Here are our top tips on how to choose the best boxing glove for you:
- Choose the right glove for the right application
- Bag Gloves: For general punching bag work, you might opt for a lightly padded glove; the lighter the glove the longer and faster you can train and at the same time you’re conditioning your hand.
- Training Gloves: For general training; you can use these for pads, bag work (heavy bag, speed bag, uppercut bag etc), in some cases, sparring.
- Sparring Gloves: Sparring gloves ideally are well padded, especially around the knuckles for your safety and your training partner’s.
- Competition Gloves: Competition grade gloves are usually lighter for speed and less fatigue – you also want your opponent to feel the strikes. The type of competition will dictate the specific gloves allowed. For example, amateur boxing matches require a specific style of amateur boxing competition glove to be worn. Pro boxing matches may have specific weight and brand restrictions.
- Choose the right glove size
- 8oz to 10oz: Typical for competitive boxing fights/competitions
- 12oz: Middle ground between weight and padding; the recommended ‘general’ training glove size
- 14oz: Lighter weight classes can spar with these / general training
- 16oz: The gloves size most gyms require for sparring
A boxing glove will hold your hand in the closed fist shaped with a contoured shape along the back glove area and the wrist. The wrist area typically will ride higher up the arm beyond the wrist area; this provides more stability and support for heavy punching.
- Choose the best material
- Vinyl gloves: They are the cheapest and for that reason you’ll find beginners often opt for Vinyl boxing gloves.
- Genuine leather: These boxing gloves are the highest quality and gradually mould to your hand shape and become better fitting in time.
- Choose a good Hand Wrap