- Boxing: A Great Workout
- Best Boxing Gloves: The Contenders
- In depth Boxing Glove Reviews
- 1. RDX Cow Hide Leather Gel Boxing Gloves
- 2. TITLE Boxing Pro Style Leather Training Gloves
- 3. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves
- 4. Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves
- 5. Meister Pro Boxing Gloves
- ListofFit Best Pick: TITLE Pro Style Leather Training Gloves
- Factors Considered in Boxing Glove Ratings
- Why Selecting a Quality Boxing Glove Matters
- Types of Boxing Gloves
- Boxing Glove Sizes
Boxing: A Great Workout
Active individuals are frequently looking for new ways to get fit, burn calories, and become stronger. One sport that is often overlooked but can offer an amazing workout is boxing. It also targets upper body muscles while most cardio exercises focus mostly on the lower body and legs (running, cycling, elliptical, etc.). The weight of the gloves and punching motion also will give you ripped shoulders and arms. If you are looking for a new way to workout or are finding your current fitness routine a bit boring, we recommend you pick up a pair of gloves and a heavy bag and give boxing a try.
Best Boxing Gloves: The Contenders
- Pros: Three gel layers in the glove in combination with the two-step strap process makes the RDX Cow Hide Leather a very stable and secure boxing glove. Long cuff design makes these great defensive gloves when sparring.
- Cons: Due to the longer cuff the RDX Cow Hide Leather Boxing Gloves can feel restrictive making it difficult to feel as though you can punch freely.
- Bottom Line: RDX Cow Hide Leather Gel Boxing Gloves are best used for sparring with a boxing partner offering superior protection and cushioning.
- ListofFit Rating:
(4.5 / 5)
- Pros: The highest quality full grain genuine leather glove at its price point. Durable components and snug feel will make this the preferred glove of many amateur boxers.
- Cons: Wrist Protection not as comprehensive as you will find with more expensive boxing gloves.
- Bottom Line: Our favorite pair of gloves in terms of quality and price. They are durable and live up to the hype of Title.
- ListofFit Rating:
(4.8 / 5)
- Pros: Handmade and constructed in Thailand, a hotbed for MMA. Greater webbing on the thumb aides in creating a better fist reducing the chance for injuries.
- Cons: The Venum Elite Boxing Gloves are made from a synthetic leather called "Skintex" by Venum. This material has a sticky feel unlike any other glove we've tested. Our testers did not have a favorable view of the Skintex material overall.
- Bottom Line: Venum Elite Boxing Gloves are quality constructed and will hold up over time. The Skintex material is likely a matter of personal preference.
- ListofFit Rating:
(3.6 / 5)
- Pros: Affordable pair of boxing gloves that will allow you to practice on the heavy bag with confidence. Has an anti microbial lining that will help to reduce odor over time.
- Cons: The hook and loop strap has a small area of velcro making these some boxing gloves more difficult to get on with out help.
- Bottom Line: Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves are a good choice for those new to the sport who want to train primarily as a fitness exercise.
- ListofFit Rating:
(3.3 / 5)
- Pros: Most durable material out of all the gloves tested and are sure to stand the test of time.
- Cons: Grip bar breaks down over time making the glove feel softer than preferred after several uses.
- Bottom Line: Great choice if you are on a budget and want a heavy duty cover material on your boxing glove.
- ListofFit Rating:
(3.7 / 5)
The RDX Cow Hide Leather Gel Boxing Gloves features high quality full grain leather with other great components such as a mesh palm, three gel layers, and the two step wrist strap. With the gel layers the goal is to produce a more cushioned comfortable feel that also maximizes shock absorption. The two-step wrist strap is far and away the most comprehensive and secure wrist wrapping design compared to the other four boxing gloves that made our list. CoolX palm mesh lines the inside of the glove. We personally could not tell a difference in the breathability of these gloves compared to the others, but it does have as good of breathability as you can expect from a pair of training gloves.
RDX Cow Hide Leather Gel Boxing Gloves are an incredible value for genuine leather training gloves. Most sites have these boxing gloves priced in the $50-60 range. You can easily shell out well over one hundred bucks for leather gloves from some other more well known brands, however, we would bet you would have a hard time telling a difference in quality.
These boxing gloves have some strengths and weaknesses in regard to their performance when actually being used. First, they do provide a great deal of stability and protection making them a nice selection if wrist and hand safety is a high priority for you. The RDX Cow Hide Leather Gel Boxing Gloves are a longer cuff glove which can make them feel a little constricting. Due to this we felt we could not snap our punches how we could with some of the other gloves we reviewed, in particular the Title gloves. However, with the longer cuffs you can protect your forearms and make the RDX’s a great choice for sparring. FYI, For those who are into Crossfit or MMA, RDX has products in both of these markets that we have rated highly.
