Training with the right pair of Boxing Gloves is vital to prevent injuries while perfecting your striking technique. Browse through our different models and weights from Lace Up Boxing Gloves to traditional Velcro Boxing gloves
While a pair of fight gloves may only be used once, it’s the training gloves that a fighter spends the majority of their time in. By design training gloves have a bit more padding. This to better protect a fighters fist from the day to day impacts of the bag and pad work that make up a training session. While fight gloves might only be 8 or 10oz training gloves of any type should be a minimum of 12.
Most professional fighters have 2 pairs of training gloves. The first pair is for bag work. These are going to be your biggest pair of gloves. If you are hitting the heavy bag with full power, you need as much protection as you can get. Generally they are going to be 16oz or more. The padding is most heavily focused around the knuckles. Hitting anything as hard as you can is inherently dangerous. Even if it isn’t moving. It’s all too easy to jam a thumb or kink a wrist landing wrong when throwing a punch. Which is why anytime you hit the bag, even in the big gloves, you should be using hand wraps as well. If you are just looking to hit a bag in the backyard, get a pair of the big gloves and wrap them tight. .
The other pair of gloves a Pro is using daily is on the smaller side. By having a pair of smaller 12oz gloves it allows a fighter to work more in more natural sized gloves, closer to the ones used on fight night. 12 ounce gloves are great for mitt work and sparring when speed and accuracy matter most.
Fighters spar in smaller gloves to prevent an over reliance on the padding of the bigger gloves. It’s pretty easy to cover up in 16oz gloves. It’s more difficult with less padding in small gloves. But as you lose padding the chance of hand injury increases. For a professional, sparring in smaller gloves in worth it. That might not be the case for everyone.
This is an important question to consider when buying training gloves. Lace up gloves are old school. Sometimes the old way is still best. Lace ups provide the snuggest fist you can get in a boxing glove. Just like a pair of shoes strings are run up from the base of the wrist to the center of the palm. You pull them tight and knot the laces to keep the glove on tight. For sheer fit and comfort there is no better method to put a glove on a fighter.
Problem is trying to lace up one glove, while you have you hand in another is pretty much impossible. Lace ups are great if you have somebody around who can help you put them on. If you are heading to the gym every other day than lace ups are absolutely worth the hassle. Not everybody who wants a pair of gloves is going to the gym.
For those of you training with a basement or backyard home gym, you’re better off grabbing a pair of velcro gloves. Velcro (AKA Hook and loop closure) is a much more convenient and hassle free way to put on gloves by yourself. Problem is since it’s only affixed to a fighter’s wrist, there is more of a tendency for the glove to jostle. Also the velcro can snag on a surface and come undone. Each option has it’s pluses and minuses, choose the option best for you.
For most of human history boxing gloves have been made out of leather. For the serious professional genuine cowhide is still the gold stand of fight glove material. While the outside of fight gloves is bovine, the inside of these high quality gloves is equine. Horsehair has been the padding of choice for a century of professional boxing. It’s made for punchers, since the frayed hairs tended to settle between the knuckles after a few punches. It was perfect for a fight glove.
However time and science keep marching on. The horse hair has been almost universally replaced with more forgiving and protective foam padding. Many gloves use composites and multiple layers of foam to make them both as safe and responsive for day to day training. All gloves come with a satin liner on the inside, to allow the glove to slip on and off more easily while staying comfortable and dry.
Combat Corner also offers to create fully customized boxing gloves for those looking for something more unique and personal. The glove creator can help you layout exactly how you’d like your gloves to look and feel. Sizes range from fight ready 8 ounces all the way up to 20 ounces for maximum protection. Choose from a litany of color combinations, add your own text or font. Make your boxing gloves really look and feel like YOUR boxing gloves.