Boon, Revgear and Carbon Claw Boxing Gloves, Thai Boxing Gloves
There are a whole lot of options when looking to buy a new pair of boxing gloves with different styles, weights, brands and prices. With potentially hundreds of gloves, which one will you choose? We will offer you a general view on the things that are important to look for when buying boxing gloves.
What size should I choose?
Glove size is shown in oz or ounce, this is commonly referred to as the glove weight. The major sizes are 8,10,12,14,16 (oz). Odd sizes are not available (9,11,13 oz etc). It can be noted that glove weight and glove size are different. Sometimes the size does coincide with the glove weight. Read more
Sizes are arranged to quickly know the glove weight that a boxer should use to train. Glove weight is vital because your method of use has to fit with it. For instance, bigger gloves offer better hand protection and increase protection for your opponent. These are most suitable for training with a partner, heavy bag or pads.
As a general guide 14oz and 16oz boxing gloves should be used for sparring and partner work in the gym. 8oz gloves should be used in competition and for occasional pad and heavy bag work. Occasionally competition glove weights can vary based on match regulations. These however are the regular sizes that professional boxers use in most fights.
Types of Glove
There are a wide range of glove types available aimed at sparring, competition and pad work each type of glove has their own uses. Over time it is common to acquire several pairs of boxing gloves each used for a specific purpose.
1. Bag Gloves
The main purpose of Bag gloves is to shield your knuckles as you are hitting the bags. Modern bag gloves are an improvement on what the classic style of gloves lack. They have better padding and so are more protective than former models. Modern bag gloves are essentially training gloves with more padding, user-friendly and hand-friendly.
2. Sparring Gloves
Sparring gloves are mainly used to enhance skill and technique, and not about knocking out your partner. Their weight distribution is balanced - beginning with the padded knuckles to wrist support. They resemble competition gloves, though they are more padded providing greater protection during training. Both 14oz and 16 oz gloves are common in sparring sessions, however each club can differ slightly on what they prefer to use.
3. Training gloves
These are a mandatory possession for almost every boxer because they are made for general training -purposes - mitts, sparring, heavy bags, everything. As you will find out soon, its not easy to get one that can perform both. These are suitable for beginners who are starting out and are not sure of what to get.
4. Fighting Gloves
These are used on fight nights, have padding that is smaller and more compact so as to hurt the challenger. Fight gloves are often 8oz or 10oz depending on the competition rule set or organisation.
Are brands a factor?
Yes, they are a vital to consider! Some brands focus on a specific area and are seen more in Thai boxing rather than western style boxing. For someone looking to get into boxing a good place to start is with a pair of carbon claw boxing gloves. With Thai boxing Thai brands like boon are popular and have proven to be a high quality glove. A quality pair of gloves will be long lasting and provide good value for money.
Leather Vs. Vinyl
Leather is better quality and also more durable compared to vinyl gloves. Majority of the time vinyl gloves are linked to low cost boxing gloves. In any case, don't go for cheaper boxing gloves, when it might appear like the price is perfect be assured the quality is not.