Low Tops vs. High Tops: A Guide

"Hey Onyx, explain the different between Low Tops and High Tops to me."

We would love to! We get this question a lot and we always want to ensure you're using the right product for your needs in order to get the most out of your purchase. 

To answer the question simply, it comes down to how much wrist wrap support you want. If you have had any wrist issues in the past or like to ensure your wrist is locked in super tight preventing extension, we always suggest the High Tops. The additional leather that arches up along the back of your hand provides that support and prevents your wrist from extending. 

If you prefer wrist support to plug the wrist joint rather than the additional coverage, the Low Tops are ideal. We also suggest the Low Tops if you do 'other' things with the wraps than just weightlift, like a CrossFit Metcon where you're moving through various movements and don't want to be entirely restricted through your wrist. 

Questions to ask yourself to decide which you think would be best:

What are you using them for?
High Tops:
Snatches
Cleans
Jerks
Wrist Injury Support
Ensuring your wrist is locked in and unmovable

Low Tops:
Snatches
Moderate wrist support
Metcons where you're switching into positions where you need to extend your wrist like a pushup

The Low Tops were the first version of the wrist wrap we designed back in 2019. We wanted to create a low profile wrist support option rather than the large wraps that go so far down your forearm. We knew all you needed to do to support the wrist joint was plug that joint rather than have so much material further down your forearm. After the Low Tops were launched, we wanted to do something that provided that next level of support. We added in the additional arch of leather and made it 2 layers with suede to prevent slipping on the wrist. Thus, the High Tops were born. In 2022 we are going to be dropping version two of our Low Tops which will include two layers of leather (suede and normal leather) along with the roller buckle found in the High Tops for speed and ease of tightening. 

This should provide clarity to you on which wrist wrap you think would be best. If you have any further questions, reach out to us at customerservice@onyxstraps.com!