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Sanabul Boxing Gloves Review – The Ultimate Guide

Sanabul has two boxing gloves which get really good feedback from the users from all over the world. However, are these any good? You can read all about them in this Sanabul Boxing Gloves Review.

Sanabul BattleForged Boxing Gloves Review

Sanabul BattleForged Boxing Gloves ReviewProtection: 8.9 / 10.0

Performance: 9.0 / 10.0

The Durability: 8.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 7.5 / 10.0

Cost Efficiency: 9.1 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Good padding quality
  • SBL engineered leather
  • Great design for training
  • Suitable for every training type including bag work, sparring

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The Design


BattleForged has a Muay Thai style design. This glove is a bit smaller than traditional boxing gloves. The glove provides a closer fit. Sanabul designed this glove in this way so it can do what it is supposed to do like clinching.

The design does not provide anything special for the punching performance, however, it provides a lot of things for clenching.

Your wrist has a bit more freedom than usual without sacrificing the protection. This compartment ends a bit lower than the other boxing gloves’ wrist compartments. It is actually just a couple of millimeters but that makes a difference for clinch work. So you will be able to perform better.

Even though the wrist support compartment is designed a bit different people don’t seem to have problems with it as BattleForged has good feedback for it.

I would normally doubt that the wrist support will not protect well. Because it gives a bit more freedom but considering the feedback I really don’t think that there is nothing to worry about the protection.

The Foam


The foam has three layers to absorb the shock. It is basically done for more protection so it can absorb the shocks quite well.

The distribution is hand-shaped.

So what does this provide?

This basically provides glove to have more foam at the upper side. So it provides more protection for sparring. However, when this is the case, the glove has a bit more weight at the upper side. This slows you down a bit while punching however it is normal as every training type glove has to have it for decent protection.

These are the main reasons why people do sparring with it in boxing and Muay Thai.

Even though the layers are good for protection and surely protect your knuckles during mitt drills and any bag workout these don’t last long. Basically, one of the layers will start having more deformation than the others and you will start feeling the impacts.

The durability of the foam is around 2 years.

The Leather


The leather is SBL engineered. It is quite smooth and artificial. Thanks to being “smooth”, when you punch your sparring partner with it, it does not cause any irritations, redness or cause cuts. This leather is ideal for sparring.

The SBL engineered leather will continue looking awesome even after two years of rigorous bag workouts. The leather is sturdy and will not soften or have rough spots during this period. And it is a huge plus considering that you can also use it during sparring with ease of mind as you will know it will not hurt your sparring partner.

The Comfort


Comfort has positives and a negative. Let’s start with the negative. The breathability is below average. So if your hands get used to boxing gloves like Fairtex BGV1, your hands will be less comfortable.

With that being said, the lining does a good job to wick sweat.

However, the liner and inner compartment are softer than usual. So when you are pounding the heavy bags, I am sure that you will appreciate this quality as your hands will get less rash and irritations.

Considering everything, the comfort is just above average.

The Quality Price Ratio


You will get 2 years of above average training performance and protection. Considering these, the price is really good!

Aesthetics: The shape of the glove is somewhat rectangular. I am not a fan of this shape, however, the leather looks just amazing.

Considering everything above Sanabul BattleForged is suitable for every training type and everyone.

The following information is taken directly from the manufacturer’s site and you can choose your own Sanabul BattleForged or Essential Gel Boxing (the glove below) according to sizing information below.

Between 8 and 10 oz. under 100 lbs.

Between 10 and 12 oz. for people who are between 100 lbs. and 125 lbs.

Between 12 and 14 oz. for people who are between 125 lbs. and 150 lbs.

Between 14 and 16 oz. for people who are between 150 lbs. and 180 lbs.

16 oz. for people who are over 180 lbs.

Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Training Gloves Review

Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Training Gloves ReviewProtection: 8.5 / 10.0

Performance: 8.1 / 10.0

The Durability: 7.1 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.2 / 10.0

Cost Efficiency: 8.9 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Standard padding distribution and padding quality
  • Suitable for every training type
  • Really affordable!

