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I have had a couple of pairs of these gloves, which I use for weight lifting at the gym on a regular basis up to five times a week. I tend to only use these gloves for free-weights and barbells or olympic bars as they are often more difficult to grip and can cause damage to your hands. These gloves are of excellent quality and provide good hand protection and help assist in grip.
These gloves are black in colour with a yellow Gold's Gym logo on the backhand side. The palmar aspect of the gloves has a thick double stitched leather coating around a gel material inside. The leather coating is spared on the backhand of the gloves where it is not needed. This excellent quality leather means that they are durable and last long without breaking even despite heavy wear and tear.
Despite the double stitched leather material around the fingers and palmar aspect of the gloves, they are still stretchy enabling you to freely move your hand. However, I do find that there is possibly a bit TOO much padding on the palmar aspect with the gel inside, and this may limit flexion of your hand and finger joints slightly.
The fingers are cut short so that your finger tips stick out the gloves. This is great as it enables you to still use a phone and handle small equipment whilst at the gym. It also gives your hands a bit of a breather, as in the leather material they can get extra hot!
The top part of the glove consists of a velcro strap, which fastens the glove together around your wrist. This provides a good fasten and has not worn out at all like some velcro does. There is another Gold's Gym logo on this velcro strap too.
The quality of the gloves is superb. The leather makes them very durable, yet they are reasonably practical as you can still move your hand quite freely. My gloves have never received much damage. They come in a plastic packet with two compartments inside - one for each glove. I store them in here between training sessions to protect them and also contain their smell away from my other stuff!
These gloves are great and I have already bought two pairs. The reason for this was that my first pair became a bit too smelly to wear! I tried washing them out but the smell remained, so I simply bought another pair. Whilst using these gloves at the gym, I tend to feel stronger simply knowing that my hands are protected and I can grip the weights better. I also feel less tension on my hands when lifting weights due to the nice padding. I find them a bit chunky sometimes and will take them off for some machines if I don't really feel they are needed. When using these gloves with pulley ropes, I find they sometimes hinder my grip slightly as I cannot grasp my hand around the rope fully as although they are stretchy, the extra padding makes them a bit limiting! These gloves also prevent you from getting blisters on your fingers and hands from lifting weights. This was one of the main reasons I got them, as blisters can get painful and then prevent you from reaching your maximum potential in the gym!
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You can currently buy a large pair of these gloves for £6.99 on Amazon.co.uk. This size fits me well - it's just a matter of guessing how big your hands are compared to the average! You can also buy them elsewhere online if you search, but they are difficult to find offline.
These are a good pair of gym gloves, which takes a bit of the pressure off heavy lifting. They are of superb quality made from the best materials and fit very well. With the fingers being cut short, you can still operate mobile phones and other small equipment whilst at the gym. They are best for free weights such as dumbells, barbells and olympic bars. With some machines, I tend to take them off if the grip is substantial. I would highly recommend these as a quality pair of gym gloves, which can be bought for a reasonable price. They are durable, and the only thing that may make you buy another pair is when they get a bit smelly, which annoyingly seems to be irreversible.
I bought these gloves a while ago for weight lifting and am now on my second pair. This is mostly due to the state the previous pair got in but they had an immense amount of use and served me very well. Currently on my second pair, having been used for around 3 months, they are still in great condition although starting to smell a bit! The gloves are supposed to protect your hands when weight lifting by preventing blisters forming at the proximal metacarpophalyngeal joints on your skin. They also give you better grip, which helps when lifting heavy weights.
They are great quality gloves. They are black with a Golden Gold's Gym logo on the front, which is on a thinner material. The gloves cover your hands on both sides and the majority of your fingers, but leave the fingertips free, which is great as you can still control touch screen phones/iPods for example and maintain dexterity when handling smaller equipment such as spring collars in the gym.
They are available in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. I use the large ones and they fit very well. You simply slip them on and then pull across the strap to fix it down and secure them well via the velcro mechanism. The velcro works well for a long time but did soon start to wear down on my original pair of gloves - probably because I tried washing them.
This was the problem - they started to smell a bit and really could have done with a wash but you can't wash them as they aren't made to be washed. To try and preserve them for as long as possible, I'd recommend staying cool when working out (not getting too sweaty hands) and not wiping your face with the gloves. At first when I started wearing them, I was left with pretty black hands as some dye came out when my hands sweated. This wasn't ideal but soon after they wore in a bit, my hands were not marked by the gloves. Unfortunately the dye was tricky to get out and required a few tough hand washes.
The palm surface of the gloves have a very soft gel in them, which makes lifting weights a lot more comfortable on your hands. Especially when lifting rough metal bars, I find these gloves are definitely worth having as they prevent those annoying blisters from appearing and keep your hands looking in good condition, which may be worthwhile for certain careers too. So overall they are comfortable, not overly expensive and work well to protect my hands and provide good grip. Recommended!
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