I wonder how did Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and the like choose their boxing equipment. I guess some of the credit of their success goes to their boxing equipment, especially those legendary gloves. Without top-notch gloves their task would have been a little more difficult! So, here is how you choose the best gloves for yourself, if you are into boxing.
Choosing the Best Boxing Gloves
It is not as easy as you think to get the perfect pair of gloves. An individual cannot just walk in a sports shop and ask for a pair of gloves. A serious thought has to be put in for picking the best gloves.
Pick of the Picks
One of the wisest things to do for buying good gloves for boxing is to consult your trainer or instructor. As I described, just because a pair of Everlast gloves looks good, you cannot buy them, or buying gloves just because they are cheap, in a sports shop is a big no no. Speak to your instructor, decide the usage level of your gloves and then buy them.
Sporting Which Sport
What kind of sports or activity you are in is a major determinant of what type of gloves will be the best for you. For instance, if you practice cardio kickboxing in the gym, it will be advisable to choose a thicker glove with more padding. On the contrary, if you might have noticed, that a professional will most often than not have a lighter glove, easiest to make a fist. For someone who is training to hit the ring, again a heavier glove will be a good option. Likewise, if you are into Muay Thai, or just punching the speed bag, or sparring, your glove specifications for those boxing workouts will be different.
Size and Weight Matters
More than size, in boxing the weight of the glove matters. For example, 8 oz and 10 oz are common for competitive boxers, who hit the punching bag or heavy bag regularly, while women and kids, who have comparatively smaller hands, can have 12 oz gloves. They will be the best for them, when it comes to size. Along with this, 16 oz is the common weight of gloves for people of all sizes who are training. Typically, 12 oz is small, 14 oz is medium and 16 is large. Another important thing about size is that usually, gloves stretch to fit your hand better, with frequent use. So it is highly likely that even the best gloves will not fit you properly when they are brand new. For this reason, a good idea is to buy a pair which fits slightly tighter and never ever buy gloves without trying them with your hands wrapped.
Best Brands for Boxing Gloves
Gloves from renowned brands come with a guarantee. Some of the most prominent brands are Everlast, Ringside, Cleto Reyes, Revgear, Lonsdale, Grant and a few others. Everlast pro style training gloves are top-notch and so are Cleto Reyes Official Pro-fight Gloves. You can get a wide array of choices when you buy from these brands.
A final consideration while picking boxing gloves is whether they are going to be of leather or vinyl. Leather will be a better option, as it lasts longer. Although now you can get good vinyl gloves too. Rather than velcro, gloves with laces are preferable. That's it! All the best!