Xpeed Boxing Glove Buyers Guide
Thinking about starting Boxing, Muay Thai or MMA for some extra fitness or trying to take your current training up a notch? But also overwhelmed about what kind of glove you should be using? We’ve got you covered with this Boxing Glove Buyers Guide! At Xpeed we offer a wide range of high-quality boxing gloves to cater to various training needs and user preferences. In this guide, we will explore the different models, weight categories, materials used, sizing options, and more, helping you make an informed decision when choosing the perfect boxing gloves for your training sessions.
The Xpeed Boxing Range
- Xpeed presents three distinct models in its boxing range: Contender, Professional, and Fighter. Each model is designed with specific features to suit different training requirements. Why? Because boxing gloves are not just essential accessories; they are vital tools that cater to specific needs based on the individual's goals and training objectives. Whether you're a seasoned boxer, a beginner, or somewhere in between, choosing the right gloves that align with your purpose is crucial for maximising performance and ensuring safety during training and competition.
- In this section of the Xpeed Boxing Glove Buyers Guide, we will delve into the three primary purposes for which boxing gloves are commonly used: training on a bag, sparring with a partner and competing in official bouts. Each purpose demands gloves with unique characteristics, from padding density and weight, to wrist support and safety features.
- Understanding the distinctions between these purposes will empower you to make an informed decision when selecting the most suitable gloves for your specific needs. So, whether you're seeking gloves for bag work to build strength and technique, sparring sessions to refine your skills with a partner, or official competitions to showcase your prowess in the ring, this guide will help you navigate the world of boxing gloves and make a choice that elevates your boxing experience to new heights. Let's explore each purpose in detail to uncover the ideal glove that matches your aspirations and requirements.
Training on a Bag
When your primary purpose is training on a bag, you'll want gloves that provide excellent support, protection, and durability. Bag training involves hitting heavy bags, speed bags, or focus mitts, which can be quite intense and put significant strain on your hands and wrists. Look for gloves with sufficient padding to absorb the impact and protect your knuckles. These gloves should also offer good wrist support to minimise the risk of injury during repetitive punches.
Padding density is an essential factor here. Heavier gloves with denser padding are ideal for bag work, as they absorb more shock and reduce the risk of hand and wrist injuries. Generally, 12 oz to 16 oz gloves are recommended for bag training, depending on your body weight and experience level.
Training on a bag can put significnat strain on your wrists
When sparring with a partner, safety is paramount. The gloves you use for sparring should prioritise the safety of both you and your partner. Sparring gloves need to have extra padding to reduce the impact of punches and minimise the risk of cuts and bruises during training sessions.
In most cases, 16 oz gloves are the standard choice for sparring. The added padding in sparring gloves ensures that you can focus on technique and timing without causing unnecessary harm to your training partner.
If you plan to compete in boxing, you'll need gloves that meet the regulations set by the governing bodies of the sport. The weight of competition gloves varies depending on the weight class and the specific rules of the event. For amateurs, 10 oz to 12 oz gloves are common in lower weight classes, while 14 oz to 16 oz gloves are used in higher weight classes.
It's crucial to check the guidelines of the boxing association or governing body where you plan to compete, as they may have specific requirements for the gloves used in competitions. The fit is also essential to ensure proper hand positioning and minimise the risk of injury.
The glove of choice for Knees Of Fury
Contender Boxing Gloves and Mitts
The Contender range features a tough polyurethane shell and injection-moulded X-Tech Shield foam, providing excellent durability and protection for fitness classes and pad work.
The Contender Gloves offer optimal hand positioning and comfort with a grip bar and webbed thumb. Additionally, the structured wrist cuff and 3-inch elasticised wrist strap offer robust support and prevent wrist flex during your punches.
The Contender Boxing Mitts differ slightly when it comes to the wrist strap. Compared to the structured wrist cuff of the gloves, the mitts feature a 3 inch elasticised wrist strap. This provides strong support and helps prevent wrist flex, giving you confidence for landing punches.
