5 Best Boxing Gloves

Updated: Sep 26, 2020

In this article we'll take a look at 5 of the best boxing gloves for bag work and sparring

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Make no bones about it, boxing gloves are a hugely important piece of equipment. A quality pair of gloves will not only last for years but will also reduce the punishment to our hands.

Gloves can reduce the wear and tear in the joints of the arms the same way trainers can reduce the wear and tear in the joints of the legs.

Anyone who regularly pounds the tarmac will agree with the statement that good trainers significantly reduce shock and with it the aches and pains that are the frustrating side-effect of road running.

Much the same can be said about quality boxing gloves.

Obvious though this is to me now, it wasn’t for the many years. I’m embarrassed to admit that I used inferior quality gloves for nearly a decade before I realised what I’m telling you. I hope you’ll learn from my mistake. As the saying goes: the clever person learns from their own mistakes whereas the philosopher learns from the mistakes made by others.

Firstly some sizing advice

As a boxing trainer I’m frequently asked by people new to the sport: ‘What ounce glove should I get?’ I never recommend less than a 12oz glove. Here’s why.

If you plan to participate in all aspects of the pugilistic art bag work, pad work and sparring an 8/10oz glove is (in my opinion) too light. For reasons obvious boxers should never spar in gloves lighter than 12oz. Also, lighter gloves do not offer the same level of protection for the hands. And if you are boxing regularly you will need all the protection you can get (see my other article on the importance of hand wrapping).

Finally, a heavy glove will over time marginally increase muscle strength and, if you do compete, when you switch to a 10oz glove it’ll feel as though you’re wearing nothing at all.

Enough gab, let's have a look at some great gloves . . .

1) RDX Boxing Gloves for Training & Muay Thai - Maya Hide Leather (£32)

Product Particulars

  • Resilient Maya Hide leather construction makes the gloves stubbornly durable and long-lasting.

  • Gloves provide extra-thick padding that offers added protection for your hands

  • The gloves are armed with extra-long band that offers superior wrist-support and a comfortable fit.

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An extremely well rated product from RDX. With over a thousand reviews this pair of boxing gloves still retains a 5 star status. The Maya Hide Leather from which they are constructed ensures a long life and praise worthy durability. For less than £35 you could have yourself a descent pair of mitts.

2) Beats Gear Boxing Gloves - Simian Model Genuine Cowhide Leather (£49)

Product Particulars

  • Premium quality gloves which offer superior protection for your knuckles, fingers, wrists, bones, tendons

  • Made from only the highest quality materials and advanced manufacturing processes.

  • They look mighty fine!

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Firstly, few could deny that these gloves look awesome. The Simian boxing mitt from Beast Gear are made from genuine cowhide leather which guarantees that they will last you years.

Also, the multi-layered padding will protect your hands when you're whacking away at that bag. This is an important feature and one to look out for in any glove you consider buying.

Of course, the better the padding the longer the glove will last. But what's more important is reducing the severity of the impact trauma your hands will inevitably receive. Not so much a problem after the odd session over years of abuse it could lead to arthritis which, so I've been told, is not pleasant.

3) Fairtex Muay Thai Boxing Gloves (£87)

Product Particulars

  • All-purpose boxing gloves with vectro straps.

  • Tight fit design.

  • Constructed of premium leather and handmade in Thailand.

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Fairtex are synonymous with manufacturing only the highest quality combat sport equipment. All of their gloves are made from only the best materials which accounts for why they are so durable and the preferred choice of most Thai boxing gyms.

If you’re after a pair of gloves that will not only confer you some serious kudos at the gym but also last a lifetime, look no further.

4) Twins special boxing gloves (£94)

Product Particulars

  • Professional sparring and training gloves.

  • Multi foam padding for maximum protection.

  • Air flow system for best thermal regulation.

  • Made of genuine leather.

  • Made in the mother country of Muay Thai – Thailand.

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We’re knocking it up a notch now. Twins are a boxing brand of world renown. They hail from Thailand and are famed for fashioning high-grade combat equipment for the national sport of Thai Boxing.

However, over the years they’ve transitioned to making combat kit for boxing and MMA. But they’ve still refused to produce anything other than the best quality. This pair of gloves, though a bit costly at £94, are worth every penny and, having used Twins for years myself, I can confidently say that you will not be disappointed with this product.

5) CLETO REYES Velcro Boxing Gloves (£200)

Product Particulars

  • Leather strap closure for a firm and quick adjustment

  • Produced under strict quality control in leather and all materials

  • The thumb attached protects eyes, prevents the thumb Sprain and fracture

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As the saying goes: save the best till last! Cleto Reyes is credited with making only professional grade equipment. Whether it’s bags, pads, gloves, head or groin guards, Reyes are built to last. Their products are handmade and constructed from the finest quality materials.

This explains why after years of use and abuse they retain that just-purchased feel. The gloves featured below cost a whopping £200. That, comparatively speaking, is crazy expensive. But, as long as you look after them you’ll never need to buy another pair of gloves.

In Conclusion

It’s probably a breach of blogging ethics to express or show favouritism. The professional should maintain complete impartiality at all times. It’s perhaps a little too late to confess the obvious fact that I ain’t no professional. But that’s by the by.

Listen, all the gloves reviewed are damn good – I wouldn’t have wasted my time on them otherwise. And because they all tick the right boxes durable, high-quality materials, made from genuine leather – deciding which pair to purchase will be a tough fight in itself.

(As we are very interested in user feedback at Hungry4Fitness, I would be very grateful if you could take a few seconds out of your day to leave a comment. Thanks in advance!)

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Adam Priest is a former Royal Marines Commando, professional personal trainer, lecturer, boxing and Thai boxing enthusiast

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