2. TITLE Boxing Pro Style Leather Training Gloves
TITLE Boxing is one of the classic names in the sport of boxing and it is for good reason. They make some of the best training gloves around. The TITLE Boxing Pro Style Leather Training Gloves are made from a very strong genuine leather that smells like a leather jacket. These gloves are tough! TITLE Boxing Pro Style Training Gloves do not feature the mesh palms as found on some of the other gloves on this list, but we have not noticed much if any difference during use of these as far as sweating and heat is concerned. The velcro strap does the job but is nothing special, similar to those you find on most mid range boxing gloves.
At around $40 the TITLE Boxing Pro Style Leather Training Gloves are a great value. Trying to find another full grain leather glove at this price would be really tough, especially one that performs like the TITLEs. The difference between these boxing gloves and entry level gloves like the Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves is night and day.
Ready to snap those punches with boxing gloves that feel light yet stable? Then the TITLE Boxing Pro Style’s will be a great selection. When using these gloves they felt like an extension of your hand making it easy to feel in control of your punches and movements. The cuff length is pretty standard and will not feel constricting to most punchers. From a durability standpoint we find that these will hold up well, but maybe not as long as training gloves that really focus on durability, like the Meister Pro Style Boxing Gloves.
3. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves
Venum is a high-quality glove brand with a focus on MMA, hand-making many of their gloves in Thailand. Featuring Skintex synthetic leather, Venum goes in a different direction from many of its competitors who use full grain leather on their high end boxing gloves. Ultimately we do not view the Skintex positively as they have a sticky surface that can be felt when punching the heavy bag. The wrist strap is pretty heavy duty and will keep your wrist and hand in place assuming you utilize proper punching technique. The extra webbing on the thumb did not make a noticeable difference. Mesh does line the palm of the glove to enhance breathability of the Venum Elite Gloves.
The Venum Elite Boxing Gloves are the most expensive gloves on our list, priced around the $80 range. When there are comparable training gloves that are half the price it is hard to justify the price of these gloves. However, there are certainly worse deals to be had and for some the Skintex synthetic leather could be viewed favorably.
The gloves are larger than the TITLE’s and about the same size of RDX’s other than the cuff length. We found that with the Venum Elite Boxing Gloves it was more difficult than anticipated to hit the bag with the velocity we were expecting. What we noticed with the glove itself is that it is very rounded at the top compared to the other gloves we tested, which we feel contributes to the feeling of punches not landing with full force given the smaller surface area hitting the bag. However, they are certainly serviceable. It will be interesting to see if the Skintex will last longer than genuine leather gloves, which generally need replaced yearly with regular use. Venum also makes MMA gloves that made our Best MMA Gloves article.
4. Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves
Everlast is probably the best known name in boxing and has been for decades. Their Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves are an entry level glove and as such their cushioning is not what you will find with other boxing gloves that made our list. Despite this the gloves are comfortable to wear and have a larger mesh area on the palm. The velcro strap offers a smaller area to attach making it tough to get the Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves on without the help of a training partner.
Because these Everlast Training Gloves are entry level boxing gloves they are the cheapest model to make our list. Generally priced between $20-30 they are affordable to practically everyone. Overall, the value on these is primarily derived from the price point and the fact that they are decent boxing gloves for beginning boxers and those looking to get a solid workout in.
A pleasant surprise that we found with the Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves is that they are very comfortable to wear and offer a natural feel. Snapping punches with these was not a problem for us. We will state, however, that we are concerned about how long these training gloves will last given the lower quality materials and especially the small velcro strap. If you want gloves to work the bag for cardio and strength then these are good, but for more extensive use we would look toward one of the other boxing glove options on our list.
5. Meister Pro Boxing Gloves
Meister may not be a household name to boxing and MMA fans and fighters but they are an up-and-comer with hopes of moving up the ranks in the industry. Their Pro Boxing Gloves have some unique features. The outer cover on these gloves is the most stiff and durable cover seen, and appears to made of a different material than the other boxing gloves we’ve reviewed. The wrist strap is fairly standard, while the Meister Pro Boxing Gloves do have a mesh lining on the palm.
