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Ringside Focus Mitts Reviews – Are These Any Good?

Ringside has been producing boxing equipment for a decade and these include boxing headgear, gloves, hand wraps… With that, Ringside has 2 incredibly popular focus mitts on the market and these have been widely used in many commercial and local gyms as well. I also trained with one of them and my experiences are absolutely great. In this Ringside Focus Mitts guide, I will walk you through about the qualities and show you which one can be better for your own circumstance as well.

Without further ado let’s start with the most quality one… 

Ringside Heritage Panther Genuine Leather

Ringside Focus Mitts


  • 100% genuine leather
  • 2.5” quality padding
  • Padding distributes the shock well
  • Excellent wrist support for mitt holder
  • Good stitching
  • Quality air regulation and get rid of moisture
  • The sturdiest punch mitts
  • These look really amazing

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Firstly, I want to talk about padding quality. In my opinion, this is literally the difference between a good quality focus mitt and the bad one. It makes every quality of your mitts better or worse. For example, when you punch or kick mostly the middle part of the padding has deformation. With that, if this distributes shock evenly, it increases the durability of the padding. Ringside Heritage Punch Mitts just do this job perfectly.

So we know that the padding can take a beating.

But How about the Leather?

These punch mitts are made of %100 genuine leather and it is cowhide. So it simply won’t have any rough spots or cause cuts, which is the common problem for most focus mitts, about three years. When you have incredible padding quality and combine it with cowhide, you get an incredibly sturdy product.

You can easily expect to train 3+ years with these punch mitts. And it is actually important for many people including me. When I punch or kick I always want to have the same natural feeling. For example, I always prefer training with heavy bags which have shredded fabric as filler.

I had to check out the stitching quality on forums because I did not use Ringside until it is useless. According to my research, the stitching is really solid and it is a bit bigger than usual.

Thanks to padding quality trainers will be relatively comfortable during the session 😉 Because as you know the padding distributes shock so trainer’s hand doesn’t face all the impact. I am sure that trainers will really appreciate it. With that, these punch mitts have a hook and loop system with D-rings. Based on my researches on many various sites and forums (Sherdog and some martial arts) it literally provides a custom fit for your hand. And it won’t “slide” and you can continue getting good quality training performance even after you do really powerful punches and strikes. 

I actually did most quality punch mitts list a long time ago and Ringside Heritage is at the top place of that list. It really deserves that place. I also used this one in my old boxing gym in Thailand and had amazing experiences with it. I had incredibly smooth and natural punching experience, which I prefer, and even though these mitts had been used for more than a year, it was still going very strong. My friends, who held the mitts, never complained about the heat etc. and I also researched and surprisingly I literally could not found any complaints about the comfort of these mitts. And it is a very rare situation in the online world. It is also padded with extra foam at the finger compartment and these even absorb the shock even more. So it is fair to say that mitt holders get premium safety and comfort.

As a side note even though these mitts look bulky, these are incredibly light and each of these weighs 15 oz. This shows the padding quality once more. It absorbs the shock well and trainers will be relatively less tired after a session.

These punch mitts are suitable for boxing, MMA, kickboxing…

Price: There are some boxing pieces of equipment which are just excellent. Some of them are Winning Boxing Gloves, Outslayer Heavy Bags etc. And Ringside Heritage is one of them. In my opinion, it also looks really cool. Check out the most recent price on Amazon.

Ringside Pro Panther Boxing MMA 

Ringside Pro Panther Boxing MMA Punch Mitts ReviewPros

  • Quality padding
  • Excellent wrist support for mitt holder
  • Sturdy
  • Quality air regulation
  • Gets rid of moisture
  • Upgraded model (gets better feedback)
  • Easy to wear and take it off
  • Very good price for the quality

Ringside Pro Panther has the same padding of Ringside Heritage. It basically provides a very smooth punching experience and extends the durability of the mitts.

It has a curved structure and I witnessed that many people in boxing and MMA gyms train only with curved ones. It provides a bit more control for trainers.

Ringside Pro Panther is the upgraded model of Ringside Panther. So what are the differences between Ringside Pro Panther and the older model? Firstly, the padding is the same but the older model’s cover material will have defects way sooner than Ringside Pro Panther’s cover material. You can expect to punch Ringside Pro Panther at least one year more than the older model. And the price difference is just $20. So it is really not much and Ringside Pro Panther definitely provides way more quality-price ratio than the older model.

Also based on my experiences, Ringside will probably remove the older model from the market. Because this one does quite a good job and has way better quality-price ratio. Secondly, Ringside Pro Panther offers more protection for mitt holder. It has wrist pad guards and these provide extra stability for trainer’s wrists. As you may know, wrist injuries are quite common and even though this looks like a small upgrade, it actually has vital importance.

Price: Go on Amazon for the accurate price of Ringside Pro Panther.

Which Ringside Focus Mitts are for you?

There are amazing benefits of focus mitt training and because of these, many people, who don’t do boxing, MMA or any other martial arts training, also do it. However, if you train for these, this training type is more than vital and it is also really fun. With that, Ringside Focus Mitts is one of the most preferred products for commercial gyms and many boxing classes give their punch mitt sessions with these products. However, which Ringside Punch Mitts are for you? If you want to have same punching experience at least 3 years with premium quality leather, then Ringside Heritage Focus Mitts are for you. I also have experience with it and you will have smooth striking experience and these won’t cause any cuts whatsoever. However, if you are on a budget, Ringside Pro Panther does not have genuine leather and even though its durability is shorter than Ringside Heritage, you can get natural striking experience around 1 or 2 years with Ringside Pro Panther and keep in mind that it has the same padding quality. I really hope that you enjoyed reading and if you have any questions related to any of these punch mitts please feel free to comment below.

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Reader Comments

  1. I love the genuine leather heritage panther mitts! They look quite vintage but modern at the same time and they look more durable than the pro panther ones you have on this post.
    When my son finally decides to start his MMA training I would definitely buy those ones.
    Cheers for this

    1. These are great for boxing, MMA or any martial arts. The padding of these can definitely take a beating and I am sure that your son would love the looks of these Ringside Heritage punch mitts too.

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