Boxing gloves are a pretty simple idea, and deciding what's a good pair should be simple too.. (Quality and Price)
Before anything, let me ask “how do you use boxing gloves?” If your answer is:
- To hit the punching bag or workout with a trainer.
- Practice self defense.
- Sparring, training for a fight.
16 oz. sparring gloves can range from 19.99$ all the way to 500$ and up.
The best price in terms of quality, at King of Sparring would say around 150$ with tax and shipping. wink wink
How is 150$ the perfect cost for 16 oz sparring gloves?
In order to get a great quality leather, the best density foam to cover your knuckles, and shaped efficiently for the art and science of boxing, 150-200$ is the best amount best combination of price and quality.
Here are 3 pairs of 16 oz sparring gloves costing around 150$
King of Sparring
The one to the right is the King of Sparring glove, designed for power punching, sparring, and or bag work. CLICK TO SEE HOW MUCH THIS BOXING GLOVE COSTS
Title Boxing Gloves
The middle glove above is a 16 oz. Title sparring glove. Made for sparring and bag work, you’ll mostly see this brands glove priced 50-200$, but these gloves were around 150$, but also with that first order discount Title's website does.
Rival Sparring Gloves
The glove on the far right are Rival’s hook and loop sparring glove. If you watch World Championship boxing then you recognize these gloves. Canadian company, bought from titleboxing website. Rival’s gloves are 1 of 3 gloves you’ll see on television with America’s most well known brand Everlast or another American brand, popular amongst the highest level boxers is Grant boxing gloves.
Everlast 16 Oz. Gloves
I own an old pair (not that old) of 50$ Everlast boxing gloves and have bought 2-3 pairs of 16 oz gloves in that price range from Everlast and they just quite frankly just don’t compare to the 3 I’ve shown or else I would’ve.
Premier High Cost Boxing Gloves
As earlier stated, there are boxing glove brands price their gloves at 500$ and more.
Grant Worldwide is one of those brands. Owned by Philadelphia native Elvis Grant. You might have seen him in the movie Creed, a sequel to the Rocky movies. For the biggest competitive fights, these are the gloves worn by most fighters. Grant does have a sparring glove, although I don't see fighters wearing them I have seen them. They're retailing for 500$. GW has a few stock gloves and produce mostly custom pieces for a premium price.
When you watch high level Pro's sparring videos on Youtube or Facebook you mostly see Winning Brand.
Made popular in American boxing culture by all time great fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya in their sparring sessions these gloves are the pinnacle of success, along with Grant Worldwide.
As great as Winning gloves are, even I will admit, though they do have a tricky and confusing order process. There's 4-5 authorized Winning websites that I've seen, Winning USA and 3rd party retailers have been the only ways I have seen to get your product safely.
I've actually purchased a knock off pair of Winning gloves for 300$ which is the normal price from what I've seen.
The King of Sparring Gloves 16 oz. were designed with great admiration to the Winning gloves, with their overall hand protection and quality craftsmanship.
The grip bar, what you make a fist around in the glove is inspired after Winning and all the well made competition boxing gloves.
Hard piece of plastic to make a fist around provides durability to the gloves integrity, protecting your hands better than a glove that uses foam.
The King of Sparring glove has this as well, we feel this makes the glove a better product. It costs more, which is why our competitors don’t have it.
Another part of the King of Sparring glove we focused on was the thumb. To prevent injuries to the thumb, which is a big problem, we installed a pad underneath to protect the Thumb’s Metacarpal and the Trapezium bone.
Also added extra cushion (which is a high quality, hand cut mold foam) to the tip of the thumb. Similarly to Winning’s glove, we also feel this feature gives you ultimate confidence in protection, just like the best Professionals that the King of Sparring gloves can protect you in any moment in the gym.
The problem with Title Boxing gloves, like the ones pictured here with the King of Sparring and Rival gloves is just like the Everlast gloves, they don’t hold up very well and their massive glove selection seems really gimmicky and over the top. (Title also owns Fighting Brand, which makes pretty good gloves, just durability concerns)
The knuckle pad is deformed and the wrist strap is way too big and the Title glove components are way too broken down compared to the Rival boxing glove, which both had the same amount of use for sparring and hitting the punching bag.
The Rival’s are most certainly a good brand, worn in boxing’s highest level contests, but as a customer it gets confusing when you’re looking to purchase gloves online and there’s so many options, too many options. Just like Title Boxing.
You have to first decide the size gloves you want. King of Sparring made an article on how what size boxing glove you should buy. Click here to see this
Then you must decide your knuckle shape preference, an open or closed fist, strap or strings to lace, decide between some gimmicky punching bag only gloves, then after those barriers see there’s any eye catching, or bodacious (flashy, or flamboyant) colors still available.
Are the gloves you chose right? Are they good enough to last and not hurt your hand?
(Hand injuries take longer to heal, because our need to use them for daily life prevents fast rehabilitation)
Can you have the #1 best boxing glove if you make 10 versions of a 16 oz glove?
The King of Sparring gloves makes the best boxing glove. For training on the punching or live sparring.
Like we said before, the grip bar, the thumb, and the shape the King of Sparring glove takes is all to make you a more defensive skilled boxer or stronger puncher.
Keeping your hands up, the golden rule of boxing, and probably fighting in general. Something we agree with 100% at King of Sparring.
For that we gave the glove a half closed shape, because open fist gloves aren’t good for effective punching, and the fully closed fist doesn’t allow you to catch punches off your palms as easy and the close fist prevents the glove’s thick symmetrically cut slab of padding on the back of your hand from acting as a shield.
Flat and wide surface on the back of the King of Sparring gloves knuckle for blocking punches more effectively. The extra cushion in the palm and wrist gives more protection, as well as the snug fit.