Best Boxing Gloves For You – Reviews and Buying Guide 2018

How well are you prepared for your boxing career?

If you don’t have a pair/pairs of the best boxing gloves, I’m afraid you won’t go far with your boxing endeavors.

Putting on any random pair of gloves you come across will not only hurt your boxing training but will also affect your ring performance. Even worse, it’ll give you an overall awful boxing experience.

You’ve nothing to fear though; I’m always at your help!

After reading the following post, word for word, you’ll gain expert-level knowledge on how to pick the right pair, the 10 top-best gloves on the market today, and so much more.

Let’s dive right in…

How To Choose Boxing Gloves?

The path to choosing the best boxing gloves is not a smooth. You’ll meet all types of gloves along the way, with different sizes, styles, prices, etc., which might confuse you.

But using my selection criteria below will make it easier for you to pick the perfect pair of gloves:

Size and Weight

When shopping for top-quality gloves for your boxing needs, the first thing you should focus on is its size and weight.

For the sizing, I’d suggest that you go for a model that snugly fits around your hand and makes them feel comfortable while inside. Otherwise, buying a smaller size might end up squeezing your fingers and making you feel uncomfortable. And bigger sizes will easily slip around your hand.

For the weight, look for something lighter. Anything heavier will make your shoulder get fatigued easily as well as slow down your punching speed.

Check my Boxing Gloves Sizing section for more details on the right sizing for you.

Type of Gloves

Boxing gloves also come in different types- intended for various uses. Thus, it’s also essential that you decide on what type you want.

The most common types of boxing gloves on the market today include: bag gloves, sparring gloves, training gloves, and fighting/pro gloves.

More details about the various gloves types/styles and which one you should use depending on your needs are coming up!

Material

One mistake I’ve always witnessed boxers make over and over again (particularly the beginners) is not caring what material their new gloves are made of.

Trust me; this is an equally important factor that sets the quality gloves from the others.

That said, the most common materials you’ll find in gloves include leather (either genuine or synthetic) and vinyl.

Let’s analyze each of these materials separately:

  • Vinyl: gloves made from vinyl don’t stay for long, given that this material is less durable than leather. What’s more, it has poor ventilation properties, making your hands feel quite hot and sweaty when wearing them.

This explains why vinyl gloves usually come with incredibly low prices.

I’d recommend you to buy thee gloves only if you’re looking for a simple pair for using in fitness lessons where you won’t be hitting anything with them- say heavy bags- for long hours.

  • Synthetic Leather: Also labeled as Polyurethane, this material has a higher quality than vinyl. And that means that gloves made from it will last longer than vinyl ones.

For this reason, you expect them to be priced a bit higher than the vinyl gloves. And they’re ideal for boxers looking for quality gloves without breaking the bank.

  • Genuine Leather: Then we have the genuine leather gloves- considered as the best-quality models you’ll ever find on the market. If you buy a pair of genuine leather gloves, I can assure you that they’ll walk with you for years. Plus they tend to mold perfectly well on your hand shape for an excellent fit with time.

However, you should be ready to meet their price.

NOTE: I’ve heard some boxers complain about feeling uncomfy in leather gloves being unconformable when they’re still new. This is simply because they’ll need some break-in period, just like any other products made from the material.

Padding/Cushioning

You should also pay close attention to the amount of padding that comes with the gloves you want to buy. This goes a long way in ensuring the safety of your hands when practicing or fighting with your opponent.

Don’t get it? Let me explain…

With every punch you make, the impact/shock tends to get back to you via your hands and up your entire arm. The higher the impact, the more painful your hands become…or the higher the chances of sustaining injured arms and sore knuckles.

In critical cases, you might end up with a permanent long-term condition.

That said, always ensure that gloves you with to buy come with the right amount of padding to ensure your hands remain safe as well as make you feel more comfortable.

Closure Technique

They’re two types of closure methods to pick from when it comes to boxing gloves- Velcro or Laces.

Velcro allow you to easily loosen or tighten your gloves. You can also easily wear them in a matter of seconds. And grabbing items, e.g., water with them is possible and easy.

