You walk into a store, take a quick look around and point to a pair of boxing gloves. The shop assistant packs them while you are reaching for your wallet. In a matter of minutes, the transaction is done and you walk away with your perfect pair, right? Well, if this is an episode of “how it is not done”, then yes, that’s about it.

Ask yourself this. How important are gloves for a boxing session? I’d say pretty much. Having the wrong kind and the wrong type will have a significantly negative impact on your efficiency and the overall quality of your training. Go here.

I know that choosing the right boxing equipment can be a stressful process, especially if you are a beginner and you have almost no clue about different types and generally about what you should look for. But, as always, the Internet has a solution. There are so many reviews you can find, which can make you an expert on the topic in no time. In order to choose wisely, you first need to get yourself acquainted with the various types of this equipment, their use and benefits.

Types

There are four main types you need to take into account. All of them are used in different occasions, so one can be suitable for sparring sessions, but not for a match, and vice-versa. Let’s check them out and make this clear once and for all.

Bag gloves are, as the name says it, used for punching bags. All the reviews you find will probably tell you that the lightweight ones are more practical and more commonly used. And they will be right. Throughout the whole history and all the changes that came with it, one fact remained the same. If the gloves are lighter, you will be able to endure a longer, faster, and a more intense training.

Read about the history of this equipment: https://evolve-mma.com/blog/the-history-and-evolution-of-boxing-gloves/

Training gloves are generally used for different types of training, ranging from the one with pads, bags, and occasionally, sparring partners. Although, there is a specific kind more suitable for sparring. In any case, these will probably be the ones that you will use the most in your trainings.

Sparring gloves are the specific type I was talking about in the previous paragraph. Is it really necessary that I explain what their whole purpose is? I guess not. For both yours and the safety of your partner, these are heavily padded, in order to protect your knuckles.

And finally, we have reached the competition gloves. When an opponent is standing in front of you, you want them to really feel the strikes you are about to give. Furthermore, you don’t want to lack in speed. These are perfectly designed to meet both the speed and the force requirements. Keep in mind that different competitions allow or ban different kinds.

What To Look For

Now that we have covered the basics, it’s time to learn how to find your perfect pair. It would be the best idea to go through the 2020 curated list of gloves, but I will also give my input. After all, it cannot hurt to have a few opinions.

Naturally, the first thing to do is decide on the type you need, according to the explanations I offered. Once you have done that, you will have narrowed your search a bit. And that is highly important, since the market is flooded with this product.

Secondly, you should take the quality and durability into account. Since you will be using this equipment on a regular basis, it is imperative to get the ones that have proved to be highly durable. Believe me, you don’t want to replace your gloves every couple of days.

Moving on, the next thing to check is the level of comfort, as well as the level of protection. It’s no surprise that you want to have a comfortable pair of gloves. Having it any other way would worsen your performance, as well as potentially lead to injuries. I know that you might not be thinking about safety at the moment. However, when any sport is in question, and especially boxing, comfort and safety must come first.

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