Everyone knows you need the right equipment for the job! But what is the best boxing glove for sparring, training or heavy bag work? There are different ounces, sizes, and features that all need to be considered when choosing the ideal glove.
Let’s start with ounces. Boxing gloves generally come in 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 ounces, which allow you to progress from focus mitts to heavy bag workouts to sparring (generally 16 to 18 oz and above).
For hitting pads or a heavy bag, gloves that are 12 oz and below are your best options. The lower weight of these gloves, typically referred to as “bag gloves,” allow you to work on delivering your punches with speed without sacrificing hand protection. If you find you need a more comfortable glove while performing heavy bag workouts, consider moving up to a heavier ounce to get extra padding for your hands.
The benefit to the added weight on your hands means increasing the endurance on your punches. Not only will you be able to crank up your volume of punches, but the speed in which you deliver those punches will be much faster!
When it’s time to spar with a partner, that’s when you move up to the heavier gloves. These sparring gloves have a more substantial amount of padding, which will protect your partner when you land those heavy blows.
Depending on your size, 14 oz, 16 oz and even larger gloves can be good for all-around usage. They can be used for hitting pads, heavy bag work, general training, and sparring. In this case, when heavier gloves are used for pad or heavy bag work, those repetitive blows with bigger gloves develop your strength, which translates to power!
When reviewing what boxing gloves to choose for sparring, training or rounds on the heavy bag, it’s key to consider your physical size. If you are in the 5-foot-7-inch, 140-pound range, it would be smart to grab yourself a light pair of gloves, between 10 and 12 oz, for pad or heavy bags workouts, and an additional pair of heavier gloves for partner drills and light technical sparring. On the flip side, if you weigh-in at 200 pounds and up, you’d better start out in a pair of 14 oz gloves.
Another thing to consider beyond your weight, is the size of your hands. If you have a large hand circumference, don’t try to cram your hands into a pair of gloves that are too small for you. Size up to match the size of your hands. Keep in mind, the smaller the glove, the smaller the hand pocket.
Body weight is a key factor to consider because the amount of force from your punches will vary from someone who’s a different size.
Regardless of the size, Hayabusa Boxing Gloves provide the same superior protection. Our Dual-X™ Closure System provides an adjustable fit, keeping a boxer’s hands and wrists properly aligned. The Fusion Splinting™ technology keeps your wrists aligned to avoid injury. We also engineered a layered complex of technology foams called Deltra-EG™. This Hayabusa exclusive complex incorporates a number of technologies to provide an unmatched level of protection with every punch.
If any size of Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves will work, then how do we know what to choose? It boils down to feel. Some like to wear 10 oz and 12 oz on a heavy bag because they like to hone their technique and speed of their strikes. Others like to train in 16 oz or 18 oz gloves because they like the additional weight at the end of their arms. Don’t know what you prefer? No problem! Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves all come with a 90-day “no questions asked” guarantee because we know you need the right glove for the right job and we’ll make sure you get it!