Up until very recent times boxing gloves were exclusively manufactured for men, but as women’s boxing gradually become more and more popular several of the larger boxing equipment companies have started to offer a wider range of products that cater to female boxers. Most people involved in the sport, whether they are amateurs or pros will own more than one pair of boxing gloves; because standard type gloves are usually split into those for training purposes and those for competition matches.
Overall, boxing gloves come in a variety of different colors, shapes, sizes and weights and choosing the right pair for you depends on what you plan on using them for; for example training gloves tend to be heavier to produce a healthy resistance that builds swing strength and agility. On the other hand during a competition a fighter will choose a lighter glove, such as an 8 ounce with light weight padding to help them swing faster. Though what about the material that the glove is made for, does this have any bearing on its overall efficiency?
Different types of boxing glove materials: pros and cons bag gloves vs sparring gloves
Probably one of the most common questions that a beginner asks is whether they should buy vinyl or leather boxing gloves. These days the outer material of decent boxing gloves are either made from specially treated authentic leather, nylon or synthetic leather; so basically the choice is a natural or manmade covering.
You may have heard myths that synthetic materials have an overly smooth surface that slides too fast off of the skin during a punch reducing the power of a strike, where as leather has a rougher surface that clings and connects harder on impact. This may sound viable, but in reality it is probably a story cooked up by boxing equipment companies to sell more leather products, as leather tends to be more expensive than the other materials.
On the whole ladies leather gloves are more durable and will last much longer than synthetic varieties, though on the down side they are slightly heavier and tend to absorb more sweat so need to be cleaned often. Due to the fact that people tend to think of vinyl as cheap, the large boxing equipment companies have developed newer more durable synthetic materials that may be just as god as leather. Below is an example of a popular non-traditional ladies boxing glove to give you an idea of what leather gloves are capable of.
Everlast train elite heavy bag gloves
Designed and manufactured by one of the most well-known and longest running boxing glove creators this popular new training glove has a variety of uses; they can be used as regular kickboxing gloves, for a standard boxing bout or for training with a heavy bag. Made from genuine leather for extra durability they have a unique shape with the finger pouch bent forward and inwards slightly for increased comfort. Unlike regular boxing gloves this pair spots open ended-finger holes which allow a boxer to grab at their opponent; the leather has also been treated for extra flexibility and motion. In terms of harm reduction the fingers, thumb, top of the hand and wrist areas have all been anatomically padded with Everlasts specially formulated C3 technology for high levels of protection during consistent impacts. Finally to give the gloves a tight yet comfortable fit there is an 8 inch hook and loop strap which wraps around the wrist and can be adjusted to size.