ocean rowing

"When the gloves were not on someone's hands, we hung them up on the shoulder-height jackstays to keep them handy and let them dry. The gloves proved to be an exceptionally valuable tool and kept each of our hands protected while allowing them to naturally grow callouses for further protection."

– Brian, Carbon Zerow Crew Member

Image Credit: Carbon Zerow Team Captain Kyle Crossing the Atlantic

"I have raced every year since I began in 1971. As I've gotten older and mixed sweep and sculling as well as ocean racing, I began experimenting with all sorts of gloves. Research is over! What I like most about TheCrewStop Gloves is their extremely low profile. They are light and cool – protect my hands – and provide an excellent grip in both sweaty and cold rainy/dry conditions."

– Ann Jonik, 1976 Olympian and lifelong member, Vesper Boat Club

rowing glove on oar

Get the Upper Hand.

Saratoga Masters Women's 8+ finishes in the Top Ten at Head of the Charles wearing rowing gloves from TheCrewStop. No matter where you row or race, rowing gloves are completely legal for use in competition. They just might give you that competitive edge when seconds matter.

rower during sunset

Why Suffer?

We've heard it all:

  • “My coach won’t let me.” (But you’re already wearing tape and bandaids. What’s the difference?)
  • “They’re not legal.” (Yup, they are. Completely.)
  • “I won’t build up my callouses.” (Yeah, you will. Callouses will still develop underneath your glove.)
  • “I won’t be able to ‘feel’ the oar handle.” (TCS gloves are ultra-thin and lightweight, and help grip the oar more securely.)
  • “Blisters are a badge of honor and prove I’m working hard” (Right. They’re also painful and can lead to serious infection.)
  • “My friends will think I’m a wimp.” (Really? Time for new friends.)

It’s time to row smarter.

group wearing rowing gloves

Game Changer.

Change can be hard to accept, but protective equipment naturally evolves in any sport. This rower gets it: Her reward was a gold medal at SRAA National Championships.

girl wearing rowing gloves

Focus on Your Technique.

The hand is an integral player in how well we row. Why let the distraction of an injury impact an essential component of rowing?

kayaking gloves


This rower placed 2nd in her event in a field of 28. 1st place also won the 2015 Head of the Charles. 3rd place is a member of the Canadian National team. Nice company.