Best Gymnastics Wristbands (kids & adults sweatbands)

best gymnastics wristbands

Practising gymnastics is a demanding physical workout that will almost always lead to you sweating at least a little bit. Using a gymnastics wristband will solve this problem for you very quickly.

Firstly a gymnastics wristband soaks up the sweat on your arms that usually ends up causing your hands to slip on the gymnastics bars, parallettes and the pommel horse. During floor routines and vaulting practice it is also nice to have dry hands that can grip more easily onto your gymnastics mat.

Gymnastics wristbands can also be used to wipe sweat off your forehead and around your eyes. Choosing the right wristband is all about finding a comfortable and absorbent material and if it also has a stylish design that’s a bonus!.

The best gymnastics wristbands – Comparison table

Highly popular choice
Nike Swoosh Doublewide Wristbands (White/Black, OSFM)
High quality materials
Gibson Athletic Gymnastics Wristbands (Set of 2), Black
Best for young gymnasts
ColorYourLife 10 Pairs (20 Pieces) Colorful Sports Wristbands Wrist Sweatbands Wrist Sweat Bands
Cute choice for kids
ONUPGO Kids Sweatbands Headband Wristband Set - Athletic Cotton Sweat Band for Sports (1 Headband + 2 Wristbands) (Pink)
Product name
Nike Swoosh
Gibson athletic wristband
Color your life multicolour wristbands
On Up Go kids gymnastics wristbands
Highly popular choice
Nike Swoosh Doublewide Wristbands (White/Black, OSFM)
Product name
Nike Swoosh
Click to view price on Amazon
High quality materials
Gibson Athletic Gymnastics Wristbands (Set of 2), Black
Product name
Gibson athletic wristband
Click to view price on Amazon
Best for young gymnasts
ColorYourLife 10 Pairs (20 Pieces) Colorful Sports Wristbands Wrist Sweatbands Wrist Sweat Bands
Product name
Color your life multicolour wristbands
Click to view price on Amazon
Cute choice for kids
ONUPGO Kids Sweatbands Headband Wristband Set - Athletic Cotton Sweat Band for Sports (1 Headband + 2 Wristbands) (Pink)
Product name
On Up Go kids gymnastics wristbands
Click to view price on Amazon

The table shows my favourite gymnastics wristbands. Now I’m going to give you some more advice about my favourite wristbands for gymnasts. Some wristbands are great for use on the bars and for practising most gymnastics skills and some are ideal for wearing with a gymnastics grip.

Nike Swoosh Double wide wristband

Nike Swoosh Doublewide Wristbands (White/Black, OSFM)

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The Nike swoosh wristband is popular amongst gymnasts, runners and tennis players worldwide. It is often chosen by gymnasts as a gymnastics wristband for a number of reasons. Firstly the size is great and fits nicely under your gymnastics grip which can also help make your grip a little bit more comfortable. I love the light fluffy material that stretches a lot to fit comfortably around small or wide wrists. The design is simply, with a choice or either red black or white that all come with the small Nike swoosh logo in the centre.

The design is great, but what’s most important is whether the Nike swoosh gymnastics wristband actually soaks up your sweat. I think the fabric is an absorbent lint style material and it absorbs a large amount of sweat and stops it from running further along your hand to your finger tips. The width is twice the average width of a wristband so gymnasts can easily wipe their forehead as well as soaking up sweat on their arms and preventing it from reaching their hands as they swing on the gymnastics bars.

After an intense gymnastics meet or gym session you might need to wash the wristband, but if you don’t sweat much you might get away with a few uses. Once they need a wash you can throw the Nike swoosh wristbands into your washing machine. I’d recommend these wristbands for gymnasts using grips because of the soft fabric and extra width that provides some extra support and comfort underneath your grip.


Gibson Athletic Gymnastics Wristband

Gibson Athletic Gymnastics Wristbands (Set of 2), Black

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I’ve come across Gibson athletic numerous times as they have began to build a reputation in the gymnastics world for producing a variety of gymnastics equipment ranging from gymnastics bars to beams and this popular set of cotton wristbands for gymnastics. I think this wristband by Gibson athletic is great for use with a grip because the material is quite thick and like the Nike wristbands above, they are also quite long and they can even be folded over to help you find the right thickness to fit under your grip for more comfort. Kids love these because they come in a whole rainbow of different colour choices and they are durable and well made. After use throw them into your washing machine and they’ll dry fast when you take them out.


Color Your Life Multicolour wristbands

ColorYourLife 10 Pairs (20 Pieces) Colorful Sports Wristbands Wrist Sweatbands Wrist Sweat Bands

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Color your life offer this beautiful set of 10 pairs of wristbands that come in 10 different colours. The colours include black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, pink, purple and light blue. If you are a young gymnast and you want lots of fun wristbands for a low price, these are a great option. The elastic holds up well and spring nicely back into place and the material is soft and comfortable to wear. These are a little smaller than some of the more expensive brands products but they fit nicely alongside a gymnastics grip.