Laces, on the other hand, offer you a tight, more stable fit. You cannot tie them on your own, so you’ll need some help. And because they’re not taped over, the edges might stick out and end up cutting your opponent. Handling things with them is quite a challenge.

Go for Velcro closure if you’re looking for training gloves. For serious boxing or bag work, grab laced gloves for the best fitting (and the best performance, experience).

Gloves Color

“How the hell does gloves color affect my boxing performance?” you might be asking yourself this question right now…

Interestingly, choosing sparring gloves color wisely might give you an edge over your opponent. This stems from the fact that some colors are less visible to our eyes. And if you rock in gloves of such color, your opponent might have a hard time seeing where the punches are coming from.

One excellent example of such colors is RED!

However, if you’re looking for training, you can opt for the light colored models (more visible to your eye) to help you easily catch up with every punch.

Price

The price range of boxing range is wild! If you come up with a budget ranging from $20 to $500, you’ll find a pair of gloves in the stores today.

As I was analyzing different gloves on the market, I concluded that the best boxing gloves that balance quality and cost lie around $90.

If you pay more than this, you’ll only get fancier gloves with just the same quality as models in the above range.

10 Best Boxing Gloves Review:

1. Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves Review:

The word Everlast is synonymous with the boxing world. Since 1917, the company has been on the frontline in the production of high-quality boxing equipment, including boxing gloves to meet the increasing demand for the same. It’s a pair of training gloves that help you train like a pro so that you can fight in the ring like a pro!

Made of synthetic leather and ranking among the best boxing training gloves, this pair walks you in all your training sessions for longer periods of time than most of the gloves you’ve used before.

To make your training a great experience and free of injuries, the gloves come with sufficient padding on both the front and back parts of the wrist that naturally conforms to your hand shape. The ThumbLock feature ensures that your thumb and wrist remain correctly positioned, further enhancing your hand safety.

The gloves come in various sizing to meet the needs of different fighters. These incldue12, 14, and 16oz. They also come in both the hook-and-loop Velcro and traditional lace-up closure methods. Above all, they’re available in different color options. It seems like you’ll be spoilt for choices here, right?

Highlighted features:

  • Full padding on the front and back parts
  • ThumbLock feature for increased safety
  • Available in sizes 12, 14, and 16oz
  • Multiple colors available

2. Sanabul Essential GEL Boxing Kickboxing Training Gloves Review:

For an attractive price tag, you can get yourself this fantastic pair of gloves from Sanabul. Just like our previous gloves, the gloves are specially crafted to help you get the most out of your training in your daily routines- whether you’re a beginner or advanced boxer.

Despite selling at such a low price, the gloves are made of extremely durable, performance-engineered leather material that’s easy to maintain. And unlike most of the gloves out there, it comes with a mesh palm that increases its breathability and ventilation capabilities.

And this prevents your hands from getting too sweaty and hot during your training sessions. Thanks to the secure Velcro closure method, putting on and taking off these gloves is as easy as ABC.

When it comes to offering you protection, Sanabul knows better. They integrate gel-infused foam in these gloves to provide you with the ultimate softness and protection against injuries associated with training.

 Besides, they feature a longitudinal arch design that that perfectly fits your natural hand curvature for a better fist closure when striking.

Highlighted features:

  • Performance-oriented leather construction
  • Gel impact protection foam
  • Longitudinal arch design for better fit
  • Secure Velcro closure system
  • Mesh palm increases breathability

3. Everlast Women's Pro Style Training Gloves Review:

Also from Everlast, we have the Pro Style Training gloves, ideal for the women in boxing field. Just like our previous Everlast model, this pair is designed to make you train like a pro so that you can combat your opponent like a pro boxer when the fighting night comes.

As a woman boxer, I know you’ll fall in love with the thick, double-layer padding that comes with these gloves. This ensures that your hand remains unhurt when doing your training. As if that’s not enough, it also comes with the Everlast’s patented thumb lock feature that offers you exceptional thumb and hand protection.

