Wrist wraps are a crucial piece of gear for any calisthenics practitioner.

The wrist area is a crucial point of pressure for a huge variety of calisthenics exercises such as handstands, and holds involving bars, pull-ups, and dips, they withstand a huge amount of pressure.

For this reason, purchasing a set of calisthenics wrist wraps is a great idea. This is particularly true for athletes who are experiencing soreness or pain in this area.

With that in mind, we went ahead and reviewed 6 of the best models in all categories available in the market.

We looked into two types of wrist straps: With thumb loops, and “simple” wrist straps (i.e.- covering just the wrist).

Wrist wraps with hooks also exist, but we deemed these not appropriate for calisthenics exercises as they usually can’t support the whole body weight and are meant instead for weight lifting.

Our summarised findings can be seen in the table below, and a detailed breakdown of each model and category is just below that.

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How do Wrist Wraps Work?

Wrist wraps are basically the equivalent of applying pressure with your hands to the wrist area. They prevent over-extension of the muscles and thus wrist muscle fatigue.

This is particularly useful for beginner calisthenics athletes who have yet to develop strong wrist muscles as they will allow you to continue working on progressions such as the l-sit even before having developed the necessary wrist muscles.

Best Wrist Wraps with Thumb Loop

 Wrist straps with a thumb loop are probably the most popular variation of wrist strap models.

These provide extra relief to the wrist by distributing the pressure to the thumb area.

Rip Toned 18” Wrist Wrap w/ Thumb Loops

Chosen for its solid velcro wrap, custom stiffness according to grip strength, and extremely reasonable price, the rip tones wrist wrap is our number 1 choice in the thumb loop wrist wrap category and overall.

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Rip Toned Wrist Wraps - 18" Professional Grade With Thumb Loops Rip Toned Wrist Wraps - 18" Professional Grade With Thumb Loops
4.6
$19.99
  • Wrist Support Braces - Men & Women
  • Weight Lifting, Crossfit, Powerlifting, Strength Training
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PROS

  • Available in different levels of stiffness
  • Appropriate for heavy duty exercises
  • Extremely affordable
  • Comes with a free ebook
  • Has a money back guarantee

CONS

  • Thumb support is relatively small
  • Heavy Duty = Less Flexibility

User Reviews:

IPOW 18.5” Wrist Straps

In second place, due to its superior thumb support, we have chosen the IPOW 18.5” wrist straps.

These come 0.5” wider than the Rip Toned model and have a simpler design.

PROS

  • Simple Design
  • Good thumb support
  • Extremely affordable
  • Has a money back / 1 year guarantee

CONS

  • Large width = more support, but also less flexibility
  • Sturdy material

User Reviews:

Best Wrist Strap with No Extras

If you’re looking for an affordable wrist strap with no bells and whistles, this kind of wrist wrap is for you.

Rogue Fitness Wrist Wraps

With over 150 reviews, the Rogue fitness wrist wraps were an obvious target for us to review.

What we liked about this model was the very strong and comfortable support it provided. Doing pull-ups with these felt like a walk in the park.

What we didn’t like was the constraint it imposed on exercises requiring your wrists to be at an angle.

Despite that, at just over 20 bucks, this is our choice for the best calisthenics wrist wrap.

PROS

  • Available in different lengths
  • Easy and sturdy lock in
  • Large width = Lots of support

CONS

  • Relatively wide width can be constraining in explosive movements

User Reviews:

Meister Junior Boxing Wraps

As a final option, we recommend purchasing a set of boxing wraps. These allow for more flexibility as they can be configured as you please, allowing for more or less rigidity and support.

Our choice in this category is the Meister junior boxing wraps as they are slightly shorter than normal boxing wraps and thus are easier to use.

PROS

  • Customisable to your preferences
  • Allows hand to breathe
  • Extremely affordable

CONS

  • Length can be a nuisance

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Final Thoughts

We hope we’ve helped you decide on the wrist strap for your needs.

Any of the above-mentioned products will help you develop your form on your calisthenics progressions without having to develop insane wrist strength, but remember that this muscle is also vital to calisthenics, so make sure to occasionally train it too.

As always, we invite you to share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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