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Best Boxing Gloves for Beginners (Ranked with Full Guide)

If you’re searching for the best boxing gloves for beginners, you’ve come to the right place.

Best Overall Boxing Glove for Beginners: Byakko
Best Runner Up Boxing Glove: Ring to Cage C17 2.0
Best Designs: Xmartial
Most Affordable Boxing Glove: Ringside Apex
Best for Heavy Bag Work: Title
Best Premium Gloves: Winning
Best for Women: RingToCage C17 2.0
Best Muay Thai Style Gloves: Fairtex BGV1
Best Wrist Support: Hayabusa


Link: Check out our post on the Best Boxing Gloves for Heavy Bag

The best boxing gloves for beginners are Byakko, Title, Ring to Cage, Venum, and Ringside.

Best Boxing Gloves for Beginners – Top Ranked Gloves Plus Tips


Best Boxing Gloves for Beginners – Ranked with Reviews

1. Byakko

PROS AND CONS
Affordable
Solid padding
Well ventilated
+Include finger grip bar
–  Can be tight fit for some hands
– A little “pillowy”

If you’re a beginner, you just want an affordable glove that fits great and supports your fists and wrists during training (which will mostly consist of heavy bag work).

For these reasons Byakko Gloves are my number one recommendation for beginners. They are easily comparable to gloves in the ~$100 range at half the price.

With great padding for beginners and solid ventilation, these hit all of my marks as solid beginner gloves.

If you’re new to boxing and you don’t want to drop a lot of money on a pair of Hayabusas or Cleto Reyes gloves but still want solid quality – go with Byakko’s.

2. Ring to Cage

PROS AND CONS
Soft and comfortable inner liner
+Fingers line up comfortably in glove
Padding is very durable and flexible (good for clinch work)
+ Open thumb (good for catching and parrying)
+ Can be used for both heavy bag and sparring
– May be a little bulky for some
-Thumb compartment may not offer as much protection as other gloves
– Velcro may not last as long as padding
– Can take a bit longer to dry after training
– No finger grip bar
– Pricey*

These Ring to Cage are another excellent option for beginners (especially if you are considering doing some kickboxing or Muay Thai training). While these are top notch in terms of quality, we couldn’t rate them higher due to their price point.

They have a great fit with good fist position, and comfortable to train in.

However, be aware that these are more expensive so if you are just testing the boxing waters and don’t want to dive into a big purchase I’d recommend going with a more affordable glove like those from Byakko or Title.

3. Title

PROS AND CONS
Durable
Great leather
Fair price
+ Great for heavy bag
– Long time to break-in
– Sizing problems
-Recommend using a deodorizer

Title Boxing gloves are definitely some of the more popular brands out there and unlike others (cough..Everlast) their lower end models aren’t bad for beginners.

These are great for bag work and a decent beginner glove. The only thing I’d mention is that these can definitely take a longer time to dry out so they can easily get a funk to them.

So I recommend make sure to air them out immediatley after class, wipe them down, and even use a deodorize like the ones from Meister here.

Link: Check out our full post on How to Clean Boxing Gloves here.

4. Xmartial

Xmartial Tiger Boxing Gloves

Xmartial gear shines for their standout and slick designs.

While not as popular as other big name brands, these are a decent option for beginners and a solid all around glove. Plus they have some decent wrist support with a hook-and-loop design.

These gloves do everything well and doesn’t have any standout flaws. I’d definitely rank it up there with gloves from Title at a similar price range with better designs.

5. Hayabusa T3

Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves in black
PROS AND CONS
Top of the line wrist support
Thick and great padding
+ Break in pretty quickly
+Thumb fabric good for wiping sweat
– Pricey*
– Can be difficult to open your hand in them
– Can be too stiff for some
– Can be a bit annoying to take on/off due to double wrist strap
-Synthetic leather

The Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves are also one of my favorites for beginners.

For beginners you may not have the best punching technique so you want to make sure that your hands and wrists are protected.

I can’t tell you the amount of times I hit the bag at the wrong angle and my wrists paid for it. So for any beginner you’re not going to find a glove with better wrist support that those from Hayabusa.

The only thing is that these are definitely pricier for beginner gloves so if you’re thinking about sticking with boxing for a bit and want the best wrist support, I’d recommend giving them a shot.

6. Cleto Reyes

PROS AND CONS
Great for training and bag work
100% leather and horse hair padding
+ Easy to clean (don’t retain moisture)
+ Triple cuff wrist support
Not ideal for sparring
Not a lot of padding (known as puncher’s gloves)
 Require a break in period
Mexican gloves like these tend to come in heavier than advertised
Provide quite a bit of feedback in the knuckle area compared to your average glove
Slightly unnatural thumb/fist position
– Expensive*

The Cleto Reyes is one of the biggest names in boxing gloves. They are up there in terms of price and popularity next to Winnings, Grant, and Onx.

