Best BJJ Finger Braces vs. Finger Tape – Reviews And Guide 2019

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If there’s one trait that ‘ll have you recognize a grappler, apart from cauliflower ears, it is banged up fingers. There’s hardly a grappler that has been training for longer than 3-4 years that doesn’t pack finger tape first when they get ready for training. This is particularly true for Gi Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. Grappling is hard on all your joints, but the fingers get a particular beating. Finger tape goes a long way to alleviate pain and allow for enough range of motion to train effectively. Well, as much as it does its job, finger tape might soon become redundant. Namely, innovative concepts like finger braces are now available, and they’re miles better than taping. Today, we’ll focus on the best BJJ finger braces that you can get to replace finger tape in 2019! 

Training is about to get a lot easier and more enjoyable for everyone with banged up fingers! No more joint pain, no more spending precious raining time taping up all your damaged joints together! Finger tap is a magnificent piece of equipment for grapplers, but it seems it’s now past its prime. The times have shifted and the latest product on the subject of joint preservation (or what’s left of them) comes in the form of BJJ finger braces. They’re easy to use, outlast even the sturdiest finger tape and can even be personalized. Even better, they’re now available not just for your fingers but your toes as well! We reviewed all the best BJJ finger braces for 2019 Check them out below!

BJJ Grips – The Culprit Behind Grapplers’ Knuckles

Gripping has a key role in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gi or No-Gi, nothing is going to happen unless you have your hands and/or feet on your opponent. That said, once you do you need two things. First, you need to know what you’re intention is with every grip. Secondly, you need the grip strength to hold on to those grips, which is where your finger health comes into play.

The way grips work in BJJ is the main reason why our fingers suffer so much. Gripping in Jiu-Jitsu is very variable and often includes rather unusual positions of the palms and fingers. When you factor in the Gi and gripping on all of its surfaces you see how fingers have to work overtime. Moreover, certain positions put a real strain on the finger joint just by holding them, let alone working offensively or defensively. Spider guard comes to mind right away when we think of a particular finger damaging position.

This puts grapplers in quite the hard spot. We obviously really need grips, but the more we use them, the more our finger joints suffer. The same holds more or less true for the toes. Giving fingers support is one way of dealing with this issue. In that sense, taping the fingers up is the most commonly accepted method. until now. Now, it is time for the best BJJ finger braces to shine!

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Best BJJ Finger Braces

What exactly are BJJ finger braces? They’re innovative pieces of equipment that ensure that your fingers get all the protection that finger tape offers and more while removing all of the hassles. With the best BJJ finger braces, you get immense support and even options to immobilize or support multiple fingers at the same time. The best part is that you can achieve all of this just by putting the braces on, much like sleeves. This makes using them much easier and convenient.

The one thing people think of first in terms of BJJ Finger braces is whether they would slip during live rolling. After all, the best BJJ finger tapes all boast a very strong adhesive. I have to admit to having this very concern when I first thought about finger braces. However, all those worries are unfounded, as the finger braces are designed in a way that addresses this specific issue. Read on to discover how exactly they work. Here are our top pics:

Luta Gear “GrippTap Double” BJJ Finger Braces

best BJJ Finger Braces 2019 Doubel Sleeves First up something that I personally use every time I put a Gi on to train. In all honesty, I also use them quite often in No-Gi training as well. Luta Gear has a fantastic series of BJJ Finger braces out, all of them specifically designed for grappling. In this instance, they’re so-called “doubles” meaning braces bind two fingers together. Read More...

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Buddy Loops BJJ Finger Braces

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Best BJJ Finger braces 2019 Buddy Loops The buddy-system taping is one of the most popular finger taping methods that grapplers use. Its intention is to minimize further damage to a specific finger joint by immobilizing it. However, since gripping relies on mobility, immobilization has to offer some range of motion. Joining two fingers together is a great way to ensure both support and immobilization and sufficient mobility. This is exactly what the Buddy Loops braces offer. Read More...

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Luniquz Finger Sleeves

Best BJJ Finger Braces 2019 Single Sleeves As the name suggests, these are full-blown finger sleeves. The one obvious difference between them and the previous two is that this area individual rather than adjoined in a buddy-system. While these do not offer too many color options, they do offer incredible stability. As far as best BJJ finger braces go, this feature quite high up the list. Read More...

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Grappz Compression Gloves

Best BJJ Finger Braces 2019 Compression Gloves PackThese are by far the most interesting BJJ finger braces on our list! I had a real pleasure giving one of these a try, and since it fit my needs it did perform admirably! Instead of just finger braces, the Grappz compression glove offers added support for your wrist as well! Not only that, but they also feature two buddy system finger sleeves that take care fo your whole palm. Read More...

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JBM Finger Brace Splint Sleeve

Best BJJ Finger Braces 2019 Individual Braces Our hunt for the best BJJ finger braces led us to the JMB splint sleeves. These are very similar to the Luniquz braces. They come in a pack of five, one per individual finger. They’re highly elastic, meaning one size fits all and you won’t have to consult size charts Read More...

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Luta Gear “GrippTap Quad” Braces

Best BJJ Finger Braces 2019 Quad Brace Luta gear Another one of the Luta Gear series, but this time, a hardcore version for those that have really damaged hands. For most grapplers, Luta Gear’s “GrippTap Double” is more than sufficient, particularly in the finger combinations, they’re available in. However, for those that virtually tape up their whole hand, the “GrippTap Quad” is the ultimate solution. Read More...

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Toe Splint Wraps

Best BJJ Finger Braces 2019 Toe Splints Let’s not forget our toes when we’re looking at the best BJJ finger braces. The Toe Splint Wraps by Yimanduo are as close to finger tape as you can get, without actually using one. These splints work as a single toe splint that has a wrap around option to include a neighboring toe. This allows the splint to make use of the proven buddy-system on top of providing direct support. Read More...

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Innovative Grappling Solutions

As someone who literally depends on finger tape to get through each and every BJJ training session, BJJ finger braces seem to be a real godsend. They are pretty close in price with some of the best finger tapes out there but they will last a lot longer. Furthermore, they’re extremely easy to use. If you have only one or two jammed fingers or toes this might not be a big deal for you. try taping a few fingers and then a few toes every training session. It takes time and if you mess it up you’ll have to do it all over again.

Finger braces are definitely the way to go. They are innovative, but they are made for grapplers by grapplers, which means every base is covered. In that sense, all possible finger combinations are available. Whether you like the buddy system with two, three or four fingers/toes, single finger braces, specialized thumb braces or full on gloves, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our guide above. In this instance, innovative technology has certainly done a lot for people involved in Jiu-Jitsu.

Final Thoughts

Put simply, it is time to drop the finger tape and pick up a finger brace or two. They’re easy to use, will last you very long, and are available in all shapes and sizes. Another caveat is that they’re just as easy to take off, and you don’t have to clean them in any special manner. SImply throwing them into the washing machine along with the rest of your gear will do the trick. Check out the best BJJ finger braces that are tested and actually work in grappling conditions and enjoy a pain-free 2019!