10 Best Tough Mudder Gloves Reviewed & Compared
Here at RunnerClick, we strive to provide our readers with the best tough mudder gloves currently available to choose from, which is why we have spent several hours sifting through review after review and doing thorough research.
Since there are literally countless options to choose from, we made sure to narrow it down to the top 10 tough mudder gloves for our readers to choose from. This time you can spend less time trying to do the research yourself and more time training.
Continue reading below to learn more about our favorite gloves.
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- Excellent grip
- Unique and patented design
- Great for both wet and dry environments
10 Best Tough Mudder Gloves
1. Spartan OCR
- Excellent grip
- Unique and patented design
- Great for both wet and dry environments
Although they have the "spartan" name in their name, these are still some of the best Tough Mudder gloves currently out there. They are perfect for the hot weather and those of you who want a minimalistic glove that is comfortable, breathable, and easy to use.Read more
The official Spartan race gloves are also a great option for Tough mudders and are made of durable, comfortable, and protective Neoprene material.
They are perfect for both wet and dry obstacles and will ensure you stay cool and dry.
As far as comfort is concerned, these are really comfortable but if you need palm coverage you may not love these.
As you can see by their design, these tough mudder gloves offer a lot of flexibility and deliver a full range of motion.
These gloves may look pretty simple but they sometimes a little bit goes a long way. They provide excellent grip and prevent slipping when getting through your obstacles.
- High-quality construction
- Provides sturdy grip
- Some customers have reported that these gloves run small and are stiff.
These gloves, available in sizes x-small through x-large, are designed for durability, flexibility, and security. NeoSport is confident in their product.Read more
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.
If you want a comfortable pair of gloves, you will love how soft and secure these gloves fit you.
In terms of flexibility, these gloves will allow each of your fingers to move freely and ensure you get the grip that you need.
The padded synthetic leather palms provide a sturdy grip, even on wet surfaces.
3. The Gripper
- Good grip
- Low profile and unobtrusive
- Easy on and off
- Prevent callouses
- Prevent overheating
- Durability issues
- Fit may cause glove to slide
- May become slick when wet
The Gripper is 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. 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.Read more
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 are known to become slick when wet.
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.
The minimalist glove is lightweight 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.
These are really flexible and easy to use. Although they are not specifically made for tough mudder courses, they are still an excellent versatile option for you to train and race in.
The Gripper is made with independent hexagonal silicone pads to maximize the grip of the wearer.
4. Under Armour CTR Trainer
- HeatGear recg
- Open finger design
- Provides excellent protection
- Fast drying
- A bit pricey
The Under Armoir CTR Trainer are a durable and protective option to use during your Tough Mudder runs. They are built to last and are well-respected among Tough Mudders everywhere.Read more
These gloves are made here in the United States and are their palm is made of Synthetic Microfiber and the rest is 54% Nylon and 46% Polyurethane
These gloves provide excellent grip and are lightweight while also providing you with the protection you need during your races.
They also utilize HeatGear technology and have mesh fabric for optimal breathability.
These tough mudder gloves are pretty much a second skin when you work out in them. You can comfortably race in all of your tough mudder races and trust they will let you get through each and every obstacle.
Although these are not completely waterproof or water-resistant, these gloves will definitely ensure that you stay well-protected from the water.
5. Mechanix Wear
- Well ventilated
- Provides impact protection
- Machine washable
- Grip protection
- Well padded
- Unrestrained mobility
- Designed to prevent injury
Long term durability issues
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.Read more
Made of high-quality and durable materials, these gloves are definitely a great option for those fo you who need optimal protection and want to wear them for other activities.
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.
As far as comfort goes, these gloves are perfect for colder weather since they are thicker and feature a full finger design.
Although these are not the most flexible gloves on our list, we have found that they offer a good range of motion. If you have mastered your techniques for each of your obstacles, this is a great way to go.
While these are not completely waterproof, they do offer a lot of water-resistant features to ensure they dry off quickly.
6. Under Armour Flux
- Wicks away sweat
- Soft and breathable
- Terry cloth thumb panel
- Grip-optimizing rubber pattern
Some people have found that these gloves are too thin and don’t do much to protect the hands.
These gloves have quickly become one of the best-selling products for tough mudder courses. They are lightweight, breathable and flexible--and a perfect option for those of you looking for something in between the fingerless gloves and full-fingered gloves.Read more
These gloves are made of an extremely soft, breathable material designed to wick away sweat and keep you dry.