In my opinion Winning and Cleto Reyes are the gold standard in boxing gloves but come at a higher price point (with Winning gloves costing top dollar)

I would have put both of these gloves as the top ranking on this list but since they are more expensive, I wouldn’t recommend them for beginners who are just getting into boxing.

These gloves are my current go to for training and bag work, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend them for sparring because they seriously sting to get tagged with.

7. Fairtex

Fairtex BGV1 in black
PROS AND CONS
Fair price
Durable
Genuine leather
Easy to break in
-Forces your fingers to curve down (in a constant closed fist)
– Not enough wrist support for some (can go for lace up models*)
– May have too much hand room

The Fairtex BGV1 gloves are a personal favorite. Yes, these are made for Muay Thai,

Generally, when using Muay Thai gloves for boxing, you may find them too stiff, smaller hand compartments, and not offering great wrist support.

For me, they fit my hand nicely. However, I know some people, especially beginners, may find wrist support lacking.

If you are concerned with wrist support I would go for a lace up model (lace up will always provide more support than velcro).

Finally, if you find the BGV1’s too spacious but like everything else about the glove, I recommend checking out their BGV19

8.RDX

RDX Boxing Gloves EGO in golden
PROS AND CONS
Great starter gloves
Affordable
– A little bulky
-Padding may be limited for some

Another great beginner glove for those getting into boxing or plan to do a bit of Muay Thai as well are these from RDX.

These will definitely outlast other gloves that are made for boxing and Muay Thai like those from Venum

These RDX gloves are Muay Thai gloves, but I’ve used them in my pure boxing training with no problem. Plus they are pretty decent for the price.

However with Muay Thai gloves there’s usually a concern with lack of padding/wrist support so if you’re concerned with wrist support, I always recommend gloves from Hayabusa.

9.Venum

PROS AND CONS
Affordable
Comfortable
Fair price
– Not enough wrist support
– Padding can be better
– Synthetic leather
– May be a bit expensive for the materials used
– More for kickboxing/Muay Thai

Venum Elite Boxing Gloves is a decent entry level glove for beginners diving into their training journey – especially if they would like to eventually train kickboxing and Muay Thai as well.

The two biggest negatives are that your hands may not line up the best inside the gloves and with the grip bar and that due to the synthetic leather and less quality materials they may break down quicker over time.

I know Venum gear sometimes gets some heat for not being less durable and more expensive than other brands, but one of my closest (and toughest) training partners uses Venum gloves for all his striking training (boxing, mma, Muay Thai) and strongly recommends them.

10.Ringside Apex (Bag Gloves)

PROS AND CONS
Easy to clean
Soft and comfortable padding
Affordable
+ Snug fit (for those who prefer tighter gloves)
– Lacks a bit in wrist support
– Can be tight fit for some hands
–  Hands may not line up the best inside the glove with the grip bar
– Very long break in period

Ringside gloves are another great option for beginners who are doing mostly bag work.

These are a good option (they are not the high end gloves like Winning or Cleto Reyes) but are solid.

However, I wouldn’t place them as high as those from Byakko or Title in terms of quality at this price range – so I would probably choose either of those brands over Ringside gloves.

The reason why these are so high on this list is due to their affordability and overall decent value.

11. Winning

PROS AND CONS
Amazing fit (most natural feeling gloves I’ve ever used)
Ideal padding (thicker on knuckles/softer on outside)
+ Double cuff wrist protection
– Not for beginners
A bit pillowy for some
– Very expensive*

Again, I would have loved to put Winning Boxing Gloves at the top of this list, but this list is for beginners.

At $500+ I don’t think the best option is to drop several hundred dollars on a pair of boxing gloves when just starting. However, I couldn’t not include these gloves.

If you want a more affordable options I’d check out the C17 gloves by Ring to Cage (these were aimed to be a knock off of Winning gloves at a more affordable price).

12. Twins Speical

PROS AND CONS
Very well-padded
+ Run on the lighter side
-Weak wrist support (like other Muay Thai style gloves)
– Hand space may be a bit small (like many Muay Thai gloves)
-May feel a bit too “pillowy” for some

Twins Special are gloves made for Muay Thai, but many use them for boxing as well.

I would probably put these up there with Cleto Reyes in terms of craftsmanship (with obviously a different style since it’s made for Muay Thai).

If you find that the hand position is too cramped for your liking but like everything else, you can go with a more Western style Muay Thai glove like those from Fairtex.

13.Sanabul

Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Gloves
PROS AND CONS
Very affordable
Decent padding
–  Lacks a bit in wrist support
-May not be the most comfortable
– Small sizing

Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Gloves are probably the most heavily reviewed boxing glove on Amazon likely due to the very affordable price point.

