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General Purpose Gripping Aid


General Purpose Gripping Aid


This item is sold as a single gripping aid (either left or right).

Sale – the black/red gripping aids have a 10% discount.

Our prices are displayed without VAT (sales tax) because many of you benefit from an exemption from VAT for the disabled.

For customers in the UK, VAT will be added at checkout if you are not exempt. A small number of products are not exempt from VAT - see the description of each item.

Recipients of deliveries made outside the UK may have to pay import duty or formal customs entry. Any such charges are the responsibility of the recipient.

The General Purpose gripping aid is essential for a wide range of tasks – at home, in the gym or in daily life. Whether you’ve had a stroke, suffered a spinal injury or have any condition which reduces your hand function. Our aids could unlock any number of activities for you.

If you are finding these a bit beyond your budget, why not take a look at our fully functional factory seconds? Our new starter made a few that weren’t quite up to our strict standards but will work just fine. Limited sizes available.

Durable and versatile

  • Working out in the gym (e.g. holding free weights, using a rowing machine)
  • DIY at home (using a saw or hammer)
  • Holding a pool or snooker cue
  • Rowing or Kayaking
  • Gardening
  • Holding a glass or bottle

“My Aid is still being used daily, at 5 years running, by me and I’m still putting it through hell. Still using it for shovelling snow, gas weed whipping, and even chain sawing (though very carefully), it’s smudged and sometimes is dirty, but it still keeps going.  Hope to hear from you soon and thank you for the best products.”

Dave Genik

How does the General Purpose gripping aid work?

The gripping aids function by tightening the strap in the upper section, which gently pulls the hand into a fist shape, adjusting to hold items in the palm. The wrist strap is also adjustable and the aid is padded to reduce chafing. Our video contains instructions on how to put the aids on, or you can download our General Purpose instructions.

Which size General Purpose gripping Aid should I buy?

Most adults find that our ‘Standard’ size fits them. However, gripping aids are also available in ‘Small’ (for adults with especially petite hands and children aged over five) and ‘Large’ sizes. For children aged under 5 please see our General Purpose ‘Mini‘ size. See the size guide tab above to find out which size is best for you.

If you have missing fingers or hand parts then please take a look at our Limb Difference aid as the General Purpose may not be suitable for you.

Made of Strong Stuff

Active Hands aids are both kind to the skin and made to last. The aids are built from tough webbing and comfortable but durable neoprene (wet suit material). They’re designed to withstand regular use, even for strenuous activities. All aids are machine washable.

” My name is Dan and I am a disabled veteran and I have been training with weights intensely for the last five years…The Active Hand Gloves have given me the opportunity to increase my endurance, strength, and range of motion…I have used your product and the gloves are easy to use and adjust quickly when I travel from one exercise machine to another. I look forward to receiving my new set of gloves and getting back to adaptive wheelchair sports competition in Power Soccer, 9 Ball Pool, Ramp Bowling, Field and Track Club Throwing, Epee Fencing, and BC3 Boccia. I appreciate your time and effort.”

Daniel Castillo


Size Guide for General Purpose and Mini gripping aids

Use this size guide to find out which General Purpose, Lite or Mini gripping aid will best fit your hand and wrist.

Active Hands size guide. Picture of hand with circumference of wrist marked as "A" and length from bottom of hand to top of middle finger as "B"

A = circumference of narrowest part of wrist

B = length from crease line (where hand joins wrist) to tip of middle finger

A: Wrist Measurement

120mm – 140mm135mm – 150mm145mm – 185mm180mm – 220mm
A: Wrist Measurement

B: Wrist to Middle Finger

120mm – 140mm135mm – 175mm175mm – 210mm195mm – 280mm
B: Wrist to Middle Finger

(n.b. measurements are approximate)

This guide gives a rough idea of which gripping aid to purchase based on age:

Children up to age 5Over 5s and petite adultsAdultsAdults with larger hands
General Purpose gripping aid size guide.
The Mini and General Purpose gripping aids come in 4 sizes.

If you have specific requirements which are not met by any of our sizes, we may be able to manufacture a bespoke aid to suit your needs.

Which is the Best Gripping Aid for Me?

Active Hands now sells a wide range of gripping aids for a wide variety of activities. To help you decide which gripping aid is right for you,

Active Hands have designed a wide range of gripping aids for a wide variety of activities. To help you decide which Active Hands gripping aid is right for you, please read the guide below.

We also stock a range of gripping products from other companies, please see our shop for the full range.

How Does Your Disability Affect You?

Reduced hand function / Poor finger strength, Tremors or involuntary movement 

(This may include people with Spinal Cord Injury, MS, cerebral palsy, Guillan-Barré Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifia, stroke survivors and other similar disabilities).

