So, you’ve spotted an odd pair of gloves on a Twitch.tv or YouTube game streamer that you’re fond of? What are they for? What’s the point, really, beyond accessorizing? The fact that Gaming Gloves exist might take you by surprise, but they’re very much a reality and more often than not; they’re a necessity, especially when a history of wrist injuries come in to play.
Aside from adding visual flair to a budding gaming persona, Gaming Gloves keep you comfortable, provide decent grip and even help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome! Unlike regular gloves, which detract from sensory-based control, Gaming Gloves are designed to play well with many great gaming keyboards and mice, leaving you in control while still wicking away any perspiration or keeping the cold out.
Many Gaming Gloves possess unique features that aren’t often seen on anything other than Gym Gloves – which aren’t bad for gaming, but aren’t terribly optimized for it either. Gaming Gloves tend to be breathable, lightweight and absorbent. They’re great at keeping sweat off your peripherals and even offer levels of grip that are on par with or close to the good old skin. We’ve categorized some of the best gaming gloves below.
Gam3r Glov3s V2
First up on our list is the V2 from GAM3R GLOV3S. Having built a notable reputation amongst the console fps and racing e-sports crowd, GAM3R GLOV3S have started to expand on to the PC gaming scene with sponsorships to streamers and professionals alike. While certainly not for everyone, they do tick a lot of boxes when it comes to finding a pair of gloves that would be useful when gaming.
+ Control: A textured palm provides good grip. The isolated fingertips are coated in a thin, breathable rubber for acceptable levels of touch sensitivity. The fabric is conductive and works with a touchscreen; this lets you use your smartphone without needing to remove your gloves.
+ Breathability: There are subtle vents in the more flexible parts of the glove. They work well in keeping the surface of your mouse or gaming keypad dry by channeling any stubborn perspiration towards the more arid parts of your wrist for quick dissipation.
+ Comfort: While the gloves do fit snug, they sport a nice level of flexibility. The dual layer that enables this is also designed to prevent chafing from long hours of use as well as absorbing and getting rid of sweat. The wrist strap that secures the glove in place also gives you sturdy wrist compression to prevent C.T.S (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). While not entirely fool-proof, the wrist compression does make it hard to stress your wrist in any significant way.
+ Personalization: The V2 comes in several swatches of bright colors as well as dark and grey themes. The gloves feature an elastic ‘one-size-fits-all’ palm profile.
– Control: The covered fingertips work well with controllers, but take a lot of getting used to when pairing them with a mouse and keyboard. This is especially inconvenient when your keys possess a low actuation weight, such as those found on most laptops and some of the best mechanical keyboards.
– Comfort: Even with the closed fingertips, the V2 doesn’t really keep the cold out as much as you’d expect it to.
Thermaltake Tt Gaming Gloves
Thermaltake’s a popular choice when it comes to pc gaming peripherals, in-fact, they’ve been so popular that they’ve managed to retain some sort of buoyancy amid an endless ocean of e-sports gear. When Thermaltake outfits players, the Tt Gaming Glove is always a part of their inventory, which has made it the most common glove at many e-sport events. Thermaltake has specifically tailored this glove to work with and compliment a gaming mouse, rather than a keyboard or joystick; as such, the Tt Gaming Glove packs on a few interesting features that aren’t seen on other gaming gloves. One such attribute of the Tt Gaming Glove is that it is strictly a right-handed glove.
+ Control: The fingerless design is ideal for gripping gaming mice, while still giving you full tactile control of all the buttons on them.
+ Breathability: The Tt gaming glove features a dual-layered Lycra R and polyester weave, along with selective gel padding that focuses on keeping your palms dry and comfortable. There aren’t any vents, but the glove does a very acceptable job of keeping moisture off your mice.
+ Comfort: Unobtrusive hoops sit between the finger-sleeves for quick removal. The glove also possesses a unique single-sleeve for both the index and middle fingers, providing a bit more room for directional play and presenting a rather unique feel, compared to other gaming gloves. The material that holds the glove together prevents chafing over long sessions and also insulates your hands well. The wrist strap encourages healthy wrist compression and provides a little extra support for your mouse hand, but does not attempt to actively prevent C.P.T (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome).
+ Personalization: The Tt Gaming glove comes in two sizes, Medium and Large.
– Control: Unfortunately, Thermaltake currently creates only a single glove for right-handed players. This not only tends to leave a significant section of the population in the dark but also prevents you from using the glove with a gaming keypad (If you’re right-handed).
– Personalization: The Tt Gaming glove is sold in the iconic Thermaltake red and nothing else. There aren’t any other color or design choices available.
