Everlast Pro Style Boxing Gloves
Winning Training Boxing Gloves
Sanabul Essential GEL Boxing Gloves
We’re not here to discuss McGregor and Mayweather; you’re the next big thing. Whether it’s for sport or competition, everyone has the ability to ascend the steps of greatness, and stand tos-to-toe with the likes of Dempsey, Holyfield, and Ali (R.I.P.). Getting there is a matter of having the right gear, and fierce determination. We’ve discovered the top fifteen boxing gloves, coveted around the globe, and thrown in a superb way to teach you how to identify the good, the bad, and the distinction between the two.
The Best Boxing Gloves in 2018
Everlast Pro Style Boxing Gloves
Everlast is the glove that some of us grew up on, and they provide a serious dynamic of value even to this day. Their Pro Style Boxing Gloves provide a long-term lifespan, stretching for up to three years in some instances. We’re not fans of the lack of wrist coverage, or the enormous price gap depending on the size you select, which dragged them down from top to second in command. These gloves are fairly quick to adjust, slip on, and slip off, making it much easier to pack up the duffle bag when you’re all done at the end of the day.
Everlast also includes their ThumbLok technology, which is designed to cut-down on the variables of thumb damage and general breaks in your hands. While the padding around the wrist isn’t the best, the bit that is there is designed to improve your form and technique, giving you more control over your stance and power. Everlast is a boxing glove brand that can’t be ignored when it comes to quality.
Available in three sizes
ThumbLok technology prevents injury
Full padding around wrist for improved technique
- Weight10.9 ounces
Very quick and simple to put on and adjust
Users report two to three years of use before they die
Huge price range depending on size/weight
Doesn’t give full wrist coverage
Sanabul Essential GEL Boxing Gloves
The king of the ring is Sanabul. You’re literally putting Sanabul Essential GEL Boxing Gloves on to punch the ever-loving crud out of a gym bag or spar against a boxer, so durability is the name of the game when it comes to boxing gloves. Sanabul hit the mark on comfort, and providing a killer sizing chart on their sales page, but when it comes to sparring, they fall short of the mark. These don’t have the longest life expectancy, but provide excellent insight for beginners and bag trainers.
Thanks to the gel construction in the front, you get additional shock absorption. Depending on your size, you’re paying bottom dollar for good quality, and the value can’t be beat. If you’re a hardcore user, or visiting the gym daily, you’ll see about three to six months of use before they break. Wrist and hand support are front and center, and the engineered leather build means they’ll collide with the punching bag very well. If you’re a beginner or looking for a pair to hit the gym with, Sanabul has you covered.
Engineered leather construction
Supportive arch design
Gel impact protection foam
Sales page includes brand-specific sizing chart to ensure a good fit, no matter what
Short life expectancy (three months of hardcore use)
Not recommended for sparring; will break easily, good for bags
Venum Elite Boxing Gloves
One of the greats, Venum has been providing top notch boxing gloves for ages. They’ve thrown a few technological differences into this pair, making them a more viable option for those of you who can’t stand “glove stink” when they age. You get a thermal regulation pad along the interior, made of mesh to cut-down on sweat, and keep you in full control of your gloves at all times. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves do come a bit larger than they look, making them awkward and not so viable for lightweight users.
Based on the quality and life expectancy, they’ve priced their gloves fairly. No pair, no matter which color (12+ available) you choose from. Constructed of skintex leather and triple density foam, Venum pins their best build to date up against the competition, which is exactly what you’ll be doing when you slip these on.
Triple density foam construction
Skintex leather design
- Weight2 pounds
Thermal regulation thanks to interior mesh panel
Available in over a dozen colors + affordable
The “break-in” period can take a while
Incredibly large; not a good fit for lightweight boxers/bag trainers
Fairtex Kickboxing Muay Thai Sparring Gloves
Fairfax took a serious look into a the classic aesthetics of old-style boxing gloves, and applied over twenty different stunning colors to their gloves. Best of all, Fairtex Kickboxing Muay Thai Sparring Gloves look better in person than they do online, shining vividly without strong chemical smells. These get full free returns and expedited shipping from either Thailand or the US, showing that Fairfax prioritizes their customers. You’ll be paying a little more than the standard going rate for a pair of Muay Thai gloves, but they’re well worth it.
These are designed with an all-purpose build, and fit tightly without cutting off circulation. Grab your size, and utilize the durable velcro wrist adjustments to get the ultimate fit. You get an extended slit in the palm side, giving you a little more blowjob room in a sparring match to reduce recoil, and maximize the full use of the cushioning. For more great sports equipment, scheck out our guide to the best knee sleeves.
