When it comes to picking which hand wraps and gloves to buy, you have plenty of options.
It all depends on what you are going to use them for: pad work, bag work, sparring or fighting.
I would recommend hand wraps of a minimum length of three and a halfhalf to five meters long, nothing less. Because ultimately, it is the hand wraps that is going to give stability to your hands, not the gloves. Click here to read Why Wrap Your Hands
Depending on what you are actually going to be hitting will determine the size of gloves you need. What you wear for pad work would be different to what you wear if you were doing bag work, sparring or even fighting.
For pad work I would wear 10oz to 12oz gloves, for bag work or sparring 14oz to 16oz and for a fight 8oz to 10oz gloves. Heavier gloves are generally bigger and more padded (this also depends on the manufacturer, but generally they are all a standard size). They range from 8oz to 20oz
The reasons why I wear those gloves for those activities are simple: To reduce the risk of injury during training so when I have a fight my hands are good to go. A fighter’s hands are his or her most important weapons.
For pad work, 10oz to 12oz gloves are good. This is because the pads are not hard objects like the punching bag which is normally filled with sand (with the assistance of gravity hitting the bottom of a hanging bag can be like hitting a brick wall). So for bag work going for a bigger glove like 14oz to 16oz will give you a bit more cushion, reducing the risk of injury. When it comes to sparring you will be once again be using 14oz to 16oz gloves. When you are sparring you are not looking to hurt your partner you are only looking to practise your techniques and it is semi/light contact. Generally when you are sparring you will be doing this with people from your gym/camp, but every so often if you are training for a fight your trainer might bring in someone from the outside, someone who may have the same or similar fighting style as you opponent . And for a fight 8oz to 10oz gloves, unlike sparring where it is semi/light contact here it is full contact and you are looking to do as much damage as you can looking for a KO or technical KO (no fighter should leave the decision up to the judges) and using a smaller glove will help to do this.
For the average size woman:-
Pad work – 10oz to 12oz
Bag work- 12oz to 14oz
Sparring – 14oz
Fighting- 8oz to 10oz
For the average size man:-
Pad work – 12oz
Bag work- 14oz
Sparring – 16oz
Fighting- 10oz – 12oz
Then comes the questions laces or Velcro, leather or non-leather, which brand shall I go for and how much shall I spend???
I could rant on about the above till the cows came home but I don’t think you would read to the end of this article if I did. So I will keep it as short as I can.
Laces Vs Velcro
When tied properly the laces will secure the glove more efficiently, but for training they aren’t very practical because it takes time to get them on, tie them up and also you will always need someone to do it for you, whereas the Velcro gloves are very quick and easy to take on and off. Unless you are looking to fight I would go for Velcro. But even if you are going to fight it is highly likely your gym/camp or the promoter would supply the gloves for you.
Leather Vs non-Leather?
This one really dose tie in with the How Much Shall I Spend? I would always go for the high quality leather; you get what you pay for but also you got to think about how often you are going to be using them. No point spending £100 on a pair of beautiful leather gloves if you are only going to use them once. A reasonable price if you’re not looking to become a professional is about £20 – £40.
Which Brand shall I get?
There are many brands out there; here are some which I would recommend: Twins, King, Fairtex and Everlast. But this question is all about opinion.