Boxing gloves are used by fighters in combat sports. Their main function is to cushion impacts both at the level of the phalanges, for the wearer, but also on the strike zones (body, head), for the opponent. At dragon bleu, we have been distributing boxing gloves since 2004 and we also have many practitioners on our teams, which gives us great experience in this area and allows us to guide you as best as possible on your choice.
- Boxing gloves: recreational use or intensive use?
First of all, you must ask yourself the question of the use you are going to make of it as well as the budget you have. Indeed, the uses are numerous, it can be for a simple leisure or fitness practice, regular training or it can also be for competition. In general, the price positioning of the glove indicates its quality positioning. So a glove worth around thirty euros is entry-level, while a glove costing around a hundred euros is top-of-the-range and will last much longer over time.
What makes the main difference is the quality of the materials used and the design: while the entry-level boxing glove is made industrially without human intervention with PU, the high-end boxing glove can be made by hand. , almost always with real leather. We also have mid-range boxing gloves (between 50 and 80€) whose manufacture is a little more advanced than entry-level gloves (reinforced seams, padded foam, etc.).
Also, an entry-level boxing glove will be perfect for occasional use (1 to 2 times a week), the mid-range boxing glove will be suitable for regular use (2 to 3 times a week) while a top-of-the-range boxing glove will be suitable for intensive use (more than 3 times a week) as well as for competition.
The size of a boxing glove is expressed in Oz which means Ounce in French (1 ounce = 28.34 grams). So the larger the size in Oz, the thicker the padding and the greater the protection. Generally the size grid goes from 8oz (226 grams) to 16oz (453 grams).
Most of the time, you choose your boxing glove according to your morphology – small sizes will go to small sizes (8-10oz), medium sizes to 12 oz and large sizes to 14 or 16 oz. Nevertheless, you may want to work with big gloves when doing strong sparring phases, in this case you should opt for 16 Oz, which offers maximum protection. This is particularly the case in the USA where the majority of practitioners use 16 Oz gloves. You may also want to work with heavy gloves if you want to improve your speed in competition or the gloves used are 8oz.
- PRACTICAL TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR BOXING GLOVES
You can increase the life of your boxing gloves with a few simple habits. First of all you should know that boxing gloves absorb a lot of moisture, so it is preferable, both to protect yourself but also to absorb perspiration, to wear boxing handwraps. Also remember to get out and store your gloves in a well-ventilated place after training.
You can also use specific deodorants (such as Odor Aid) for this purpose to prevent your gloves from smelling too bad. We also recommend not using your boxing gloves on punching bags. Indeed, the foam inside may be damaged quickly. It is preferable to use gloves specially designed for bag work.
How to calculate the size of your hand? For best boxing gloves for men.
The gloves we offer start for some from size 4 and go up to size 14 . The most common sizes oscillating between size 7 and 10.
In order to help you to efficiently calculate the dimensions of your hands and therefore to determine their size, we have developed two calculation methods.
Method 1: The knack
Method 2: The length and width of the hand
Method 1: Measuring the circumference of the hand to determine the size of your gloves
This very simple calculation method allows you to measure the circumference of your strongest hand, the right if you are right-handed and vice versa.
- Choose your strongest hand
- Take a tape measure or a tape measure and wrap around the palm of your hand
- Fold your hand and take the measurement around your palm
- Compare this measurement with the table of correspondences
Method 2: Hand Width and Length to Determine Glove Size
This second method is complementary to that of the calculation of the turn of hand and makes it possible to cross the figures to approach as close as possible to the good size.
- Choose your strongest hand (the right hand if you are right-handed)
- Take a ruler
- Measure the width of your hand (Measurement A)
- Measure the length of your middle finger (Measurement B)
Add A + B and divide by 2
- The number given represents the size of your gloves