When it comes to picking the top wrist straps for weightlifting there is much to be desired.
Majority of the products on the market suffer from poor build quality.
With that in mind, we recommend either the Anvil Fitness or Stoic Lifting Straps.
our top 5 picks
what are wrist straps for?
Wrist straps are used to help weightlifters lift more weight without putting strain on their wrists.
This results in more strength and size gains.
They also help prevent wrist injuries by stabilizing the wrist and giving it added support.
Types of Wrist Straps
- Loop straps
- Olympic straps
- Hook straps
Each has pros and cons and we'll talk more about the different types in our reviews below.
how do wrist straps help?
The main benefit being they help you maximize your workout without worrying about losing grip.
Are they safe to use?
Many are but beware because some are very poorly made and can rip during your workout.
Also, you don't need to use straps for 100% of your workout. We only recommend using them for your heavy sets.
How To Use Wrist Straps
5 Best Lifting Straps Reviewed
First up is the Anvil Fitness Lifting Straps.
Unfortunately, these don't last and have mediocre build quality.
For some, they were too big and had a weird length.
They also pinch the skin and come without instructions.
On the positive side, they do help you lift heavier and longer, offer great grip support and are comfortable for the majority of users.
The bottom line is we like this product but like many others, the quality needs to be improved.
The Stoic Wrist Wraps have a cool name but do they hold up?
Many people complain about the poor quality and rough materials used.
Add to that some find them uncomfortable, too big and smell like petroleum which we found to be really weird.
The velcro seems to wear out quick and many complained of irritated wrists.
Another downer is to get adequate use of them you have to make them really tight which cuts off circulation making them a hassle.
Now for the good...
The design of these includes thumb support which was huge for many users.
People found them to be sturdy and provide good support for lifting heavy.
The customer service is also good which is great for these type of products because you may need a replacement or exchange.
All in all, we feel like these have potential they provide the support weightlifters need but many wish they were of higher quality.
The Nordic Wrist Wraps have been around for a long time.
They seem to be getting better but still have many flaws.
The most notable is poor build quality.
Many users claim the straps fell apart really quick (same day for some).
The weak velcro and poor materials don't seem to offer much support to weightlifters.
On the plus side, they are comfortable, look cool, and have a good instruction manual.
They also have a tag with L and R on each piece which makes it easier to quickly put them on.
The customer service is also top notch.
The bottom line is these need to be better quality before we can recommend them.
The Harbinger Big Grip Lifting Straps have a big following but unfortunately many are jumping ship.
For one, the nylon used ruins the grip for some users.
And many claim they are very uncomfortable.
For example, people have suffered from blisters and skin irritation.
One user even said they "eat into the skin" which isn't too comforting.
Other cons are they are slippery when wet and hard to tighten.
There are some good points we should mention.
Mainly relating to build quality.
Unlike other straps on this list, these are made from high-quality strong material.
Not one mentions them falling apart and they seem to last long and are durable.
The bottom line is these are high quality but lack functionality and comfort.
The Rip Toned Wrist Wraps have more than a thousand positive reviews but does that mean they're worth it?
Not for many.
These wrist wraps broke easily for some and many felt deceived because they didn't receive the product in the pictures.
Also, they're poorly made and are too thick, stiff, lack support, not flexible, flimsy, and don't sit well on wrists.
Thankfully the company offers good customer service and helps their clients out which free exchanges and what not.
Besides that many people feel they reduce wrist pain, don't block circulation, less likely to retain bad odors and come in many styles to choose from.
The bottom line is we think this product looks cool but the false advertising and poor build quality is holding them back.
Finding a high-quality wrist wrap that's comfortable and offers good support is pretty difficult.
Out of the ones we reviewed we'd recommend the Anvil and Stoic lines.
These two provide the support weightlifters need but could definitely be of higher quality.
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