When purchasing sparring gloves and bag gloves you will be faced with various different options regarding material, size and cost. The quality and style of the glove you choose will be determined by your budget and the purpose of the glove.
Leather gloves are higher quality and will last longer than synthetic gloves and also provide more support. Leather gloves are more expensive and there are good quality synthetic gloves from leading boxing brands such as Fitness Mad that still get the latest technologies incorporated into the designs.
Used for sparring and training such as hitting focus pads with a trainer. The weight of these gloves is usually between 10 ounces and 16 ounces. The heavier the glove, the more protection it offers. For beginners, 8oz, 10oz, 14oz gloves are recommended. For sparring purposes, 16oz boxing gloves are standard.
Generally speaking, the heavier the glove the more it will add to overall strength and stamina to your upper body conditioning, particularly your shoulders and around your shoulder blades.
Bag gloves are designed to protect the knuckle and wrist from damage when hitting bags and pads. For this reason you will see many variations in the designs of bag gloves but all essentially do the same job.
Bag gloves cost around £15-30 depending on the material quality and technologies put into them.
Handwraps are designed to support the wrist, thumb and knuckles, preventing injury from punching. Before a workout you should always wrap your hands. How you wrap your hands often depends on personal preference. Wraps start at 2.5m. They are suitable for boxercise type classes and light sessions with bags / hook and jab pads.
Punch bags are one of the most important pieces of equipment for a boxer to own. There aren’t many other “safe” ways to train for boxing. A punch bag offers the chance to increase your punching power by conditioning your body to absorb shock. Punch bags also allow a boxer to imitate a fight, and treat the bag as an opponent. Punch bags can also train accuracy if used properly. While punch bags can be used as anger management devices, the more professional boxer will be able to pick locations on the bag and then hone their skills by repeatedly striking those points on the punch bag.
Punch bag material is also another contributing factor to buying the right punch bag. Leather bags tend to be softer and take abuse more easily. These bags are also very durable, many of which last for decades. An alternative to the more expensive leather bag would be one that is covered in synthetic vinyl. These bags retain the softness and durability of leather bags, while being less expensive.