Ultra durable velcro wrist fitting
Designed to be a nice, tight fit
- Weight2 pounds
Vivid color and gorgeous aesthetics
Life expectancy of 18 months to two years
Higher end of the price point
Glove ounces appear smaller; i.e., 16oz gloves feel like 12oz, etc.
Cleto Reyes Hook and Loop Training Gloves
Whether you’re gearing up for the big day, or blowing off steam on the bag, Cleto Reyes has you covered. They boast an impressive lifespan on one of their prime series of boxing gloves, giving you 3-4 years (on average) before they give out on you. Hook and Loop Training Gloves are simple to slip on and off, but do take some time to break them in to get the proper fit. Many users report them as being too stiff, and dislike the break-in period of one to two weeks.
Clerto Reyes took the time to add an aesthetic appeal into the mix, offering over thirty different styles to choose from, allowing you to contour them to your shorts or wrap colors. The unique hook and loop closure gives you more control over your wrist mobility, all thanks to the rigorous testing phase that Cleto Reyes puts their gloves through. If you’ve been let down by poor quality in the past, it’s time to reconcile.
Available in over thirty different styles
Hook and loop closure
Strict quality control testing
- BrandCleto Reyes
- Weight2 pounds
Goatskin leather reduces sweating, and gives these gloves the 3-4 year lifespan they’re famous for
One of the highest costs on our list
Takes a while to break-in; too stiff for some users
Trideer Pro Grade Boxing Gloves
Trideer paid serious attention to construction, as well as value when it came to their Pro Grade boxing gloves. You only get two color options, showcasing their devotion to the structural integrity and quality design over all else. While Pro Grade Boxing Gloves are advertised as Muay Thai gloves, after using them, we’d link them to professional-style gloves, which still gives them a killer hook. The breathable construction and multi-density foam make this pair what it really is, coupled with lifetime customer service from Trideer.
There’s a wide price range depending on your size, but you get superior shock absorption capabilities, as well as a tough-as-nails velcro wrist guard. This adds stability, while keeping your mobility open enough to show that you’re a force to be reckoned with in the ring. If you’re not happy, they’ll refund you 100%, no questions asked, in the first thirty days. Between that and the excellent price, what have you got to lose?
Breathable comfort for sweat reduction
Superior shock absorption
No-hassle 30-day money-back guarantee, and lifetime customer service if you keep the product
Comfortable faux leather construction
Wide price range
Marketed as Muay Thai, but act as professional gloves
Twins Special Velcro Boxing Gloves
These Twins Special Velcro Boxing Gloves are anything but ordinary; with sturdy velcro closures and enhanced wrist stability, you’ll be able to float like a butterfly, and you know the rest. The breathable construction ensure you’ll cut down on hand sweat, keeping your head in the game instead of focusing on the glove stink after you slip these off. If you opt for any color other than basic black, you’ll run into a chemical smell when you open the package, which usually takes one to two weeks to dissipate.
For the price, the life expectancy (for constant use) isn’t what we wanted it to be. Nine months to one year is the average lifespan, though some users have reported having them into their third year. One point that we cannot stress enough, is that Twins Special has some of the most accurate sizing of anyone online, meaning when you buy from them, they’ve paid close attention to the fitting process.
Muay Thai build; good for all boxing types
Comfortable and sturdy velcro wrist stability
Comes in just about every size imaginable
- BrandTwins Special
- Weight2.2 pounds
Accurate sizing; low chance of the need to return/exchange when buying online
Breathable protection throughout the entire glove
Chemical smell if purchased in any color besides black
Low life expectancy of 9 months to one year
Ringside Apex Muay Thai Training Gloves
It’s time to put on some workout clothes, strap up, and hit the Ringside. First thing’s first: they state they have IMF technology for superior cushioning, but we didn’t really feel much of a difference from these and standard foam gloves. That being said, you do get an excellent tapered closure, cutting down slipping and instability when you’re in the ring, or by the bags. If you’re worried about long-term use and glove sweat, don’t worry; Stay-Dri tech works wonders at keeping you dry and in high supply of vigor to keep on keeping on.
Apex Muay Thai Training Gloves come with a narrow price range, meaning no matter what size you go for, you won’t be paying much. There’s a total of a ten dollar range between their smallest and largest size, which is a relief to those who prefer larger gloves. You get what you pay for, and while these are comfortable and have an excellent fit, you’re only looking at six months to one year of use on average. Keep in mind, that’s with 3-5 uses per week. You’ll get your money’s worth out of every last penny.
