You might not be surprised to learn that we are commonly asked about how to choose the best boxing gloves. With so many options, narrowing it down can feel overwhelming.
Do I need a heavy bag glove (which is also called ‘ guante de bolsa pesada ’ in Spanish) or a sparring glove? Leather or synthetic? What’s IMF Tech? There are so many things to consider.
And then you have to figure out what size you need to get. With all these choices facing you, how can you make sure that you’re picking out the right pair of boxing gloves for you?
Boxing Glove Type
Boxing gloves come in four primary categories: Bag, Sparring, Training, and Competition. To understand which of these options will be the best boxing glove for you, you will need to know what your primary use will be.
Bag Gloves have ample wrist support and significant padding over the knuckles. This provides substantial protection from the constant impact of the heavy bag.
They also tend to be lighter than sparring gloves to allow fighters to throw punches for longer than with a heavier sparring glove.
Sparring Gloves are built to protect you and your partner while you spar in the ring. Heavier than competition gloves, these gloves also help you to improve punch speed and endurance. If you can only afford one pair of gloves for training, then choose Sparring Gloves.
Training Gloves are intended to be all-purpose gloves for training. Designed to provide proper protection for both bag work and in-ring sparring, they are a bit of a hybrid between the two glove styles. Some Training Gloves manage this hybridization really well, but not all manufacturers nail this mash-up.