What gloves?

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by SteveP, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    I’m doing a fundamentals striking class starting Jan to compliment my BJJ training. Been advised to get some 14-16oz boxing gloves.

    I don’t want to spent too much but don’t want them falling to bits either so any recommendations? Probably looking < £50 really.
  2. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    I've got some entry level rdx ones for pretty much the same thing, they've lasted me three years so far.
  3. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

  4. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    If you are in the UK don't be tempted by the cheap Title gloves from sportsdirect. They are the single worst gloves I have ever put my hand inside... In fact all their gloves (sports direct) are terrible, irrespective of brand. I don't know how they do it.

    You'd be best served just plumping an extra £20 and buying some long-term high quality gloves. Think if it as an investment in hand health.
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  5. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    Thanks for the replies.

    I was looking at some ~£30 ones but a lot have double density foam. Spending a bit more gets me triple density so might be worth it.

    Something like this? Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves Grey/White
  6. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Those venum's are actually ok. I had a blue pair and they lasted a while.

    Used to be able to those at SD for £20. Literally the only passable glove there.

    Not a bad starter glove.
  7. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

  8. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Valued Member MAP 2017 Gold Award

    Start with RDX. For quality and price they're really good. Especially if you're not running through them everyday.
  9. EdiSco

    EdiSco Likes his anonymity

  10. PointyShinyBurn

    PointyShinyBurn Valued Member

    My Sandee ones have been going strong for eight years, pretty comfortable as well.

    Best to try a few different brands on if you can, good fit depends quite a lot on the shape of your hands.
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  11. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    I’m going to go with RDX. Thanks everyone.
  12. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    Sandee gear is bulletproof, my MMA training gloves are still going strong after a decade. I "upgraded" to some Hayabusa ones last year, but tbh they're not necessarily any better (fit at the wrist is better, but the fist padding on the Sandee is better)
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  13. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    I've got Sandee gloves as my 16s and they brilliant.
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  14. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    its a false economy getting the cheaper brands, usually £20-30 more for sandee or fairtex and they will last 10 times longer.

    the generic sports shops in UK don't have a great selection, better off going to a martial Arts specialist store online and order quality.
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  15. Morik

    Morik Well-Known Member Supporter MAP 2017 Gold Award

    I went with Fairtex gloves and have been pleased. Have had them about a year now. I do take care of them in terms of odor prevention (wipe them out with a wet paper towel after each use & then let them air dry, and once a week with lysol wipes then wet paper towels). I expect them to last for many years.
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  16. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    Something like this?

    Sandee Sport Velcro 2 Tone Boxing Gloves Black/White

    Or better to spend £10-15+ for real leather? In all honesty I don’t even know if I’ll carry on after the 8wks of fundamentals so don’t want to spend too much, but having said that if I do then it would be nice to not have to buy again in 12 months.
  17. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    I personally find that synthetic leather gloves don't hold up well (although that may be because it's typically associated with cheaper brands). The thing with RDX is while they used to be great for the money they're nowhere near as cheap as they used to be. When they were doing real leather gloves for £27 they were great.
    The last generation of Blitz stuff offered good VFM, and can still be found on Ebay (like I posted) or you can find them in online shops.
    If you're in for the long haul then it's definitely worth considering getting some Sandee or Twins gloves, and tbh if you don't keep the class up you can probably get £40 for them on Ebay.
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  18. Monkey_Magic

    Monkey_Magic Well-Known Member

    ^ this. I reckon spending the extra for one of the proper Thai brands (Sandee, Twins, Fairtex, etc) is an investment in avoiding hand injury. As Ben points out, these are the brands that can be bought and sold on eBay.

    I’d also suggest looking for used gloves from high-end brands (e.g. Rival) on eBay.

    Unless you’re very light, then 16oz is a good choice if your training includes any sparring.
  19. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    That’s a good point.
  20. SteveP

    SteveP Valued Member

    I’m around 140 lbs. We’ll more than likely be doing a bit of sparring, yes.

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