13 Best Tough Mudder Gloves Reviewed & Compared

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Tough mudder courses were created for the singular purpose of being challenging, to push its runners to their limits and to have them walk away knowing they are better for having tried. A good athlete knows their body’s limits and a veteran knows that the right equipment will help them go just that little bit more. In obstacle course racing a good pair of gloves can make a world of difference.

We at Runnerclick don’t want our readers to settle for a good pair of gloves; we want you to find a great pair. Below are our top picks for the best mudder glove available and the criteria by which we selected them. Additionally we also provided some help on how to make a selection and along with some course running tips.

Last Updated: April 18, 2018
By Brian Price:

We are always dedicated to making sure our articles are up to date and up to snuff, so this time around we added gloves from Fox, Under Armor, and Fit Four. We also update the criteria section to make our assessment method more clear and direct.

Mad Grip F100 Pro Palm
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NeoSport Wetsuits 3/4 Finger
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Nike Fundamental Training
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13 Best Tough Mudder Gloves

 

 

1. Mad Grip F100 Pro Palm

If you’re looking for a comfortable glove that’s not going to cause any hand fatigue, check out the Mad Grip F100 Pro Palm Gloves. Designed to conform to the natural shape of the hand and resist bunching, these reinforced gloves are super comfy.
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Material: These gloves are made of a blend of 50 percent rubber and 50 percent polyester. Thanks to a seamless construction, your hands won’t experience any discomfort or blistering. Additionally, they’re machine washable, for quick and easy cleaning. Many people find that these gloves have superior durability compared to nitrile or rubber-dipped gloves.

Grip: The palm of this glove is made of a rubber designed specifically for grip.

Cost: The Mad Grip F100 Pro Palm Gloves are priced averagely compared to other tough mudder gloves on the market.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Conforms to natural shape of hand
  • Reinforced seams
  • Affordable
  • Machine washable
Cons
  • Some customers reported that these gloves fit well when dry, but become bulky and awkward when they become wet.

2. NeoSport Wetsuits 3/4 Finger

These gloves, available in sizes x-small through x-large, are designed for durability, flexibility, and security. NeoSport is confident in their product.
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Material: Made of 1.5-millimeter neoprene, these gloves keep your hands warm and still allows them to move freely. No matter the conditions, these gloves insulate hands. Quality-made wrist fasteners hold the gloves in place.

Grip: The padded synthetic leather palms provide a sturdy grip, even on wet surfaces.

Cost: These gloves are priced similarly to most others on the market.
Pros
  • High-quality construction
  • Insulated
  • Provides sturdy grip
  • Non-restrictive
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Some customers have reported that these gloves run small and are stiff.

3. Nike Fundamental Training (Women's)

Nike calls their fitness gloves “the best in comfort and protection.” Designed with a snug fit, athletes rave about these gloves.
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Material: These gloves are made of a blend of 77 percent polyester, 10 percent polyurethane, 8 percent nylon, and 5 percent spandex. The palm of this glove is padded, allowing for excellent protection.

Grip: They are a bit “sticky,” making them great for lifting.

Cost: These gloves are priced very similar to other quality gloves on the market.
Pros
  • Excellent grip
  • Affordable 
  • Snug fit
  • Padded palm
Cons
  • Some people find that there is not enough padding for the inner hand of the glove.

4. Mad Grip F50 Pro Palm Knuckler

Mad Grip is brand that comes highly recommended among the Tough Mudder community for its undeniable advantages on the course. They allow for full range of movement and they don’t absorb moisture, which are key components of a good mudder glove. The Mad Grip Knuckler Gloves are also extremely protective so you won’t have to regret the doing an obstacle course for the rest of the week.
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Material: These gloves are constructed from cotton, nylon, and spandex to make sure they are waterproof but also flexible and maneuverable. While they reject moisture that does mean their ability to breath is a bit limited.

Grip: The Mad Grip brand name isn’t an exaggeration. The grip of these gloves is intense; no matter the climate or circumstances. Which may make other tasks difficult but the F50 Pro Palm Knuckler is perfectly suited for a muddy obstacle course.

Cost: These gloves are on the lower end of cost but deliver superb results in a Tough Mudder.
Pros
  • Great grip
  • Durable
  • Protective 
  • Lightweight
  • Non-absorbent 
  • Full freedom of movement
Cons
  • Doesn't breath well

5. Mad Grip F50 Thunderdome Impact

The Mad Grip F50 Thunderdome gloves are designed with a seamless construction for all-day comfort.
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Material: These gloves are made from a blend of 50 percent cotton, 42 percent nylon, and 8 percent spandex.

