I hope you’ll agree with me when I say:
“kickboxing gloves are a big investment! Not only in budget, but also in the time it takes to find ones that meet your needs.”
It’s important to know that there are different gloves for different tasks. Each glove has its strengths and weaknesses. Some are wonderful for bag work but horrible for sparring sessions; some are great for heavy punchers but horrifically uncomfortable for lighter punchers.
Best Kickboxing Gloves on the Market
Here are our recommendations for the best kickboxing gloves for more speed & dexterity:
1.Cleto Reyes Lace
The first pair we’re going to be looking at is Cleto Reyes. This is a company that is well known in the boxing world and has a relatively long record of production. These legendary gloves have been donned by greats like Manny Pacquiao. These heavy hitting gloves have had a polarizing effect on the boxing community with some absolutely adoring them and others downright detesting them.
These gloves are made of a high quality leather which makes them last longer. The water resistant lining helps to keep your hands dry throughout your sparring match which makes it a little easier to clean. The extra-long cuff provides some much needed support and this glove is capable of being used in a variety of different fighting fields.
Overall these seem to be a great fit for most people. They are very durable and quite well balanced and this makes them a stellar pair to own. If you have a pair of these in your gym bag then you’ll probably need someone to help you tie them up otherwise they won’t be as effective.
|Requires proper wrapping|
|Take of your sizing chart|
The next pair of gloves we’re going to look at are the Twins Special. Twins is another one of those reputable brands that most boxers are familiar with. This Thailand based company has convinced quite a large portion of the boxing fraternity that they make the best gloves in the world.
The choice of leather in this pair makes it stronger and longer lasting. The Velcro makes them easier to put on at take-off and this is particularly useful in training and (to a lesser extent) sparing sessions where they can be slipped on and off when they are needed. They have been designed to be used in competition bouts but the Velcro might be a bit of an obstacle as it doesn’t have the same fit as a lace glove.
Overall, this is a fine piece of work. It provides excellent knuckle protection. They can be used in a variety of different fields of martial arts and they are much loved by the people. A pair of these could be seen as a little more affordable in comparison to the other kickboxing gloves on our list.
|Excellent knuckle protection|
|Tight and stiff|
Another one of boxing’s famous combat equipment companies makes our list. This is a company that is deeply entrenched in the MMA scene. Their designs are always quite bold and interesting. They’re working with Glory Kickboxing who are working as their equipment suppliers.
These MMA gloves are ideal for striking training, combat, and even sparring. They are designed to help curb hand fatigue. The wrist support that comes with this glove is immense. It is also made from leather which makes it more durable. It’s lining acts as an antibacterial and helps combat odors.
Overall though, this is a fine product. It is strong and supports the wrist like no other glove could. It can be used in training for a lot of martial arts but it is very restricted in the competitive bouts section.
|Wrist support is impeccable|
|Lacks thumb protection|
Fairtex is company deeply rooted in Muay Thai. This Thailand based company was founded in Bangkok. They’ve won an award for being the best MMA gloves at World MMA Awards.
This glove, however, is an all-purpose type of boxing glove. The leather keeps it durable and the Velcro straps make it easy to slip on. From sparring to bag training to pad work, this glove does it all. They are quite comfortable and give you enough space for your handwraps.
Overall these are some great gloves. They are durable and multipurpose so they are quite useful to a variety of different athletes.
One of the forefathers of Thailand made Mauy Thai sports equipment. The glory days of this once proud company are long behind it but its influence still lingers. Companies like Twins are said to have used Windy as a blueprint in Windy’s heyday. They are the purists of the equipment industry as they do not focus on building their brand or accessibility but rather focus purely on their craft; an honorable feat.
These next gloves are made of leather which provides durability. They offer great wrist support and over the knuckle padding. The quality of this glove is of the highest order and it provides a tight fit. These gloves are suited for people in the Mauy Thai community but they can be used for other forms of martial arts.
Overall though, this seems to be a pretty decent pair of gloves. For all its faults, the general consensus is that they are wonderful for bag work. The quality in the craftsmanship is usually well above par and they should last longer than your average glove.
|Great for bag work|
These leather gloves with reinforced stitching are built to be durable. The knuckles are layered with gel infused padding to help absorb a lot of the shock. The Velcro creates a snug fit while supporting the wrist. These gloves are designed with a moisture wicking palm that helps to keep your hands fresher for longer. The padded grip hose encourages proper punching technique. This multi-layered glove is a fusion of the past and present to create the future.
Overall this is a great glove. It looks great and feels amazing. This kind of impression makes the average customer that much prouder to own a pair of these fine gloves.
