When you’re shopping for new boxing gloves, there are four key elements you need to consider: wrist support, closure type, knuckle padding, and glove weight. These elements play a crucial role in providing the proper fit and level of protection you need. So, where should you start? First off, you should get familiar with how gloves differentiate from each other.
When it comes to boxing gloves, “oz” means ounces or the total weight of the glove. The higher the oz, the more padding it has, allowing it to absorb more force. Are you focusing on bag work and pads or sparring? In addition to your training focus, your height and weight will affect which glove oz to choose. Explore our size chart to find your ideal boxing glove oz.
The type of training you focus on will play a significant role in which style and size of glove you should use. For example, if you do mostly heavy bag work, you should choose lower oz gloves with plenty of support to protect your wrists, whereas if you intend to spar, you should choose higher oz gloves to help soften a blow for you and your training partner.
Which closure type works best for you, laces, single, or dual strap?
Dual Strap offers the most secure and supportive fit.
Single Strap is the quickest to put on and take off but sacrifices wrist support.
Laced delivers a custom fit but requires extra time and a partner to help lace-up.
If you're taller or heavier, you may punch harder than someone smaller, meaning you'll need a higher oz glove to absorb the more powerful impact. Although this is the general rule of thumb, it's not always the case. Many small fighters use heavier gloves and vice versa.
Choosing smaller gloves (lower oz) than recommended can make it easier to throw quicker punches, hone your technique, and help deliver more feedback from your strikes.
Choosing heavier gloves (higher oz) than recommended helps build your training endurance, overall power and offers even more protection to you and your partner while sparring.