When you are just beginning to boxing, you need a couple of really important qualities in your gloves as you are not an avid boxer yet and can’t punch with the perfect form all the time. I know all of these qualities and what exactly you need since I have been doing boxing for a long time and also trained with a lot of seasoned fighters as well.
In addition to these, thanks to having a boxing site, I read a lot of people’s experiences over the years as well. From these, I picked 5 best boxing gloves for beginners and provided short reviews below for each of these. Also, you don’t need to break the bank for your first pair of gloves as these are budget friendly.
Table of Index
- Venum Elite Boxing Gloves (My Pick!)
- Twins Special Boxing gloves
- RDX Cow Hide Boxing gloves
- Hayabusa Tokushu Boxing gloves
- Venum Challenger Boxing gloves
- How to Choose the Right Size?
- Why are These Gloves Ideal for Beginners?
1. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves (The First Pick!)
- Protective foam
- Lots of layers
- Sturdy construction
- Good durability for the price
- A lot of color selections
Venum Elite has triple density and quite firm foam to protect your hands. Any beginner would appreciate a little bit more protection, right? With that, the triple density foam disperses the shock quite fast as it becomes ideal for bag work.
Venum Elite is made of Skyntex which can give you good three years of usage. It is kinda rougher than the other synthetic leather types. Seams are solid and this glove is handmade in Thailand. It has large mesh panels to provide comfort. It also has an attached thumb which has a natural curve for sparring. This provides protection for your partners as well.
It accommodates for all the training types as the rest of this list and considering everything (the price, quality…) it is the best choice for beginners.
2. Twins Special Boxing Gloves
- Lots of good padding
- Good padding distribution for punching faster
- The genuine leather lasts a long time
- Lots of amazing designs and colors
- Some people find it bulky
Twins Special offers you a quite bulky pair which has a lot of padding. The design is good for punching faster as it has more padding density at the knuckle area. However, it has also decent padding quantity on the upper side of the gloves. So your upper hand can be protected better from your sparring partner’s punches.
The air flow is constant. The inner lining is quite soft and good at wicking the moisture. Considering the comfort, Twins Special is one of the best. It is made of genuine leather and has a relatively small velcro closure which is tight and firm.
You basically don’t have a break in duration with these gloves. As a side note, this pair is preferred a lot for mitt work and many professional boxers without sponsorship train with Twins Special all over the world.
3. RDX Cow Hide Leather
- Long-lasting leather
- 4 layers of padding
- Thin and firm velcro closure
- Decent comfort
- Great feedback from users
- Short break-in period
It is made of quality leather which is full-grain and it feels smooth.
The mesh is also decent but it is not perfect as it is advertised. With that being said, it is above average. RDX has tetra padding which is made with the latest technology. It is basically quite firm and has 4 different layers. For example, sponge foam is good for protection when the intensity of shock is high. If you are a heavy puncher, this foam can come in handy. The downside of this pair is that you have a slight break-in period. After a few weeks, you can punch comfortably and make a fist easier. However, at first, you can feel a slight discomfort with your knuckles. If you already have this pair, you can check out these methods and if you implement these, this duration will be less.
As a final note, velcro closure is really easy to use and thin yet supports your wrist quite well. Considering these, RDX Cowhide can be considered as one of the best beginner boxing gloves.
4. Hayabusa Tokushu
- Really sturdy leather
- Padding is made with the latest technology
- Great for long usage
- Trustworthy brand
- Mesh does the job very well
- Anti-microbial liner
- It is a snug fit
- The price might be high for some people
Alright, this glove is higher end and it has a high price tag. However, don’t just skip this pair after you read this. Hear me out for a minute. The synthetic leather is very sturdy and basically, it is made for constant punishment. The padding also changes location pretty quickly and gets back to the original place without losing any quality. It is basically superb and one of the highest quality padding. In addition to that, the writs support is quite snug and makes a quite good job to stabilize your wrists. Basically, if you have a weak wrist and worry that you can hurt it during hard blows, Hayabusa is your glove.
Lastly, this glove can last 3+ years without any problem. The color may fade but other than that, you won’t run into any issues with the construction. It fits snugly a bit especially wrist compartment.
Even though you are just a beginner, you may be really determined to go to a boxing gym or train at home for long years. If you are sure about yourself, Hayabusa is truly for you.