The foam of Sanabul Essential is decent and changes only a little place after you punch. It is distributed according to hand’s shape. It does a decent job to protect your hands from impacts. According to the reviews, you will have one year of proper punching sessions before it softens.

The leather is called performance engineered leather. The name sounds awesome, right? But in reality, the leather starts toughening after a year.

As you can see, the durability is around a year.

The glove has a natural curve for your hand. You basically feel more “natural” while making a fist and your hand in the zero state. I actually prefer this as some gloves may force your hand to stay in a certain position. Thanks to this quality, you don’t feel that. When this is the case, you also don’t spend extra energy to make a fist as the hand compartment does not force your hand to go in one direction.

It has a mesh on the palm compartment. It does quite a good job for ventilation. It is actually quite big and surprisingly it is sturdy. So you will not see holes after a couple of sessions.

The lining is alright about wicking the moisture. The liner of Sanabul Essential is not soft as BattleForged but it is not really tough like Fairtex Boxing Gloves.

The comfort is good and your hands will stay fresh throughout your session.

The wrist compartment has a standard design and thickness. I see that many boxing gloves’ wrist closures have the exact same thickness because it just works fine and protects your wrists during the impacts.

The Cost Efficiency


Sanabul Essential is a pure boxing glove and you can do any training type with it. However, don’t expect much from this glove. The leather and padding are quite standard. Basically, this glove is quite normal about everything including training performance and durability. So, this is why only beginners should train with Sanabul Essential. If you are a seasoned fighter or even intermediate level fighter Sanabul BattleForged (the glove above) is a way better option for you as it has a lot of unique qualities which may suit you.

Shortly, Sanabul Essential is a good option for beginners who don’t want to spend a lot of money and want to get decent all-around training quality.

Also, there is a myriad of people who use these affordable boxing gloves in martial art classes.

Sanabul is known that it has a lot of products which have high-cost efficiency and Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing is no exception. If you these are appealing to you, have a look at the price on Amazon.

You can choose this training type glove according to sizing information above. As a side note, this pair has one of the best fitting reviews on forums.

Aesthetics: Sanabul Essential has a more angular design and looks fine. It also has a lot of color options so I am sure that you can find one easily for your taste.

As a final note, these boxing gloves are made of synthetic leather and quite easy to clean with just wipes without causing any deformation.

About the Company


Sanabul has various fight gears including gis, boxing gloves, headgear and various other fight gears. And you can find a Sanabul fight gear for your budget as there are options for every budget.

The following is my opinion. It seems that Sanabul’s Research and Development Team work really hard. I say this because there are the upgraded models of the essential series and these are actually improved as there is always a quality difference between the upgraded model and the older model. So they actually put in some effort and listen to the feedback of the users. The other fight gear reviews on websites, forums… say basically the same. Overall the company generally produces good products.

These are all I wanted to say in Sanabul Boxing Gloves review and if you want to know anything more or have questions, just share your thoughts below and I will get back to you. I always reply to my readers.

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Reader Comments

  1. Great review. I love the Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Training Gloves especially they look very cool. I might get them for my cousin’s birthday.

    I also love that the Sanabul company is very reputable and cares a lot to listen to their customers. These are companies that will last for a long time.

    1. It can be a cool gift if you know your cousin’s hand size. It will fit well.

      Yeah even though the company produces standard quality gears I tend to hear good things for the customer service and I personally have not used any Sanabul boxing gear, however, people are generally satisfied with the products.

  2. Very thorough review and you definitely provided more information than a newbie like me would think to look for. Not only did you provide the information, you explained the importance of it and why it matters when comparing one glove to another.

    Thank you for this!

    1. Sanabul is not a well-known brand like Cleto Reyes, Title… But it has some quality gloves and I especially like the leather quality of some of the pairs above.

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