Choosing boxing gloves depends on couple of things
- Training type
- Your weight (sizing of the gloves )
- Intensity of your boxing training
- Lace up and Velcro
- Break in Period
Let’s start with training type…
Heavy Bag Training
Every training type needs different different safety features. For example, padding quantity is essential for your knuckles’ safety while punching heavy bag furiously. Also, after punching the heavy bag, same glove’s padding should return the original place before next punch. If it does not, then your glove starts to wear off and soon enough it will tear apart or lose its padding quality. Also heavy bag gloves should have wrist support to protect your wrists from serious injuries. According to sizing chart below, you can get your own pair.
There are some heavy bag boxing gloves are far superior, you can check them and their features here.
Safety features change a lot for sparring training. you won’t be needing thumb lock for heavy bag session, but you don’t want to blind your opponent right? This feature is necessary for your sparring partner and also padding quantity should be enough for not to knock out your partner. Also if the leather has premium quality (goat leather etc) you can expect to use sparring gloves more than 2 years. The sizing chart for sparring glove is below. Keep in mind that lots of gym only allow your to spar more than 14 oz.
If you consider doing lots of sparring sessions, then have a look at best boxing gloves for sparring to protect you and your partner and get best experience in the process.
Gloves for All Boxing Training Types
These pairs are my favorites and quality ones are top notch. Actually these have been produced with more care than sparring or heavy bag gloves. Quality training gloves have every safety features and these are suitable for all training types including focus mitts, double end bag and punching bag. I really don’t like going gym with two gloves and if you are like me take a look at best boxing gloves for all training types and their features. Also, you can find sizing info below.
There is not much things to say about these, they basically have minimal padding to hurt your opponent and have all safety features. Generally 8 or 10 oz are used in competitions depending on weight class.
How often will you do boxing training?
I have been doing boxing training at least 3 times per week for several years, of course if I am not sick 😉 With that, when I choose a pair I care about the durability the most after protection. Because when I get a pair with decent quality leather, I know I will pay more and I also know that it will pay off in future. This feature changes drastically a pair’s lasting period.
About Lace Up and Velcro
It used to be a personal choice because if you have partners, they can tie it for you. But now, it is not a personal choice it is quality choice. What I mean is that lace up gloves used to get same rating as their Velcro matches. But now they don’t. For example, you can see 5 star rating for Velcro boxing glove and you might see 3 star rating for its EXACT Lace up match. I did some brainstorming with my buddies, trainers in gym and also contacted high authoritative boxing forum’s contributors. We come to an agreement that people started to train alone in last decade and buy a lot more velcro gloves. So companies have focused on producing Velcro more. But this situation is general and it does not apply for all products. I also know some very quality lace up pairs like Winning, Rival, Cleto Reyes…
Do you care about break in period?
My all time favorite glove is Cleto Reyes Training Gloves and these gloves are handmade in Mexico. These provided me very good trainings . With that, if I remember correctly the break in period took more than 5 months. I don’t know whether you care about break in period or not but if you do, it is something to consider when you buy a pair.
There is only a few brands which make always certain quality gloves, with that lots of brands have both good and bad products. Also there are some brands which are not so famous but they make quality gloves like Hayabusa.
I hope you enjoyed reading and know more about which things to consider while choosing boxing gloves, if you have any questions please leave a comment below.