Boxing is one of the oldest sports in the world. It has been around for thousands of years and many different forms and styles have evolved over time.
Boxing is a great sport whether you are looking to build fitness or just learn self defense. It is also an excellent hobby to introduce your kids to as it can instill confidence while also ensuring that they exercise at the same time. Knowing how to box will prevent kids from being bullied and will give them confidence that will also be useful in all other forms of life.
If you are planning on signing them up to a class they are going to need a suitable pair of gloves. Adult boxing gloves will most likely be too big and will not suit the type of training that kids typically do in a youth boxing class. Safety of the product is also a major concern as the wrong pair of gloves could potentially cause an injury to somebody else’s child or your child.
There are many different types of youth boxing gloves currently available. If you do not have any boxing experience yourself it can be tricky to navigate your way to finding the perfect boxing gloves for your kid. However we have made this task much simpler for you by conducting an in depth review of the best kids boxing gloves currently available on the market. We have also looked at the most important criteria to look to consider when looking for a pair of gloves and tried to answer some of the most common questions.
Top 10 Kids Boxing Gloves
If you watch professional MMA you may recognize the Venum brand. They have been producing MMA and boxing equipment for nearly 15 years and have an excellent reputation for high quality products. These gloves are perfect for youths who are planing to train in a structured boxing environment.
The gloves are designed with sparring and pad work in mind. They are made of premium synthetic leather and have multi-density foam padding that protects little hands.
The shape of the gloves is designed to a curved anatomic shape by people who have knowledge of boxing technique. The shape of the glove encourages proper technique. The cool Venum branding and design is a bonus.
Not so Good
More expensive compared to other playtime gloves. They only come in one color too.
These are an excellent pair of gloves that are perfect for youths who are serious about boxing training.
Some of the gloves above are more suited to play rather than training. However if your child is doing instructed training and sparring then you might prefer a pair of gloves like the Venum Contenders. Venum are a trusted combat sports brand and their expertise in glove design can be seen here.
These gloves are slightly more expensive than others on the list but worth the price if you think your kid will stick with boxing.
7 – 15 years old
RDX are a top combat sports brand. The gloves are perfect for pad work and sparring. They are made from a synthetic leather that does not feel like it will crack anytime soon. My favorite feature is the Thumb lock protection. This means that your child’s thumb is always protected even when they throw a wrong punch. The gloves have a simple to use velcro strap that can easily be adjusted.
The glove comes in 4oz and 6oz weight which is perfect for youth training. While this weight is too light for an adult glove it is perfectly safe for use by youths due to their reduced power.
There are lots of color options too which is always a bonus in youth gloves.
Not so Good
I wish they came in a smaller size for younger kids.
RDX have really taken the time to develop a top quality kids glove. Instead of just making a smaller adult glove they have created a product that is tailored for kids and the type of training that they will be doing. For the price offered these gloves should last you years.
4 – 12 (check out weight recommendations)
Sanabul are a relatively new combat sports brand that are quickly developing a name for producing high quality affordable training equipment for MMA and boxing.
Look at those designs! The printed gloves look very cool and lots of kids are sure to love the style of these gloves. Sport at a young age should primarily be done for fun so it is great to see training equipment that reflects this side of kids sport.
Rather than specify an age, Sanubul recommend buying gloves based on the child’s weight. They offer a 4oz, 6oz, and 8oz glove which should cover children from 4 years and up. This seems to be a much smarter way of determining the correct size as age recommendations can be too broad.
The foam used in the glove is soft and durable and is easy to clean.The gloves have good quality stitching throughout which will ultimately result in a longer lifespan.
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Nothing negative to report yet!
One of the most fun pairs of kids boxing gloves available. The printed images make these gloves very cool and your kid is sure to be the envy of their friends. Not just stylish, Sanubul have also created a well made pair of gloves that benefit from a smart design and high quality stitching. Definitely one of my favorite pairs of gloves.
3 to 7
Most youth boxing gloves are designed for kids 7 years and up. However these Dtown gloves suit smaller children and are perfect for playing. The gloves are made from a good quality PU synthetic leather which is perfectly safe for playing and training. The Velcro strap is child friendly and ensures the gloves stay on.
There are lots of color options and the pink gloves are great if you have a girl who loves pink like I do.
Not so Good
It is hard to find the perfect size. Kids at this age grow quickly. However Amazon have a good return policy if you need it.
A fun pair of gloves that are great for for pay or training. There gloves are good value for money and lots of colors from which to choose.
5 – 15 years old.
These gloves are actually designed for adults but Elite have chosen to also offer them in kids sizes.
My favorite thing about this product is padded Velcro strap is long enough to fully wrap around the wrist. This is great for beginners as it provides protection for people who may not yet know how to punch properly. There is also a 3D Cooling Mesh Palm which allows your hands to breathe inside the gloves and helps to avoid excess palm sweating.
These gloves also come with a handy carry case which is great for training.
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The stitching on the gloves is more likely to come loose than on other pairs of gloves on the list. This is a result of glove shape and design. Otherwise the quality of the gloves is quite good and should stand up well to casual training
A good pair of gloves for casual training. The price is very reasonable considering that the gloves come with a carry case and are generally well made and offered in many different colors and sizes.
If you are doing more serious training I would recommend getting something more like the Venum Contenders as the stitching on these gloves may not stand up to heavy training.
3 – 8
Luniquz are not a well known maker of boxing equipment but have still managed to produce an excellent pair of gloves.
The gloves have a cool flame design and there are 8 different color variations that kids are sure to love. My favourite thing about these gloves is that they come with a carry case. This helps keep the gloves together and avoids searching for a missing or misplaced glove.
