Straps reduce some of the grip strength required in heavy lifting and can help increase your grip’s capacity in deadlifts, snatches, and any pulling modality. Because such movements require so much grip strength, straps allow you to stay secure on the bar when grip becomes a limiting factor.
Why You Need Them
IronMind Lifting Straps
DURABLE, COMFORTABLE, NON-SLIP
A stronger, more durable version of traditional cotton straps, the nylon IronMind Lifting Straps are versatile and effective when you don't want to be limited by your grip. Despite their strength, our testers found that they rest comfortably on the wrist without cutting off circulation and don’t move once set in place, so you can keep going long after your grip gives out.
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We Also Tested
Schiek Power Lifting Straps
Our testers were split between these and the IronMind straps. They found that the Schiek straps were easy to break in and form to the wrists while also being durable. However, they also noted that the straps became uncomfortable after a few reps when they were cinched down.
Nordic Lifting Straps
While our testers liked the idea of the padded neoprene cushion at each wrist, they found them to be a performance detriment because of how bulky they were.
Rogue Leather Lifting Straps
Although the straps were well-constructed, they were hard to break in, which proved to be an issue for many of our testers.
Why You Can Trust Us
5 GYMS / 50+ ATHLETES
We don’t BS. We're completely unbiased, and there’s no agenda. We listened to what you wanted, and we recruited top athletes to put gear to the test. By relying on feedback from thousands of customers like you and working with some of the country’s top athletes to put each product through a brutal battery of tests, we didn’t leave a stone unturned in making sure that we’re giving you unbiased feedback on the gear you need.
HOW IT PERFORMED
reps to find the best strap on the market
Our testers put the straps to the test and through the following workouts:
Tested to evaluate level of increased grip strength and decreased strain during heavier lifts.
Bent Over Row
Tested to evaluate grip strength during single arm movements.
Tested to evaluate strap’s ability to reduce grip strain during heavier lifts.
was the most important factor when evaluating and ranking the different straps.
was the key functionality differentiator that put IronMind as their top pick.
Why Our Testers Loved
The IronMind Lifting Strap:
“I really liked how when you set them in place, they didn't move. They held on super tight through all the lifts."
“These just worked right. Secure and durable, they didn't slip when lifting heavy and didn't chafe or provide any discomfort around the wrist.”
“Felt like I barely had to break these in at all. They were ready to go right out of the box and I could barely tell they were there, even when working through some 1RM lifts.”
“These ended up being my favorite due to how easy they were to break in and not being so stiff around the wrists. They're simple but also very durable.”
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