These grips are fantastic! Not really a fan of gloves but was looking for something to cushion my grip as I was beginning to form calluses (my workout primarily consists of using a barbell). I bought two pairs, one to use for the barbell and one to use on my chest while benching since I have a sensitive lipoma on the spot where the bar touches my chest. These totally prevent any significant amount of pressure from being applied to that area, so I can really get the bar all the way down to do a proper bench press. Totally recommend these to anyone who wants to prevent calluses, have better grip, and possibly push harder as you don’t have to worry about any discomfort with your hands. As far as the rubber smell, it’s not that bad, I found airing them out a little helps. Pick up a pair, they’re too cheap not to!