Available in twelve unique designs
Stay-Dri lining keeps you from sweating
Ultra accurate sizing information
- ModelFTG1 BL/WH L/XL-Parent
- Weight1.85 pounds
The tapered closure reduces slipping/instability
Killer pricing, regardless of size (narrow price range)
Lifespan of six months to one year
Boasting IMF technology, but there’s little difference to other foam gloves
Winning Training Boxing Gloves
There was no better way to title these; Winning is the brand, and the name of the game. You get over a dozen-and-a-half styles to choose from, but there’s one thing you can’t escape: the high cost. Winning Training Boxing Gloves are the golden standard for comfort and quality, though they come with a little picadillo: if you don’t get the right size, you’ll have a difficult time. These don’t really break-in the way normal gloves do, which is actually a good thing; it shows the quality, dense build.
Winning is sourced out of Japan, making high quality gloves a priority over simply mass producing a shoddily-crafted pair. That attention focuses on having a lace-up closure, as is the common preference by old-school heavyweight boxing champions. If you’re in it to win it, you’re looking for the ultimate pair that works inline with your skills, and lasts for the years to come.
Manufactured in Japan
- Weight2.6 pounds
The ultimate standard in quality and comfort
Lace-up closure goes up to center palm for maximum shock absorption
Very high price point
These don’t really break-in; you have to get the right size right out of the gate
Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves
Get ready to strike with Venum; these are some of the best beginner level to intermediate boxer gloves we’ve ever had the pleasure of using. While you won’t be sparring with Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves anytime soon, you’ll have a grand slam of a time at the bags, giving you one of the best workouts of your life. We were sad to see that Venum didn’t include their famous sweat-reducing mesh interior, however, it’s all made up for in the wrist and hand stability department.
You get six star-struck Venum styles to choose from, each sporting the large-scale velcro closure for a tight, even fit. If you’re looking for a low to medium-budget set of boxing gloves to get started, or give as a gift, you’ve found your perfect pair. From the hand contouring construction down to the attached thumb, this is everything you need in a boxing glove.
Large velcro closure for a tight fit
Designed for bag training and fitness boxing
Available in six colors
- Weight3 pounds
One of the best beginner-intermediate boxing gloves out there
Excellent wrist and hand stability
Wide price range dependent on sizes
Does not include Venum’s famous thermal regulating mesh
Pro Style Leather Boxing GLoves, by Title Boxing
Low price, wrist control, and a killer look that will leave them cheering in the stands. Title Boxing gives us one of the best low-cost pairs on the market, albeit with a few issues. As we get to the second-tier items on our list, we encounter a few additional problems with each product. This only comes with a one-year lifespan, and gives you a narcotizing red dye odor for about a week after opening the package.
The build from stitch to padding is excellent, especially given the attractive price. Pro Style Leather Boxing GLoves are intended for light sparring, and cardio exercise. The multi-layer foam padding keeps your hands protected, while the twin-ply leather construction holds up against serious use. Using this for three times a week will give you plenty for the money spent, though longer time between use will extend the lifetime expectancy.
Satin/nylon interior for sweat reduction
Twin-ply leather construction
Multi-layer foam padding
- BrandTitle Boxing
- Weight2 pounds
Extremely low price
Excellent wrist control
Only a one-year lifespan
Chemical smell from the red dye (only available color)
Top King Boxing Gloves
If you want to be the king of the ring, you have to start by slipping on the crown. Top King comes with a series of colored boxing gloves, boasting one of the best velcro wrist closures on the market. Depending on how hard you go, you’ll get a couple of years out of these. They’re rated to withstand daily training without fail, made doubly assured by the additional foam padding.
You’ll feel a tight fit. These don’t really have a break-in period, so you’ll have to ensure you get the right size right from the get-go. Shock absorption, and for that matter, sweat reduction, all blend in seamlessly into one punch-packing glove that won’t disappoint. These are Muay Thai gloves, designed for all-purpose use, but you’ll really get the most out of them at the bags.
Comes in just about every size
Additional foam padding
Sweat-reduction interior build
- BrandTop King
Last between one and two years, depending on extensive use
Excellent shock absorption
Loses visual luster after a dozen sessions
It’s a tight fit; break-in period doesn’t leave much room
Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis Boxing Gloves
Potentially one of the most epic names for boxing gloves ever. Hayabusa makes Tokushu Regenesis Boxing Gloves with love, which you can see in each pair of boxing gloves. While they boast a breathable interior, that’s only if you have extra small hands. Men with larger hands will have difficulty fitting into these, and if they do, odor will build quickly. There is an antimicrobial interior, so even if that happens, you won’t risk infections on small cuts or anything of the sort.