Grip: The grip of these gloves is phenomenal. Combined with the cushioning on the palm, this glove provides a combination of ultimate performance and ultimate comfort.

Cost: These gloves are priced very similarly to others.
Pros
  • Available in 5 colors
  • Affordable
  • Cushioned palm
  • Comfortable
  • Firm grip
Cons
  • Some customers find these gloves to be too slippery.

6. Under Armour Flux (Women's)

These gloves have quickly become one of the best-selling products of its type.
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Material: These gloves are made of an extremely soft, breathable material designed to wick away sweat and keep you dry. Additionally, there is a terry cloth thumb panel to wipe away sweat.

Grip: The Under Armour Women’s Flux gloves have a gel-like rubber pattern to optimize grip.

Cost: These gloves are priced in the mid-to-high range on the price scale.
Pros
  • Wicks away sweat
  • Soft and breathable
  • Terry cloth thumb panel
  • Grip-optimizing rubber pattern 
Cons
  • Some people have found that these gloves are too thin and don’t do much to protect the hands.

7. Hyperflex Wetsuits 3/4 Finger (Men's)

Available in an x-small through a xx-large, the padded premium synthetic palm of this glove does a great job protecting your hand.
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Material: These gloves are made of 100 percent Neoprene, making them extremely comfortable. Vented and padded synthetic leather is used for durability and comfort. An adjustable wrist cinch allows you to achieve the perfect fit.

Grip: Based on customer reviews, these gloves provide a better grip than many others.

Cost: These gloves are priced averagely compared to others on the market.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Adjustable wrist cinch
  • Affordable
  • Provides great grip
  • Available in large range of sizes
  • Offers protection to the hand
Cons
  • Some people have complained that the fingertips roll down too easily.

8. The Mud Glove

The Mud Glove may be advertised as a gardening glove but it will hold up to even the toughest courses. Mud gloves don’t get ladened down with wetness, so your hands won’t feel heavy. They also will keep your hands, especially your knuckles, protected from bumps or cuts.
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Material: The Mud Glove is constructed from cotton and waterproof latex. These gloves are made to be durable so you can get many races out of them.

Grip: The gloves are designed to keep their grip even when slick with mud or water. Mud Glove wearers also say that you won’t lose any range of motion, so your grip will be tight and sure.

Cost: The Mud Gloves are a long lasting reliable glove for average cost.
Pros
  • Very durable 
  • Provides knuckle protection
  • Flexible
  • Keeps out and doesn't hold moisture
  • Maintains grip when wet
  • Closed wristband 
  • Comfortable 
Cons
  • Sizing issues

9. Under Armour Men's CTR Trainer HF

The Under Armor CTR Training gloves are gloves intended for weightlifting and other gym activities but it turns out they make a handy pair of obstacle course gloves. They are light weight and well ventilated pair of gloves that wont hold a runner back when things get dirty.
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Material: The gloves are constructed of a synthetic mesh to make sure that they are uninhibiting and fast drying, which is perfect for a Tough Mudder course.

Grip: The CTR Training gloves are fingerless and exposed to allow the wearer to maximize the grip of their own hands.

Cost: These gloves are of higher cost than average, though they are from Under Armor which is a reliable brand.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Well ventilated 
  • Comfortable
  • Noteworthy grip and grip maintenance
  • Great flexibility
  • Wash well
  • Doesn't hold water   
Cons
  • Some durability issues 
  • Minimal padding

10. Mechanix Wear

The Mechanix Wear M-Pact gloves may not be the most obstacle course oriented gloves on this list but they may fit a niche need if you are worried about your the safety of your hands. They are particularly well suited for someone whose hands are essential for their day to day work but still want to have the ability to participate in some fun, if physically demanding, pastimes.
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Material: These gloves are constructed from thermoplastic rubber and synthetic leather for a tough build. The Mechanix Wear M-Pact are designed to make sure your fingers, hands, and knuckles are padded and protected from damage.

Grip: These gloves grips are reliable but also fitted with a rubber ribbing to make sure your hands aren’t pinched or hurt in the process, making sure you stay on the course.

Cost: The Mechanix Wear M-Pact are of higher cost, but if protecting your hands is essential then they are well worth the cost.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Well ventilated
  • Provides impact protection
  • Machine washable 
  • Grip protection
  • Well padded 
  • Unrestrained mobility 
  • Designed to prevent injury
Cons
  • Long term durability issues

11. Under Armor Nitro

While this glove may not be specialized for obstacle courses that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth consideration. The Nitro is a tough glove made to last through harsh conditions and maintain its grip. With its snug fit, the glove won’t hang off or slip and impair your ability to keep moving. These gloves are also very durable, which is an important quality considering what you’ll be putting them through the ringer both with training and the day of the mudder.
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Materials:
The Under Armor Nitro is stretch woven from a single piece of fabric and made seamless. It is ultra lightweight and perforated to maximize ventilation.