As these gloves come with hook and loop closure method, they’ll give you a secure and snug fit that makes you feel comfortable as you go on with your daily training.

Because it comes with a full premium leather construction, this pair of gloves will become your great buddy in your boxing training for years to come. To ensure your hands do not get sweaty and hot (and draw your attention from your practice), the gloves also feature a full mesh palm for increased breathability and airflow.

Highlighted features:

  • Patented Thumb-Lock feature
  • Premium synthetic leather construction
  • Full mesh palm enhance smooth in/out airflow
  • Improved curved anatomical fit and grip
  • Hook and loop closure system
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    Comes in 12 and 14oz sizes

4. Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves Review:

If you’re looking for the best boxing gloves, you’d want to consider the Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves. Venum is a Thailand based gloves manufacturer that provides you with pretty affordable glove without comprising the overall quality. This pair comes with a high-performance design, and the Embossed Venum Logo is a true mark of its quality.

One thing that qualifies these gloves to feature on our list is the quality PU (polyurethane) leather construction that makes them durable and high-performance models for beginners and advanced fighters alike.

 Besides, they come with triple density foam adding show superb shock absorption capabilities keeps your hands safe throughout the boxing session. Even better, the model comes with a curved anatomical design (with fully attached thumbs and reinforced palms) for safer striking.

Regarding breathability, the gloves feature 100% breathable interior mesh that ensure your hands don’t get sweaty and hot when wearing the gloves. The model utilizes a large, elastic Velcro enclosure that gives you a more secure fit, support that’s needed for strenuous training routines.

Highlighted features:

  • Large, elastic Velcro enclosure
  • Ideal for beginner and expert boxers
  • Quality PU leather construction
  • Triple density foam padding
  • Cured anatomical shape for better fit
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    Full attached thumb
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    Breathable interior mesh

5. ProForce Leatherette Boxing Gloves w/Red Palm Review:

Sometimes you’d want to buy a pair of gloves designed to handle different types of fighting. And in that case, the ProForce Leatherette Boxing Gloves will never disappoint. They’re the best glove not only for boxing but also for Muay Thai, MMA, karate, cardio, and fitness training.

One of the most notable features in this pair of gloves is the pre-curved design with flex grip palm which ensures that you can easily close your fist without feeling any resistance- an issue that has been reported by users of cheaply designed gloves.

Moreover, it comes with an ultra-cuff Velcro wrist strap gives you a secure fit and excellent support for your wrist. Plus it makes the gloves easy to put or take off.

When it comes to design, the gloves feature a full quality leather construction for a longer lifespan. They also boast quality leather plus cotton lining construction for exceptional softness and increased level of comfort.

 Whether you’re a man, woman, beginner or advanced boxer, I’d recommend you to grab this multi-purpose, affordable pair of gloves today.

Highlighted features:

  • Suitable for boxing, martial arts, and cardio
  • Pre-curved form fit
  • Hook and loop wrist closure
  • Vented palm
  • Leatherette material

6. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves Review:

It’s Venum again! This time, they present you with Venum Elite Boxing Gloves. Featuring among the best boxing gloves for sparring, these gloves are 10% handmade and crafted in Thailand using premium Skintex leather material to ensure you enjoy training in the high-quality gloves at an affordable cost.

For this pair, Venum used triple density foam to ensure it proved you with unmatched even shock distribution. And this helps minimize the chances of getting hand and arm injuries related to impacts, allowing you to train for longer periods of time. The 100% full attached thumb takes your safety even further by minimizing injuries to your thumb.

The long cuffs with hook and loop closure system give you writs the much-needed stability in sparring activities, further enhancing your stunning performance.

 Thankfully, this Venum also comes with a specific mesh panel under the fist that promotes excellent thermal protection, ensuring your hands don’t get too sweaty along the way.