The Meisters are a not necessarily a bad value, but are victims of the outstanding value of the TITLE Pro Style Leather Training Gloves. They just make the Meisters look less appealing in comparison. The Meister Pro Boxing Gloves are generally priced in the mid $30’s.
The shape of Meister Pro Boxing Gloves is unique and has a very square profile, which can make them feel rigid on your hands. On top of this the finger overhang of the glove is also extremely long compared to the other boxing gloves we reviewed. Based on the uniqueness of the materials and shape of these gloves, we believe that many users will either love or hate the Meister Pro Boxing Gloves depending on what they prefer in their boxing gloves.
ListofFit Best Pick: TITLE Pro Style Leather Training Gloves
We have reviewed many gloves and taken the time to pick out five great choices that will suit the boxing needs of the vast majority of our readers. However, one pair of gloves stand out above the rest in terms of value, quality, and performance. The TITLE Pro Style Leather Training Gloves are simply the best boxing gloves compared to the competition. The shape of the glove is near perfect and will feel great on your hands. As far as price it is nothing short of damn impression that TITLE has produced a glove this quality at such an affordable price. While not the same as a competition-style glove, the TITLE Pro Style Leather Training Gloves will match up favorably with any other training glove out there bar none. To sum it up, these gloves are a knockout!
Factors Considered in Boxing Glove Ratings
Boxing gloves come in a variety of materials. Most lower priced training gloves are made from a synthetic leather material or polyurethane. While gloves made from lower priced materials will certainly do the job for a beginner, more experienced boxers will be able to quickly tell the difference in feel and quality. The best boxing gloves on the market are generally made from genuine leather, which offers the best feel and fit.
Anyone can go out and purchase the most expensive pair of boxing gloves and reasonably expect them to be high performing. However, the key is to find the boxing or training gloves that have many if not all of the same features of high priced gloves while being affordable.
Every single one of the boxing gloves on this list were actually tested by us. While we are not trained fighters, we certainly use the sport of boxing as a great workout tool. The performance indicator considers the fit and feel of the gloves. Do they feel comfortable when worn? Do they create a stable feel that supports your wrist during jaw-jarring rights, or head-smashing hooks? We also consider how the gloves “punch” in that we want to see gloves that allow you to snap your punches.
Why Selecting a Quality Boxing Glove Matters
Boxing is a complex sport that utilizes specific equipment depending on the training purpose. Because of this you want to make sure that you are buying a glove that will meet your individual boxing needs. For some of us, we are purchasing gloves to use as part of fitness regimen and will want boxing gloves that will offer wrist protection and padding to hit a heavy bag or a speed bag. On the flip side, others are trained fighters and will want boxing gloves that are lightweight allowing for the fighter to “snap” their punches to inflict the maximum damage on their opponent. No matter which camp you find yourself in, we feel that you will find at least one of our selections as a great choice for your boxing needs.
Types of Boxing Gloves
There are three main types of boxing gloves that are you used for different purposes: training gloves, sparring gloves, and competition gloves. On our list we have focused on training and sparring gloves as we believe most of our readers are looking for gloves to use for workouts. Yet, it is important to know the differences and uses for each glove type.
Training gloves are pretty self-explanatory in that they are used for training. Fighters will use these boxing gloves to hit the heavy bag and speed bag among other training exercises. Training gloves are not meant to be used as competition gloves as they will not offer the protection needed in a full-on boxing match.
Sparring gloves are the next step up and are generally used during sparring matches in training. They often have velcro straps similar to training gloves. Often there is a greater emphasis on padding compared to training gloves.
Ready to take on your opponent in a sanctioned boxing match? If so, then you are in need of some premium quality competition gloves. Competition gloves are the best boxing gloves made and have some unique features. The main thing you will notice that is different with competition gloves compared to sparring gloves is that most competition gloves are lace-up. This provides a more snug fit than velcro straps and requires a partner to lace up your gloves for you. If you are not a trained fighter it is highly unlikely you will need competition gloves.
Boxing Glove Sizes
The boxing glove size you choose has a significant impact on your ability to throw punch effectively without wearing down in the later rounds. What size of boxing gloves you need will also depend on what you are using them for. If you are a professional fighter then you will likely want to follow the chart below. If you are looking for a way to get a workout in and want to get ripped arms and shoulders, then you may want to pick a boxing glove that is heavier than what you is recommended for you based on the chart.
Boxing Glove Size Chart
120 lbs. or less = (12oz – 14oz)
120 lbs. – 150 lbs. = (14oz – 16oz)
150 lbs. – 180 lbs. = (16oz – 20oz)
180 lbs. and Up = (18oz or more)