If you’re anything like me.
When it comes to gaming, your hands tend to get sweatier and sweatier.
To the point it actually starts impacting my gaming performance (and even enjoyment) – mainly though slipping but also just generally being uncomfortable (and even somewhat self-conscious about it when around friends).
What ends up happening is that I tend to end up gripping your controller or keyboard at funny angles, especially at crucial parts of the game, which can lead to hand pain later on. And just general bouts of frustration.
I was relatively late to realize this – but I wasn’t the only one with gamer sweaty hand syndrome (medically known as Hyperhidrosis).
And that there is a simple solution for it as well – gaming gloves.
There’s a whole range of gaming gloves for sweaty hands out there.
They basically help to ensure that you keep your focus on the game and not on your hands – as they offer you grip of your controller or mouse – and they are breathable so they don’t impact gaming performance.
Why I Was Initially Reluctant to Wear Gaming Gloves
Although, I’d found a solution.
I was initially a bit hesitant about actually grabbing a pair.
Pretty much because I was concerned that although the gaming gloves would solve the sweaty hand’s issue – the way to solve it might have caused a bigger problem than the actual sweaty hands.
And that was the case of “fat fingers”.
Where the gloves might cause you to hit an additional button you didn’t mean to or basically made your overall reactions slower due to natural resistance in the gloves.
Anyone knows this when tying their trainers for example – it’s much easier to do without gloves on than it is without – it could translate to gaming as well.
So when it comes to trying to find the perfect pair of gaming gloves for sweaty hands u – they basically need to solve the following problem:
Minimize the disruption of sweat being caused by your hands whilst not also harming your overall gaming performance – and being comfortable to wear for extensive periods.
What Makes a Good Pair of Gaming Gloves
Now although, I had the concern of ‘fat fingers’ – I also knew that there were a bunch of professional gamers who also wore gaming gloves of some kind.
So there at least must be some gloves out there that were helping them with the sweat issue and also minimized their overall issues when it came to gaming.
I noticed a lot of the following properties in their gloves.
One of the key aspects I think in a gaming glove is to make sure that they are fingerless – this then pretty much by default resolves the fat fingers issue we had above.
I slightly lesser problem, if you’re a gamer who uses a controller, is that they can add to the overall weightiness – and feedback is less intense – however, this might even work to your advantage.
You also need to ensure that the gloves you’re investing in are actually made of breathable material as well.
If this is not the case, your hands are going to get sweatier and sweatier and they will just become too uncomfortable to actually carry on gaming.
And at the very least will become a distraction from the game – so you can’t perform to your best.
You should see that there is elements of ‘grips’ within the gloves as well to make sure that the gaming controller or accessory you’re using (keyboard or mouse) doesn’t slip as well.
So you can be reliant on moving your hands quickly without the concern of it potentially falling out of your hands and pressing the wrong button or missing it completely. Essentially, this feature solves the very problem you are facing.
I think this goes with being comfortable as well but any good gaming glove shouldn’t be heavy in nature – it needs to be made in a lightweight and breathable material as we mentioned above.
The lightweight nature is as much about comfort as it is about performance – if it is too bulky on your hands – I feel like it almost impacts my muscle memory to some extent to pull off combinations – the slightly added weight to my hands just makes me feel slower and more lethargic when gaming.
Another aspect that I think often goes overlooked and can be more common with a cheaper pair (at the least one I had) is that they aren’t very secure.
And they are constantly moving up and down – and around your hand. So you find yourself having to constantly adjust and re-secure the straps to make sure that you’re fully locked in with the gloves.
I think it is worth getting that pair where you know you’re going to be worried about the gloves themselves falling off or at least not staying where they should be.
A good part of this though is making sure you get the right size – not too big (as they are too loose) and not too small (as they will be too tight).
How to Sweat Less from Your Hands
One aspect that benefited me was not only investing in a pair of gaming gloves but also what can I actually do myself to help reduce the sweat from my hands.
- Antiperspirant for Hands
This is one of the things that surprisingly worked very well for me. I was highly skeptical of it at first but they work great.
Much like you use normal deodorant for your armpits, these are ones specially designed for your hands that help to prevent sweat and I regularly rub my hands in the lotion before going ahead and putting on the gaming gloves.
- Ice Cooled Water
Sweating is basically a way to help your body maintain temperature – so help it out by regularly drinking ice-cooled water to help you stay hydrated and cool.
My solution is that I get a large 1-liter water jug – throw in a few ice cubs and chug on that whilst I am gaming away. You should try doing it with and without to see the effects.
Personally, I find it helps a lot.
- Talc Free Baby Powder
Not an option that I personally use, to be honest, but a lot of my gaming mates tend to use a base layer of baby powder to help prevent the sweat.
I find it a bit too messy personally and I am not keen on it being on my hands through the duration of gaming either as it inevitably ends up on the gaming accessories.
There are plenty of other ways to help avoid excessive sweating through your handsthough – just the above are what have worked for me.
A gaming enthusiast who started their gaming venture all the way back on a Gameboy Advanced (Purple) on Pokemon Yellow.