The Best Boxing Glove Choices in 2021

Time to punch our way through with our top picks for the best boxing gloves for 2021. The selection ranges from gloves for all around use, from punching heavy bags, sparring, and training for fitness.

When looking for a boxing glove, there are a lot of things to consider. The size, which will determine how big or heavy the glove you need will be. What you need the glove for, which determines that kind of experience you want for your boxing sessions, and what’s the glove made of which also tells you how much you will spend. Once you set a price point, you’ll be able to determine what kind of glove to get.

We’ve carefully looked at these factors and considered each point before making our choice for our list. One thing is for certain, you can’t go wrong with any of our choices in this list. We tried a lot of gloves, but so far found that these are the 10 best.

Our choice for Best Overall. The T3 has incredible wrist support with dual straps and a splinting system that ensures the gloves stay aligned and in place when you have them on, allowing you to have lace like security without any of the hassle.

The T3 has exceptional hand protection that lasts. They have a secure fit with multi-layer foam technology, with each layer playing a specific role in absorbing impacts and dissipating the energy of the hits so your hands don’t hurt, and you won’t tire as quickly, making sure you’re always ready to throw and throw hard each time. It has the wipe-away sweat thumb which is a soft material covering the thumb area of every glove so you can wipe away the sweat from your face while training. The only gloves on the market with this unique feature.

Made of high quality Vylar engineered leather that’s even more durable than real leather and evaluated in several laboratories and put through strenuous tests, it’s their most resistant leather material for combat equipment. With over a decade of research behind it, the gloves offer exceptional value from the all the choices offered and you simply can’t go wrong with them.

Elite quality at an unbelievable price. Venum’s Elite are handmade in Thailand with 100% Skintex leather, to provide you with an amazing fighting and training experience at the best price possible.

The triple density foam absorbs the impacts and spreads out the shock, relieving the stress on your knuckles, wrist, arms and shoulders when you make contact, making sure you fight harder longer. The reinforced palms, long cuffs, reinforced seams and mesh panels ensure that the gloves retain their shape and more balanced shock absorption so that you have a more comfortable striking experience while your opponent feels the power of your punches.

Available in a large assortment of colors with an embossed Venum logo. These gloves are sure to give more than great return on the amazing investment that they are, allowing you to improve your striking all the while minimizing the stress on the impact areas of the fighter.

Handmade by Winning in Japan, they are simply THE best in the world in terms of exclusivity, prestige, and unrivaled quality and are considered the gold standard in hand-protection. They are the go-to gloves for amateurs and professionals looking for a premium and reliable boxing glove.

With a hook and loop Velcro strap for stability and convenience. Their elongated anti-thumbing design makes sure the striker and target are protected from thumb and eye injuries. With a moisture repellant quicky drying liner to help reduce the proliferation of microbes and made of premium Japanese leather, double stitched for durability and comfort and ease of maintenance.

The gloves have a balanced multi-layer latex foam gives the feel of a lighter glove, and offering the best shock absorption and hand protection. High-end indeed, but never ever called overpriced by anyone who uses them.

The quality and craftsmanship expected for a Cleto Reyes product. Handmade in Mexico, with strict quality standards using goatskin leather with a water repellent liner to ensure comfort and glove longevity.

Using the same leather strap with hook and loop closure system as the classic Cleto Reyes Training Gloves, for firm support, quick adjustments and, easy removal. The thumb is secured to prevent eye and thumb injuries. Two inches of latex foam in the punching area to pad and protect your fists.

Very snug and a great choice for training and overall use. Very durable and easy to maintain at a very good price.

Made of genuine leather by hand in Thailand by Fairtex using their signature three foam system that provides excellent hand and knuckle protection, and shock disbursement. The evenly distributed padding ensures a tight-fitting design for a more secure and snug feel. The gloves feature a special material on the palm area and more ventilation holes for better circulation to help reduce moisture.

Outstanding for bag and pad work, and is ergonomically designed with a wraparound hook and loop wristband that’s easy to use and gives a better fit for greater comfort and control.

A budget option certainly, but definitely something to consider for your fitness and skill building goals.

Premium synthetic leather construction improves durability, and the patented thumb-lok feature along with the design ensures a good anatomical fit and grip. Wrap-around hook and loop strap closure and the full mesh palm enhances breathability and comfort.

A good choice for sparring, mitts, and working the heavy bag. You can get these in 12- and 14-ounce weight sizes, and the Everfresh anti-microbial treatment helps to fight offensive odors and bacteria.

Pro style features at an unbeatable price and value.

Break away from the norm with Ringside’s Gel Shock Safety Boxing Sparring Gloves. No foam here. Only the latest shock dispersing gel technologies. For under 100$ the Gel Shock padding system provides you with a safe, shock-absorbing training tool that maximizes your sparring sessions.

Made with a durable leather striking surface and a suede leather thumb perfect for wiping off sweat. The supportive, segmented cuff acts as a second hand-wrap improving stability and protection, while the flexible upper wrist hinge allows just right amount of flexibility.

Twins Special is the to-go brand for beginners and elite fighters alike. Made in Thailand out of 100% genuine leather and using a wide Velcro wrist strap for stability and security, also so it’s also easy to put on and to take off. The all-round padding provides ample protection around the fist, especially around the knuckles. The padding is also evenly tempered so there is less risk of injuries to your partners during sparring sessions.

