If you are an enthusiastic drummer, you will know that drumming can be a bit painful at times. You must have seen the movie ‘Whiplash’, where the drummer bleeds out and cries in pure agony. The gut-wrenching scene was a little far-fetched, but those sticks do have an impact on your hands in the long run.
Playing with gloves is very much a matter of preference. Some drummers love the feel of them, whereas others don’t like them at all.
Drumming can cause sore blisters and calluses cracking open. It is much worse if you happen to have dry skin. Drumming gloves can solve these issues. Firstly, they can help prevent lesions and calluses. Secondly, they tend to improve your grip which can be a lifesaver if you have dry hands.
It’s worth keeping in mind that if you’re just starting out with drumming, that you should think about giving yourself some time for your hands to get stronger. You might not really need drumming gloves.
Our Pick of 5 Best Drumming Gloves
1. Zildjian Drummer’s Gloves
If you are looking for a pair of gloves that are easy on the pocket and durable, the drummer’s glove by Zildjian is a good option to start with. They are manufactured from soft lambskin and feature vented back, and a sticky Velcro closure. Personally, I like its sleek black leather-look with a bright red Zildjian logo on the front. If you’re looking for a good set of drumming gloves, then these might be exactly what you’re looking for. They don’t cause any hindrance during performances as they have a nice and snug fit. There were no sweaty palms and clumsy slips.
As far as durability goes, it depends on your style and how often you play. In my opinion, they are a great buy to prevent annoying and painful blisters. It will take some time getting used to, but they are definitely worth a try. They are available in three sizes; small, medium, and large.
2. Promark DGL Drummer’s Gloves
You may want to try out Promark DGL Drummer’s Gloves. They are usually on a pricier side, but they are a must-buy if you want to protect your hands from unwanted impacts, calluses, and wounds. What’s more, they are long-lasting and fairly heavy-duty. It will take more than a couple of jams to get them shredded.
Promark DGL Drummer’s Gloves are manufactured from thin-cut Cabretta leather with 8 specially-placed pads on fingers and palm. They come with a breathable mesh on the top to reduce the chances of perspiration during performances. They have a neat hook and loop wrist strap that you can adjust for suitable tension. The gloves are usually available in four sizes; small, medium, large, and x-large. Make sure you buy the right size as a snug fit is important to hold the sticks properly.
3. Meinl Half Finger Drummer Gloves
The pairs of gloves are manufactured by Meinl, a renowned Germany-based producer of percussion instruments and accessories. Through their half-fingers design, they have gotten the approval of many drummers. First of all, these gloves allow you to hold the sticks with a good grip and offer ease of movement. At the same time, they protect your hands from cuts and prevent exiting blisters to break open. Meinl Half Finger Drummer Gloves are made of good-quality leather which is thick, grippy and lightweight. Moreover, there is a breathable mesh fabric on the top to prevent perspiration. Many users have claimed that they have the perfect and tight fit with great durability. The gloves have a gender-neutral design making them ideal for all sorts of drummers. One user experienced a large tear on the wrist after a couple of drumming sessions. Other than that, all other reviews are positive.
4. Vater Professional Drumming Gloves
Vater Percussion is a widely popular brand among drummers and percussionists. Their instruments are known to be a hit or a miss. When it comes to their drumming gloves, we can expect the same results. Many users rave about them while others complain of inconsistent sizes and poor quality. They usually come in four sizes; small, medium, large, and x-large. However, according to many users, their sizes run a bit small. Perhaps, it is better to get a bigger size than your regular one. Some users have compared them to golfing gloves as they are missing padding in all the key spots. If you are an avid player of both drums and golf, this might make a good purchase. Otherwise, I won’t bet on this one.
Coming to their production, Vater Professional Drumming Gloves are manufactured from synthetic leather offers a great grip and flexibility. The gloves have a breathable mesh backing for ventilation and elasticated panels on the sides of the fingers for a snug fit.
5. Vic Firth Drumming Glove
Vic Firth is a well-known percussion company founded by an American musician, Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth. I have always had a good experience with their drumming sticks and mallets. The drumming gloves are made of premium Cabretta leather with breathable synthetic mesh on its palm and back. On forefinger and thumb, there are synthetic rubber patches to enhance the grip. They have a rather sleek look with black and grey panels.
Some of the grip dots did come out after a while, but they lasted long enough. Another thing you must keep in mind that they are not made for winters. If you have to play outdoors during winters, don’t expect them to keep your fingers warm and cozy. They are available in different sizes and users have verified that they run true to their size.
As I mentioned before, drumming gloves can take some time getting used to. If you are still confused about whether you should go for it or not, here are a few reasons to consider:
- If the sticks tend to slip out of your hands, drumming gloves can offer a tight grip.
- Gloves prevent sores, calluses, blisters, and wounds to recur, and encourage healing of existing blisters. You can have your beautiful hands back in no time.
- Most of them are very reasonably priced. It is worth giving them a shot as they won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
- They can look cool!
I hope the article has helped you make up your mind. Happy drumming!