The Top Training, Sparring, and Competition Boxing Gloves of 2019
1. Everlast Pro Style Boxing Gloves
Everlast is a company that has been around forever due to its focus on producing great quality products. Something which holds true to this day with their Pro Style Boxing Gloves. It’s not uncommon to hear about people keeping the same pair for as long as 3 years. Which says quite a bit about the level of durability that these things are packing.
With their Thumblok innovation, Everlast gloves are incredibly easy to slip on and off while maintaining a secure fit during training sessions. Wrist padding is something that could use some work though – trying to strike a balance between great support and lack thereof in order to promote good technique in their fighters for the future. An intention I can get behind but believe will also drive a lot of people who expect a certain level of protection from modern boxing gloves of this caliber.
It’s also important to note how the price difference between sizes can be a bit shocking at first. Keep that in mind when deciding on your next pair.
Brand – Everlast
Model # – 1200010
Weight – 10.9oz
– Incredibly easy to put on and take off
– 2 to 3 years of life
– The big price discrepancy between sizes
– Lack of complete wrist coverage
2. Sanabul Essential GEL Boxing Gloves
Sanabul gloves are best known for their top of the line GEL padding. Making them perfect for heavy bag training. There’s a good chance their not going to last you very long, but while you have them, you can rest assured that you’re hands are in.. well, the best hands.
Protection and support are second to none in my opinion but the durability of these gloves is definitely something to be desired. Hardcore training will result in maybe a 3 to 6-month life expectancy from the Sanabul Essential GEL Boxing Gloves. But like I said, what you’re really paying for here are the protection and support. Perfect for beginners and heavy bag users – the shock absorption that you get from the gel padding and wrist support offered by velcro system is pretty damn good for the price.
Brand – Sanabul
– Great price for the quality
– Top notch padding
– Low durability
3. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves
If you’ve also taken a look at our Top Muay Thai Gloves list then you already know how much I love Venum. This is a company that’s been producing outstanding quality gloves for a very long time and has earned the trust of its consumers. Something that’s tough to say in the age of Yelp reviews and social media.
The Venum Elites are no exception to the rule. With a few added innovations like the thermal regulating material lining the interior of the gloves to alleviate sweaty hands and odor. The exterior of the gloves is designed with the usual Skintex leather that Venum adopts on their higher-end models. Giving the Elites fairly long durability.
All in all, a great pair of gloves that comes in a variety of different color options for you to pick from.
Brand – Venum
Model # – 0984-16oz-P
Weight – 2lbs
– Skintex leather exterior
– Thermal regulating interior
– Layered foam for protection
– Good price
– Long break-in period
– Larger than normal fit – not ideal for lightweight fighters
4. Fairtex Muay Thai Style Training Sparring Gloves
With its vibrant colors and sleek styling, Fairtex’ Muay Thai Style Training and Sparring Gloves actually look even better in person than in pictures. Doubling down on their belief that you’ll absolutely love their product, Fairtex offers a free return policy from both the US and Thailand for anyone willing to give their gloves a try.
And it makes sense. These gloves offer a tight, well-designed fit with their durable velcro wrist system. Holding out for as long as 2 years in some instances. It’s unlikely that someone who gives these gloves an honest shot will decide to part with them.
Brand – Fairtex
Weight – 2 lbs
– Nice traditional look
– Durability of up to 2 years
– A bit pricey
– Glove sizing runs on the small side
5. Cleto Reyes Hook and Loop Training Gloves
Even though these gloves take quite a bit of time to properly break-in, they’re still a great pick if you want high-quality boxing gloves that are going to last you a long time. Boasting 3 to 4 years of average durability, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t have to buy a replacement pair for a long time.
The hook and loop nature of the wrist system makes the gloves easy to slip on and off while also giving your wrists more mobility. A tough balance to make work.
Brand – Cleto Reyes
Weight – 2 lbs
– Hook and loop wrist system
– 30+ color and styling options
– Easy to put on and take off
– Long break-in period
– One of the most expensive choices on this list
6. Trideer Pro Grade Boxing Gloves
Whatever one could say about Trideer – one thing is certain: they paid a great deal of attention on the construction of these Pro Boxing Gloves. With only two styling options, it’s a must that the core design has been worked out thoroughly. Something that they managed to pull off quite valiantly.
The breathable material helps keep your hands nice and dry even during the most grueling training sessions. The multi-layered foam packs an impressive amount of shock absorption. And the velcro system keeps your wrists securely in place while you deal damage to punching bag and humans alike.
Much like Fairtex, Trideer is very open about how much their willing to go out of their way to make sure that you’re satisfied with their products. Openly advertising lifetime customer service which interestingly enough, I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere before. Go figure.
Brand – Trideer
– Breathable build
– Impressive shock absorption
– No questions asked 30-day return policy
– Limited color options
7. Twins Special Velcro Boxing Gloves
The brand and the name speak for themselves on this one. Pretty much everyone who’s looked into getting some boxing gear has come across Twins at some point. They’re a well-established company with plenty of great products under their name. Twins Special Velcro Boxing Gloves are a model that puts extra attention into the wrist protection over everything else, hence the name.
