WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN BUYING BOXING GLOVES?
You want to start with combat sports but don´t know how to select boxing gloves?
No problem, we have compiled the 5 most important criteria for you:
1. GLOVES MUST STABILIZE
To protect the wrist from injuries, a boxing glove should be very well stabilized at the wrist. Qualitative processing together with a well-adapted construction provides a stable posture to enable a precise punching feeling. A large stable hold. During boxing a very high number of punches impacts hands and wrists. Indeed boxing gloves minimize these forces, but it is essential to wear boxing wraps for additional protection. The force which comes with the strikes is normally punctual, wraps distribute the force evenly. Therefore it is very important to wrap correctly.
2. GOOD PADDING
Stable padding is a prerequisite for a good boxing glove. The padding provides optimal cushioning which protects your fingers and knuckles under high load. A good padding is based on a multi-layer foam composition that is firmly glued together. Each layer is designed to absorb the force of the impact. The padding should be covered with high quality pleather/leather which keeps the boxing glove stable and protects against cracking.
3. WHAT SIZE DO YOU NEED?
- Kids boxing gloves: 6 to 8 oz
- Training gloves: 10 to 14 oz
- Sparring gloves: 16 to 18 oz
- Competition gloves: 10 to 12 oz
These are all-rounders. For a normal training 10-14 oz are suitable. 12 oz are classics and suited for most of the weight classes.
Larger and better padded than training gloves, sparring gloves offer better protection while punching. It is possible to use sparring gloves on pads or punching bags but it is much heavier. However for an ambitious athlete this is a very good workout for the muscles.
Least padded competition gloves are smaller so you are able to hit faster. These type of gloves are used in amateur and professional fights.
4. COMBAT SPORTS
Differences between boxing gloves and Muay Thai gloves:
The traditional boxing glove is a little smaller and less padded. Since boxing is without clinching these gloves are rather not suitable for grabbing. Muay Thai gloves, on the other hand are a little different. They are better padded, since you also need to block kicks and elbow techniques. The thumb of the Muay Thai boxing glove is more flexible so it’s easier to grip during the clinch.
5. WHY BOXING WRAPS?
Boxing wraps protect wrist and finger joint and also support the metacarpal area, more than that they should avoid sprains, fractures and ligament injuries. Furthermore with the wraps the padding of the gloves is improved so that opponents don’t easily hurt themselves in a serious way. Boxing wraps are also important because they fill possible inner space in the gloves and absorb sweat during training/competition. Boxing is a claiming and intense sport, sweating is inevitable. Sweat permanently getting into the glove leads to rapid wear.
HOW YOU CAN TIE BOXING WRAPS:
Boxing gloves need to be flexible (comfortable) and stable at the same time!
Whether you are an amateur or professional boxer, gloves need to protect you from injuries by ensuring a tight fit and optimal stability for the wrists. A glove must be comfortable/flexible so that punching techniques can be performed without restriction.
CARE TIPS FOR BOXING GLOVES
Moisture in your gloves can damage the padding in your equipment. Find somewhere that you can hang your gloves to give them air. Sweat is very aggressive and can destroy the material. Airing the gloves extend the lifetime of the gloves. To avoid bacterial and fungal growth wipe the gloves with disinfectant. Then rinse again with water. To avoid annoying smell put fragrance bags inside the boxing glove while they dry.
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