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How to Choose the Best Boxing Gloves for Beginners

How to Choose the Best Boxing Gloves for Beginners

19th Jun 2018

If you’re new to boxing, finding the right boxing gloves can seem pretty daunting. There are hundreds of types, brands, and not to mention how confusing the sizing can get.

Choosing the right pair of gloves is one of the most important things you can do when you’re just getting started. In addition to affecting the quality of your training, wearing the wrong glove can increase your chance of injury over time.

To save you a bit of trouble, we’ve created a guide with everything you need to know in order to choose the best boxing gloves for beginners.

How to pick the right size

To find the best boxing gloves for beginners, you must first determine the right size for your needs. Gloves are displayed in ounces (oz.). The most common sizes are 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz. 10 oz gloves are the most popular size for bag/pad workouts while 14, 16, 18, and 20 oz gloves are used for sparring.

As the size is determined by the amount of padding inside the glove, a heavier weight means your hand will have more protection, but will also slow down your punching speed.

Most beginners opt for bigger gloves to be on the safe side and work their way down towards competition weight as their skills improve. The size and type of boxing gloves you use will really depend on your body weight and purpose.

Your boxing gloves should have a snug, comfortable fit with your fingertips grazing the top of the gloves. Be sure to try them with hand wraps on. The gloves should be snug around the straps but not tight, and it should be easy to make a fist.

If you’re buying online (and will not be able to try the gloves on in-store first), an easy why to find your glove size is to measure the circumference of your hand. Use your dominant hand to wrap a tape measure around the fullest part of your hand, excluding the thumb. You should also take into consideration your body weight. The following chart uses both hand circumference and body weight to recommend a size:

Boxer’s Weight Hand Circumference Without Wrap Weight Size
40-54 kg 5.5” - 6.5” 8 oz.
54-68 kg 6.5” - 7.5” 10 oz.
68-84 kg 7.5” - 8.5” 12 oz
84+ kg 8.5” - 9.5” 14 oz.

The best type of boxing gloves for beginners

There are several different types of boxing gloves, each with its own purpose. Professional and advanced boxers tend to have multiple pairs of gloves for each training activity. However, beginners usually only need a pair that will adequately protect your hands.

Most beginners opt for general training gloves or bag gloves. There are slight differences between the two, so it will really depend on what activities you’ll be doing. Note: many brands refer to both glove types as “boxing gloves.”

All-Purpose / Training Gloves: These are multi-functional gloves that can be used for a variety of activities and are probably your best bet if you’re just starting out. Opt for all-purpose gloves if you’re planning on doing a mixture of sparring and bag work. They also work for other types of boxing, such as Thai Boxing.

Bag Gloves: As the name suggests, bag gloves are designed to be used when doing bag work. These are particularly partial if you plan to train at home and won’t be doing any sparring. Modern bag gloves are essentially training gloves with more padding. They are designed to protect your hands when hitting a heavy bag.

The most important aspects you should look out for when buying boxing gloves for beginners is quality of materials, and appropriate size and weight. Start with something basic and relatively inexpensive, and work your way up to more specialized gloves as you gain experience. If you’re planning to do martial arts, opt for a flexible glove. Heavier gloves are better if you’re training to enter the ring, while lighter gloves are best if you’re competing in the ring.

Regardless of type, the best boxing gloves for beginners should always be comfortable to wear with hand wraps and perfectly fit the shape of your hand, wrist and fingers. A good pair of gloves should never hurt your hands after a punch. However, it’s important to note that all gloves have a break-in period. Chances are they won’t be comfortable right away, so give them a few weeks to fully adapt to your needs and fit.

Are laces or velcro best for beginners?

Laces do offer a tighter fit and better wrist support, however they’re also sadly not as practicable. You can’t tie laces by yourself, so you’ll have to count on your training buddy to lace you up before each training. For this reason, lace-up gloves are almost exclusively used by professional boxers.

Velcro can be secured almost as tightly as laces, and can be done yourself. 9 times out of 10 the hassle of laces isn’t worth the benefits, unless you’re a pro.

Leather or vinyl boxing gloves?

Good boxing gloves for beginners

The most common materials used for boxing gloves are vinyl and leather. The glove material will likely impact your comfort, the durability of the glove, and the cost.

Vinyl gloves are usually cheaper; ranging from about £20- £40. For that reason, vinyl gloves make for good boxing gloves for beginners. However, if you plan to train very regularly, leather may be a better choice, both for comfort and durability.

Vinyl is far less breathable, and may cause your hands to get excessively hot and sweaty. It’s also not nearly as long-lasting as leather. However, this is still a great option if you plan to use your gloves to partake in fitness classes, or any other activity where there is little actual hitting.

Leather, while more expensive provides quite a few more benefits than vinyl. In addition to durably, leather will mold to your hand and become better fitting over time.

The best boxing gloves for beginners

When choosing the best starter boxing gloves, brand does play a significant role. Brands vary greatly in terms of value and quality. Some brand which specialize in a certain area, and offer more protection than others. We’ve rounded up a few of the top rated boxing gloves for beginners.

Bytomic Performer 3.0 Carbon Boxing Gloves

Beginners boxing gloves

Bytomic generally produces the best value boxing gloves for both beginner and advanced boxers. These Performer 3.0 Carbon Gloves are great for beginners as they’re super lightweight and incredibly affordable.

Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves

Best boxing gloves under 100

The Venum Challenger Gloves are probably the best boxing gloves for training on this list. They include triple density foam for better shock management and added hand protection, as well as a breathable interior mesh. The added protection also makes them a great boxing glove for beginners.

Ringside Club Glove

Best boxing gloves on the market

The Ringside Club Glove offer excellent hand protection as they feature several layers of added padding around the wrist. Other top features include a leather exterior, and a velcro wrist strap for an extra secure fit; both of which are great for durability if you’re look for a glove that is sure to last. 

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