As a student, not expert, on boxing, in order to find good equipment, I think it’s wisest to first have a good gym and coach. That coach will lead you to good gear and be able to tell you the real difference between quality and crap. I mean, if you don’t have a good coach and gym, then gloves, whether they are good or not, won’t be of much use to you.
I generally buy my gear at the Cabbagetown Boxing gym. This gym supports a line of products by Morales Boxing, owned by Rey Morales, who was a competitive fighter and is now a boxing coach.
It has always been made clear to me that it is worth paying a little more for good equipment. A good pair of gloves, though it may cost close to $100, will last a long time and, more importantly, keep your hands safe. However, just because it’s $100 doesn’t make them good gloves.
I’ll be the first to admit I wouldn’t know the difference but I do take very seriously the safety of my hands and head. I don’t want my head gear flipping around on me when I’m busy being pummelled. I see that happen all the time during amateur fights and then they have to stop and readjust. It just doesn’t seem smart. What if your opponent saw your headgear impair your vision and decided to take advantage of those moments, before the ref called it, and readjust the rest of your head? If I hit incorrectly or (one day) with lots of power, I don’t want to be worried about the safety of my hands. Have I ever hit a heavy bag and it hit me back? Yes, I must admit it has happened.
A sparring partner made an interesting suggestion. She suggested that when I wear out my bag gloves that I just buy a new pair of sparring gloves and use my old ones as my next bag gloves.
I went online to see what other people were saying about finding good boxing gear. This website, Expertboxing.com, offers some non-partisan advice on finding good gear without trying to sell it to me at the same time. This website also advocates using sparring gloves as all-purpose gloves – in lieu of bag gloves. They are heavier than bag gloves, are more expensive but provide more protection.
Now that I am coming close to wearing out my first pair of bag gloves (I am very proud of how beat-up and wretched they look), I think that this makes a wiser investment for the safety of my hands, conditioning-wise, and economically.
Another friend offered a contrary opinion to this advice; she said that the larger sparring gloves make it harder to determine if you are hitting your mark correctly and negates a student practicing proper technique.
Expertboxing.com has a lot more detailed advice on what to look for when on the hunt for good gloves. This website also features other boxing tips and topics. However, again, it’s better to find a good coach that can talk to you about boxing, one-on-one, than looking online or through a store for advice. Don’t mess around, go to your most trusted source.
1. Online articles on picking good boxing gear:
2. Online threads on using sparring gloves as bag gloves:
3. Advice on picking hand wraps from the Morales Boxing website:
The Importance Of Choosing The Proper Hand Wraps
When you start doing any kind of contact sport where you are going to pound the heavy bag, hand wraps are essential for the protection of your hands. It is important to know that there are 2 types of wraps: cotton and stretch polyester commonly known as Mexican style.
One of the most popular ways to wrap your hands is to go between your fingers. This can prove difficult when using cotton wraps because they are too thick. What happens is that when you go between your fingers, the wrap will open the space between the knuckles more than the natural position of your knuckles, this creates stress in the ligaments, and instead of protecting your hands the cotton wraps may cause damage instead. Some coaches and athletes are moving away from cotton to stretch Polyester wraps.
Stretch Polyester wraps are more suitable for people who prefer wrapping between their fingers. One feature of this material is its stretch and light weight, which offers comfort and protection between the knuckles without putting stress on the ligaments. Another feature is that the stretchiness allows you to tighten the wraps. The elasticity and tightness remains and does not loosen during use as the cotton wraps do particularly when hands get sweaty. Stretchy wraps are more comfortable and eliminate cutting off circulation to the hands.
If you have stretch polyester wraps, go ahead and wrap your hands between your fingers for more protection, and if you have cotton wraps avoid using the wraps between your fingers, concentrate on padding your knuckles.
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