What are the best boxing gloves for beginners? If you are reading this article you are probably just about to start boxing or thinking about taking it up. It’s a really hard decision which many beginners struggle with as there is so many glove options out there, it can be quite overwhelming on what to actually choose.
For example, I hear and get questions from beginners all the time:
“Should I get 16oz, 14oz or 12oz gloves?”
“What brand is the best?”
“I don’t want to spend too much on them, but I want good quality.”
Hopefully by taking a few minutes of your time I can give you a bit of background on the important aspects you should definitely consider before buying, along with some affordable options to help you make the best decision before you get started in your training!
What boxing glove size should I get?
Now before showing you my glove sizes below, please consider that boxing gloves can come in all different shapes and styles depending on the brand, which can fit your hands differently. I like to compare this to your feet when trying on new shoes. You might try a pair of size 10s, but the shoe shape and style just doesn’t feel right for your own feet. It’s the exact same for your hands.
For example, some people have bigger or smaller hands, so one set of gloves may feel comfortable for you, but for others it might be too tight for their hands. So keep that in mind when you are making your decision. My guide below is more general to do with your weight, hand size (e.g. XL) and focused for bag gloves in this post.
16oz-18oz gloves, 175lbs+, L/XL
14oz gloves, 150-175lbs, L/XL
10-12oz gloves, 100-150lbs, S/M/L
6-8oz gloves (children), under 100lbs, XS/S
What features are important?
There is four key values I always consider when purchasing boxing training gloves and you should definitely keep these in mind before making a purchase:
- Price – this is probably one of the first things you will look at when buying your gloves. With so many ‘cheap’ options out there, it’s always worth spending that little bit more to make sure you get a quality product which will fit into my other key boxing glove values below.
- Durability – you want to have a glove that actually lasts you for a while. You don’t want to buy gloves that will fall apart after a few months and having to spend more money again! This for me is this most important aspect for buying gloves, so that I know they will last me for a long time. It’s always good to have two pairs of gloves so you are not constantly using the same pair and wearing them out.
- Protection – now for some people it’s all about making sure your hands, knuckles and wrists have great protection. You’ll want to make sure they have good padding inside and out, along with a strong hook and loop velcro strap to keep you hands secure and protected. The worst thing to have is a glove that is flimsy and hurts you every time you punch!
- Comfort – this very much links in with the size of the glove as you will be using them a lot. You want to make sure your hand is actually comfortable in them. You will usually have to try a few brands before you know what feels best for you.
10 Beginner Boxing Glove Options
Now I have made a list of 10 excellent glove options below which I think are the best, quality and affordable starting training gloves for beginners in boxing.
Ringside Boxing Pro Training Gloves
Ringside have created a quality glove design at an entry level price. If you are just starting out in your boxing training and looking to get fit, this is a great boxing glove to begin with. The synthetic leather and shape of the glove make this very durable and protective for your hand.
Learn more on Amazon here: Ringside Boxing Pro Fitness Glove
2. Venum Impact Boxing Gloves
Venum is one the best up and coming boxing and mixed martial art companies right now. No wonder when they are selling a highly quality product for such an decent amount! Not only do Venum Impact gloves look cool (I also love the name too!) They are a fantastic boxing glove for a boxing beginner!
Features include triple density foam to protect your hands, which definitely helps make the glove more comfortable for you when smashing the pads or heavy bag, but it also helps avoid hand injuries as you practice your technique.
Learn more on Amazon here: Venum Impact Boxing Gloves
3. RDX Ego Boxing Gloves
Another really solid boxing glove for beginners is the RDX Ego glove, who have created a really good all round glove for beginners to go for! The glove comes in a range of colours including gold, red, green, blue and pink so you can pick whatever fits your fancy. The product itself is very durable and will definitely last you for a while.
They have a really good shock resistance foam and isn’t too tight on the hand with breathable space for comfort. The wrist strap may look quite thin and not as solid as other gloves, but the cuff still feels strong enough once you have it on. (Check out more of my RDX glove selections here)
Learn more on Amazon here: RDX Ego Boxing Gloves
4. Everlast PowerLock Gloves
Everlast are probably one of the most well-known and respected boxing equipment and apparel companies out there! Boxers such as Deontay Wilder, Errol Spence Jr and Mikey Garcia are just some of the current best boxers that use Everlast gloves as professionals.
For beginners however, the Everlast powerlock gloves are definitely gloves to consider. They are fantastic all round gloves for sparring, hitting the heavy bag or the pads. The design of the glove gives you the perfect balance between power and protection. (You can check out my full powerlock glove review here)
Learn more on Amazon here: Everlast powerlock training gloves
5. RDX F15 Noir Boxing Gloves
(Details coming soon)
6. Twins Special Muay Thai Boxing Gloves
7. LEONE 1947 Boxing Gloves
8. Fairtex Muay Thai Style
9. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves
10. Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves
All four of the gloves above are definitely worth looking into purchasing and each have that all round quality to their design, which will suit any beginners coming into the sport of boxing. If I had to pick one for an all round boxing training experience it would definitely be between Venum Impact or Everlast Powerlock Gloves.
Hope you found this review helpful and make sure to let us know in the comments below what options you are thinking of going for.
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