With 10 different pairs (20 individual wristbands) you can wear a different colour every time you go to gymnastics class and after a few days you can quickly wash the gymnastics sweat bands you haven’t worn and they’ll be ready once you’ve used all 10. The quality is good for such a low price and even though the styling and design isn’t as slick and attractive as Nike or under armour offer, the colours more than make up for this and are often all that a young gymnast cares about anyway.


On Up Go kids gymnastics sweatbands

ONUPGO Kids Sweatbands Headband Wristband Set - Athletic Cotton Sweat Band for Sports (1 Headband + 2 Wristbands) (Pink)

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These cute wristbands are perfect for toddlers and young children practising recreational gymnastics. The set includes 2 wristbands and also a headband in a matching colour. I love the pink colour best but neon green also looks good and if your kids are more adventurous there is a red white and blue stripe colour option. OnUPGO have made these gymnastics sweatbands using cotton, nylon and spandex. The approximate size of the headband is about 6.3 inches x 2 inches, although this depends a bit on the stretching. Each wristband is around 2.3″ x 2.3″ and they are just tight enough to fit onto a child’s wrist comfortably without too much pressure. I think these are the perfect choice for a young gymnasts because of the cute design and included headband.


Choosing a gymnastics wristband for grips

I recently wrote about why gymnasts wear grips. If you are going to use a gymnastics grip and take full advantage of the non-slip benefit of using a grip then you really should wear a wristband that will also help stop some sweat from reaching your palms and causing you to lose grip. Wearing a grip is a big decision and important for a young gymnast because they can have a big impact on your gymnastics skills. However a gymnastics wristband is an easy decision because a wristband that is suitable for wearing with a grip is usually very soft and comfortable and also a fashion accessory. Most likely you’ll hardly know you are wearing one until you need to use it to wipe your forehead.

How to select a gymnastics wristband for bars

If you have practised gymnastics bar skills you’ll know that it’s important to use chalk to try to keep your hand as dry as possible. It takes a lot of strength and endurance to swing on the gymnastics bars and the bar itself doesn’t usually have a lot of grip to allow for you to swing more easily. Wearing a wristband is one way of trying to stop your hands becoming moist and slipping from the gymnastics bar. Most gymnastics wrist sweatbands can be worn while swinging on the bars, just be sure they don’t cover the palm of your hand and make sure they are tight enough so they don’t slide along your arm and get in the way.


How to wash gymnastics wristbands

Most gymnastics wristbands are made of cotton and other fabrics that can be machine washed safely. If you prefer, hand washing is possible but for a small gymnastics band that isn’t likely to be stained in any way, throwing them into the washing machine is nearly always the best option for a deeper clean and to get rid of the changing room sweat smell that builds up after a few gymnastics sessions.


Final thoughts – Things gymnasts should consider before buying wristband for gymnastics

Choosing a gymnastics wristband is one of the easier decisions you’ll make when looking for gymnastics gear to buy. A wristband is cheap and isn’t an essential piece of equipment, but instead can make your gymnastics practice and meets a little more comfortable and also potentially save you the embarrassment of falling off the bars because your hands have become slippy, or sweat is dripping from your forehead towards your eyes. Choosing a wristband can be fun for gymnasts because as you can see above some of the designs are really stylish and produced by well known brands.

Comfort is one of the most important factors to consider. You don’t want a loose wristband that slides along your arm but you also don’t want it to be too tight and feel uncomfortable. These are many different fabrics but often brands create wristbands using lint or cotton type materials that are also very absorbent. It is possible to choose from different length wristbands as well, so if you prefer a larger wristband to wipe your sweaty forehead with consider the Nike swoosh option above or one of my recommendations in the table below. I hope you’ve found some products that you like and that they are comfortable for you to wear and improve your gymnastics skills.

Highly popular choice
Nike Swoosh Doublewide Wristbands (White/Black, OSFM)
High quality materials
Gibson Athletic Gymnastics Wristbands (Set of 2), Black
Best for young gymnasts
ColorYourLife 10 Pairs (20 Pieces) Colorful Sports Wristbands Wrist Sweatbands Wrist Sweat Bands
Cute choice for kids
ONUPGO Kids Sweatbands Headband Wristband Set - Athletic Cotton Sweat Band for Sports (1 Headband + 2 Wristbands) (Pink)
Product name
Nike Swoosh
Gibson athletic wristband
Color your life multicolour wristbands
On Up Go kids gymnastics wristbands
Highly popular choice
Nike Swoosh Doublewide Wristbands (White/Black, OSFM)
Product name
Nike Swoosh
Click to view price on Amazon
High quality materials
Gibson Athletic Gymnastics Wristbands (Set of 2), Black
Product name
Gibson athletic wristband
Click to view price on Amazon
Best for young gymnasts
ColorYourLife 10 Pairs (20 Pieces) Colorful Sports Wristbands Wrist Sweatbands Wrist Sweat Bands
Product name
Color your life multicolour wristbands
Click to view price on Amazon
Cute choice for kids
ONUPGO Kids Sweatbands Headband Wristband Set - Athletic Cotton Sweat Band for Sports (1 Headband + 2 Wristbands) (Pink)
Product name
On Up Go kids gymnastics wristbands
Click to view price on Amazon

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