Layout Gloves – Review

It was a humid September afternoon when I went out for an impromptu throwing session with my girlfriend. It was on the 4th or 5th throw that I started to realize something felt off, and that’s when I was struck by the full depth of my addiction: I hadn’t practiced throwing a disc without gloves on in over a year.

Somewhere out there in the great vastness of Canada, an entrepreneur named Jake heard the cries of my bare skin and reached out to me with a new product, a new “fix”.

The product in this case was “Layout Gloves”, new to market, and awaiting my review.

I love getting mail, and so when that package from Jake arrived with my name on it, I tore into it and eagerly looked inside. It’s always exciting to get mail that isn’t from a local take-out restaurant.

The gloves look the way you’d expect ultimate gloves to look. Similar to other brands – they’re clean and classic looking.  They also come with a cool little cardboard cutout of a hand to help the gloves hold their shape. Most people might not care about that, but I like it. Makes me feel like I am buying a premium product, and can serve as a substitution should I lose my hands but still want to draw thanksgiving turkeys.

When I took the gloves out of the packaging, I immediately noticed the “rubber” on the inside of the palm felt really thick, and this concerned me.

Then I put the gloves on, and they fit beautifully. I am sure everyone has unique hands, but these fit… like a glove? They fit really well.

That’s when I noticed one of the details that set this glove apart from others: On the index finger, the grip wraps around on the inside of the finger, and on the middle finger it wraps up half-way on both sides. This starts to show the thought that went into the glove – the “grip” material is placed to help you with both backhands and flicks, and otherwise make the glove as flexible as possible.

There’s also that nice constant reminder on your wrist to “layout”.

There’s also that nice constant reminder on your wrist to “layout”.

 

I was still a bit concerned about the thickness of the rubber, and the very first thing I noticed when I started handling a disc was the “squeak” of the material. But these gloves really grip the disc well, and it didn’t seem to be slowing down any of my hand-to-hand movements of the disc, or catching the disc and putting it into throwing position.

During practices I let a few friends try on the Layout gloves. I offered them up to a mix of glove-users and barehanders.

Hand-tans.... still a concern.

Hand-tans…. still a concern.

 

 

The barehanders were tough to win over, but a few of the glove users we’re really interested in them. The one thing these gloves really offer is a lot of grip. That may take a few throws to get used to, but it does let you generate more spin, which translates into the potential for greatly improved throws.

Some of the negative comments were that the palms felt thick (one teammate was particularly put off by the thickness of the grip on the thumb). Jake, from Layout Ultimate, let me know that the thickness of the material was chosen after hearing multiple complaints about other gloves ripping too soon. I obviously have only been able to check these out for a couple weeks, but it would make sense that the durability would be a strong point, and the gloves seem very well constructed.

They also definitely help with catching, and I’d imagine that if you’re looking at gloves to take the sting off hard throws, the Layout gloves offer the best mix of “tackiness” and cushioning.

I haven’t yet had a chance to try these out in wet weather, but I am curious to see how the grip material holds up in the rain.

Bottom line – If you like gloves, and you’re craving even more grip and spin, this is the glove for you.