When Is It Time To Replace Boxing Gloves?

When Is It Time To Replace Boxing Gloves?

Is It Time To Throw In The Towel?

One of the most asked questions we receive at Punch Equipment is how long should a pair of boxing gloves last?
The answer is similar to asking the question: 'How long is a piece of string?!?'
Boxing gloves can last from several months to several years depending on their construction, craftsmanship, and most importantly, their usage, cycling, maintenance, and more.
Punch Equipment is here to explain the signs of when it's time to say goodbye to your beloved pair of gloves for an upgrade/replacement.

  • Tearing or mould

One of the biggest indicators that your gloves need a proper send-off is the condition of their casing.
You may have seen a teammate's finger sticking out of the end of the leather deteriorate from sweat. (Yuck!)
Keeping gloves in this condition is poor for your hygiene and most importantly your protection.
If your gloves are showing a puncture, it is most likely time to find a new pair.


  • Bad smell!

If your gloves stink, it's time to go.
Rest assured that you won't need to find this out yourself, your teammates will make it clear when they move further and further away from you.
A bad smell is a consequence of moisture and sweat build up over time in your boxing gloves and if this occurs, it's time to look after your hands and health and find a new pair!

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  • Foam breaking down

One of the main consequences of wear and tear in boxing gloves is the breakdown of the internal foams.
If you have a pair that are showing cracks, bubbles or folds, or you find that you can easily touch your knuckles through the casing, you need to consider some additional knuckle accessories or a brand new pair.


  • Loose-fitting

If your gloves don't fit snug as they used to or you need to utilise a massive amount of hand wrapping to fill your glove,
It's definitely time to consider a new pair, without the support around the hand capsule and wrist.
You will be risking yourself an unneeded injury.


  • Poor velcro closure

If your gloves velcro (hook&loop) closure isn't as sticky as it used to be,
This is a clear sign that your gloves are due for a replacement.
Don't waste rolls of tape to save them as you can end up spending the same amount just for a quick fix!


We hope this blog has helped you decide whether it's time to treat yourself to a new pair of gloves!

If you've decided it's time, check out Punch Equipment®'s awesome range of quality, durable boxing gloves here!