Look, we all love to play a solid game of paintball. When we consider what it takes to play, we generally think of what marker we’ll use, which mask to protect our face, and in which kind of environment we will play.
What we’ve realized, however, is that without a great pair of paintball gloves – whether these are full-finger, half-finger, or finger-less gloves, you really are going to take the risk of not protecting your hands- and the hand is a key part of paintball, of course. No one wants to pick thorns or broken paintball shells off their hands.
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HK Army Paintball Pro Gloves
Top ProPaintball Pick
These HK Army gloves created the original saying “fits like a glove.” Extreme comfort, extreme dexterity, and neoprene padding leave little to be desired when looking for more. The only setback is they are a little pricey. But we think you pay for the quality, comfort, and reliability you get with the price tag.
What Are the Best Paintball Gloves to Buy?
When analyzing these products, we make our decisions by a standard set of criteria. For paintball gloves, you want something that is comfortable and allows for maximum protection. Comfort and protection aside, this must be done while not sacrificing performance, like movement or speed of your fingers. You want a glove that you can adjust at the wrist, something with material that breathes, and something lightweight.
Different players prefer full-finger paintball gloves, while others prefer something with at least a few fingers uncovered. We took all of this into account when doing our analysis.
We realize that when you are playing paintball, you don’t want to wear a glove that will impact your performance negatively. Some elements will be subjective in making your choice, but here is some information that will help you make an informed decision.
Our List of the Top Paintball Gloves of 2023
1. HK Army Pro Gloves
HK Army Pro Gloves
Best Fingerless Gloves
- Silicone palm grip
- Breathable mesh ventilation.
- Formfitting and lightweight
- Neoprene hand protection
HK Army has a long history in competitive paintball. In addition to the HK Army being wholly owned and operated by competitive paintball players, many of the top professional and divisional paintball teams are rocking HK gear on the field. Before a product goes to market, HK gear undergoes rigorous product testing by pro paintball teams such as Dynasty, among others, to ensure the gear hits the mark. As competitive paintball players, this speaks volumes when looking for new gear.
This particular glove is a partial finger glove and, while released in 2014, continues to be a top contender in the glove category [more on this below]. The trigger fingers are cut at the knuckle to remove any potential for slowing you down when you are ripping on your paintball gun. Our experience of over 20+ years in competitive paintball has proven that you have to be fast on the gun to get your hits and win the point. Half-finger gloves are where it’s at.
The HK Army Pro Glove is protected with form-fitting neoprene, a silicone inlaid palm to enhance grip on your marker, and has strategically placed aero-mesh ventilation to keep you cool. A low-profile Velcro wristband rounds the glove out for retention and easy release. Paintball is an unforgiving game, as we all know, and these gloves are great. This is a wildly popular paintball glove in recreational and professional paintball, and it is not hard to see why. Plus, this brings the best of both worlds together– between finger-less gloves and full fingers.
Super lightweight and impressively durable, these gloves are extremely comfortable on the hand and impressed us in our test fitting on a wide variety of hands when we passed them around on the field. The half-trigger finger element may seem negative from a new player’s perspective. Understandably, you would want to maximize the protective aspects of your gear. We recommend sacrificing the trigger finger coverage to get the most out of your gun. Some don’t want one or either of those fingers uncovered– in which case, these really great gloves may not be for you.
At the time of writing, the glove is $34.95 shipped, so the price is right. The HK Army Pro Glove is our go-to pick for the best paintball glove.
2. Bunkerkings Supreme Gloves
Best full-finger gloves
- Insane grip
- Great fit (runs slightly smaller)
- Supreme dexterity
- Did we mention insane grip???
For those of you looking for a full-finger glove but open to considering a half-finger glove down the road, the BunkerKing Supreme might be the perfect option for you. This particular glove is clearly marked with a potential cut-away feature– as in if you prefer all or even just some of your fingers to be in a fingerless glove, then this is perfect for you. For example, some people will just cut off their trigger fingers on the dominant hand while leaving the rest of the fingers fully protected.
BunkerKings is another player-owned and operated company. BK was started by Swedish pro paintball player/brother duo Max & Alex Lundqvuist. They played on several notable teams, including Joy Division, New York Extreme, and Ground Zero. Over the seasons, they have used some of the best gear available and have put their considerable experience into building player-optimized paintball gear.
We appreciated the considerable thought that went into the design of the BunkerKings Supreme Glove. The palm is composed of three different strategically placed materials to create a very flexible glove that reacts to your movements. The fabric has a synthetic inlay that increases grip on the contact areas of the marker, along with a strategically placed section of durable “ballistic grade” padding on the outside of the palm.
The inside of the palm incorporates double stitching to increase the strength and durability of the glove is a major wear point. 90% of the time, this is where we wear out our gloves first, so kudos for building that in. This feature will help increase the lifespan of the HK glove outlined above. Beyond this, they are made from a unique, extra-protective fabric, easily removable, and even built with Smart Touch technology, allowing you to use touch screens while wearing the gloves. Beyond all of this, the price is right.
At the end of the day, Bunkerking offers a super convenient glove in that you can choose how many fingers you want fully protected, and even if all of your fingers are covered, smart touch technology still allows you to use your phone. The appearance is very cool– these gloves are available in various colors and designs to match your gloves with the rest of the year’s gear. Even though they are designed to be removable, they can be challenging if you do not also possess a BK Pull Tab, so try to get your hands on a couple of those.
3. Maddog Tactical
These half-finger gloves are about as good as this style of paintball gloves gets. They are ideal for paintball and other activities such as airsoft and military games. These have great, high-impact, low-profile tactical shielding. What we really liked is the mesh fabric which keeps things ventilated and works well with the sturdy padding on the palm. An elastic strap keeps the glove fitting tight and firmly fixed on the hand.
We love that these gloves are incredibly lightweight, and they feel very comfy to wear, too. Not to mention, the fabric and the padding make the glove extremely durable, as the gloves are built with great materials, too. Unlike a lot of gloves, the elastic strap situation makes the gloves very easily adjustable so that they can fit different situations. And, if you want to do things other than paintball that require gloves, these are still suitable. But, of course, just as many people like fingerless gloves, many don’t. If you would instead buy a pair of gloves that fully cover, these are unfortunately not for you.
This article aims to balance performance and value for the discerning paintball player. With our experience in playing and tracking industry moves for over 20 years, we have reached a point where some gear, in this case, gloves, has reached a pinnacle of sorts. The gloves today are significantly better than 20 years ago, but the improvements have been more or less branding and cosmetic related in the last eight years. The HK Pro Glove was a good example of this because it was introduced in 2014. As the old saying goes, don’t fix it if it isn’t broken.
As you get into glove selection, one last thing to remember is that these are considered disposable items. When balancing freedom of movement, lightweight materials, and maximizing protection, something has to give. Typically the base of the palm will be the first to wear out as players break their slide on turf or grass field with the palm to slow the slide into the bunker or field position. If we are playing every weekend and hard on our gear, we typically expect to need a new set of gloves about 3/4 of the way through the year.