Highlighted features:

  • Premium Skintex leather
  • Triple density foam
  • Reinforced palm facilitates maximum absorption
  • 100% full attached thumb
  • Specific mesh panel under fist ensures excellent thermal protection
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    Comes in two colors

7. 1 Pair Black 16oz Punching Boxing Gloves for Fighters by Rex Review:

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t know which training gloves to buy, consider the Rex16oz Punching Boxing Gloves. They come with a pocket-friendly without compromising their overall quality, making them stand as the most popular models on the market today.

The gloves are constructed using premium leather material which means you’ll enjoy training in them for longer periods than other models out there. Besides, the material is effortless to clean and maintain.

 It also features the lace-up closure system which gives you a secure fit while providing your wrist with the support it needs to throw punches like a pro boxer.

The gloves are filled with machine molds on the inner side to make your hands feel comfortable when training. Available in black color only, this pair of gloves is ideal for adult boxers as it comes with the size 16oz.

Highlighted features:

  • Lace-up closure system
  • Synthetic leather construction
  • Available in black color
  • Adult size: 16oz
  • Filled with machine mold inside

8. ProForce Leatherette Boxing Gloves with White Palm Review:

The ProForce Leatherette Boxing Gloves are also pretty affordable and are mainly designed for use in Muay Thai and kickboxing training. You can also use them for fitness and exercises classes. They come in a pink color with white palms. Anyone can use these gloves- from beginners to advanced fighters, men to women, etc.

Just like the other ProForce model, this pair of gloves is also made using leatherette material. Thought the durability of this material can’t be matched with that of leather, it’ll still hold for light use, for extended periods.

The gloves are also pre-shaped such that they look curved with flexible grip- to ensure you can easily close your fist when training in them.

The hook and loop closure allows you to put on or remove these gloves quickly. They also come with thumb lock feature which plays a huge role in preventing injuries to your hand when throwing punches. Above all, they feature a layered foam core with a breathable cotton line to make them incredibly comfy on your hands.

Highlighted features:

  • ProForce leatherette gloves
  • Pre-curved form fit design
  • Hook and loop closure system
  • Thumb-lock feature
  • Foam core with cotton lining for increased comfort

9. Venum Contender Boxing Gloves Review:

As we near the end of our list, I’d like to introduce you to another pair of Venum boxing gloves. These are Venum Contender Boxing Gloves which are also ranked among the best sparring gloves you can find on the market today. They’re specially engineered to meet all your sparring, training, mitt or bag work needs.

Similar to all the other gloves from Venum, the Contender is constructed from premium synthetic leather material which significantly increases its lifespan. It also features the curved anatomical shape which increases its versatility while providing you with an improved striking technique.

With the triple density foaming integrated into this pair of gloves, you can rest assured that they’ll give you unparalleled shock absorption experience- keeping your hands safe from any injuries.

The pair also comes with an extensive Velcro closure system that offers your hand a secure fit. Plus it provides you with extra protection that minimizes the risks of any injuries when training. Don’t forget they also come with a full attached thumb that significantly reduces the chances of twisting.

Highlighted features:

  • High-quality synthetic leather
  • Multi-density foam
  • Large Velcro enclosure
  • Full attached thumb

10. Ringside Pro Style Boxing Training Gloves Review:

Finally, in our boxing gloves reviews, we have the Ringside Pro Style Boxing Training Gloves. To start with, Ringside is a popular name in the boxing gloves industry, and you can never go wrong with their products. Designed for day to day training, this particular pair helps you get in touch- one punch at a time- with its comprehensive protection.

If there’s one thing you’ll really appreciate in these gloves, it’s the MPF (molded protective foam) it comes with. This foam is usually superior to the standard layered foam padding and goes a long way in increasing your hand and wrist protection.

 You’ll also love the pre-curved molded hand compartment design it comes with. This offers you a more natural fit, making your hands feel even more comfortable as you focus on training to hit your fitness goals.

Similar to all the other gloves we’ve discussed in this list, this pair comes with a durable, easy to clean synthetic leather shell for extended lifespan. What’s more, it comes with hook and loop closure system and attached thumb for enhanced safety. Don’t forget that it comes in various colors, so you have more choices here.