Professional Boxing Gloves and Mitts
For the more experienced boxer, the Professional range is crafted from high-grade leather and injection-moulded X-Tech Armour Foam, ensuring superior shape retention and performance.
The Professional Boxing Gloves are engineered with a dense grip bar, webbed thumb, and structured wrist cuff for optimal hand positioning and maximum comfort. The tapered wrist strap offers a secure, supportive fit and additional wrist protection during intense training sessions.
The Professional Boxing Mitts feature a dense grip bar, webbed thumb and a 3 inch elasticised wrist strap which provides a secure fit and prevents wrist flex when landing punches on bags and pads.
Fighter Boxing Gloves
The Fighter Gloves offer a premium option for professional fighters seeking top-tier performance and protection. You might recognise these gloves from Knees Of Fury, the glove of choice for this competition.
Xpeed Fighter Boxing Gloves are made from goat leather, gel infused padding and a moisture wicking lining. This lining in particular is designed to withdraw moisture away from the skin when in use. A premium feature of the Xpeed Fighter Glove is the custom X-Tech Armour 5 layer foam. This foam technology is a composite of 4 X-Tech foam layers and an additional Gel infused layer of padding above the knuckle. This intuitive design will ensure a longer lasting padding on the knuckles and the ultimate in comfort when striking.
Weight Categories and Uses
Boxing Mitts typically have S/M & L/XL sizing. The S/M suits a hand circumference of 16cm - 22cm. The L/XL suits a hand circumference of 23cm - 28cm. When it comes to Boxing Gloves they are commonly available in four different weight categories: 10oz, 12oz, 14oz, and 16oz.
Why should you choose a different weighted glove over another? The weight you choose depends on your body weight and training goals. We'll break down the reasons for choosing a different glove size for you here.
- 10oz gloves: Ideal for smaller athletes looking to refine techniques on pads and bags.
- 12oz gloves: Versatile and suitable for refining training techniques and speed.
- 14oz gloves: The all-rounder, tailored for heavier bag work, pad work, and full-contact sparring.
- 16oz gloves: Designed for heavier hitters and competitive sparring, heavy bag work, and improving hand speed.
Ventilation and Moisture Control
Boxing can be intense and sweat can make your hands slippery inside the boxing gloves, reducing your grip and control. The Contender gloves feature a mesh palm to enhance breathability, reducing excessive sweating during intense training sessions. Meanwhile, the Professional gloves come equipped with a moisture-wicking lining on the interior, further promoting a dry and comfortable environment for your hands. In addition to these features we recommend using hand wraps. Hand wraps help absorb sweat, keeping your hands drier and maintaining a better grip throughout your training.
With the Xpeed Boxing Glove Range, you can choose between different colours and unique design elements. The Contender gloves offer a coloured Xpeed logo in white, teal, or red over a predominately black glove. The Professional leather gloves come with a black Xpeed logo on a matte black glove or a black logo on a matte grey glove.
Price Range and Warranty
The Xpeed Boxing Glove Range offers a range of prices to suit different budgets and preferences. Contender Boxing Mitts are $40 and Contender Boxing Gloves are $60. As they’re made from higher grade materials the Professional Boxing Mitts are $60 and the Professional Boxing Gloves are $100. For specific warranty details please refer to our warranty page.
Choosing the right boxing gloves is crucial for enhancing your training performance and ensuring your safety. With the Xpeed Boxing Glove Range, you can find gloves tailored to your specific training needs and preferences. Considering the factors we’ve addressed in this buyers guide such as weight, material, size, and design elements, will help you make an informed decision. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast, amateur boxer, or professional fighter, Xpeed has a glove to support your journey in the ring. Don’t forget, once you have your gloves you’ll want to take care of them too, here’s some handy tips on boxing glove care.
Remember, investing in high-quality boxing gloves is an investment in your performance and protection during training and competitions. Time to go and Build A Better Fighter with Xpeed Boxing Gloves.