Boxing gloves & Bag glove
When purchasing Boxing gloves and bag gloves you will be
faced with various different options regarding material, size and cost. The
quality and style of the glove you choose will be determined by your budget and
the purpose of the glove. Leather gloves are recommended. Leather gloves are
higher quality and will last longer than vinyl gloves and also provide more
support. As you would expect leather gloves are more expensive but the quality
of brands such as Cleto Reyes, Twins & Sandee is incomparable. However, it is
possible to find good quality vinyl gloves from leading boxing brands and still
get the newest technologies incorporated into the designs.
Used for hitting the bag and other impact training such as
hitting the pads with a trainer. The weight of these gloves is usually between
12 ounces and 16 ounces, though some Sparring gloves can weigh as much as 22
ounces. For training purposes, most gloves weigh 12oz, 14oz, and 16 oz. The
heavier the glove, the more protection it offers. For beginners, 14oz and 16oz
gloves are recommended. For sparring purposes, 16oz boxing gloves are standard.
Women and anyone with a smaller build may prefer a lighter weighted glove such
as 10, 12, or 14 ounces.
Generally speaking, the heavier the glove the more it will add to overall
strength and stamina to your upper body conditioning, particularly your
shoulders (deltoids) and around your shoulder blades. However, many boxing gyms
exclusively the use of 16 ounce boxing gloves for all round training purposes.
Velcro or Laces-The classic style boxing gloves that you always see in prize
fights are tied on with laces. Just like lacing up your shoes, laces provide a
nice snug fit. The advantage to buying a pair of boxing gloves with Velcro
straps is that you can easily put on the gloves and remove them yourself. If you
have ever tried to lace a pair of gloves when nobody is around, it is almost
impossible. For your average person and general training purposes, gloves with
Velcro straps are very acceptable.
Bag gloves are used as a means to protecting the knuckle and
wrist from damage when hitting bags and pads. For this reason you will see many
variations in the designs of bag gloves but all essentially do the same job.
This type of glove is used for sparring and competition in
both professional and amateur bouts. They are usually lace up gloves as opposed
to Velcro closure. In general 10 ounce gloves are used in Amateur competition
and will be either red or blue with a white target area to help the judge’s
score. Professional fighters use 8 ounce gloves and the brand and colour is
typically decided upon by the promoters of the fight or the particular
organization that is administering the event.
Fitness Training –You’ll need: Bag/Sparring Gloves
Weight: 12, 14, 16, 18 or 20 ounce.
Sparring-you’ll need: Sparring Gloves
Weight: 16, 18 or 20 ounce.
Professional Competition / Fighting in the ring-You’ll need:
Fight Gloves / Lace up. Professional bouts taking place within the IBF, WBC and
WBA sanctioning bodies can only make use of the Cleto Reyes Brand of boxing
glove. Weight: 8 or 10 ounces
Amateur Competition / Olympic trials-You’ll need: 2 pairs
Velcro type AIBA Approved Gloves of the same manufacturer. Also gloves which the
organizers of the competitions have placed at the competitor’s disposal, and
which have been approved by the Executive Committee of AIBA. Note: boxers are
not allowed to wear their own gloves whilst participating in official
competition. Weight: 10 ounces Colour: Either Red or Blue (to represent the
separate corners of the ring) with a white knuckle area. Top 10 gloves are
designed specifically for this reason.
MMA Gloves & MMA Sparring Gloves
Up until recent years the best quality MMA equipment came
solely from Thai manufacturers like Sandee and Twins. With the increase in
popularity of MMA along came a host of new MMA equipment manufacturers. Brands
like Hayabusa & Punchtown have taken the bar to the next level and managed to
design products both high in quality and functionality as well as incorporating
new design features never seen before. Other brands like Caged Steel have
managed to produce high quality products but also managed to keep the retail
cost low and fantastic value for money. Whichever brand you choose make sure to
look out for the following features- As with boxing gloves the best quality MMA
gloves are made from leather. MMA gloves have minimal padding so MMA gloves
which incorporate a double wrist wrap for extra support reduce the risk of wrist
injury. Most MMA gloves now incorporate this feature.
