Boxing Gloves

Monday, 3 November 2003 | Tags: , , , ,

Boxing has become a popular fitness and training program for just about anyone, from men to women to teens. To protect your hands, you need the right type of gloves for your level.

The Basics

  • Gloves should be comfortable and quite snug.

  • Make sure the wrist is well supported to prevent injuries.

  • Material will be a factor in your choice:

    • Vinyl is about half the price of leather and is fine if you’re just starting out.

    • Leather moulds to your hand for a better fit and is also tear resistant.

    • Look inside for a soft material like satin or taffeta – it’s all about comfort.

    • Choose from different types of closures: some are traditional lace-up, others are elastic or Velcro.

  • For training and sparring, gloves are heavier and softer, with more padding for better protection.

  • For training on a bag, gloves are smaller yet more dense for added protection from constant pounding.

  • For competition, gloves are governed by a set of rules, but are typically lighter with less padding.

Other Considerations

  • Use hand wraps for added support for wrists; some clubs have made wraps mandatory for your protection.


With the help of some novice and intermediate boxers, we tested out these training gloves:

  • Everlast (vinyl): $26.99
  • Title (premium leather): $35
  • Ringside (leather): $83

Fit & Comfort Test

  • The Title were lightweight and smaller compared to the Ringside, which made them easier to manage.

  • The Everlast were too big and the synthetic material made our hands a lot sweatier.


We threw some good punches with the Title gloves, our top choice.

Thanks to Our Experts

Marina Mavros, Canadian National boxing champ

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