By Pepe Havok.
Boxing is an amazing sport with great benefits for those who try it, but the first approach can be tricky since you have two get a pair of boxing gloves and there is a wide variety of them, so… How do you pick your first boxing gloves?
In this article we will give you a small guide on what gloves to buy for different types of training.
There are different types of gloves and to make an easier guide we are going to show you 2 categories:
Gloves by Weight
8 & 10 oz. – These gloves are made for fighting and, unless that’s your goal, we don’t recommend purchasing these for training.
12 oz. – This is the ideal weight if you start training. They have a good life period and they are the lightest gloves, in most brands, for training.
14 oz. – It is the standard weight to start boxing training, they are also ideal. The weight is bearable and comfortable, in addition they will help you gain resistance to keep your guard up.
16 oz. – This is the last of the “regular” weights for training gloves. We do not recommend them to start but they are definitely a great option for a second purchase, as it is a considerable weight to train and will help you improve your technique, develop greater strength and resistance in the shoulders.
18 oz. and up – These gloves are heavier and are not as common in the market, however they do exist and are those that are recommended if your goal is to gain considerable strength and resistance. We recommend them for more advanced people whose strength allows them to use them easily but it is definitely not our recommendation to buy them at first as they will force you to stop your training because they might be too heavy.
Velcro or Laces
Velcro – they are ideal for training alone as they are simple and you don’t need someone else’s help to put them on and take them off. In our opinion, these are perfect to start with.
Laces – without a doubt they are the most comfortable type because they are tightened by molding to your wrist and hand. They are perfect if you have a coach or someone who’s there to help you put them on and take them off, otherwise they won’t work for you. Despite the comfort they give you, the difference is not significant with velcro ones.
Hybrids – Gloves that have laces and velcro are also not that common in the market and frankly we do not recommend them. The only advantage they have is that they are comfortable and give you extra support on the wrist, but you can also solve that with a good hand wrap.
In the market there are many brands such as Cleto Reyes, ADIDAS Boxing, Title Boxing, Winning, Rival, Hayabusa, Venum, Grant, etc. and each one of them has different models, molds and designs. The decision is completely yours, everyone likes different specs and different gloves, and for this we recommend reading reviews.
The WBC has a glove certification program and, if you ask us, we will help you know which gloves are certified and which ones do not meet quality standards.
If you have never practiced boxing, we recommend using 12 or 14 oz gloves with velcro fastening.
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In addition to buying a pair of gloves that fit your type of training, it is important that you know that there must be a good hand wrap on your hands before training because that is the key to protecting your hands and knuckles.
Today there are also shock gloves that can be used under boxing gloves as substitutes for hand wraps.