On top of that, you’ll also find that the general construction of the glove is of great quality. The material allows for a decent amount of airflow to pass in and out of the gloves in order to keep your hands nice and dry. Also, the sizing is about as accurate as it gets. Reducing the odds of you needing to exchange pairs that you get online.
Still, one thing that could use some improvement down the line and you should take into consideration with this current version is the durability. Right now, these punching gloves are on average lasting people up to a year. Which isn’t great considering where they’re priced.
Brand – Twins Special
Weight – 2.2lbs
– Breathable construction
– Glove sizes are super accurate
– Not so great durability (up to a year)
– Chemical odor for color options other than black
8. Ringside Apex Muay Thai Training Gloves
The Ringside Apex Gloves come with IMF Technology that is supposed to surpass the protection offered by regular foam gloves. In my opinion, there wasn’t much of a difference. There is, however, a fantastic internal design at play which keeps your hands perfectly secured inside the glove even through the most intense sessions.
The Stay-Dri tech implemented internally helps wick moisture and promotes dry, odor-free hands while working up a sweat. Unlike some of our other options, Apex Muay Thai Training Gloves don’t vary too much in price depending on the size you choose. The price, in general, is at a pretty good sweet spot.
Brand – Ringside
Model – FTG1 BL/WH L/XL-Parent
Weight – 1.85lbs
– Internal design keeps glove positioning secure
– Great gloves for the money
– 12 different design options
– Stay-Dri tech for moisture management
– Durability up to just about a year
– Pretty average level of hand protection from padding
9. Winning Training Boxing Gloves
With over 18 different options to choose between, Winning gloves are an ideal choice for anyone looking for professional, high-end boxing gloves that will do the job. One of, if not the, best choice when it comes to quality and comfort when you get the sizing just right. Even the break-in period is longer than normal due to the sturdiness of the higher-quality materials used in construction.
One thing that needs to be pointed out is the fact that these are indeed lace-up gloves. So you’re going to be needing someone to help put these gloves on and take them off. Usually, something that is reserved for people going that extra mile with their training.
If you don’t mind having to rely on someone else for that process, then there really aren’t any better gloves around than these Winning Training Boxing Gloves.
Brand – Winning
Weight – 2.6lbs
– Lace-up: better fit than velcro
– Premium gloves in comfort and quality
– Premium price
– Lace-up: requires someone else to help you put on and take off
– No break-in
10. Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves
Simply put, these gloves are perfect for beginners and heavy bag users. Though they lack any anti-sweat technology in the interior of the gloves, you can expect a very secure fit around the wrists and hands. It’s almost like they decided to cut all the frills and focus strictly on protection and support. A decision that I honestly think is a smart move in this case.
The price of these gloves is a testament to what a compromise like this can have on the bottom line. You’re getting an extremely well-built pair of boxing gloves for a budget price. Something which is enough of an incentive for a lot of people to pick these up as a starter pair.
Brand – Venum
Weight – 3 lbs
– Above average hand and wrist support
– Beginner friendly gloves
– Perfect for bag training
– 6 color options
– Varying price range depending on the size you purchase
– No heat regulation
11. TITLE Pro Style Leather Boxing Gloves
Looking at this pair of fight gloves, it would be hard to tell just how reasonably priced they are. The traditional look and feel of these gloves are definitely one of the top things it has going for it. The build of the glove itself is also damn good. Offering plenty of wrist support for fancy combos you’ll feel like throwing with a pair of gloves this attractive.
A couple of things to note however are the rather short life expectancy and the chemical odor produced by the color dyes fresh out the box. The odor is known to last about a week from opening so definitely keep that in mind.
Still, for the price, TITLE’s Pro Style Leather Boxing Gloves is one of those gloves that I fell in love with the second I saw them up close and personal.
Brand – TITLE Boxing
Model – TVVTG-Box
Weight – 2 lbs
– Great price
– Moisture-wicking interior
– Layered foam padding
– Good wrist support
– 1 year expected duration
– Red dye produces a chemical odor for about a week
12. Top King Boxing Gloves
With a name like Top King, you better bring the heat with whatever it is you’re offering. In this case, these boxing gloves do not disappoint. With one of the top velcro systems in the industry, you can step into the ring knowing that your gloves at least are ready for action.
Built to hold up to daily training, Top King Boxing Gloves are known to last a couple of years of regular use. There is no break-in period with these, so you’ll have to pick the proper size out of the box for them to fit comfortably on your hands. Sweat management and shock absorption are both well incorporated into the design.
Brand – Top King
– Moisture resistant interior
– Stellar impact absorption and wrist support
– Up to 2 years life expectancy
– Tight fit with no break-in period
– Colors fade away after a while
13. Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis Boxing Gloves
Although not very breathable, Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis Boxing Gloves do come with antimicrobial interior technology that keeps them free of unwanted odors. Right in the middle range as far as price goes, these gloves pack a surprising amount of life into them. Lasting up to an incredible 5 years. Almost putting other manufacturers to shame.