Grip:
The palm of these gloves is built with grab tack to ensure a sticky and secure grip, although it is advisable to wide down the grip every once in a while to ensure that it maintains its stickiness. The thumb and forefinger are also designed to prevent twisting and make your grip more secure.

Cost:
The Nitro gloves are moderately priced. Under Armor provide an all around quality product in terms of design, construction, and performance so we believe the value of these gloves is high when compared to the cost.
Pros
  • Intense grip
  • Snug fit
  • Quality construction
  • Comfortable
  • Flexible 
  • Very durable 
Cons
  • Some grip durability issues
  • Grip may become slick when wet

12. The Gripper

The Gripper are designed to aid in weight lifting rather than assisting in an obstacle course, but that isn’t to say they couldn’t be a big help when the going gets tough. The minimalist glove is light weight and cool. Good for easy on and off if you are the type of runner that doesn’t like to have gloves on for the whole event. They do have some slickening of the grip when wet, so perhaps not ideal for the long haul, but they are small and light which makes them great if you need the extra grip in a pinch.
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Material:
These gloves are composed of 40% synthetic leather, 50% lycra, and 10% silicone. The Gripper is lightweight and flexible. The materials don’t retain water but is known to become slick when wet.

Grip:
The Gripper is made with independent hexagonal silicone pads to maximize grip of the wearer.

Cost:
The cost of these gloves can be on the more affordable end of things, but it should be noted that most users had them wear out in under a year. So if you are looking to invest in a long lasting glove this might not be the ideal choice.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Good grip
  • Low profile and unobtrusive
  • Easy on and off
  • Prevent callouses 
  • Prevent overheating
Cons
  • Durability issues
  • Fit may cause glove to slide
  • May become slick when wet

13. Fox Dirtpaw

The Dirtpaw from Fox maybe weren’t made for running obstacle courses but they were certainly made for getting dirty. These gloves form fit to your hands, so you won’t have to deal with slipping or sliding while on the course. They are also comfortable while keeping a tight grip against you, to make sure you get your full range range of motion. All of this while still while offering padded protection against whatever it is nature and gravity have to throw at you.
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Materials:
These gloves are made up of 72% polyamide nylon, 20% polyurethane, 5% polyvinyl chloride, and 3% elastane. The palms are also lightly padded with clarino synthetic leather.

Grip:
Silicone is worked into the design of the gloves fingers to provide and enhanced grip. Which is perfect for when you need that extra bit of help leveraging with your fingertips.

Cost:
Fox’s Dirtpaw are one of the more affordable pair of gloves on this list. And while their grip isn’t the strongest and they aren’t the most waterproof option; you will be receiving a durable, reliable, long lasting product for a low price, and that is one of the key reasons that the Dirtpaw is worth your consideration.

What We Looked At In Our Evaluation

Material

We look for use of common materials, like nylon or spandex, as well as less common ones that may be better suited. Whatever makes the gloves flexible and maneuverable without retaining heat or moisture. What a glove is made out of is the easiest way for us to know if it is a glove that is good for a tough mudder.

Grip

The grip is essential. The biggest reason that you would want to wear gloves on an obstacle course is to maintain a firm grip on ropes, bars, etc. The right gloves for the job will maintain their grip and won’t slip or slide when they become wet.

Comfort

We know that a Tough Mudder won’t be the most comfortable experience. There is a difference between pushing yourself so that you can test your limits and suffering when you don’t have to. A good pair of gloves will let you focus on the pain that matters.

Palm Cushioning

Palm cushioning and comfort are two sides of the same coin. What we are looking at specifically is a gloves ability to prevent hot spots and blisters. This will not only help on the day of, but during training as well. You will want to both start and end the course as pain free as possible.

Additional Factors to Consider

Cost

Cost is often one of the hardest factors to really weigh in on. It is about considering all the other points and deciding how much they are worth. We want to be sure that if we include a pair of gloves on our list that have a big price tag that they have the quality to back it up.

Stretch

Stretch and flexibility are important in a pair of gloves that, ideally, you will need to retain your full mobility while wearing. How the glove fits also plays an important role in our assessment. It won’t matter how waterproof your fabric is if the glove doesn’t fix around the “wrist”, since water can, and will, get in to any openings.