Generally weigh or aim to weigh 4oz. This type of glove is
used for both competition and training .These gloves are perfect for circuit
training as the design of the glove is minimally restrictive leaving the hands
free to perform different exercises without removing the glove. The design of
the glove means they are perfect for striking or grappling.
MMA Sparring Glove
Generally weigh or aim to weigh 7oz. This type of glove is of
similar design to a standard MMA glove but incorporates much more padding on the
knuckle. The main purpose of the glove is to provide extra protection to the
knuckle when striking but not to be as restrictive as a boxing glove.
Below you will find measurements for the different types and size of gloves.
The measurements are inside measurements and have been taken as the width from
the widest point and the length measured from wrist to different parts of the
finger depending on the glove. By taking inside measurements from these
positions it will eliminate the differences in padding between manufacturers and
give a more accurate figure when comparing to your own hand measurement. . We
have used different manufacturers to give a more accurate measurement but please
bear in mind that this is a guide and the decision made on the following
information will ultimately be your own.
Sizing Guide-Boxing Glove
It is not easy or wholly accurate to put together a definitive guide to
sizing a Boxing glove as manufacturers sizes differ and the weight of a glove
will generally determine the size of a boxing glove but below is a common guide.
The measurements are inside measurements and have been taken from the wrist to
the end of the cupped finger. Please allow and add 90mm to your own hand
measurement for wrist attachment.
-Measurement of wrist to tip of longest finger + 90mm=Length of glove required.
• Small –10oz/12oz –Width=150mm,Length 290mm
• Medium - 14 oz.-Width=160mm,Length 290mm
• Large – 16oz/18oz-Width=160mm,Length295mm
An 8oz or 10oz competition glove is a different case scenario as the glove will
be either sized and weighted or will generally be a more generic sizing. Having
a lace up closure means that the sizing is able to be more universal.
Sizing Guide-Bag Glove.
Measure your hand from wrist to the end of your longest
finger but allow and add 55mm for wrist attachment.
-Measurement from wrist to tip of longest finger + 55mm=length of glove
• Small- Width=115mm, Length=210mm
• Medium-Width=120mm, Length=215mm
• Large-Width=130mm, Length=240mm
• X-Large-150mm, Length=270mm
Sizing Guide-MMA Glove/MMA Sparring Glove
The measurement for an MMA glove is slightly different to the
other gloves. You will need to measure from your wrist to the first knuckle on
your middle figure and add 70mm for wrist attachment.
-Measurement from wrist to first knuckle on middle finger (knuckle nearest the
palm) + 70mm=length of glove required.
• Small- Width=125mm, Length=190mm
• Medium- Width=130mm, Length=215mm
• Large- Width=130mm, Length= 225mm
• X-Large-Width=135mm, Length=240mm
If you are in-between sizes I would recommend you go for the smaller size as the
glove will stretch over time.
Sizing Guide-MMA Clothing
As above, all measurements are to be taken as a guide.
Measurements have been taken from different brands to give a more accurate
overall measurement. I have found that Tapout sizes become larger than normal in
both large and extra large sizes. All other brands tend to follow suit on their
sizes and aim to be a snug-fit. Measurements have been taken across the front
chest (armpit to armpit) and neck to waist.
• Small- Chest=440mm, Length=680mm
• Medium-Chest=510mm, Length=720mm
• Large- Chest=530mm, Length=750mm
• X-Large-Chest=570mm, Length=750mm
• Small- Chest=485mm, Length=670mm
• Medium- Chest=570mm, Length=680mm
• Large- Chest=600mm, Length=730mm
• X-Large- Chest=640mm, Length=750mm
• Small- 30” Waist
• Medium- 32” Waist
• Large- 34” Waist
• X-large- 36” Waist
• XX-large- 38” Waist
There is quite a lot of manoeuvrability in the shorts as the waistbands are all
adjustable so the above measurements should only be used as a guideline.