The Under Armour Women’s Flux gloves have a gel-like rubber pattern to optimize grip.
These are one of the more comfortable glove selections on our list. They are lightweight, breathable, and the perfect option for beginners and those of you looking for a good first pair of tough-mudder gloves. Plus, you can use these to train in the gym as well.
One of the best parts about these gloves is that they offer optimal flexibility and will not hinder your range of motion when you train or when you are out competing in your tough mudder race.
These gloves are priced in the mid-to-high range on the price scale. Additionally, there is a terry cloth thumb panel to wipe away sweat.
7. Fox Dirtpaw
- tight fingertip grip
- Long lasting
- Not waterproof
- Not built with obstacle courses in mind
The Dirtpaw from Fox maybe weren’t made for running obstacle courses but they were certainly made for getting dirty. All of this while still while offering padded protection against whatever it is nature and gravity has to throw at you.Read more
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.
Silicone is worked into the design of the fingers of the glove to provide an enhanced grip. Which is perfect for when you need that extra bit of help leveraging with your fingertips.
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 of motion.
Fox’s Dirtpaw is 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.
8. Mad Grip F50 Pro Palm Knuckler
- Great grip
- Full freedom of movement
Doesn't breath well
Mad Grip is a brand that comes highly recommended among the Tough Mudder community for its undeniable advantages on the course. These gloves are on the lower end of cost but deliver superb results in a Tough MudderRead more
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.
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.
Perfect for anyone looking for a comfortable but effective pair fo gloves, these are great for any climate--but best for the cold weather.
They allow for a 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.
9. The Mud Glove
- Very durable
- Provides knuckle protection
- Keeps out and doesn't hold moisture
- Maintains grip when wet
- Closed wristband
- Sizing issues
The Mud Glove may be advertised as a gardening glove but it will hold up to even the toughest courses. The Mud Gloves are a long-lasting reliable glove for average cost.Read more
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.
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.
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.
These gloves allow for a lot of flexibility, although if you get a size that is too big you will find that they do not allow for a full range of motion.
Although these gloves are not waterproof, they will protect you from the water.
10. Mad Grip F100 Pro Palm
- Conforms to natural shape of hand
- Reinforced seams
- Machine washable
Some customers reported that these gloves fit well when dry, but become bulky and awkward when they become wet.
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. The Mad Grip F100 Pro Palm Gloves are priced averagely compared to other tough mudder gloves on the marketRead more
These gloves are made of a blend of 50 percent rubber and 50 percent polyester. The palm of this glove is made of a rubber designed specifically for grip.
Thanks to a seamless construction, your hands won’t experience any discomfort or blistering.
Designed to conform to the natural shape of the hand and resist bunching, these reinforced gloves are super comfy.
Pretty flexible, these gloves allow for a good bit of range of motion so you can get through your obstacles as need.
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.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The best material will ensure the gloves are comfortable, breathable, and maneuverable enough for each obstacle out on the course.
When looking at materials we considered both common materials--such as nylon and spandex--and less common materials. In essence, we looked for gloves made of materials that are best suited for the rigorous terrain that tough mudder runners encounter--which is pretty much anything that allows the gloves to be flexible and easily maneuverable without retaining heat or moisture.
The material that a glove is made of is the fastest and easiest way to ascertain whether or not it is suitable for a Tough Mudder run. You may have noticed that several of the gloves on our list are made of neoprene--this is the best for tough mudder races because it is lightweight, breathable, and dries quickly when they get wet.
Not all of the gloves on our list are made of Neoprene, though. You need to make sure you get a pair fo gloves that will work for your specific needs and your personal preferences. If you are sensitive to any specific materials, make sure to look closely at what the materials the gloves are made of to ensure you don't experience any chafing, irritation, or blisters.
The right gloves for the job will maintain their grip...
For a pair of gloves to be useful during a Tough Mudder run, it must provide the appropriate amount of grip. The grip is essential because, to put it bluntly, it is the only reason you would even need to wear gloves for a Tough Mudder race (other than it being cold outside. The right pair of gloves will allow you 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. After all, the last thing you want is to lose your grip and slip while you are just about to get past those last few obstacles at the end of your race. Take a look at what the palm of the glove is made of--leather and additional grippy material will ensure you can hold on without fear of falling.
Furthermore, if you want a versatile pair of gloves that you can use to train in and to compete in, there are several of those on our list as well. Make sure to look for a lightweight, comfortable, and breathable pair of gloves that will allow you to get through each and every one of your obstacles--and remember to get a pair that will fit the climate you will be racing in.
