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Old 02-15-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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gloves for rope climbing

do folks use gloves for rope climbing? If so, suggestions? Thanks
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

I sure as hell need them. Would depend on the individual, I'd imagine.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

Football receiver gloves. They are VERY thin and super tacky. They are perfect for rope climbing. I love mine.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

I normally don't. Thought about using a pair of gloves that I have (batting type gloves) to help slide down.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

Once I finally learned how to climb a rope I found my hands are no longer torched as a result. It is amazing how much you use your legs/feet (I used to climb without my legs/feet). Of course, sliding down the rope forget about it without gloves.

How is your climbing technique?
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:00 AM   #7
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

I debated myself in circles over whether or not to use gloves for rope climbs. I have gloves, and I still debate. There are a lot of pros and cons to using them.

I got the Reebok gloves after I saw a few athletes using them at the games. But look closely - most don't use gloves.

Pros -
Hand protection

Cons -
Decreased grip
Uncomfortable / distracting

When you use gloves, you're going to have to grip the rope harder. I find that as I get fatigued, the gloves start to slip. I'll rip off the gloves and go bare-handed later in the workout just so I can maintain my grip.

The descent is a dream with gloves. In addition to the gloves, I'll wear long socks and biking shorts under rip-stop or nylon pants. I descend the rope like a fireman on a pole, and I don't feel the friction on my legs or my hands. I can't do that once the gloves come off; I have to go hand-over-hand on the descent.

When I hung a rope at my house, I worked it over pretty good with sand paper first. I got a lot of stray threads off, and it left the rope reasonably comfortable to climb without gloves.

So, would I recommend gloves? Probably not. In the end, I prefer bare-handed.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #8
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

2 of our 4 ropes are white nylon and very slick, the other 2 are the traditional kind. The white one don't shed are easier on the legs but they are hard to grip bare handed. Chalk helps but if you sweat like me, chalk turns into paste. I found I don't really need gloves on the regular ropes until they got old and started shedding bad enough to leave splinters in your hands. Batting gloves are slippery and really don't help. The rubber palm of the receiver gloves are the only thing I have found that helps.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

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Football receiver gloves. They are VERY thin and super tacky. They are perfect for rope climbing. I love mine.
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Once I finally learned how to climb a rope I found my hands are no longer torched as a result. It is amazing how much you use your legs/feet (I used to climb without my legs/feet). Of course, sliding down the rope forget about it without gloves.

How is your climbing technique?

this is good for competition and if people want to do it then i have no issue with it. however, to me, i don't like to use my legs to much degree to climb a rope because it defeats the purpose. i use rope climbs to work on grip and pulling upper body strength. i don't want to make it easier or take my grip or upper body out of it, i want to make it harder on my grip and upper body. this is one of those things that started for comps and then everyone started doing it as a regular thing, but it kind of defeats the purpose for everyday training. like i said, that is my opinion. different people have different goals and different tools for different purposes. i just don't like it when people try to make everyone climb ropes with their feet.
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Re: gloves for rope climbing

That's cool my problem was after about 4-5 climbs my hands would be so torched I couldn't do anymore. For upper body and grip strength I have found weighted pull-ups are what serve me best.
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