These are right in the median tier of our list’s pricing, and holds up to the challenge. These are one of the longest-lasting pairs, reaching nearly five years of average use. The first thing to go is the stitching, so if you’re handy, you could extend these even past that. In terms of support, you get a perfect balance of comfort, mobility, and stability on your wrists, while the comfort fit glove gives you excitement to slip these on.
Balanced wrist support
Vylar-2 engineered leather
Lasts for three to five years on average
- Weight1.3 pounds
Not a good fit for larger hands
Requires frequent cleaning; not breathable
Contender Fight Sports’ Muay Thai Gloves
We’re winding down the list, but we’ve still got a couple of hitters for you. Contender Fight Sports put out one mean, budget-lean pair of boxing gloves. For one of the lowest prices on our list, you’re going to hit a few issues, but all in all, these are great beginner boxing gloves. Sizes generally run big, so you might get a bulky pair of gloves if you’re not careful when selecting your size. Apart from that, you’re only looking at six to nine months of use, if you’re using them three times a week.
These are meant for bag boxing, giving you a killer cardio workout while you train to begin sparring. With the hook and loop closure and secured thumb design, you get some serious power behind your fist, all at a tight fit around the wrist. Last but not least, the interior fights sweat build-up by keeping it as aired-out as possible.
Hook and loop closure
Secured attached thumb design
Tricot lining; quickly airs out, reduces odor build-up
- BrandContender Fight Sports
- ModelCSBG S -P
- Weight2 pounds
Durable build for long sessions of bag boxing
Sizing issue; generally runs large
Lifespan of six to nine months
Ringside IMF Tech Pro Fight Gloves
Last but not least, we come to an end with a second pair of Ringside gloves. Like the previous pair we reviewed, the IMF tech is barely noticeable, which is a bit of a bummer. The padding is good for bag boxing, and promotes a long life expectancy for these lace-up gloves. Strong wrist support and a lack of any chemical dye smells add value to the purchase, along with the quality resistance over time: you won’t see unwanted fading or logo scratching for a while.
Choose between four colors, and let the inner lion out of its cage. If you’re uncertain what you need in a set of boxing gloves, or if you’re just looking for a refresher on all the aspects that make a good set of boxing gloves worth the money, check out the comprehensive buying guide and determine which set of gloves will make you the reigning champ in your local gym.
Lace-up closure up to center palm
Strong wrist support
Comes in four vibrant colors
- Weight9.6 ounces
Lasts for about two years on average, three with intermittent use
Plush padding makes them excellent bag boxing gloves
Like the previous Ringside pair on our list, IMF feels like standard foam
Wide price range
Boxing Gloves Buying Guide and FAQ
To everyone else, these are simple, one-dimensional items. But you know better. You know that there’s a hundred different factors that separate the various qualities from different boxing glove types. We’re fleshed it out, and categorized everything you need to know.
Features to Look For in Boxing Gloves
Type - We’ll break down the five main types of gloves in a moment. The type has minor inflections on the cost, and also what you’ll be using them for.
Size - There’s a rule of thumb; however many pounds you weigh will define what weight boxing gloves you should get. Sizes typically range from 10oz to 20oz. If you’re 120lbs, go for 12oz gloves, 140lbs, 14oz gloves, and so on.
Fit - What good are they if they don’t fit? Look at your hand size, and the dimensions of the interior. The fit is also going to play into how the thumb feels and operates when you actually have the glove on. Remember: you want it tight, not constricting.
Padding - Depending on the glove type, you’ll experience different padding, usually near the front. It’s still important to pay specific attention to the padding; some brands may say it has the padding of a professional glove, when in fact, it feels more like an amateur glove.
Comfort - You’re going to get in the thick of it, whether it’s about a bag or a buddy, but you don’t want to wreck your hands doing it. Your comfort should coincide with the fit; if it fits and it isn’t comfortable, it’s not the right set for you.
Thumb Attachment - These are mostly for a vintage appearance. Way back when, boxers had an additional thumb piece connected by a strip of leather. This reduced thumb injuries, but now, they’re included in the construction of the gloves (most of the time). We point this out because it will impact the cost.
Hand Control - If it fits, you need to have a good amount of hand control to know if it’s truly the set for you. If you can’t flex your fingers properly, if you can’t pull back and block fast enough, you don’t have proper hand control. This could also be attributed to having too much weight on your gloves.
Closure - There are usually only two types of closures: velcro, or lace-up. This is mostly preference; you can achieve a tight, comfortable fit either way.
Wrist Support - Depending on how far down your wrist the glove travels, you’ll experience various levels of wrist support and control.