Highlighted features:

  • MPF (Molded Protective Foam) for increased fighter protection
  • Durable, easy to clean synthetic leather
  • Comprehensive protection
  • Pre-curved molded hand compartment enhances comfort and increased fit
  • Available in different colors
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    Hook & loop closure

Types and Size Of Boxing Gloves

I promised to give you more details about the types and sizing of boxing gloves, so here it is…

Type of Boxing Gloves:

Bag Gloves

This is the first type of glove that starters should begin wearing before moving on to other models. They’ll help you develop punching technique before facing other fighters.

A typical bag glove comes with thick padding that helps you conveniently train with a punching bag without getting any injuries in your hand or wrist area.

Training Gloves

Next, we have training gloves, also known as fitness gloves. They’re intended for daily training, and you’ll find them in most gyms.

Their versatility allows you to use them to hit the bag as well as spar with them. They’re also incredibly easy for beginner boxers who are still running the ropes of the sport.

Sparring Gloves

If you plan to spar with your training partner, these are the ideal gloves for you. They’re sufficiently padded- more so, around the knuckles- to ensure your safety as well as that of your partner.

Because, they’re specially designed for use in length, strenuous exercise, non-experienced fighters would want to avoid them until they develop the necessary skills.

Fighting/Competition Gloves

These are designed for use in sparring matches. They usually come with thick padding, such that they can hurt the person receiving the punches. =

To ensure you get the most out of your boxing match, ensure you pick a high-quality pair of fighting gloves.

Boxing Gloves Sizing:

We’ve already discussed some details about boxing gloves size, so I’ll show you how to pick the perfect size in this part…

The easiest way to get the right sizing for you is measuring your hand circumference, right below the knuckles. This will help you pick a model that matches your sizes out of the following categories:

  • Small: ideal for people with a circumference ranging from 6 to 7.5 inches
  • Medium: great for circumferences between 7.5 and 8.5 inches
  • Large: for boxers between 8.5 and 9.5 inches
  • Extra Large: for all fighters with hand circumference of over 9.5 inches

Weight is also closely related sizing, so let me give you a basic guide for it as well:

  • 8oz to 10oz: ideal weight for fighting/competitive boxing gloves
  • 12oz: for general training gloves
  • 14oz: great for general training as well as sparring
  • 160z: ideal for sparring in most gyms
  • 18oz to 20oz: great for training in larger, heavier weight classes

For more details about sizing and weighing for different boxing gloves, check out this guide.

How To Take Care Of Your Boxing Gloves?

Taking good care of your boxing gloves will help increase their lifespan and allow you enjoy their services for longer.

In this section, I’ll share with you some expert tips on how to take care of your boxing gloves:

  • Always wash your gloves after every training session. Putting your gloves into your gym bag after training without cleaning them will make them easily generate bacteria.
  • Be sure to thoroughly dry the interior and exterior of your gloves with a dry towel/cloth; if you train in damp gloves, they might easily get torn, regardless of the material they come with.
  • Store your gloves in a cool, dry place with good air flow. This will help them remain dry as well as keep off bacteria which might result in unpleasant odor
  • Consider stuffing your gloves with old newspapers/socks when not in use. This is another excellent way of aerating them as well as killing any bacteria present
  • You can also out your gloves in a bag and toss it in the freezer- freezing is another way of killing all the bacteria and germs living in your gloves
  • Once in a week, spray your gloves with an effective antiseptic spray to eliminate any bacteria present
  • If you have leather gloves, consider treating them with a leather conditioner on a regular basis. This will prevent them from tearing and cracking- making them stay for longer
  • You’d also want to buy several pairs of gloves so that you clean and dry one pair when using the other one.
  • Never attempt drying your gloves in a drying machine; do it in the direct sunlight instead
  • Avoid soaking your gloves in water for extended periods of time
  • When soaking your gloves, do so with salty water as it has excellent antiseptic properties that will kill any bacteria and germs present

Top Boxing Glove Brands Available

Some companies manufacture top-quality gloves that hardly disappoint. Each of these companies has its own style of gloves, unique padding, weight distribution, etc. - all of which make their gloves stand from the rest.

