The Top 10 Best Boxing Headgear Reviews

When we spar we need best protection possible. After all it is not a real match and we show up in the ring to learn something and improve our skills, right? Mouth guard and even your sparring partner’s boxing gloves should protect you. With that headgear is the most important factor for protection. Also if it has certain features it can even help us to get more benefits from the session.

Below there are top rated headgears. I also used some of these and when I compile this list, I read all boxing forum posts, amazon (only verified purchases) and also get in touch with trainers. Shortly I did my homework 😉 Without further ado let’s start best boxing headgear reviews.


10. Venum Elite Headgear

Protection Rating: 9.0 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Durability: 8.8 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.7 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 8.9 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Good protection
  • Handmade and adjustable Velcro system (fits very well)
  • Extra protection for ears
  • Provides good vision


  • Synthetic leather

Venum Elite series always deliver quality with decent price. It has triple foam padding and it will protect you from hard impacts. That always gets amazing feedback.

With that it also has extra protection for ear department. And if you take a hard blow to that area, it will just affect you less.

It is handmade in Thailand and has Velcro closure. Thanks to these it fits better, stays stable during sparring. Also as other headgears, which are made in Thailand, its moisture wicking features are quite well.

Shortly it will do the job. You can check out its extensive review for more information and if you are interested you can get this incredibly affordable and quality headgear on amazon.


9. Fairtex Super Sparring Headgear

Protection Rating: 9.1 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Durability: 8.9 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.9 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.1 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Quality leather construction
  • Sturdy
  • Handmade
  • Provides very good vision
  • Good quality price ratio


  • Slightly longer break in period

First of all this headgear is made of genuine leather and it is handmade. As other Fairtex products (in my opinion) you get more than what you pay. It is sturdy and the padding (it always get good ratings) will absorb the impact and protect your head during sparring session. I also have experiences with Fairtex products and these all have one thing in common. And it is long break in period. Some people don’t care about break in period but some people don’t like it all. Actually it is just a preference. However if you don’t mind longer break in time and want to be “relatively” comfortable during your session then Fairtex Super Sparring is a great option. At the product page there is also a sizing chart. You can measure your head and get it accordingly


8. Ringside Gel Sparring Boxing Headgear

Protection Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Durability: 9.1 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.9 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 8.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Very quality leather
  • Wicks moisture and sweat incredibly fast
  • Very suitable for LONG sparring sessions
  • Layered foam absorbs shock well

Firstly Ringside’s this model has great feedback for wicking the moisture. It is just superior and it is made of genuine leather. These all make it perfect for very long sparring session. You will basically sweat less than a regular headgear and this directly increases the durability of the product.

You can also adjust the strap of Ringside Headgear according to your head.

Each layer distributes shock in that particular layer and delivered shock is much less than many headgears. I also used this one in boxing gym and I definitely had less sweat with it.

I only use very quality products and these all decreased the impact of the punches significantly. Ringside Headgear is one of them.

Let’s continue with best headgear for the money…

7. Ring to Cage Deluxe Full Face

Protection Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Durability: 9.1 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 10.0 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Perfect vision
  • Covers ALL face
  • Very quality padding
  • Adjustable strap
  • Protects nose well
  • Has the best quality price ratio


  • Synthetic leather

Ring to Cage is one of the companies which has only a few products with incredible quality. And its headgear is no exception. It covers all of your face and when you get punched, the glove can barely touch your face. It also provides %100 vision. Considering these, its design is remarkable. If you want to protect your nose incredibly well, Ring to Cage is a really solid option.

Its padding also gets amazing feedback from boxing forums and won’t lose its quality at least 2 years.

It has an adjustable strap and you can adjust it fast and easily.

I can actually say that you get way more than what you pay. It is truly an amazing price for amazing quality. If you are on a budget and want to get the best product possible then Ring to Cage is just made for you 😉 You can buy this headgear on amazon’s product page and there is also sizing information as well.


6. Ring to Cage Full Face Sparring 

Protection Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Durability: 9.4 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Top notch genuine leather
  • Perfect vision
  • Covers ALL face
  • Very quality padding
  • Adjustable strap
  • Protects nose well
  • Most quality headgear of Ring to Cage

Well now you may ask “What are the differences between synthetic and genuine leather?” Because product above (Ring to Cage’s other model) has synthetic leather and Ring to Cage’s this model has genuine leather.

First of all, thanks to its cushion you will be more relaxed and when you take a punch, it delivers the shock more “naturally”. It is just better at distributing it. If you ask me I will just buy this Ring to Cage Full Face Leather.  Because the price difference between this one and other Ring to Cage Model is not much. This one is also more durable.

So if you will get Ring to Cage, I highly recommend you to buy this model.