If I had to compare these gloves to another brand, I’d say that they are a cheaper and more affordable version of Fairtex gloves in terms of fit and feel.

If you want to upgrade from this pair I’d like at Byakko, Title, or Fairtex.

14.Adidas

PROS AND CONS
Good wrist support
Solid padding
+ Quick break in period
–  Padding not very durable
– Leather easily wares out

While I’m not the biggest fan of brand like Adidas and Everlast, I think if you are going to buy gloves from these brands, you have to go with their more expensive models unfortunately.

There base models seem cheaply made, ill fitting, bulky, and somehow don’t have enough padding.

These Adi-speed from Adidas follow this rule. At a higher price point, these are the real deal – I’m sure you’ve even seen Conor McGregor training in them.

However, I still prefer Hayabusas, Cleto’s, or gloves from Ring to Cage over them.

15.Revgear

PROS AND CONS
Affordable
Good for heavy bag
+ Decent for both boxing and MMA
–  May be lacking padding for pure boxing training
Take a long time for the inside to dry out

These are another affordable glove and have some good reviews on Amazon.

Revgear gloves are excellent for heavy bag work which will likely be the majority of your training in the beginning.

If you are training both boxing and mma as a beginner these may be a decent option for you.

However, as with other more affordable gloves, these will begin to smell quite quickly if you don’t wear wraps and make it a point to let them air out and clean the inside.

16.FIGHTR

FIGHTR Premium Boxing Gloves
PROS AND CONS
Affordable
Good padding
–  Small hand room (small sizing)
– Not recommended for sparring*

These gloves from FIGHTR are some of the most popular on Amazon. For the price they are a decent deal.

In terms of quality, I feel that FIGHTR is pretty comparable to Venum (at a cheaper price). While these won’t be the top of the line gloves, they are cheap and affordable and may be a good go to pair for beginners who are focused on heavy bag work.

17.Liberlupus

Liberlupus Boxing Gloves
PROS AND CONS
Very Affordable
Great wrist support
– Padding can be better
–  Can be too stiff for some

Liberlupus boxing gloves are another very popular glove on amazon with nearly 8K reviews as of this writing.

I’m not really a fan of cheaper gloves. I just find the fit and feel uncomfortable with many. Also, while the padding is fine, I feel like it could be better.

Plus these really aren’t that durable.

If I was to recommend a pair over these at a similar price point, it would probably be those from Sanabul, RDX, or Title.

18.Top Boxer Win1

WIN1 BLACK/GOLD

The TopBoxer Boxing Gloves provide excellent shock absorption and wrist protection. The hand compartment may run a bit short for those with longer fingers.

I’ve also noticed that there’s like a spiky bit of stitching on the inside of the thumb so if you play a heavy guard game I’d be sure to watch scraping yourself on your face/forehead.

I’ve used the Win1 gloves, and they are great for bag work, but they really shine for sparring. These are pretty comparable to Winning gloves in size and fit.

19. Gold BJJ


Gold BJJ Foundation Boxing Gloves
PROS AND CONS
Very Affordable*
Breathable
Come with hand wraps
–  Light padding

Gold BJJ Foundation Boxing Gloves are another mid range boxing glove to consider if you’re a beginner.

It seems that Gold BJJ is aiming for the boxing beginner demographic and including a pair of hand wraps with the gloves.

Although a few users have mentioned that the padding could be thick enough, it still provides sufficient support for most average workouts you’ll do as a beginner in boxing.

20.Everlast

So if you’re absolutely set on buying boxing gloves from Everlast I strongly recommend avoiding their cheaper options and going with one of their more expensive gloves like the Pro MX training gloves.

However, even at that price range (close to $200) you can still find better gloves out there like those from Cleto Reyes, Hayabusa, or Ring to Cage.

I know Everlast is usually a top pick for beginners, however, I hope you do end up going with a different boxing glove that will hopefully be more affordable, durable, and better quality.


Tips on How to Choose Boxing Gloves

  • The two boxing gloves that are the most trusted for durability and quality are
    • Winning
    • Cleto Reyes
    • (if you have the money and plan to sticking with boxing you really can’t beat these brands):
  • However, these come at much higher price point and aren’t really recommended for beginners for that reason
  • You should try to look for a glove with good padding and good wrist support since you will likely be doing a lot of heavy bag training.
  • Some gloves with good wrist support are:
    • Hayabusa T3
    • Ring 2 Cage
    • Cleto Reyes (Hook and Loop)
    • Top Boxer (Alien)
    • Title
  • If you plan to stick with boxing for a bit, you should consider buying two different pairs of gloves -one for sparring (mid tier glove) and one for heavy bag training (more affordable glove)
  • Lastly, I would strongly recommend avoiding Everlast gloves. While they are very popular their lower tier brands really aren’t great, and there are much better options out their for that price point (like Title, Ring 2 Cage, and Rival)

Best Boxing Gloves Under $100

If I had to rank the best boxing gloves under $100, I would have to choose the below (in no particular order):

  • Byakko
  • Title
  • Venum
  • Ringside Apex

Best Boxing Gloves Over $100

Now looking at more premium gloves – the best boxing glover $100, in our opinion would be:

  • Winning
  • Cleto Reyes
  • Ring to Cage
  • Hayabusa

Again with more premium gloves, you simply get better quality of materials, better fit, better stitching, more durability, and less likely to get an odor.