What do you want to grip?Which aid is right for you?
Gym EquipmentGeneral Purpose gripping aids
D-ring gripping aid
Looped exercise aid
Hook aids
Gym pack/Gym pack deluxe
DIY toolsGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Kitchen implementsGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Sports equipment; rowing, kayaking etcGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Looped Exercise aid
Hook aids
Gardening toolsGeneral Purpose gripping aid
Winter sports equipment such as adaptive skiingWinter Sports aid
Small diameter item: pen, make-up, toothbrushSmall Item gripping aid
Adaptive tricycle/children’s walking frameGeneral Purpose Mini aid (for children under 5) or General Purpose gripping aid

Missing fingers/ Missing parts of hands

This may include people with dysmelia (conditions from birth), or amputation, illness or injury later in life.

hands with limb difference effecting the hand or fingers
What do you want to grip?Which aid is right for you?
Gym equipmentLimb Difference gripping aid
D-ring gripping aid
Looped exercise aid
DIY toolsLimb Difference gripping aid
Kitchen implementsLimb Difference gripping aid
Sports equipment; rowing, kayaking etc.Limb Difference gripping aid
Gardening toolsLimb Difference gripping aid

If you would like more information on how our products can be used in different situations then please take a look at our How to… pages.

The Active Hands range of gripping aids has been specifically designed to suit the life you lead. If you require one of our regular gripping aids but with different measurements, upgraded components for lifting heavier weights or an adapted design we offer a bespoke service (additional cost involved).

12 reviews for General Purpose Gripping Aid

  1. Ian McLauchlan

    Ian McLauchlan (verified owner)

    Ideal for going to the gym and getting to “grip” with things again. A good buy.

  2. antmhoines

    antmhoines (verified owner)

    Perfect for rowing, kayaking, holding dumbbells and much more.

  3. jessica.vaneaton

    jessica.vaneaton (verified owner)

    These grips help me go to the gym and do upper body workouts, including lat pulldowns and the rowing machine, which I couldn’t do without them. They are going to help me get strong! Definitely a good purchase.

  4. jj.aapl

    jj.aapl (verified owner)

    Great buy. Great product. Very durable! I got mine now. I’ve tried the others but this one exceeded my expectations, for a disabled(avm survivor) person like me. Happy to have one. Highly recommended!

  5. Kavi Chopra

    Kavi Chopra (verified owner)

    Fantastic device for its uses. Cannot recommend enough. Thank you for making this.

  6. Lora DeBord

    Lora DeBord (verified owner)

    Wonderful aid to help me grip workout equipment. Very well made! Very useful tool for a C5-C6 quadriplegic who tries to remain active.

  7. Aphelie Srun

    Aphelie Srun (verified owner)

    I bought the glove as part of the crossfit I’ve been doing for 1 year. I bought it long after I’d started the sport, and I’m so happy to have discovered it (albeit belatedly)! It has changed my practice and I can finally lift heavy weights. I recommend it if, like me, you have wrist problems, it will help you in your sport. It’s also a real mental relief for me to have it. Thank you for creating this product.

    J’ai acheté le gant dans le cadre du crossfit que je pratique depuis 1 an. Je l’ai acheté bien après avoir débuté le sport et je suis tellement heureuse de l’avoir découvert (tardivement quand même) ! Celui-ci a changé ma pratique et je peux enfin soulever des charges importantes. Je recommande si comme moi vous avez des problèmes à votre poignet, il vous aidera dans votre sport. C’est pour moi un vrai soulagement mental aussi de l’avoir. Merci d’avoir créé ce produit.

  8. Nir Zaltsberg

    Nir Zaltsberg (verified owner)

    great product and fast shipping

  9. Anthony Wallis

    Anthony Wallis (verified owner)

    Review of General-Purpose Disability Glove
    I love these gloves and have bought three of them. They are very helpful for me as a stroke survivor with only one working hand. The overhand wrap is easy to use because it is beveled. But the wrist wrap is not. It is wider than the slot where it goes. This might be good for some people, but for me and others like me, it is very hard to pull it through. Even the therapists agree. I must take the gloves to a tailor to trim back the tab to make them fit better and prevent them from fraying. The delivery and customer service are excellent. I don’t want to give up these gloves, but I really hope they can make the wrist wrap simpler for one-handed people.

    • Clare Reynolds

      Clare Reynolds (verified owner)

      The wrist strap is designed so that it doesn’t come all the way undone. This enables those with both hands affected to fasten the strap independently – a task that is much harder if the strap comes fully apart. The idea is that you loosen off the strap and slide your arm into it, rather than removing the wrist strap from the buckle.

  10. nicholas.jones878

    nicholas.jones878 (verified owner)

    Excellent speedy service. Very clever item, helping with home exercises as well as at the specialist gym. Well made and looks durable, came highly recommended by the gym professionals and other users.

  11. stuartnalisonb

    stuartnalisonb (verified owner)

    Firstly I’d like to say the gloves are great. I use them on a daily basis.
    I ordered a left and right glove about 10 months ago. After a few months the right glove failed. Active hands were great and immediately dispatched a replacement.
    Last month the right hand glove failed again. I ordered a new one and thus far it has been fine.
    I’m not sure if there has been a change of manufacturer or design but I would expect the glove to last longer than it did.

    • Clare Reynolds

      Clare Reynolds (verified owner)

      As people are lifting heavier weights, we are looking at uprating our products to keep up. We are also considering offering a stronger gripping aid for those who are lifting big weights.

  12. Thomas Bache

    Thomas Bache (verified owner)

    As a user with Hemophilia Cerebral Palsy the equipment is fantastic. Their customer support team was able to assist and answer questions. The only negative I can say is large is larger than I estimated:)

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