The gloves excel at a variety of martial arts including Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and MMA. They feature a naturally open hand for clinching and catching kicks for Muay Thai and Kickboxing.

Extremely durable and long-lasting and is available in a wide range of colors. A great all-rounder indeed and is highly recommended for all uses from training, to sparring, to competition.

The ultimate glove for all types of bag work. With the exclusive Gel Enforced Lining, and multi-layered foam padding, the Title Gel World Bag Glove delivers an unbeatable custom form fit and impact resistance. Once you’ve tried them, you won’t want to try anything else ever again. 

Style, performance, protection and power, and an all-leather outer with a special hand compartment lining for cool, dry and comfortable wear and easy maintenance. The wraparound wrist strap with D-ring and hook-and-loop closure make for a secure and adjustable fit.

The gloves are sized from small to XX-Large but are all approximately 16 oz. These are probably the best option for training to improve your striking power, and the Gel lining ensures that your hands are well protected for your workout.

These RDX boxing gloves are constructed from Maya Hide leather. A synthetic leather coating these handcrafted boxing training gloves giving you a pair that is extremely durable and long lasting. Very resistant to cracks, tearing and splits, no matter if you’re punching a heavy bag, or training Muay Thai, or kickboxing, you can be sure that these gloves will take whatever you can dish out.

SPP Technology provides perforated holes in the palm area, and a sweat wicking mesh to improve circulation and help to keep your hands cool and drier during your training sessions. The 29cm long hook and loop strap makes for great adjustability and keeps the gloves in place securely at all times so fighters can focus more on their form and better their punching technique.

Their unique Quadro-Dome Technology with thick Tri-slab Shell-Shock gel incorporates layered sheets of gel integrated triple padding for max-resistance and absorbing the shock of any impact to protect the hand joints-side from any possible damage. This feature also assists in natural alignment during striking and maintains stable wrist and thumb position.

When choosing boxing gloves, there is a plethora of information available online, and sorting through it can be pretty intimidating to say the least. Especially if you’re just beginning, being overwhelmed by all the glove types, brands, material used, and the ever-confusing sizing can be enough to put you off even before you get started.

The right gear in your bag can make all the difference in keeping your hands comfortable and protected, so making an informed choice early on about how to choose gloves can definitely influence the quality of your boxing experience, and may help to prevent the chance of injuring yourself during your training.

We’ve narrowed our guide down to the three categories of size, type, and material of the boxing glove. Our aim is to demystify a lot of the information out there and provide it to you in bite sized chunks that will be easier to understand

Size

Boxing gloves are typically displayed by weight (ounces) ranging from 6oz youth mitts to 20oz heavyweight gloves. The size determines by the amount of padding inside the boxing glove. Heavier gloves mean more protection, but also slows down your punching speed and wears you out faster, which is also why competition gloves tend to be of lighter weight.

People just starting out tend to choose heavier boxing gloves to be safe and to build stamina before work their way down towards competition weight gloves as they get better with their skills. The size and type of boxing gloves you use also depends on your body weight and purpose.

Boxing gloves should have a snug, comfortable fit with your fingertips grazing the top of the gloves. They should be fitted with hand wraps on, and should be snug around the straps but not overly tight, and it should be easy to make a fist.

Materials Used

The skin of modern boxing gloves is typically made with either genuine leather, usually cowhide or goatskin, or vinyl. The biggest consideration for choice here is price point with leather being generally more expensive. The padding is usually polyurethane foam although there are newer gloves that use a gel substitute, and some even use a combination of both.

Types of Boxing Gloves

Boxing Gloves might all look the same, but they can be specialized to be optimal for different roles. For training, there are three types, and for competition, there are two of glove. Each type of mitt has a unique quality that suits it best for its intended purpose.

BAG GLOVES

These are meant to be used for training with heavy bags, speed bags or pads. Bag gloves usually have less padding in the knuckles than other models to allow fighters to feel their punches and become accustomed to the impact. If a punch thrown isn’t up to form, the fighter can make adjustments accordingly and improve their striking more efficiently than with a thicker padded glove.

TRAINING GLOVES

Training gloves are excellent for people new to the sport of boxing. There’s enough padding on them that they can be used for both bag work and sparring. A popular choice for novice and seasoned boxers alike looking to get a good workout during their training sessions without having to worry about what glove they have on and easily switching between sparring and bag work.

SPARRING GLOVES

Sparring gloves are made specifically for sparring and feature thicker than usual padding to protect both you and your sparring partner. Sparring gloves tend to be a bit heavier due to the extra padding.

COMPETITION BOXING GLOVES

Competition gloves are designed for the fight. It has less padding in the knuckles so your opponent feels the punches. The two levels of competitive boxing gloves are amateur and professional. Amateur gloves are more regulated because of the stricter rules at that level.

Our choice and recommendation for best overall boxing glove goes to the Hayabusa T3.

The dual strap system and splinting system, with the sweat wiping thumb, and Vylar engineered leather make this an exceptional product and well worth it, especially for people who are serious about their training at a price that’s hard to be beat especially at this level.