Below are direct comparisons of our grips explaining the design, material, and benefits of each to help you decide which grips are best for you.
Still having problems working out which Grip is best for you? Why not have a read of the “Getting a Grip on Grips” article HERE.
Leather – Leather is the traditional material gymnastics grips have been made out of for years. Victory Grips is considered a medium thickness (2.2mm) with soft feel once broken in. Leather is natural and therefore has slight variations and will stretch over time.
Recommended For: All Athletes, however beginners and traditional gymnastic grip wearers will normally prefer the leather grips over Stealth. When using leather grips, please ensure that you maintain the grips using a wire brush. This will allow the grips to maintain the natural roughness of leather which gives them their grip.
X2 – The newest material to the Victory Grips family, X2is the thickest material at 2.3mm, however offers a softer feel which offers greater protection & cushion. The Stealth material is uniform and doesn’t stretch over time, stealth can also be hand washed to keep them always looking new.
Recommended for: All athletes, however will be preferred by athletes who can end up with sore hands after large volumes of bar work. The extra thickness helps to cushion the hands keeping them rip free. The stealth material starts off very stiff, however takes shape after a week or two depending on the volume of work.
Stealth – The Victory Grips Stealth is the thinnest out of the 3 grip materials, measuring in at only 1.7mm thin. The Stealth offer the wearer a minimalist, bare handed feel on the bar and is made from a material which is uniformed and doesn’t lose shape over time. Stealth grips are able to be hand washed and let drip dried.
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced athletes. The grips can take alittle longer to wear in than the leather grips, however as they are thinner they don’t take as long as the Stealth X to conform to the shape of your hand. When used for the first couple of times, the stealth grips will appear stiff in nature.
Fingerless Vs 2 Finger Vs 3 Finger Vs 4 Finger
Freedom grips have been designed to give athletes the fastest transition time between movements. When every second counts the freedom grips will give you seamless transitions between the rings or pull up bar and other elements in your workout.
The choice between the 3 and 4 finger grips comes down primarily to where your calluses are or where you rip. Typically, athletes have calluses below the middle, ring and pinky fingers, and no callus (or not much of one) under the index finger. This is why the three finger grips go on those fingers. Additionally, leaving open the index finger allows for more dexterity of the hook grip during Olympic lifts. However, some athletes do get friction under the index finger or on that side of the palm above the thumb on certain movements, especially on ring muscle ups during the transition. This is the reason for the 4 finger grips. The athletes that like the 3 fingers say they like having some bare skin on the bar to feel the "connection". Those who like the 4 fingers say they like the total coverage and that the grips stay in place better. So, it is a matter of need and preference
2 Finger Grips have been designed for athletes with a back ground in Gymnastics. With the least amount of hand coverage,the 2 finger grips are designed to protect the main part of the hand but allowing the athlete to be free to still perform lifts, double unders and handstand push ups.