Sparco’s a name that pops up quite often in the realms of professional racing; and rightly so, as they produce some of the finest gear in the world. Although Sparco’s main fare comes from auto-sport gear, they’ve also developed a gaming department that produces gaming gear that is on par with their premium racing gear. The Sparco Hypergrip is a beautiful overlap in gaming and racing gear; honing its features towards gamers, while harnessing that true Sparco race-track spirit.
+ Control: The Hypergrip is unique in its hybrid approach to tactility. Sporting a grippy, padded fabric that covers the palm and a much thinner grip based material for the fingers. The Hypergrip actually features a fold-back sleeve on the index and thumb tips! The exposed thumb and index ‘mode’ is intended to be used with a mouse or controller, whereas the full-fingered form is better suited to a keyboard, keypad or steering wheel. The Hypergrip is even conductive; letting you use your phone’s touchscreen while wearing them.
+ Breathability: The perforated material donned by the Hypergrip is incredibly porous and flexible, while still arresting any stray perspiration that tries to get on to your devices. Most segments on the glove are divided by precisely detailed stitching, allowing for multiple layers when needed and much thinner snippets where touch response would be more valuable.
+ Comfort: The thermal insulation on the Hypergrip features the same impressive technology that is touted on the auto-sport versions of Sparco’s gloves. The supple, flexible material is perfectly coupled with the padding to create a very comfortable grip that keeps your forearms relaxed enough to squeeze out long sessions; whether in front of a desk or on a couch. The wrist strap on the Hypergrip provides adequate wrist compression to help keep the strain off your wrist as well.
+ Personalization: Sparco offers the Hypergrip in five sizes – when purchased from their website, that is. Picking up the Hypergrip from other suppliers will leave you with limited options in sizes as the stock moves off shelves quickly.
– Personalization: Sparco doesn’t offer much in terms of customization in terms of colors or liveries. The Hypergrip sports a Sparco style livery in black and red and nothing else.
Foamy Lizard Gaming Gloves
Foamy Lizard is pretty big on console accessories that simply make life better. From their controller skins to their protective cases; their products are simple, high grade and thoroughly researched. The Foamy Lizard gaming glove disregards the staple ‘gaming’ visuals and goes straight to practicality. The surface design on the Foamy Lizard glove is a visually minimalistic fingerless profile and does as much as it can to not detract from the skin-on-hardware formula. While designed primarily for controllers, the glove does compliment a good keyboard-mouse setup as well.
+ Control: The fingerless design and the thin, low friction fabric on the glove work great to keep your palms feeling responsive to whatever’s under them. The palm of the glove bears a pattern of soft silicon hexagons that add to grip without detracting from tactility. The high-wrist strap design works well with rough movements on even the coarsest of mouse pads, without exposing your wrist or palm to abrasion.
+ Comfort: The Foamy Lizard gaming glove features a light and flexible material for the body of the glove. The wrist strap promotes healthy wrist compression for less discomfort over long hours of usage. The minimalistic design on the glove provides adequate ventilation for your palm while still keeping sweat off your peripherals.
– Comfort: The material on the Foamy Lizard gaming glove is not great when it comes to insulation, which makes it a bad choice if you’re trying to keep the cold out.
– Personalization: The glove does not come with any size or color options, but instead relies on a one-size-fits-all stretchable fit.
Gamdias Agon Glove
If you’re after a fingerless gaming glove that states its presence a little more assertively, then the Agon from Gamdias is right for you. Gamdias produces gear with a heavy emphasis on visuals; incredibly appealing to the eye while still providing top-tier performance. The Agon is a great example of Gamdias’s ideals that looks good and packs on a feature-list that will improve your game-time while keeping fatigue at bay.
+ Control: The Agon is a fingerless glove with suede padding on the palm and a leather back-hand. The suede is accentuated with fine stitching that gives you a nice feel for the mouse under your palm. The fingerless design provides great control over mouse buttons and the stitching under the knuckle provides a little bit of leverage for a comfortable palm-style grip.
+ Breathability: The patterned material on the Agon is finely perforated and provides plenty of air circulation to keep perspiration at bay. The material is also absorbent and dissipates liquid that is trapped within it.
+ Comfort: The soft fabric used on the inner section of the glove is flexible; compared to the stark toughness of the outer layer. The glove also features two hoops around the spaces between the fingers for quick removal. The thermal insulation on this glove is great, even with it being a fingerless glove; the dual layer design traps body heat while still getting rid of moisture. The wrist strap on the Agon features a mini splint-like wrist support which provides healthy compression as well as prevents C.P.T over long periods of play. The wrist support system also provides support for a wrist that has previously been injured and gets fatigued easily.
– Personalization: The Agon is a single-handed glove and is limited to the right hand, leaving left-handed players in the dark. Another major downside is that the glove comes in a single size and is not very stretchable, which sidelines a lot of players who’ve got hands that are smaller or larger than average.