How to Choose the Right Size Boxing Gloves?

When stepping into the ring, your Boxing Gloves are not just part of your kit but an extension of your fists. At Punch Equipment®, we know that finding the perfect fit is not just about comfort—it's about maximising your performance and ensuring every punch packs a punch. Here's how to ensure you glove up right, whether you're hitting the Boxing Bags or facing an opponent in the ring.

Understand the Glove Sizing

Boxing Gloves aren't one-size-fits-all. They come in a variety of weights and sizes, and choosing the right one can be the difference between boxing effectively or struggling with an ill-fitting pair. The weight of the glove is typically indicated in ounces (oz) and often suggests the glove's intended use:

  • 8-10 oz: Lighter gloves suited for competitive boxers during matches.
  • 12 oz: A good choice for all-around training, suitable for hitting pads or light bag work.
  • 14-16 oz: Ideal for regular training and sparring, offering a balance of speed and protection.
  • 18-20 oz: Heavier gloves designed for heavy sparring, providing maximum protection and cushioning.

Measure Your Hand

Before you can select your gloves, you need to know the size of your hand. Here’s a quick way to measure:

  1. Wrap a tape measure around the widest part of your hand (over your knuckles).
  2. Record the circumference in inches. This measurement will correlate with the size of the glove you need.

Glove sizes are often based on this measurement, combined with your weight. Check out Punch Equipment®'s sizing chart on our website to find the perfect match for your hands.

Consider Your Training Type

Your choice of glove size should also reflect your training regimen. If you're frequently on the Boxing Bags, lighter gloves may suffice. However, if sparring is a significant part of your routine, you’ll need gloves with more padding to protect both you and your partner.

Fit Is Key

Once you've narrowed down your size and type, it's all about the fit. A well-fitting glove should:

  • Snugly fit around the hand with hand wraps on, without cutting off circulation.
  • Allow for easy movement of your hand and fingers.
  • Not slip or move on impact.

Try on different gloves with your hand wraps to ensure the fit is tight yet comfortable. Remember, the gloves will stretch slightly with use, so they should be snug from the start.

Material and Quality

The choice of material affects the durability, comfort, and fit of your boxing equipment. While leather gloves are traditionally favoured for their long-lasting durability and ability to mould to your hand over time, Punch Equipment's Punchtex™ gloves present a compelling alternative. Punchtex™ combines the durability typically associated with leather with the affordability and low maintenance of synthetics. This makes it an excellent option not just for beginners but for any boxer looking for high-quality gloves that offer longevity and comfort without the high cost.

Closure System Matters

The type of closure on your gloves affects how secure they feel during training:

  • Lace-ups offer a snug, customisable fit but may require help to tie.
  • Hook-and-loop closures provide convenience and ease of use, allowing you to put on or remove your gloves quickly, especially useful during intense training sessions.

Our Commitment to Quality and Care

Our gloves are backed by our industry-leading warranty of up to 2 years and Tested on Humans® for the highest quality. But that doesn't mean they don't need to be cared for! If you're not looking after your gloves, they won't last as long.

Here are Bruce's best tips to extend the life of your Punch® Boxing Gloves and avoid unnecessary damage and sweat rot. ( )

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