Wrist Mobility - Similar to the wrist support, this is dependent on the level of padding. Your mobility helps reduce the chance of wrist injuries.
Material - Last but not least, the associated materials are going to impact comfort, fit, and price. Padding comes in numerous forms, and during the price check phase of your purchase process, you’ll see the difference they play (this is also brand-specific, so it’s difficult to pinpoint; we don’t want to provide invalid information).
Different Types of Boxing Gloves
Training/Bag Gloves - If you’re in it for the workout, bag gloves run a touch bit cheaper, and are meant to absorb shock, while also distributing it to the bag.
Sparring Gloves - It’s for sport, not for profit. These are generally defined as more lightweight or simplistic gloves, with a little less padding.
Amateur Gloves - Fairly straightforward, these are your beginner pair; your training wheels. Using these will give you a good feel for what professional gloves feel like, and help you train your arms and wrists to withstand shock.
Professional Gloves - As the name would suggest, these are what you see in competitions, on the big screen, and when men are having actual sparring matches with the hopes of going pro.
Muay Thai Gloves - These aren’t technically boxing gloves; they’re training gloves all their own. These offer more flexibility as you close your fist, making them a little more freeform than traditional boxing gloves. Occasionally, you’ll see the thumb in a slightly position than standard boxing gloves.
Boxing Gloves FAQ
Q: What Size and Weight Should You Get?
A: Boxing gloves are going to come between 8oz and 20oz, and adding that much weight to your hands, you can imagine that it feels extremely different. This is a basic way to figure out, depending on what type of glove you buy, what you should be looking for in weight requirements.
Are you going lightweight, or heavyweight sparring? Those gloves tend to range in between 10oz and 18oz, and come with larger padding on the front to absorb the direct impact of glove-on-glove contact.
If you’re going for bag gloves, they usually range between 12oz and 16oz, with slightly less padding. The intention is that the bag is going to absorb some of the shock, requiring less front padding on the gloves (and a lower price tag, to boot).
Q: How are Boxing Gloves Supposed to Fit?
A: Amateurs or first-timers rarely get a solid, straight answer to this question. If you’ve yet to be under the guide of a boxer with more experience, you may be wearing these all wrong. Your hands are supposed to feel tight; not constrained. You should have a little wiggle room all across the top and bottom of your hand.
Your fingers should press firmly against the top of the glove, and the closure (lace or velcro) should be tight around your wrist, while allowing enough wrist mobility. You can define “enough” by having the mobility to charge your punches, without feeling immense pressure in your punches. You’re trying to avoid breaking your hand, which is what we’re going to talk about in the next section. It truly should “fit like a glove.”
Q: How do You Wrap Your Hands for Boxing?
A: There’s a right way, and a wrong way to do it, but first thing’s first: do you even know why we wrap our hands before slipping the gloves on? Newcomers make the mistake of assuming that it’s to add extra padding to your hands, and stifle the impact. In fact, it’s to prevent deep-rooted damage. When you wrap your hands, you’re pressing your joints together, which spreads out the impact across your entire hand. This means that certain angles and hits which would normally severely damage your joints will be rendered useless, because even in the heat of the fight, we’re not going for broken bones here.
Now that we know why, let’s figure out how. You’ll need a good roll of handwrap. You want it on the cheap, if possible. We recommend Sanabul’s handwrap for the best value; they come in multiple colors, so you can match them to your gloves if you’re feeling lucky.
To start, you’re going to take about three inches of handwrap at once, and make a loop out of it. A simple double knot will do, so long as it doesn’t come undone during the next few steps. Pop your thumb through that loop, and get ready to wrap your hand.
This is very important: you want the remaining wrap to cross over the top of your hand, not the palm. Pulling it this way ensures strengthening your hand and combining the power of your joints, while cutting across the palm will constrict your hand, cutting off circulation, and bending your joints the wrong way. If you wrap this way, you risk a higher chance of popping your thumb out of place, or breaking it on the wrong hit.
Begin by wrapping it around your wrist three times. Thumb loop, around the wrist three times. Next, you’re going to wrap it three times around your hand, ensuring to cover your knuckles, but not your fingers. When you flex your hand, your knuckles will pop out from the wrap a little bit; that’s perfectly okay.
Now, you’re probably wondering how the X pattern emerges. You’re going to take the wrap, and weave it between your pinky and ring finger, looping back around. You’ll repeat this for the other two gaps between your fingers, finishing off by pulling the wrap across your thumb. Last, you’ll pull it across the back of your hand and over your knuckles three times, finishing at the wrist. If there’s any additional wrap left, simply pull it over your hand as many times as you’d like, or until the remaining wrap is gone. Voila, you’re done.