Venum is a company that manufactures equipment for different forms of martial arts, combat sports, and fitness training regimes. This multinational company was founded in 2006 by a certain Frank Dupuis.
This leather constructed pair of mits is ideal for all types of fighters from beginners to advance. The quality leather produces durability for high performance usage. They are also designed to absorb quite a bit of shock. They look great and that imparts a sense of pride in their ownership.
Overall though this is a great looking and affordable glove. Bag work might be a little troublesome for this pair but they tend to come out of their shell in sparring sessions.
|Great for sparring|
|A pair for newbies and not for a pro hands|
|Not durable and made for low quality leather|
Top King is another relatively new company that has revolutionised the industry in its short time in it. The claim to have an extensive knowledge of martial arts and Boxing equipment. They combine the old school with the new school as tradition meets modern technology.
This is a multipurpose glove so it can be used by a variety of different martial arts fields. It also comes with shock absorbent foam for some high intensity workouts. Extra padding is provided on the wrist for support.
Overall though, these seem like a pretty decent pair of gloves. They are quite large and protective. They have been lauded as one of the top ranking Mauy Thai gloves on the market today.
|Well padded for hand protection|
|Great for bag work|
|Durable & Well made 100% leather|
|Stylish design an dries in a short time|
|Wrist support notperfect compared to other brands|
Rival has been around for just over a decade now and being a millennial company has steeped it in the tradition of technology. They spend quite a bit on their brand advertising and they compete in the web market with their online site. This is quite important because a lot of new suppliers are popping up on online stores. The ability to manoeuvre in a world where costs are undercut because other suppliers do not have the same costs as you is imperative to survival.
This all leather construction is a force to be reckoned with. Its striking looks and incredible features carve its place out on our list. It is equipped with Ergo Xtrem Strap System. It also comes with a long cuff to assist with wrist support. The sheer size of the layered foam makes it less likely to be used in your typical sparring sessions. They are also rumoured to be quite comfortable.
Over all this is quite the glove. It looks good and it is perfect for heavy bags.
|Well padded at the front area|
Anthem Athletics is a company that hasn’t be around for as long as the others but it has similar ambitions of some of the other power houses. They claim to target only the highest percentile of athletes; the best of the best in their respective fields (or at least those that thing they are).
These multipurpose gloves have a classical Mauy Thai design. The Buffalo leather that it is comprised of, makes it a lot more durable than the average leather glove. They are designed for training, pad and bag work, sparring, and competitive bouts. The triple density foam provides maximum protection and impact absorption. There is additional padding to enhance protection on the wrist, ensure a more secure fit, and an added moisture wicking lining.
They could make it rather uncomfortable for your hands with every hit and you might need to readjust the glove after every miss. This sort of fit makes it rather difficult to concentrate on your training. Another issue has been the stitching as some customers claimed that they felt it was rather subpar in the long run and that they caused a few problems with continuous use.
Overall though, these are a pretty great pair of gloves. They are at their best in sparring situations. The overall look of this glove has been lauded by even the staunchest of critics and the feeling that this gives some customers has been found to be invaluable.
|Great for sparring|
|Thin inner padding|
Kickboxing Gloves Buyer’s Guide
When it comes to buying a pair of kickboxing gloves, there are quite a number of different things you need to understand. The first of which is yourself. You need to know where you are in your journey and also what you’re buying the gloves for. There are gloves of different kinds of weights, of different densities, and also of different shapes and sizes. It is important to get an idea of what all of these different characteristics have to do with your choice in glove and how they can determine whether you’ve made a good or bad purchase.
How you fight is an important factor in the type of glove you should purchase. Your style of punching and even your taste in designs should be taken into consideration. A pair of gloves that you are proud of wielding can mean the difference in a fight. That little boost of pride can almost act like your own personal cheerleader.
Know Your Brand
Knowing how to tell the difference between your favourite brand and a knock-off can save you quite a bit of money. With so many people now selling these products, it is quite easy to purchase a cheaper pair of gloves, entirely accidentally. If you are intentionally purchasing cheaper gloves then you’ve almost insured the need to replace them.
Know The Difference Between Boxing vs Kickboxing Gloves
The video below can give your an idea about how to choose the right pair of gloves
Buying a decent pair of gloves is easy but buying a pair that was meant for you is a little more difficult. If you have friends or trainers in the arts then you should seek their council before making your decision. Shop around a bit and you are bound to find a difference in prices. Taking care of your gloves is also important to ensure that it lasts longer than it had to.