I've gone through a LOT of boxing gloves...
In addition to the gloves that I've used, I've always had to stock the "community" gloves at my training facility, so they were often used 4 or 5 hours every day. That type of strain puts gloves to the test.
Gloves tend to be way overpriced. You can get an OK set of gloves for less than $50, and it makes no sense whatsoever to spend $139.99 on an item that's going to smell like a homeless person's feet in a year or less.
That said, for $90 you can get the best set that I recommend buying... and it's a badass set of gloves.
First, pick your priorities. Decide whether to go for inexpensive gloves, or awesome gloves... and make moves from there. For more information about why I chose the following gloves, read the bottom of this page.
(Both of these can be purchased from MMA warehouse, to combine shipping charges with other items you might need)
Here are the things to take into consideration when buying gloves:
- Ease of putting on/taking off the gloves
- Ability to make a good fist within the glove
- The durability of the padding
- The durability of the "leather"
- The durability of the velcro to strap
DO NOT go to a local sporting goods store and try to buy a pair of boxing gloves. They all carry the same pair of Shmeverlast gloves, and they're always crappy.
To me, the most important reason to go with the Hayabusa's is the fact that their padding is not cheap, and will not degrade as quickly. If you're just punching a bag, this doesn't matter as much, but if you plan on sparring, that padding saves your training partners face.
If you've been in this sport for a while, you've probably sparred with someone who has old/crappy gloves, and it probably felt like his knuckles were jamming right into your face... because they were. Padding withers away from the most common point of impact if it's poorly manufactured, and this equals bruising of faces, and potentially hand damage if you punch an elbow or something else hard.
Cheap and degrading padding equals bodily harm.
Hayabusa spends money on this type of research, and manufacturing... and they hang their hat on a quality product.
The dual velcro strapping mechanism or "Patented Dual X" is not a replacement for wrist wraps, but it does give you a NOTICEABLE increase in wrist support, and that will make you confident in punching harder.
All that said, if you plan on buying a full set of sparring gear, grabbing the Venum Helmet I recommend and shin-pads I recommend (from MMA warehouse) you get this set of boxing gloves for free... which is always nice.
I would obviously re-gift those, allowing me to seem considerate and thoughtful, while happily buying a pair of Hayabusas for myself 😉