5. Venum Challenger 2.0
- Very good padding
- Good design for punching
- Decent air in and out
- Sweat can escape
- Very affordable
- Don’t last long as the pairs above
- Low-quality cover material
Alright, this one’s cover material is not the greatest, in fact, it is below average. It is PU leather and made in Pakistan. The gloves’ materials, which are produced in this country, don’t have a good reputation. Unfortunately, PU fits this and the leather tends to get soft spots within one or two years.
However, this pair has the same dense and quality padding as other Venum pairs and considering the knuckle safety, protection from hard blows, it is quite good. Thermal regulation is decent but the sweat can’t escape well and it lowers the durability of the cover material. With that being said this pair gives good training sessions around 1-2 years and considering the extremely good padding if you want to buy your first pair extra cheap, I highly suggest you check Venum Challenger out.
6. How to Choose the Right Size?
All of these are training type gloves and if you get your own glove according to sizing information below you can be sure that it will be a right fit as these gloves have quite good feedback for fitting. There are also hand circumference measurements as well however most companies started using weight measurements a long time ago and people tend to give very high fitting rates for it.
7. Why are These Boxing Gloves Ideal for Beginners?
Firstly, these are training gloves. It means that you can use these gloves for any training type out there. These training types are double end bag, focus mitts, bag work… You can just put it on and do whatever training you want with them. So that is an obvious plus as other boxing glove lists online have sparring gloves etc. as you simply can’t use them for the other training types.
Secondly, these gloves have good prices. These are definitely not the most expensive, higher-end gloves. Let’s face it. No one wants to spend a lot of money, right? These gloves have a certain quality construction (leather), decent padding for regular training sessions. So these will do the job just fine. Other than this, I have seen a lot of people who started boxing with dedication and some even said they will do boxing forever but after a week or two, they disappeared. So basically there is no need for any beginner to spend a lot of money. However, once you are sure that you will go on boxing training and know your style, you can pick one which is higher end. And trust me on this, these pairs will cost a lot.
Thirdly, who do want to lace up boxing gloves constantly? Well, I certainly don’t want that even I have been training for almost a decade; I really don’t prefer my partner or anyone to lace the gloves after I work for 10 hours in the office. I just want to put gloves on and punch the bag or do any other workout. I just want to be relaxed when I arrive at a gym. Do you know what I mean? I am also aware that many starters don’t want to deal with that because boxing is already challenging and you need as much as comfort you can get. So I picked all of these gloves which have velcro closures. Sure there are some advantages of lace-up gloves like providing better fit etc. However, in your circumstance, it is better to have velcro gloves.
As a side note, if you want to know more about these gloves, above I provided links to my extensive reviews and only two of them don’t have extensive reviews however I am working on them. If you want to make a more comprehensive research about the gloves, you can just follow the links.
Should You Care about the Glove Brands at all? No. Even though some brands like Cleto Reyes have a lot of outstanding gloves in its catalog I don’t think that you should give much attention to brands. After all, a good pair is a good pair.
What Kind of Training Will You do?
If your aim is to do all boxing training types the gloves on this list are suitable. These all have decent padding quality, quantity, decent wrist support and many more qualities for you to use them in all training types.
With that being said, many people are looking to get a good sweat with a heavy bag for fitness purposes. When it is the case, your glove should have more padding to protect your hand and obviously choosing bag gloves is ideal for this.
However, you don’t want to have gloves, which have a lot of hard padding, for focus mitts. These are softer than heavy bags and you don’t want to injure the mitt holder’s hand, do you? So you should pick gloves like Twins Special for mitt training.
Which one would I pick?
If I was a beginner and knew my preferences beforehand I would have chosen Hayabusa Tokushu which was my third pair. I would choose it since I will continue going to boxing gym classes and train with angry trainers for years. Hayabusa Tokushu lasts a lot longer than the others and had a great anti-microbial lining. Some people on forums even reported that it lasted 4 years which is just astonishing. The padding quality is superb and considering the wrist safety, even when you punch as hard as you can you don’t feel a thing. If you are interested, check it out on Amazon.
These are everything beginners need to about choosing boxing gloves. When you are a year in obviously you need to know more and maybe prefer different pairs for each training type but for now, these are more than enough. With that being said, if you have a question about these best boxing gloves for beginners or related to this article just have a comment below. As you can see, I always reply to my readers.