As a woman boxer, you probably know how difficult and confusing it can be to pick out the right boxing gloves. With so many different styles of boxing gloves for so many different purposes, a novice boxer may feel overwhelmed about which gloves to choose.
In addition, the amount of boxing glove brands can also feel overwhelming. All brands claim to sell the superior glove so it is difficult to determine which brand is actually the best. However, with proper research, the search can get easier!
When choosing gloves, you should consider the features you want and think about your personal needs. Everyone has reasons for choosing their gloves, so I would even recommend talking with other female boxers about which gloves they have and why they chose them.
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Why Boxing Gloves are Necessary
You may be wondering: martial artists don’t use any type of gloves, why should boxers? While it’s true that gloves aren’t used in martial arts, you should remember that boxing is a different sport, and in the sport of boxing, we use gloves.
The reason for using gloves is simple: protection.
Padded boxing gloves protect boxer’s hands from injury and help the boxer to avoid Parkinson’s Disease later in life, which is very common in boxers.
In addition, the padding will help protect opponents from head injuries, which can also have damaging, long-term effects.
Types of Boxing Gloves
Bag gloves are used for hitting the punching bag. There are a couple of different types of bag gloves.
The first type is the old-fashioned bag glove that offers minimal padding or protection. The sole purpose is to protect your skin and they don’t offer any protection for your knuckles and wrists. They are very lightweight and may throw off your timing in the ring.
The second type of bag glove is the more modern bag gloves. These are definitely the gloves to go with if you don’t mind the added weight of padding. They offer much better hand protection and, unlike the classic gloves, won’t throw off your timing in the boxing ring.
Sparring gloves are primarily used for sparring with a partner. They are different, however, from gloves that are meant to be worn in a real fight.
They have a thick, soft cushion that is not well equipped for hitting a punching bag as they deteriorate pretty quickly, but are good for protecting yourself and another person in a spar.
Training gloves offer a best of both worlds of the two aforementioned gloves as they can be used for both sparrings with a partner and practicing on the punching bag. That way, you don’t have to spend extra money investing in multiple gloves for different types of practice.
While this may be convenient for someone just getting into boxing, many higher level lady boxers do not like training gloves.
More experienced boxers typically will not buy training gloves because they feel you shouldn’t have one set of gloves used for multiple different types of practice.
Finally, fight gloves are the ones to be worn in the fighting ring. They are also referred to as “pro gloves” and really shouldn’t be used outside the boxing ring. They are heavy and not well equipped for training.
These gloves are the ones that are going to directly affect your fighting performance, you should take lots of time and consideration when choosing your fighting gloves.
Choosing Boxing Gloves
One of the first things you need to determine if the size you need. Your boxing gloves should fit your fingers and wrists comfortably and your hand should feel comfortable and natural within the glove. If the glove is contorting your hand in any way or feels uncomfortable, you should change size. Fighting with the wrong size glove will affect your performance for the worse.
Something else that you should consider early in your boxing glove search is the quality glove you need. Good quality gloves are absolutely vital for both training and fighting, as low-quality gloves will flatten out and the padding will be no good.
I know it can be hard to put down the money for super high-quality gloves. But just remember that if you have to keep replacing low-quality gloves, you’ll probably spend the same amount in the long run as if you had just bought the high-quality gloves.
A good thing to go buy when buying boxing gloves is “you get what you pay for”. Typically, the better, higher quality gloves will be more expensive.
Women’s boxing gloves typically range in price from about $30 to over $120. However, you should not let price alone make your selection. Don’t be afraid to talk to a sales clerk and try on many different gloves before making your decision. You may end up spending more than you anticipated, but it’s worth it to make sure you have the best gloves.
As far as style, there are two types of boxing gloves to choose from. The first is lace up gloves. Lace-up gloves are the traditional boxing glove and provide excellent fit and snugness around the wrist. The only downside is that when you need the gloves tightened before you fight, you won’t be able to put them on by yourself.
Another style is hook and loop gloves. These gloves are very convenient and can easily be put on by yourself. However, their disadvantage is that they’re known to tear into your cotton hand wraps.
Finally, the last thing to consider when choosing gloves is the color you want. Red is the traditional boxing glove color and is great for masking blood stains in fights. However, red gloves aren’t the best for training, as they are difficult for a trainer to see.
For training, opting for a bold color, such as white, blue, green or pink is best so your trainer can see your punches well. Typically, boxers will have a pair of red gloves for fighting, along with many other colors for training.