Minimal Water Retention

One of the key things that separates a traditional obstacle course from a tough mudder is the “water”. When gloves get wet they can weight down your hands with retained moisture, make them numb with cold, or even cause discomfort and blisters. This it is why it is important for us to rate gloves on their ability to repel or release water from their fabric, to make sure our readers know the how the glove they are considering will perform under the conditions they will be subjected to.

FAQ

Q: What is the Tough Mudder?

A: The Tough Mudder website states that the race is “probably the toughest event on the planet.” Through 10 miles of mud and over 20 obstacle, athletes push themselves outside of their comfort zones. There are no winners or time limits. Rather, the Tough Mudder is about teamwork. There have been more than 200 events since 2010 in six different countries. With over 2.5 million participants since the first event, Tough Mudder has raised around $10 million for charity.

Q: What should I expect from Tough Mudder or Obstacle Course Race (OCR)?

A: Tough Mudder Obstacle Courses contain up to 25 sets of obstacles and a single course can reach 12 miles. Additionally it is not possible to pre determine the specific obstacles that will be present on any one day of your obstacle race, no one obstacle race is built the same. However there are a few sets of obstacle courses that are considered classics. Considering that you can expect to see these obstacles present at most races due to their popularity. At this time we will introduce and review briefly a few of those considered classics. Hopefully this will help you to visualize and gain an understanding of what to expect from Tough Mudder or Obstacle Course Races (OCRs).

The Arctic Enema To defeat this obstacle course you must dive into a pool filled with very cold ice water and swim to make your way underneath a wooden beam to the opposite side.

The Balls to the Wall obstacle course – To defeat this obstacle you must climb your way up and down a 15 ft. wall with only the assistance of a rope.

The Birth Canal  To defeat this obstacle course you must make your way crawling through a muddy pathway to the other side while a liner filled with water is over your head pushing you into the ground.

The Cage Crawl  To defeat this obstacle course you must make your way through a trench filled of muddy water, positioned on your back with only a fence to grab on to and utilize to get through to the other end of the obstacle.

The Dead Ringer To defeat this obstacle course you must swing to make your way through a set of ascending and descending pegs, all while positioned sideways.

The Hangin’ Tough To defeat this obstacle you must make your way swinging from a set of hanging rings that can be up to 6 feet from distance of each other.

The Hold the Wood To defeat this obstacle course you must carry a log beside you in a circle along the course until you have reached your initial starting point and drop off the log.

The Trench Warfare To defeat this obstacle course you must make your way to the other end or the course by crawling through an underground tunnel that inclusively will be pitch dark.

So there you have it, I hope this review helped to visualize and gain a clearer understanding of what you should expect from Tough Mudder or Obstacle Course Races (OCRs).

Q: How do I to train to successfully participate in a Tough Mudder?

A: If you are considering signing up to participate in your first Tough Mudder or you are an expert athlete in the best shape or your life. Tough Mudder or Obstacle Course Races (OCRs) generally are all exceptionally challenging for even the experienced participant; it is essential that you not only train physically but mentally as well. You must be able to make adjustments to your workout routine so that you are training appropriately for the amount of strain you will experience while participating in this newly popular sport.

As if competing in a traditional race wasn’t hard enough already, when participating in the Tough Mudder you will have to defeat a series of obstacles varying from pulling yourself up by a rope to get over a wall that could very easily be up to 15ft in height, getting yourself across a plank that is about the same width as your foot, crawling through dark underground tunnels, and even swinging from a set of hanging rings that could very easily be up to 6 feet of distance of each other to avoid falling into a pool of cold muddy water.

This while all along your clothes and sneakers are drenched in mucky, muddy water. With all of this information to consider, when determining the appropriate workout routine it would be wise to emphasize on the fact that you need to train appropriately for the amount of strain you will experience while participating in this sport. Therefore we will share workout techniques with you that we believe will assist to successfully train and prepare you, both physically and mentally for your day on the obstacle course.

Let’s start with the basics: strength training; the Obstacle Course Races (OCRs) are not about “who’s first to cross the finish line” you will need plenty of endurance to defeat the kinds of obstacles discussed previously, so it is important to dedicated sufficient time in your training into enhancing your strength. Consider the settings where obstacle courses take place and incorporate these elements into your training to the best of your abilities. How? Train at a playground! Do pull-ups on the monkey bars, bar hangs and any other technique that will stimulate your upper body strength. To recreate the appropriate stimulus for your lower body try a run at the beach on wet sand, soaking your sneakers in water before a run and sprints with added weight for enhanced resistance.