The TOP 10 best boxing glove brands include:

1. Everlast

Everlasting is one of the trusted names in the boxing gloves industry. And they probably the highest number of gloves in the industry.

However, not all their gloves have the same quality. If you want to obtain quality Everlast gloves, I advise you to go for their Pro models. They're actually recommended by coaches and fighters all over. They sell a little bit higher though.

2. Ringside

Based in the UK, Ringside has been in the game for 30plus years. Besides producing high-quality gloves, they also manufacture bags, trunks, headgear, rings, and so on.

What sets their gloves from their rivals is the fact that they feature a cool design. Plus they come with molded foam padding (MFP) for the ultimate knuckle protection.

They come with attractive costs, are made with durable materials, and are great for all types of training.

3. Winning

The Japan-based company also ranks among the most popular gloves for boxers due to their untamed quality. For your information, they’re used by many, many professional fighters, like Eric and Morales and Floyd Mayweather, swear by them.

Some of the top features you’ll enjoy in these gloves include maximum padding, best fitting, and impressive lace-up design. However, they hang on the higher pricing end.

4. Grant

Next, on our list of the top-rated companies for manufacturing boxing gloves, we have Grant.  Their gloves are designed in Mexico using the best stitching job you’ll never find in any other gloves. This gives them an outstanding quality.

Like Winners, professionals also love using these gloves for competition due to the excellent protection and fantastic design they come with.

5. Cleto Reyes

If you buy Cleto Reyes gloves, you’re sure to get long-lasting gloves that will give you a spectacular performance in all your fights and competitions.

Why?

First, they’re made of highest quality materials- goat leather- which makes them the most durable gloves out there.

Second, they come with less padding for increased knock out power that gives you an edge over your competitor. Manny Pacquiao is one of the expert boxers who love these gloves!

6. Venum

For all your MMA (mixed martial art) fighting equipment, including quality MMA gloves, I recommend you to buy from this elite brand. They’re also ideal for all beginner boxers.

They become popular after sponsoring up to 10 UFC fighters back in 2012.

However, be sure to check the “Designed in Thailand” and “Made in Thailand” labels. The former is for cheaply designed gloves in Pakistan and China. The latter is from the genuine Venum products.

7. Rival

Labeled as Canada’s leading brand in the top-quality boxing equipment production, you can never go wrong with Rival boxing gloves. Stylish and innovative designs characterize their products.

They manufacture all types of gloves. And all of them feature sufficient padding for great knuckle protection and improved wrist support and stability.

8. Title

Since 1988, Title has been focusing on production of boxing equipment only. But this would change in 2007 when they tried their hand in the MMA industry, and it worked really well.

You’ll also find all types of bling gloves from this company- all of which are durably constructed and are favored for their excellent padding for comfort and protection against knuckle pain.

9. Adidas

Who doesn’t know Adidas? It’s among the oldest, most famous company for manufacturing shoes, clothes, and a wide range of sports gear and accessories. Gladly, they also manufacturer boxing gloves with the same quality as all their products.

However, you’ve to be careful when buying their gloves. They have cheap, less durable models which you’d want to avoid at all costs. Look for their pro models as they’re made from cowhide, with extra padding (and padded finger bar) for increased safety.

10. Twins

Last but not least, we’ve got Twins, a company that was founded by two Thailand brother. Just like all the other higher end brands, their models are made using the highest quality leather materials available.

Even though their pricing is considerably high, it’s not as high as the other top-quality brands.

Other products manufactured by Twins include shin guards, headgear, training gear, and other fighting equipment.

Final Verdict

A good quality pair of boxing gloves translates to improved boxing performance and an overall great experience in the sport. The best boxing glove should be well-fitting, durably constructed, comfortable, well ventilated, should offer safety to your hands, should match your needs, and of, course, meet your budget.

With the 10 top-rated boxing gloves reviews above, I’m confident that you’ll find the perfect pair for your boxing needs.

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