Boxing gloves are one of the fundamental protections for practitioners of these sports because they minimize the impact of blows, reducing the risk of injury.
Although we know that they are padded gloves – we have seen them in films such as the mythical Rocky or Million Dollar Baby, to put popular examples -, when buying boxing gloves you have to take into account a number of features that can make this task difficult: materials, size, design … so if you want to start in boxing, this is a buying guide for boxing gloves to help beginners to find the most suitable model.
Boxing gloves guide for beginners
We start with an obvious thing: it is not the same to be a professional boxer than to have recently started practicing boxing. A professional will have several gloves (training, competition, for bags) and will look for models that offer resistance, protection, and a maximum fit, of course of good quality for intensive use.
A principal is not even sure if he likes boxing (it would not be the first time we started doing an activity and we left him after two months) and he has no good technique, so a bad blow can cause an injury. If you are going to start in boxing or in any other discipline that requires boxing gloves, always look for a model that offers comfort and good aeration. From here, there is a whole world to choose from.
- Materials: Leather gloves are the most expensive, but also offer greater strength and adaptability. Another good, more affordable option is leatherette. In the low range, we find PVC boxing gloves, somewhat harder and less comfortable but that could be used for occasional use. In the lower part is vinyl, a very cheap material with very little resistance that despite its low price is not worth it.
- Boxing gloves are filled with foam, but not all are the same. The higher the density of the foam, the better it will absorb shock. In the higher ranges, there are even layers of gel, which spread the impact evenly. For a beginner, a good foam padding is enough.
- Clasp type. In the market we will find gloves with the closure of strings, velcro and even with elastic, the latter not recommended because they give way. There is nothing that fits a boxing glove better than the ropes, but you will need someone to help you put them on and take them off. That is why for beginners it is best to use velcro, more practical and easier to place than rope boxing gloves.
- Perspiration and seams. Some gloves with double stitching ensure durability, so although it is not a fundamental requirement if it is recommended. Finally, there is the issue of perspiration: if you want to encourage aeration, there are models that have grille parts, which allows the passage of air so that the skin is not “cooked”. However, if you start practicing boxing regularly you should wear bandages and inner gloves.
A fundamental aspect: the size (weight) of boxing gloves
Although boxing gloves seem huge, we are not worth anyone and a bad choice can cause discomfort and even injury.
More than size, boxing gloves are classified by their weight by OZ (which comes from the ounces of the British system, equivalent to 28.35 grams). The OZs represent how much the glove adapted to the weight of the fighter weighs. A good approximation to know what your size is is the following:
- 6 Oz, for weights less than 45 kg.
- 8 Oz, for boxers weighing 45 to 65 kg.
- 10 Oz, for boxers from 65 to 78 kg.
- 12 Oz, 78 to 90 kg weight
- 14 Oz: if our weight is greater than 90 kg.
- 16 Oz: if in addition to exceeding 90 kg we seek additional protection.
If you have doubts, it is best to consult your coach and try them on the spot. The weight of the gloves also depends on whether in the future we want to fight (they will have to be heavier) or if we are only going to train technique and jacket (they can be lighter).