The fit is known to be on the small side, but if you can get a pair that fits you well, everything else about these boxing gloves is up to par. Comfort, shock absorption, wrist support, snugness and anything you’d want in a pair of all-around great gloves.
Brand – Hayabusa
Model – HT210G-BBL
Weight – 1.3 lbs
– Antimicrobial interior
– Up to 5 years of use
– Small fit
– Not very breathable if you have larger hands
14. Contender Fight Sports’ Muay Thai Gloves
Virtually unmatched in the price department, Contender Fight Sports’ Classic Training Boxing Gloves are an ideal pick for beginners. Designed with bag training in mind, these gloves run rather big in terms of sizing. If you want a pair that fits just right, you may have to opt for a smaller size than you would normally go with.
Expected to last anywhere between 6 to 9 months of regular use, their hook and loop wrist system will keep your hands secure while you swing away at that punching bag.
Brand – Contender Fight Sports
Model – CSBG S-P
Weight – 2 lbs
– Attached thumb design
– Sweat resistant interior
– Great price
– Generally runs a bit larger
– Will only last up to 9 months of regular use
15. Ringside IMF Tech Pro Fight Gloves
We have another lace-up option for those of you hardcore enough to want to make that commitment. With padding sturdy enough to withstand bag training, this is a pair that will last you quite a while. The wrist support is great as is to be expected of lace-up closures. And the quality of the external finish is better than most competitors. Colors won’t fade away after a few months and there is no chemical odor leftover from the dyes.
Comfortable and supportive just like a good partner, The Ringside IMF Tech Pro Fight Gloves are worth taking a look at if you’re into that particular flavor of gloves.
Brand – Ringside
Weight – 9.6 oz
– Lace-up system for optimal wrist support
– Great durability (2 – 4 years)
– Padding supports heavy bag training
– Absurdly varying price range depending on size/colors
– Lace-up gloves can be a bit of a pain
What to Look for in a Pair of Boxing Gloves
Type – There are 5 types of gloves (more about this below)that you want to keep in mind when deciding on your next pair. Prices, as expected, can vary slightly between types and what you’ll be using the gloves for.
Size – Glove sizes normally range from 8 to 20 ounces. The general guiding principle is that you want to choose your size depending on how much you weight. A 100 lb person would choose 10oz. Someone who weighs 120 lbs would go with 12 oz gloves etc.
Fit – A properly fitting boxing glove should feel snug. You don’t want a lot of room for your hand to wiggle about inside the glove. Something else to consider is whether or not you’ll be using hand wraps inside of your gloves. That’s going to add some girth to the equation.
Padding – This is probably one of the biggest factors you’ll have to decide on before taking your pick. Padding varies quite a bit depending on the type of glove you’re looking at. It’s important that choose gloves that are going to support the type of training, sparring, or fighting that you’re going to be doing.
Comfort – This one goes hand in hand with the fit. Gloves that fit well are generally quite comfortable. Gloves that are either too big or too small will wear you out quicker than you’d imagine. So, as long as the materials aren’t complete shit – the right fit is what’s going to determine just how comfortable those gloves are going to be for you.
Thumb Compartment – Mostly an aesthetic factor, it’s still important to note because it impacts the price. Most gloves these days have a thumb compartment constructed into the gloves themselves.
Hand Control – This is ultimately about how flexible your hands feel inside of the gloves you’re wearing. Are you able to flex your fingers? Can you recover and block quickly enough?
Closure – This one is mostly up to preference. Lace-up or velcro. Both will offer a comfortably secure fit for most purposes.
Wrist Support – The further up your forearm the glove reaches, the more secure your wrist will be. The tradeoff is a lack of wrist flexibility along with more intensive closures.
Wrist Mobility – Much like wrist support, wrist mobility is contingent on the amount of padding offered at the wrist.
Material – Quality of materials used to build the glove is going to affect the fit, comfort, level of protection, and price. Check the different types of exterior and padding materials above all else. The interior lining can also be important if you don’t want your hands getting too sweaty due to lack of air flow.
The Different Boxing Glove Types
Training/Heavy Bag Gloves – As the name points out, these are gloves designed mainly for building up a sweat with punching bags. The padding is molded accordingly and helps distribute the impact generated away from your hands.
Sparring Gloves – A lighter weight version meant to keep your sparring partner alive. With heavier, more padded gloves it’s easy to misinterpret just how hard you’re hitting the thing you’re hitting. When that’s another human being just trying to get a good workout, it can be a problem.
Amateur Gloves – Built for beginners. Amateur gloves will help train your hands, wrists, and arms get used to the level of impact you’ll be putting them through from here on out.
Professional Gloves – Normally worn in competitions. These gloves are constructed strictly according to regulations in order to protect both your hands and your opponent.
Muay Thai Gloves – Because Muay Thai also consists of a lot of clinching, gloves designed for the sport are a lot more flexible than regular boxing gloves.