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Making sure you have the right fit for gymnastics grips geared towards CrossFit or functional fitness is extremely important. At Victory Grips we do our our best to guide you to make the best decision through information on our sizing page. Palm length is the main factor for sizing; however, we have learned that there is more to consider, and we can't fit all the information on a single page without it being overwhelming. So, here is the more in depth information to consider when choosing the right size of your grips.
Victory Grips are unique in the fact that they wrap around the pinky finger side of the hand to protect the wrist during false grip for strict muscle ups. Therefore, hand thickness needs to be considered. If you are right on the borderline of a size and you have thick muscular hands, go up to the next size. To this same point, if you wrap your thumb around the bar for pull ups, then you increase the thickness of your hand through biomechanics. This is opposed to a monkey grip where your thumb is on top of the bar along with your other fingers.This is totally fine and when it comes down to it is a matter of preference. Don't change it if it works for you, but do consider that as well. If your grips are smaller than they should be the factors of hand thickness and thumb wrapping can put too much pressure on the curve around the thumb muscle causing the leather to be compromised with consistent kipping pull ups or muscle ups. This is why going to the next size up may be the best choice when there is a question. Please note that we choose our leather to be thin and soft to meet the multi-faceted needs of CrossFit or functional fitness when it comes to both olympic lifting and gymnastics movements. But, we push the envelope with making sure it is still durable to meet the needs of high volume and intense training and still last.
The other factor to consider is the amount of fold of material you like around the pull up bar. The fold is when there is a smooth surface of leather on the palm and the excess leather is between the bar and your fingers. This is essential, no matter which gymnastics grips you use, because it helps you have a more efficient grip and also protects your fingers and palms from ripping. Some people, especially former gymnasts, prefer a big fold as to provide more torque. This will definitely effect which size your go for. If you are one of these people, then go up in size.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope this helps!