5. Cleto Reyes Headgear with Cheek Protection

Protection Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Durability: 9.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.5 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.4 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Top notch genuine leather (cowhide)
  • Perfect vision
  • Heavily padded on cheek area
  • Very quality padding
  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable crown area for better fit

Cleto Reyes has awesome products and always produces its products with most quality materials. Cleto Reyes Headgear is made of cowhide leather and it is one of the sturdiest materials. Actually this material is generally used for making heavy bag gloves. And these last very long time. Comparing to other materials I can only imagine how sturdy cowhide leather is.

It won’t have rough spots or won’t lose its padding quality for years.

Also have you ever used a headgear which is tight in crown area? I did in some boxing gym and sparred with it. While my sparring partner tried punching me, because of the headgear I was already uncomfortable. Well, it was not a pleasant experience.

However you can adjust Cleto Reyes Headgear’s crown area for your preference and this is also another plus.

If you have used any other Cleto Reyes products, then you already witnessed how this company gives importance for the padding quality. Cleto Reyes Headgear also gets amazing feedback for it.


4. Title Gel World Full-Face

Protection Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.3 / 10.0

Durability: 9.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.4 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.9 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Genuine leather
  • Layers of foam (Title’s quality protection)
  • Good vision
  • Heavily padded
  • Hook and loop system
  • Comfortable

I sometimes look for a perfect product with a good price. However I generally can’t find any. With that you can get a headgear with these qualities because Title produces a headgear for you. This one has good quality genuine leather and good lining which wicks the moisture like there is no tomorrow.

Its head, cheek and chin parts are heavily padded and you will feel the impact of punch less. So far everything is same with Cleto Reyes (product above). Even their designs are same. With that Title Gel World Full-Face has incredible price and same qualities. Thanks to its Velcro system you can also use it very comfortably and easily.

And let’s not forget that Title Gel World Full-Face also has genuine leather.


Let’s continue with top 3…

3. Fighting Sports No Contact Headgear

Protection Rating: 9.7 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.8 / 10.0

Durability: 9.8 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.5 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.4 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Full grain (very quality) leather
  • Full face protection and no contact
  • Perfect vision
  • Very heavily padded face bar
  • Adjustable chin strap
  • Comfortable (for a no contact headgear)
  • I have a very good experience with it

Fighting Sports No Contact Headgear is made of full grain leather and has one size. It has adjustable chin strap and you can adjust it quite fast and easily.

As you can see it has very heavily padded face bar. I have used many headgears with face bar and I can say that I simply loved the protection of Fighting Sports and it is the best which I have ever used.

It was also comfy and provided 100% vision without sliding. And even after I get punched, it just stayed very stable.

I had a nose surgery couple of years ago and I try to be extremely careful about my nose and always train with headgears which have face bar. Fighting Sports No Contact has heavily padded face bar and it provided the most quality protection which I have ever had.

Its full grain leather has serous quality and sturdiness. You will also feel very good with its cushion.

You can expect to use it for a very long time (at least 2 years).


2. Cleto Reyes Traditional Headgear

Protection Rating: 10.0 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 9.8 / 10.0

Durability: 9.8 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.8 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.9 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Top notch genuine leather
  • Full face protection and no contact
  • Perfect vision
  • Very heavily padded
  • Adjustable top and chin strap
  • Very light
  • Comfortable

As Other Cleto Reyes products, this one also has top notch materials and classic design. ALL areas of this headgear are heavily padded. But one thing is remarkable about this headgear and it is lighter than other guards so you can dodge, move away with it incredibly fast. And this directly affects your training performance in a positive way. Actually Cleto Reyes always gives so much importance for training performance. I had used its training gloves for years and my punching performance was simply incredible with it.

This headgear has adjustable chin and top straps. You will feel like it is made for your head.

Many users also say that Cleto Reyes Traditional Headgear is the most quality boxing headgear in the world and don’t spar without it.

Its ratings for comfort are also superb. This headgear is just superior and I highly suggest you to buy your own Cleto Reyes. I also reviewed this incredible headgear on Cleto Reyes Headgear Review, you can read way more details there.

1. Winning Headgear Fg2900

Protection Rating: 10.0 / 10.0

Training Quality and Vision Rating: 10.0 / 10.0

Durability: 10.0 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.8 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Top notch genuine leather
  • Very good protection
  • Perfect vision
  • Very heavily paddedBest Boxing Headgear Reviews
  • Lightest product
  • Most quality and most durable headgear

As you may know Winning does not do any advertisements or commercials. However its fame is just so huge in boxing world and everyone, who trains boxing, seems to know it.

Contributors, who are in Sherdog, are generally ruthless when they criticize the products and this product has best reviews even on there.

Anyway so why Winning Headgear Fg2900 is the best? Firstly its materials are superior and provide more durability. Users always tell that they feel very comfortable with its cushion.

