. I tried it a few times and ended up leaving them at the crossfit box for someone else to try. (I see them float around every now and then.)
And then I went back to tearing. Again and again.
A couple of months ago I began seeing ads for the HandBand Pro. Basically it looks like a women’s headband that you wrap around your wrist and palm. It includes a rubberized gripper area that you can place in your palm. And after tearing *again* I decided it was time to pull the trigger.
They arrived in a nice little package and I even exchanged e-mails with Danielle ahead of getting the product, the nice lady behind the company. That was back in late April and I said I’d write a review when I had a chance to play with them a bit – which is what this is. 🙂
Unfortunately I’ve only had two workouts to try these with. One on May 12 (Tommy V that included chest-to-bar pull-ups) and today (that involved regular pull-ups). And both times I’m happy to say I managed to avoid ripping. I won’t say I did awesome with the pull-ups either time, but I didn’t rip – and that’s a major plus!
It took a little work to figure out how to get them wrapped properly, but the website offers several videos (on their “How to Wear Them” page) that walk through it pretty well. And after trying it a few times I got the hang of it.
The fabric is very light and a little stretchy – honestly it feels just like the girls headbands (I have two daughters and a wife who play soccer and wear them frequently). It’s smooth and doesn’t get hot or itchy. And there’s a patch of grippy rubber that you can place in the palm of your hand.
Unlike the Fit Four half gloves, these didn’t feel like too much fabric, nor did they wear in a weird way. It just fits nicely in the palm and moves with your hand. It does take a little getting used to, like anything else, but they worked well enough the first two times I fully expect to keep using them for the foreseeable future.
Now I will say that I’m a little concerned about the stitching. You can stick your fingers through various little finger holes sewn into the wrap and I wonder how long it will be before those give way. But so far they’re holding. So we’ll see about longevity.
They come in a variety of colors, which is nice. And they cost $29.95 plus shipping. Price-wise I think that’s in line with other gloves I’ve seen. And every workout that they keep my hands from tearing, I think they’re worth it. If they last 10 or 20 workouts (we don’t do rig work every day), they’ll survive for several months at least.
So check ’em out! I like them. 🙂
Here’s the website again – http://www.handbandpro.com/