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.
If you are planning on sparring most gyms will only allow you to use 16oz gloves (14oz in some cases), which is something to keep in mind. I always like to use a separate pair of gloves for sparring.
These are my recommended sizes for training purposes:
|Glove Weight||Weight||Hand Size|
|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.
Top 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.
1. Venum Impact Boxing Gloves
Venum is one the best up and coming boxing and mixed martial art companies right now in my opinion. It’s no wonder when they are selling a range of gear at high quality for such reasonable amounts! Not only do Venum Impact gloves look cool I also really like the way they have used used snake logo as part of the design for this glove.
Features of this glove includes a 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.
2. RIVAL Boxing RB7 Fitness Plus Bag Gloves
The Rival RB7 Fitness Bag Gloves are great option for any beginner about to start boxing as they offer you brilliant overall protection in the impact zone and have a secure hook and loop strap. The best part about these gloves in my opinion is how cushiony they feel on striking all equipment in the gym such as the heavy bag, mitts or double end bag.
These gloves also come in multiple designs, giving you plenty of options to choose from – I went for the classic red look! In terms of the material Rival have used Carbonium PU, which is an extra-resistant vinyl material and almost make it looks like is has layer or Carbon fiber over it!
2. 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! 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.
You also check out more of my top RDX glove selections here
4. Everlast PowerLock Gloves
Everlast Powerlock Gloves are probably one of the most well-known and respected boxing equipment and apparel companies out there! Boxers such as Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Errol Spence Jr and Mikey Garcia are just some of the best boxers that have been seen to use Everlast gloves as professionals in training and their fights.
For beginners however, the Everlast powerlock gloves are definitely great 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.
5. RDX F15 Noir Boxing Gloves
The RDX F15 Boxing Gloves is a product I would highly recommend for anyone looking for an all round pair of gloves. These can be used for sparring, on the heavy bag, punch mitts and many other pieces of boxing equipment. The gloves have been designed exactly for resistance and for longevity as RDX sports even describe them as “a pair of boxing gloves that won’t quit.”
A downside to these gloves for me though is that they only come in the Matt Black/Noir coloring and it would have been nice if RDX gave you a couple other options for this glove. Regardless of this minor negative, it is still a very cool looking design!
6. 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.
7. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves
These gloves are fully handmade in Thailand with 100% Semi leather, the Venum Elite boxing gloves were designed to bring you the highest fighting experience at the best price and finest quality.
The are made with a triple density foam in the padding which really helps to absorb the shock whenever you make impact. The also have a vast variety of colors to choose from – I went for the khaki green.
8. Twins Special Muay Thai Boxing Gloves
Twins are primarily a brand for Maui Thai and kickboxing which have created the a more rounded top and extra padding on the front and side to give protection from kicks. The hands for these gloves have more flexibility to move so you have the ability parry and clinch for muay thai or kickboxing. The wrist support for these gloves is a little bit more loose than traditional boxing gloves in my opinion.
The quality of these gloves is superb though and is made with real leather and handmade from Thailand. If you are just going to be doing boxing training on the heavy bag, pads/double end bag etc. these gloves will be absolutely fine to use and you won’t be left disappointed with quality.
9. Fighting Sports Fury Training Gloves
Fighting Sports are sub brand of TITLE Boxing and in my opinion have created a superb classic all round training glove for any that participates in boxing. It’s all round use makes it reliable option to go with and can also be used for sparring. They have definitely mocked the design off the Japanese brand Winning as way to get more sales, however in case of this glove they have done great job!
It has been created with real full grain leather which makes this very durable and will last you. The strike zone has been made with a medium density sponge foam to give your hand great protection to avoid injuries. The hook and loop velco strap is also very secure and won’t leave you disappointed. Overall I do rate this glove highly, but you will have spend a little more to get this.
10. Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves
The Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves, are truly one of the best boxing gloves out there right now and are perfect gloves if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced boxer or mixed martial artist looking for a quality boxing glove. In 2019 these gloves were Awarded “Best Boxing Gloves” by Men’s Health Magazine.
These will cost you a bit more money, but you need to see this a longer term investment if you are going to go for these. They have all around brilliant padding and protection and ergonomically very comfortable for your hands!
You can also check out some Hayabusa Superhero gloves addition here.
All ten 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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(Updated Jan 2021)