There is also Air vent holes in the balm which help to reduce the build up of bacteria which can make gloves smell bad. The gloves have 4” long and 2” wide Velcro which ensures they stay on when training. The gloves are made from the same type of synthetic PU leather as other gloves on the list. The material feels thick and durable and should last many years of regular use.
The gloves are slightly more expensive than other gloves on list but the addition of the carry case is worth the price.
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Only come in a 4 oz size.
A really fun and well made pair of gloves. The carry bag is a welcome addition and ensures that the gloves do not get lost. The small details like the air vent holes make these gloves one of the best options currently available.
One of the most important things with kids gloves is the shape. Some cheaper gloves are rigid and do not allow you to make a proper fist. The RevGear gloves are expertly designed so that you have no choice but to make a proper fist. This encourages you to use the correct technique and ultimately makes the person using a better puncher
The Velcro wrist strap is padded which extra protection when training.
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Only come in 6oz and one color.
The Revgear boxing glove is excellent glove that is perfect for boxing training. They feel good when using pads and mits and are slightly cheaper than other high quality gloves such as Venum or Everlast.
3 – 8
These gloves are good value considering the quality of the stitching and material used. They are guaranteed to provide kids with hours of fun. The Cheerwing gloves are probably more suited to younger kids under the age of 6 rather than kids looking to start boxing training.
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Very lightweight when compared to others on the list. The printed design is a bit weird and there is also printed codes on the gloves which take away from the overall look of the product.
If you are looking to pick up a cheap pair of gloves, the this may be a good option for you. They are suitable for playtime and the design is durable enough to ensure that they will not be torn quickly.
5 -12 years old
Most of the budget youth boxing gloves use low quality Velcro for the straps. This is not the case with the KUYOU gloves which have long Velcro straps that have high quality stitching which means that the gloves are easy to adjust and stay on when training.
The inside of the lining is moisture proof which means that they won’t start to stink after a while. The outside of the gloves have a soft gel cushioning which is perfectly safe for kids and also easy to clean.
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No major complaints about these gloves. Only minor issue is that there can be a big difference between a 5 and and 12 year old hands. This can make it tricky to make sure that the glove will fit.
Excellent value for money considering the good quality stitching and material used in these gloves. Endless hours of fun guaranteed for a relatively small amount of money.
Similar to the last pair of gloves, the Maxx boxing gloves are designed for adults but also offer kids sizes. The great thing about these gloves is that there are 7 different sizes available.
The gloves have a multi-layered foam padding which protects your hand and your training partner if sparring. All the materials used are of decent quality which is rare to see in a budget brand.
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I would recommend one of the stronger brands of gloves if you are concerned about glove shape. These gloves are perfect for casual training but it would be better to invest in branded gloves if training seriously.
The red and black design is pretty straight forward and won’t win any awards for style.
With 7 different sizes you are guaranteed to find the right fit for you. These gloves are great for starting out and having fun around the home.
What to look out for in Kids Boxing Gloves
This is the most important factor when choosing kids boxing gloves. Too many parents rush into purchasing gloves that are too big for their youth which can have an affect on their kids enjoyment of the sport.
Youth training gloves typically range from 4oz – 8oz in weight. These weights are perfect for the lower punching power that most kids posesss. In comparison an adults training glove will be approximately 10oz – 16oz.
The actual size of the glove itself depends on the age range stated by the manufacturer. Some gloves above have a recommended sizing based on age whereas others will have recommend a size based on the youths weight.
So remember, take time to consider the weight of the glove and the age range stated by the manufacturer.
Most kids boxing gloves are made from a synthetic leather. The most common synthetic leather is called PU leather.
In comparison many of the top adults gloves are made from bull hide 100% leather. This leather is much more durable and resistant to the heavy pressure that goes with frequent and powerful striking. While the main part of these adult gloves are 100% leather the area around the straps and wrists is usually composed of PU synthetic leather.
However Kids do not have the same power as adults so will not get the benefit of 100% leather gloves. Also, real leather is expensive and it may not be an option for parents when buying kids gloves (especially when they are unsure if the child will stick with it).
The type of strapping used on the wrist is also important. Most of the gloves above use Velcro padding for the wrist. When purchasing try to ensure that the Velcro strap is padded to avoid injuries caused by mis-striking.
Shape of glove
Well made boxing gloves are usually a lot more rigid than you might expect. A good glove should encourage you to make a proper fist when using. This forces people to use the correct technique when practicing and ensures consistency. In comparison cheaper gloves may be a lot softer and can more easily lose their shape. This is fine if the glove is just being used for play. However this will ultimately hinder a child who is hoping to improve their technique.
When selecting a glove try to select an established combat sports brand that have experience producing boxing gloves. RDX, Venum, and RevGear are three good examples of companies who fit this criteria.
Type of Training
Will your kid being doing boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing or another form of striking? Depending on the nature of the sport it may be worth your while speaking to your child’s coach to find out what type of gloves are required and whether they need a specific type of glove for training.
If your child is doing frequent sparring you should take some time to consider what weight glove they require. There is a big difference between the power of a 13 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. This means you need to carefully consider the weight of the gloves if they will be used for frequent sparring.
I hope that I have helped your decision making process. There is lots of information out so there take the time to look at all the different options above before making a purchase. Finding the right option for your child will make them more likely to stick with the sport. A badly fitting glove that your kid finds awkward can often be enough to discourage them from continue with their training.
If you are still in doubt I recommend going for the best budget option. If the gloves do not suit or fit your child’s needs, the cost will be minimal.