What’s the Best Beginner Boxing Glove for Women?

Depending on usage, our recommendation for the best boxing gloves for women are the below:

  • Byakko
  • Title
  • Ring to Cage (more expensive)

Women have the same criteria in gloves in men. However, depending on the type of training they may be able to go with a more affordable glove – for example, maybe they are taking a general fitness class with some boxing vs going to a strictly boxing class.

Why You Can Trust This List (How We Chose the Best Boxing Gloves for Beginners)

While I have owned nearly a dozen different pairs of boxing gloves, I can’t honestly say I’ve owned and tried every boxing glove on this list.

However, I have been boxing and training martial arts for over ten years. So the ones I don’t have personal experience training with I have asked opinions of my closest training partners in addition to compiling nearly endless opinions on different boxing gloves from online forums like reddit, quora, as well as retailers like amazon, ebay, and direct vendor sites.

I started this list with over 50 gloves and whittled them down to the 20 you see above with as much detailed and unbiased reviews as possible.

Since boxing is an amazing sport that can offer endless learning and challenges, my goal was to make buying boxing gloves for beginners easier.

If you feel we missed any glove or if we should add one of your favorite pairs please us drop a line at info@heavybjj.com

What Size Boxing Gloves Should I Get?

Here’s a quick breakdown of boxing glove sizes, ranging from 4 to 16 ounces – this is a good guide for both men and women

GLOVE SIZEWEIGHT
LBSKG
6 ozUnder 80 lbsUnder 37
8 oz90-11037-50
10 oz110-13250-60
12 oz132-16560-75
14 oz165-19075-85
16 oz190-20985-95
18 oz290 and up95 and up
Activity LevelGlove Size
Pad Work10-12 ozLighter gloves allow more speed and mobility for pad work and focus mitt training.
Heavy Bag12-14 ozHeavy bag exercises are safe with gloves in this size range because they strike a good mix between speed and power.
Sparring14-16 ozHeavier gloves with more padding are essential for sparring to ensure safety for both you and your training partner.

Related Frequently Asked Questions on Boxing Gloves

Do You Need Hand Wraps for Your Boxing Gloves?

Yes, you should use hand wraps with your boxing gloves. While many gyms don’t require hand wraps for training, hand wraps:

  • provide more hand/wrist support
  • help reduce sweat and odor inside the glove

How Long Does It Usually Take to Break in Boxing Gloves?

On average most boxing gloves can be broken in after a couple sessions to a couple months depending on usage and material.

Much like a new pair of shoes, boxing gloves need to be ‘broken in’ before they start feeling comfortable. Notably, the breaking-in process varies based on the material of the glove. Leather boxing gloves, for instance, mold more naturally to the shape of your fist with use and time, becoming significantly more comfortable as they age. Synthetic gloves, though amicably beginner-friendly, tend not to mold to your fist in the same fashion.

The primary aim of the glove-breaking process is to loosen the stiff foam padding inside, allowing more flexibility and better comfort while punching. From a protective perspective, a properly broken-in glove can ‘catch’ incoming hits more effectively, thus indirectly minimizing potential hand injuries.

A technique often adopted by boxers to break-in their gloves involves repeatedly working with a heavy bag.


How Soon Should You Start Sparring in Boxing?

While most gyms don’t have a strict criteria on when you should start sparring, in general you should start sparring after at least a month of training.

Even after that time, you should communicate with your sparring partner to spar lightly to reduce intensity as you continue to learn.


What Size Glove Should You Use for Sparring?

You should use at least 14 oz gloves for sparring with many opting for 16 oz gloves for extra padding and protection.


Can You Spar with 10 oz Gloves?

While you can spar with 10 oz gloves, it is not recommended especially for beginners. Sparring with 10 oz gloves isn’t really enough padding for you or your sparring partner.

How Much Do Boxing Gloves Cushion a Punch?

While boxing gloves do cushion a punch, you will certainly feel the punch if someone is throwing it hard enough. You will certainly feel a punch if a heavyweight through a punch at you. Boxing gloves only offer slight cushion – mainly to protect the hand of the puncher and not necessarily stop the person from being punch from feeling it.