Lastly but certainly not the least important mental training. Preparing your mind to face difficulties is an essential readiness tool for success. Incorporate mental challenges to your training, for instance, increasing your milestones, this technique will challenge and push you harder, fortifying your mental strength as you’re demonstrating that you can push past what you would consider your limit. This will encourage and strengthen you to push forward to the end of the course when you find yourself exhausted.

Q: What is the purpose of these gloves?

A: While some people complete the Tough Mudder without gloves, they are very important to have. Gloves designed specifically for off-road obstacle races like the Tough Mudder do a great job of protecting your hands from injuries. Due to the nature of the Tough Mudder, it can be easy to get a splinter.

Gloves will keep your hands safe. They’ll also prevent rope burn and make it easier to crawl across rocky terrain. Since most of them have a bit of padding, they keep your hands comfortable as well. Also, they boost performance. Thanks to increased grip, you’re better able to conquer obstacles when wearing gloves.

Q: Should I wear my Tough Mudder gloves every time I’m out there?

A: Most athletes find that it’s best to have them and use them when you need them. It’s suggested to bring them along with you in a pocket or waistband stow. If you need them, they are invaluable, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re always prepared.

Q: Are there any negative aspects of wearing Tough Mudder gloves?

A: The main complaint amongst those who wear gloves is that some of them can become extremely slippery when they get wet or come into contact with mud. Additionally, some tend to hold and carry water. However, we’ve taken these factors in consideration when creating the list of products above. Some athletes claim that it’s more important to wear gloves when participating in the Spartan Race, which is comprised mostly of ropes, rather than in the Tough Mudder.

Also, weather should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to wear your Tough Mudder gloves. A typical rule of thumb is that if it’s raining, leave the gloves at home. In cold conditions, gloves are great because they keep the hands insulated.

Q: Are these gloves stretchy?

A: Most quality-made Tough Mudder gloves have a bit of stretch to them. This enables the glove to fit your hand more naturally, meaning it’s more comfortable and it’s more effective. However, a glove with too much stretch is typically extremely thin. This is typically not a quality that you want, considering part of the glove’s job is to provide you with padded support.

Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of fingerless gloves?

A: Fingerless gloves typically have a good amount of padding in the palm area in order to protect the hand. Without the fingers of a glove, you can easily pick up little things or complete an up-close task. Also, fingerless gloves allow your hands to breathe. This makes them not only more comfortable to wear but more hygienic as well.

If they become wet, they quickly dry out thanks to the constant air flow. However, there are negative aspects as well. Since they don’t cover the entire hand, they don’t offer any protection from cuts, scrapes, burns, chemicals, and anything else you may come into contact with. Typically, fingerless gloves are more expensive than traditional ones.

 

Bottom Line

Simply due to the nature of obstacle races such as the Tough Mudder, your hands undergo a lot of stress and pain.  The obstacle has the name it does for a very good reason.

When searching the web for “what to do’s”  in the Tough Mudder or Mud Run obstacle course, the debate of whether to wear gloves is usually front and center. It all really depends on a few factors. The biggest being the durability of your hands without gloves. When preparing for the obstacle course it is highly recommended that you train in the gloves that you will be using in the event. If you have opted to use full-length gloves it is recommended to cut the fingers down to about the second knuckle level for comfort and drainage.

There’s no glove out there that will act as a “miracle glove,” but the gloves on this list are noticeably better than others on the market. Additionally, most of the gloves on our list are inexpensive enough that you don’t have to worry about them getting too muddy or dirty. Regardless of the glove, you end up deciding on, the two most important factors to consider are comfort and protection. Additionally, keep in mind how important grip is – in a Tough Mudder race, you’re going to want all the grip you can get!

So there you have it, if you’re going to compete in a Tough Mudder you’re going to want a great pair of gloves. The toughest obstacles require you to use your fingers and hands and you will find that a good pair of gloves indispensable in gripping and climbing. Any of these gloves will help in gripping the Monkey Bars and climbing ropes while wet and muddy or if it’s freezing cold. These gloves will help you overcome the obstacles in a Tough Mudder, now you just need to make sure you have the training and strategy to compete. Everyone has a different opinion on what makes the best glove to wear for a Tough Mudder event. Full finger coverage or not. Thicker for warmth or thinner for more flexibility. So the choice is really up to you and what best suits you.  In any event, make sure to train hard, choose wisely, practice safety and be very alert on these courses, but most of all have fun. I hope this article in a small way has helped you in your decision on which gloves are best to choose and why.

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