Your gloves should be really comfortable if you want to be able to wear them for the entirety of your race.
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. Take a look below to see some of the factors we took into consideration when we considered the overall comfort of each pair of gloves.
Palm cushioning and comfort are two sides of the same coin. What we are looking at specifically is a glove 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.
Another important comfort feature is whether or not the gloves feature a seamless construction or not. Those that are seamless in design have fewer pieces put together and won't chafe, rub, or irritate you in any of the wrong places. This is especially important during your race because the last thing you want is to develop hotspots mid-race.
Make sure you get a pair of gloves that provides you with a full range of motion while you are out on the course.
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 fit around the “wrist”, since water can, and will, get into any openings.
You may have noticed that many of the gloves on our list are made of Neoprene, Nylon, and/or Spandex. These materials, specifically, will ensure that your gloves allow you to have a full range of motion and will ensure that you can move them freely through each and every obstacle that you encounter along the way when you compete.
At the end of the day, we all need different levels of flexibility. If you are someone who needs a lot of flexibility or a full range of motion, you will want to consider the less bulky gloves on our list--and for optimal flexibility, you will love the fingerless (or gripper) options that we have featured on our list. However, it is a matter of preference, so make sure you get something that fits your preferences.
There's a lot of water in a tough mudder, so make sure you get a pair fo gloves that can handle that.
One of the key things that separate 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--and the last thing you want to do is get a blister or hot spot while you are out on the course.
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. We want to make sure you get the best gloves to wear during your tough mudder, and water-resistance is key.
All in all, you want to make sure that your gloves can hold up through the water obstacles. The last thing you need is to get stuck with a pair of gloves that will make you slip. This means they need to be grippy and, at minimum, able to dry quickly when they get wet--because believe us, they will get wet at some point!
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Which one you get really depends on your own personal preference. Both are good, but they offer different benefits and features, so make sure to pick the right one.
Wearing your gloves to train for your big race can give you a major advantage because it will help you get used to getting through the different obstacles with your gloves on.
Other Factors to Consider
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. However, it is important to note that the prices are not the most important factor when determining the value of the gloves.
Yes, we know many of our readers are on a budget, so it is important to keep that in mind. If you have a strict budget, you will need to make sure you keep that in mind, but if you have a flexible budget you will have more options. Although, we have made sure to include options for everyone on our list of product reviews.
At the end of the day, you need to make sure your investment is worthwhile. First and foremost, your gloves should fit your needs and preferences. They should be comfortable, lightweight, and breathable to ensure that you won't mind wearing them throughout the entire course and you need to be able to afford them and get the most out of them
Last but not least, you need to make sure you get the right-sized gloves. If your gloves don't fit, you will be uncomfortable and they won't work for you in the long haul. If you are purchasing in-store, it will be easier for you to try the gloves on to be sure that they fit--but if you are ordering your gloves online you will need to be more careful in choosing your size.
If you have overly large or overly small hands, you will need to be especially careful to ensure that you order the right size because some of the gloves on our list do run either too small or too large. Although not all of them have this issue, you should definitely double-check before you make your purchase.
When you get your gloves, they should fit snuggly and securely--but, of course, they shouldn't be too tight. On the other hand, if they are too loose you will end up with chafing, irritation, and blisters which will make you not want to wear the gloves at all and leave you right back where you started. It's better to be sure of your size from the get-go.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the Tough Mudder?
The Tough Mudder website states that the race is "probably the toughest event on the planet." Through 10 miles of mud and over 20 obstacles, 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)?
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 predetermine 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 for a Tough Mudder?
If you are considering signing up to participate in your first Tough Mudder or you are an expert athlete in the best shape of 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.
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 dedicate 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?
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: What are the advantages and disadvantages of fingerless gloves?
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 airflow. 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.
q: What are some different features of Tough Mudder gloves?
When it comes to making your selection, there are a few different options to go with. There are gloves that come with full finger coverage, which many people like for the entire protection that is offered to your hands in an extreme competition like Tough Mudder. Alternatively, there are also gloves that come with less coverage on the fingers and the material usually stops right before the knuckles.
You can also opt for gloves that are thick or thin. Some like the warmth that thick gloves provide, while others enjoy the flexibility that thin gloves offer. However, when looking through our list of the best tough mudder gloves, you will need to make sure you take your own personal needs and preferences into consideration.
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