Boxing Gloves: Sizing Guide
(Updated July 2019)
Before we dive into this article, we've been asked by customers to add some of our top glove picks to this article. So here they are: Boxing Glove: New to the boxing glove market in 2019 is the revised Revgear S3. A gel inner and secure wrap wrist system makes this one of the most protective gloves on the Fightstore shelves.
Buying boxing gloves when you're unsure or new can be a headache. However, Fightstorepro.com has the answer with a very easy to follow buyers guide written by our very own amateur fighter, Craig Thomas Boyle. When purchasing a pair of boxing gloves you have a few factors to take into account.
First and foremost you have to consider what sport you're buying them for. The most prevalent styles will be Muay Thai or Boxing. Boxing gloves are specifically designed for boxing while Muay Thai gloves seem to be seen more in both styles, although have factors that make them unique.
TRADITIONAL BOXING GLOVES
Boxing gloves generally have a more 'closed' fist, in that they make your hand adopt a more closed position inside the glove as they are designed entirely for punching. They are generally made from high quality leather. Despite the lack of the 'Leather Collar' on the wrist that Thai gloves have, Boxing gloves are usually very secure and provide a lot of wrist support as they're built primarily for people who fight with their hands. Established boxing brands such as Pro Box and Adidas are well worth a look, but there also younger brands emerging as real contenders, such as the British brand Ringhorns (By Venum) or American REVGEAR. Both offer excellent, high quality products.
THAI BOXING GLOVES
Muay Thai Gloves tend to have a far thicker wrist support but it tends to be much shorter than the western counterpart. This doesn't mean tighter, however. Instead, the wrist support on Thai gloves is built to help support the wrist when blocking kicks. As well as this, Thai gloves generally have a more open palm to help with throwing elbows and catching kicks. The counter side to this is many examples don't give the boxer a good fist for more powerful punching, so if you are a pugilist rather than a kicker maybe look towards more boxing brand orientated gloves. Follow the link to browse some examples of Thai Boxing Gloves.
VELCRO VERSUS LACE-UP
Velcro 'Hook and loop' style enclosures versus Lace-up gloves? What's the difference? Velcro gloves are generally tied around the wrist via a 'loop' which is essentially a strap that you pull as tight as you can and secure with velcro. This generally gives a tight fit and most importantly you can tie these alone (although sometimes you'll have to resort to your teeth!)
Lace-up gloves are the more traditional style of fight glove. Generally speaking, in most high level competitions whether they be boxing or Muay Thai Lace-up's are worn to provide more wrist support and security to the wearer. As their name implies, these gloves tie via laces in a fashion similar to shoes. Therefore they are more difficult to do alone and sometimes wearers of these style gloves find themselves wearing them only loosely tied. They are, however, the superior design when it comes to tightness and support. Browse Lace Up Boxing Gloves Here
Boxing gloves come with different weights that dictate their size. Instead of Small, Medium and Large we have 10oz till 16oz. When purchasing gloves for a child, the key glove size is generally 4oz or 6oz. In 'kids' they usually range from 4 to 8 and 8 would be for a larger child heading towards their teens. For adults the glove sizes can be confusing. Below is a break-down of each size and their common usage.
- 8oz- Typically used for fighting and competition only. Very small on adult hands so reserved for full contact tournaments and fights
- 10oz- The smallest practical adult glove, a great choice for hitting pads and heavy bags. Generally not used for sparring as they will not have much padding. A 10oz glove will be appropriate for someone with smaller hands looking to hone techniques.
- 12oz- A size up, 12oz see more common use for pads. A 12oz glove is a good choice for a buyer looking for an all around training glove, but don't be too taken aback if you're not permitted to spar with this weight glove in a gym.
- 14oz- 14oz gloves are probably the most common 'all rounder' glove. They are slightly lighter than the large 16oz's and as such don't tire your arms as much when you're hitting pads. However, they still have a lot of padding and generally can be used to spar, especially if you're a lighter person as the padding should be adequate.
- 16oz - The big daddy of the boxing world. 16oz is the 'gym standard' sparring glove. Even a lighter weight fighter still has to don 16's in most gyms. If you're a larger person with bigger hands, these gloves are essential in protecting your partners safety. Hitting pads with 16's is generally more tiresome, but still perfectly acceptable. 16's are pretty much the essential choice for any fighter 65 kilos and upwards that will be doing live sparring. One thing of note is that some designs of 16oz's are not any more padded than 14oz variants.
- 18oz- Very rarely, gloves will go up to 18oz. These are specifically reserved for the largest men in combat sport. 18's are going to be heavy, but super padded. They exist solely to make littler guys who have to spar with bigger men safer. Only grab this size if you are, or are buying for, a really large person. (We're talking heavyweight and above) We hope we've helped shed light on the two main types of glove and their weights.
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Written by Craig Thomas Boyle