Obviously you will use this product for years and even though it has slightly more expensive price its quality is unmatched. Even Cleto Reyes does not provide same durability or cushion.

Last but certainly not least, its weight is only 9.5 oz. and it gets very good “fitting” feedback. So why is it important? When your most valuable asset, which is your head, is a smaller target, then obviously you will show much better performance during training.

This is another HUGE factor why it is the best.

You can also see its sizing information for your head on product page. It has also many color selection including yellow, black and blue.

Considering all these features, it is truly the most quality one on the market.

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Why you should buy your OWN headgear?

First of all it will always be right fit for your head (you may not find a right size in gyms) and this makes a huge difference while sparring.

Secondly, headgears in boxing gym have someone else’s blood and sweat. This can cause health problems and I honestly hate when I use someone else’s gear especially if they sweated in it.

So I highly suggest you to train with your own.

I hope you enjoyed reading and I try to cover as much as possible however if you have anything to add, ask or share please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.


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16 Responses to The Top 10 Best Boxing Headgear Reviews

  1. Some very good suggestions here, I like Venum Elite Headgear the most because it looks awesome, however, if I have to step in the ring I will definitely prefer you number 1 recommendation because I understand that durability and comfort matters a lot. A person must able to concentrate in order to perform well and only a headgear that is comfortable could allow that. Very informative post!

    • Furkan says:

      When you consider Venum products, Venum Elite just stands out more and the durability, protection of it is just better. Also the price difference between the Challenger is so little. You can just go with Elite without a doubt 😉
      You are welcome man.

  2. Keith says:

    I am glad to see the Cleto Reyes up there in your rankings punching its weight! I like more traditional brands as long as they retain their authenticity and quality. Do you think its okay to buy your headgear over the internet without really trying it on for comfort?

    • Furkan says:

      Man I actually prefer the same and may people also prefer in that way. I know that many people buy online and I am one of them I get all gears in that way. You can actually save a lot of money and I refcently saw Winning’s price tag way more ($50) than its current amazon price.
      Also you can get Cleto Reyes or any headgear on this list according to sizing charts. All product pages have it. Their fitting rate is quite high. So I don’t think that it will be a problem.

  3. JR Andrade says:

    This is another amazing review Furkan. I remember reading one of your reviews about the boxing gloves, and now this. I never thought this can be an essential gear, even for normal trainings. I also appreciate the fact that you shared different levels of it, in class, in style and in comfort level. Thanks for this brother. I learned something from this.

    • Furkan says:

      Well I write many boxing gloves reviews and I remember you and I am glad to see you here again man.
      I always try mention the unique features and try my best. I also really like reading comments like yours.

  4. Luis says:

    Hi Furkan
    Great reviews on boxing headgear. You present a great selection and give very detailed info on them.

    I was wondering what wold be a good estimate time of the duration of these Headgears? Does it depend strongly on the times it’s been used?


    • Furkan says:

      Man it depends on how many times it is used and of course the cover material also matters. Winning gives two times of durability of some headgears on this list. And Cleto Reyes is fine too.
      You can expect to use Winning at least 3 years. Many people say that they have been using it after 4 years. Except Cleto Reyes none of these headgears can give durability period like that.

  5. Satria says:

    It was a great recommendation and review here. I like the way you describe them.
    But I have some question, how should I maintain this item to make it long last? Is it the same way as maintaining the boxing glove?

  6. Dela says:

    Whew! That’s an exhaustive review, great work man. I’ve been thinking about starting sparring, and you just gave an important gear to consider and some amazing recommendations. Thanks for the information man.

    • Furkan says:

      Man, you are welcome and these headgears will decrease the impact a lot and will help a beginner like you 😉 Have a nice time with sparring man.

  7. Hi Furkan,
    I actually use to spar with one of my uncles(not professionally of course), and I wish I had seen this review before so I could have gotten the right gear. All these head-gear pieces look great, but if I had to choose one based on looks + ratings alone.. I’d personally go with the Venom Elite Headgear. Great review! Cheers,

    • Furkan says:

      Hi Darren, I think Venum Elite is suitable for you after all you don’t spar with your uncle for 4-5 years 😉 You can use it around 2 years and I also think that Venum’s design is cool. I currently have Venum’s MMA gloves it also looks nice. Apparently, the company cares about the looks.

  8. Irma says:

    Awesome reviews! Lots of great choices with mostly pros and few cons, showing that there are a lot of quality products to choose from. Do any of the headgear that you reviewed to protect against rotational impacts?

    • Furkan says:

      Thank you well I only used Cleto Reyes and Fighting Sports and get some these kinds of impacts with them. So personally, I did not have any problem with these two when I get hit.

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