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Review: StrongerRx RTG Gloves

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This week we take a moment to review a pair of StrongerRx RTG Gloves. 

Item: RTG Gloves – CompetitionEdition (Yellow) Men
Price: 
$45.00 USD

Manufacturer: StrongerRx
Purchase: www.StrongerRx.com

Ever had that moment during a WOD where you are just staring down at your hands? They are ripped, torn and bloodied. The chalk has mixed with your sweat and it isn’t doing you any favours? And that was only round one! Well, like most functional fitness athletes, I certainly have.

Yearning for the magical ‘knight in shining armour,’ I have experimented with multiple brands of gloves, grips and athletic tape. But still, I am yet to settle on a staple that remains in my gym bag. That’s why I was excited to put the latest RTG Glove from StrongerRx to the test.

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StrongerRx’s range of gloves have been quite popular in the functional fitness community for a while now, and they were one of the first brands to specifically target current and aspiring CrossFit Games athletes.

They claim their gloves are “hands down, the best you will find to improve your WOD”. According to their website:

“The StrongerRx RTG Gloves provides a natural grip with superior comfort. These gloves has been embraced by the CrossFit Community as the glove of choice. Special material has been constructed to ensure a natural grip and prevent fatigue.

The RTG Glove will enable athletes to last longer in Pull-ups, Climbs and Olympic lifts. Gloves for your WOD? Look no further.”

Staring down the barrel of a week of solid workouts including high repetition pull-ups, kettle bell swings and Olympic Lifts, there was no better time to determine whether these gloves were worthy of earning a full-time position in my gym bag.

I wore my pair of StrongerRx RTG Gloves religiously over the past few weeks and here is what I thought of them:

StrongerRx RTG Gloves Rope Pulls

Testing on rope pulls

The Good

Hand Care: StrongerRx Gloves do what they say on the package. Throughout the week of use, these gloves aided to prevent blisters, calluses and bloodied hands. For many, if this is this is primary draw card for wearing gloves then look no further.

Ventilation: These gloves are well designed with functional fitness workouts in mind. Where many gloves fall down is that they fail to provide adequate ventilation for your sweaty palms during your workout. Featuring ventilation holes on the palm of the glove, at no point during the testing period did the RTG Gloves feel wet, slippery or unmanageable.

Fit & Comfort: When selecting a glove, you want to ensure it fits like a glove, and isn’t loose or saggy in some areas. The RTG Glove does just that. After reviewing the size chart, I selected a medium. As soon as it arrived, I put them on and they fit perfectly. Limited wiggle room meaning they didn’t slip off or move around during a WOD ensuring optimal comfort.

Range: StrongerRx provide customers with the ability to select from a color range including pink, yellow and black. Offering both men’s and women’s sizing, plus a fingerless option, there is even more opportunity to select the most appropriate glove of your preference.

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The Bad

Price: At $45, this glove is definitely at the higher end of the price range.  However, if you are willing to make the investment, StrongerRx provides a quality glove that is tried and tested, so you know you are still getting a decent product.

Grip: While the grip of the RTG Glove does provide more friction than other alternatives, if you are turning to a glove to solely provided additional grip I am not sure you will find it. The RTG Glove did at times compromise my grip when compared with my natural, bare hands. The gloves also made maintaining a hook grip for heavier Olympic Lifts more challenging.

Look: Ever heard the comment, “if you’re going to wear gloves, make sure they match your purse”? Often the subject of much banter in the pre-game, one must decide whether they want to be part of ‘Team Glove’ or ‘No Glove’.  Be aware you will have to put up with more than a few jovial comments from the other members of your CrossFit affiliate for the benefit of your hand health.

StrongerRx RTG Gloves Box

Conclusion

StrongerRx has presented a quality all round glove suitable for functional fitness workouts and a good purchase for anyone aspiring CrossFit Games athlete. If you constantly suffer from blistered or bloodied hands from high repetition workouts or skin-ripping movements the StrongerRx RTG Glove is a worthy and solid investment.

Written by Andy Lee: Andy is an avid CrossFitter from Melbourne, Australia and trains out of CrossFit South Yarra. He is a contributing writer for the CrossFit Games website and one of founders of The WOD Life.

You can check out the video below where we do a quick test of butterfly pull-ups with the gloves.

  • Cant wait to get mine!! Ive been using leather baseball/batting gloves, which are a little slick for some rigs.

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  • Andy

    The sizing is wrong. I measured as a medium and they’re too big, thus move like crazy and don’t prevent blisters. The grip for rope climbs is not great either. One of the seams on the outside of the thumb split after only a few uses. Trying another brand….

  • Tricia Kelly

    Does anyone know what they are made of?

    • Hi Tricia – they are made from a synthetic blend of leather fibres.

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  • Brian Sheely

    StrongerRx glove NOT RECOMMENDED. I bought a pair of StrongerRx 3.0 gloves a few months ago. Within about a dozen uses, the stitching in a finger seam on each glove came completely undone. I sent an email to the company using their website and never received a response.

    • Martin Russell

      The exact same thing has happened to me! Except i only got 1 use out of them before the finger seam has ripped.

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  • Robert Gracia

    These Yellow StrongerRx RTG Gloves are amazing and I got great grip on using them. Actually comfortable while gym! I have used many workout products from StrongerRX and they all were perfect fit and comfortable like they say in the website.

  • Don Wade

    Very affordable and I like these StrongerRx Gloves! Even I say I like all their products, the one tank top that I bought for my girlfriend was so classy. Talking about the gloves: overall nice look and comfort.

  • Jose Johnson

    It has not been long time now and I have already started loving my new pair of Stronger RX Gloves. It makes me feel so comfortable while my workout sessions giving superior grips like never before. I highly recommend these gloves to all the WODs.

  • Robert Wright

    It may be like some people cannot find a $45 glove worth spending but for me they work magical. I like the flexibility, comfort and the grip. I think StrongerRx RTG Gloves are worth investing.

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