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Versa Gripps

My posts are usually technical, but every once in a while I’ll post something here that isn’t related to programming. I don’t usually do product reviews, unless it’s something that I really like.

I’ve always been fairly active, so I’m usually at the gym 4 – 5 times a week. My grip will start to give about 20 minutes into a heavy workout, so I purchased some cheap lifting straps to prevent my grip from being the limiting factor. Unfortunately, these cheap/generic lifting straps don’t have very good wrist support, so my wrists will start to hurt after a while.

About three years ago, I saw a professional use a set of unique looking straps. After some research, I found out he was using a pair of Versa Gripps. They’re much more expensive than your generic lifting straps, but it has been one of the best purchases I’ve made in the last few years.

They do take some getting used to and it may seem a little awkward at first. The neoprene padding provides good support without digging into my wrists. The straps are long enough to assist in gripping power, but short enough to allow me to drop the weights if I fail. Because the straps are short, they easily allow for one handed wrapping. The only real con I have is that the non-slip material isn’t effective when your hands are sweaty.

I’ve worn these straps 4 – 5 times a week, every week, for the past three years. As you can see, they are starting to deteriorate.

The stitching on the non-slip material was the first to go. As the stitching continued to unravel, the non-slip material started to rip, exposing the cloth material between the layers.

Eventually it has gotten to the point where half of the strap is gone.

Durability issues aside, it’s still the best lifting straps I’ve used. I can probably get another six months out of these straps, but I’ve already purchased another pair in anticipation for when these fail.

Do I recommend these straps for everyone? Probably not. I would only recommend these straps if you’ve been lifting regularly and your grip fails before you can finish your workout. For those people that do fall into this category, then these straps are great to have.

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