Best Punch Bags

Updated: Sep 19

A review of 5 bags that make the Hungry4Fitness hit list

They don’t call the punch bag a boxer’s best friend for nothing. Over the course of their careers a boxer, even at an amateur level, will probably have spent thousands of hours thwacking away at what essentially is a stuffed leather sack.



But as you’ll find out, not all sacks are created equal. It is because of this extreme use (or abuse) why we should conduct a spot of research before buying a punch bag. For a cheap or poorly designed bag is not only susceptible to rapid wear and tear but could cause the boxer an injury; hitting a soft bag can result in hyperextension at the elbow and improperly packed bags can cause hand trauma.


Do you need to spend a lot?

The concept of ‘false economy’ refers to the extra cost we incur when the cheap product we buy suddenly breaks – as the saying goes: buy cheap buy twice. I used to be a big believer in false economy, and still am for certain products, but with the rise of ‘built-in redundancy’, where manufactures actually design products to break after a couple of years, I’m no longer so sure. However, of those products where quality is commensurate with the price paid, I still believe punch bags fall into the category of false economy: if you buy a cheap bag, and actually use it for what it was supposedly designed for, expect to buy twice – and thrice if you’re stupid enough to buy the same product second time round.



A well-made leather sand-filled bag will literally last a life time. It is my contention that the boxer should wear-out before their bag does. I won’t deny that such a bag will put you out of pocket but it will only ever do so once. That Twins bag pictured above hangs from an iron girder in the famous Sasiprapa Thai Boxing Gym. It is well over fifteen years old and gets kicked, kneed, elbowed and punched for 4 hours a day six days a week. Yet, besides one indentation and a number of stains of suspect origin, it looks almost as good as new.


What have we learnt after all this?

Well I suppose, when it comes to buying a boxing bag, the take-a-way is this: if you’re going to be a skinflint and buy a cheap faux-leather bag don’t moan when you put your fist through it!



Ok, enough gab, get on with the review . . .


Below I have reviewed 5 excellent punch bags that make the Hungry4Fitness hit list.



1) First on the list is the RDX heavy bag. This is one of the best rated boxing bags on Amazon at the moment. It not only looks sleek but is built to last. With its Anti-Burst material and shredded textile stuffing the bag will retain its shape even after a good beating – an excellent feature I think you’ll agree. The RDX is the perfect home boxing bag and you’ll probably love showing it off as much as you will punching it.


RDX Punch Bag for Boxing Training, Filled Heavy Bag Set with Punching Gloves, Chain, Wall Bracket, Great for Grappling, MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Karate, BJJ & Taekwondo 17PC, Comes in 4ft/5ft

Positives

· Durable and will cheerfully take a beating day after day

· Doesn’t cost the earth

· Very well rated and heaps of positive customer feedback

· Comes with gloves and fittings!

Negatives

· Only weighs 23kg – though depending where you plan to hang it, this could be a positive

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2) Proudly presenting the Maxx from Pro Boxing Gear. At 25kg it would be classed as a light-weight but what it lacks in size it makes up for in durability and functionality. The Maxx would make for a perfect addition to a home gym for not only can it take a dig but it’s not so heavy that it’ll bring the wall down in the process.

Maxx 5FT BLACK/WHITE Punch bag, boxing bag with BRACKET + GLOVES FREE CHAIN

Positives

· Durable and will cheerfully take a beating day after day

· Doesn’t cost the earth

· Very well rated and heaps of positive customer feedback

Negatives

· Imitation leather

· Only weighs 25kg – though depending where you plan to hang it, this could be a positive


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3) Next up we have the ONEX heavy bag. In many ways it shares a number of similarities with the Maxx (see above); its size, weight and manufacturing quality. However, it sets itself apart by what it comes with. If you bought the ONEX you’d receive a veritable goodie bag of boxing bits and bobs. Thrown into the bargain you will receive hand wraps, a skipping rope, gloves, fixings and a key ring of a miniature boxing mitt. Oh how I want that keyring!

ONEX Heavy Filled 11 Piece 5ft Boxing Punch Bag Set Gloves Bracket Chains MMA Pad


Positives

· Durable and will cheerfully take a beating day after day

· Looks pretty cool

· Very well rated and heaps of positive customer feedback

· Comes with gloves, a skipping rope, hand wraps and fittings and a miniature mitt!!!

Negatives

· Imitation leather

· Only weighs 25kg – though, depending where you plan to hang it, this could be a positive

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4) Allow me to introduce the super heavyweight Sportstec boxing bag. Weighing in at a whopping 49.5kg this thing would be like hitting a hippo. The Sportstech heavy bag is the next best thing in durability. It’s made from high quality breathable leather and comes with a clever 360° fixing that allows the bag rotate freely whilst wail away on it. Because of its immense size and stature this boxing bag is more suited to a gym.

Sportstech Premium Martial Art Boxing Bag with innovative five-point steel chain + In-house developed hook and double reinforced punching bag, Set incl.


Positives

· Extremely durable and will likely laugh at the best you’ve got to throw at it

· Very well rated with 100% 5 Star customer feedback

· Comes with fittings and a poster

· Nice and heavy which is just what you need when working on your Mike Tyson power punch

Negatives

· Pu Leather is still synthetic

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5) Our fifth and final offering is a true king amongst punch bags. The TurnerMax is a genuine leather heavy bag which, when packed to the rafters, weighs in at hefty 40kg. This bag would be an enviable addition to any boxing, Muai Thai or MMA gym. And, if you’ve got reinforced concrete walls or you live in a nuclear bomb shelter, the TurnerMax would be equally suited to the home as it would a professional gym.


TurnerMAX Genuine Leather Heavy Punch Bag Gym Workout Training Punching Kick Boxing Punchbags with Chain, Hand Gripper & Stretch Band

Positives

· Extremely durable and will likely laugh at the best you’ve got to throw at it

· Genuine leather – quite the rarity nowadays

· Very well rated with 100% 5 Star customer feedback

· Comes with gloves and fittings

Negatives

· Still thinking

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In Conclusion

Before buying a boxing bag firstly you should determine how often you plan to use it. Secondly, you need to be realistic with yourself and select a bag appropriate to you perceived pugilistic prowess. If you’re a self-trained amateur enthusiast who occasionally likes to play fisticuffs for fitness or stress relief then it’s my guess that the RDX or Maxx will more than meet your needs. But if you’re planning on becoming the next heavyweight world champion and you hit with the force of a horse’s hind leg then go for the Sportstech or TurnerMax.



(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!)



Blog Author

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


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