A Guide to Boxing Gloves part II


Yellow Belt
Aug 9, 2007
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This guide is to follow up on my guide to boxing gloves. I am writing it to give you an insight into boxing gloves and how they are produced. I made the statement in my previous guide that you should always purchase branded gloves, which still stands. Unbranded gloves are often poor quality with the leather splitting and the dye coming out after just a few training sessions.
I often get asked the question which brand is the best. The truth of the matter is that most branded gloves are constructued in the same manner to each. Some of the brands are even produced by the factory. For Example, Twins and King. I have always favoured a Fairtex Boxing Glove and a Twins Bag Glove.
A Fairtex Boxing glove is very well constructed. You maybe thinking if all boxing gloves are constructed in the same manner with little differences why would I choose Fairtex. The reason why is at the time of purchase Fairtexs branding was stronger than Twins. If you take TV sets for example most of them use a LG tube inside. The only difference is the name on the outside of the set. This is where marketing and reputation comes into play.
At the time of purchase of my Fairtex gloves I was seriously considering Twins. These were the two main brands back then. However I went for Fairtex due to their brand as stated before. However after talking to a number of users of Twins at that time I found out there seemed to be an inherit flaw with their velcro straps. The velcro closure would quickly lose its ability to secure the wrist strap. I am now happy to report that Twins have now fixed this design flaw and their velcro closure is as strong as the other brands on the market.
I am now using Twins elasticated closure boxing gloves. The reason why is that I find them very easy to slip on and off. Also with a velcro strap glove the velcro will eventually wear out. However saying that I still have my Fairtex gloves with a velcro strap from 5 years ago and the closure is still secure. I guess its down to personal preference.
When considering a boxing glove you shouldnt just buy solely on the brand name. Brand names do not take into consideration the scenario in which the glove will be used. For Example, if you buy a 8oz glove and use it for free sparring with your partner you will not be very popular. It is important to take into consideration the purpose in which you intend to use the glove. I have always said to my students that 8 -10oz gloves are for professional fights, 12oz are for pad and bag work and 14 - 16oz gloves are for free sparring. If you are unsure please contact me or ask your instructor for further guidance.

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