Updated on December 28, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
So, you’ve decided you want to start boxing (or another type of martial arts exercise), and you need all of the best equipment to ensure you’re throwing the best punches, burning the most calories, and sweating the most you’ve ever sweat before! With so many different types of gloves, coverages, and styles, there’s a lot to choose from, especially if you’re just starting out. Ensuring you have the right one to keep your knuckles from bruising and your wrists from giving out may be hard with the hundreds of different styles out there. Here are seven heavy bag gloves that we think will work perfectly for you during your training or in the gym!
Best Heavy Bag Gloves
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: Everyone’s heard of Everlast, so the name itself already gives it a certain air of familiarity and trustworthiness that other companies just don’t have. The Everlast Mixed Martial Arts Heavy Bag Gloves feature a fully-covered knuckle design with an open thumb, which helps keep a tight fist when fighting or in class. The fabric is not only made with premium ventilation, but the mesh exterior completely covers the palm area, which shows how much air can really get through to your hands.
Keep in mind: For those who want real, premium leather, this one isn’t. Additionally, for a while, the sizes have only been in Large and Extra Large, though some say they run small.
Good for: Those who don’t want to get overheated during their workout!
(Most comfortable — $)
Why it’s great: Along with these gloves coming in an array of fun colors, they’re also super sleek and comfortable. With a hook-and-loop closure for wrist support and a big mesh strip on the palms, these gloves boast a gel-infused design, made to absorb intense pressure so your hands don’t have to. They’re also made for full-coverage, so are great for beginners and those who want ultimate protection (and don’t mind sacrificing the open-hand design for protection).
Keep in mind: The gel interior is a unique design, and one that may be sacrificed if used too hard. These gloves are known to be durable, but be aware of this when purchasing and be sure to do your research.
Good for: A nice, sleek-looking glove that gets the job done.
(Best protection — $)
Why it’s great: These Everlast gloves are a great quality glove for those who are willing to spend the extra money for longevity in use. With color selections in black, gray, red, white, Pro Black, Box Black, and Box White, this premium boxing glove is made with a leather exterior for a high-quality glove. Its open-palm design allows for more airflow than closed designs, so your hands stay comfortable and cool during your workout. It’s also made with thick padding that lines your knuckle area to reduce the strain from punching, especially if you’re a beginner and not used to the intensity. Along with leather, it’s also made with a sponge material for additional shock-absorption.
Keep in mind: In order to get the most out of these high-quality gloves, it’s optimal to purchase a separate wristband worn underneath in order to protect your wrists.
Good for: Quality, protection, and support
(Best design — $$$)
Why it’s great: The Venum Giant 3.0 will make you look and feel like a professional boxer. We love them because of their designs, which have the signature and super cool Venum logo on these full-coverage gloves. Their colors range from White/Gold, Black/White, Black/Silver, Black/Red, Black/Black, and the most basic Black/Gold of Venum’s logo. These gloves also offer superior support; handmade and built out of 100% Nappa leather, crafted with triple-density foam for optimal impact absorption and hand protection, as well as water-proof lining to ensure water or sweat doesn’t enter into the interior part of the gloves.
Keep in mind: This is the most expensive pair.
Good for: Wrist support, knuckle protection, and an awesome look!
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: The ZooBoo MMA Gloves aren’t just affordable, but they’re super unique. They’re a half-finger design boxing glove, which means that the ends of your fingers are completely exposed (unlike other models in which your entire hand is inside the compact glove). Its exterior has a sleek and cool design, coming in black, white, red, and yellow with pattern options of either skull hands or bear claws. Made of premium leather, they’re more lightweight than traditional full-coverage boxing gloves and have an easily-adjustable wristband. Although the design is breathable, it definitely doesn’t sacrifice the quality of protection and padding.
Keep in mind: Because these have less coverage, using it as a starter glove for more intense boxing classes may not be your best bet when it comes to wrist protection. Depending on your sport of choice, figure out what type of glove best suits your needs.
Good for: Lightweight training like Boxing, Muay Thai, Speed Bag, and Taekwondo
(Best for breathability — $)
Why it’s great: These partial-coverage gloves have a similar dark pattern as the ZooBoos, with color and pattern options of black or white skeleton or black claw. It’s made with a combination of both faux leather and real leather, and crafted with a pre-curve design for optimal movement protection for your hands. The wrist strap is a nice elastic design, which helps with adding additional compactness and protection to your wrists, and the open design helps with breathability.
Keep in mind: Make sure that the sport or exercise you’re doing can withstand open gloves like these. Beginners may need more support, meaning a glove that covers the entire hand.
Good for: Breathability, especially if you’ve used gloves in the past that don’t give you the coolness you need for your workout.
(Most customizable — $$)
Why it’s great: The Athlete Training Boxing Gloves will make you feel great– both inside and out. This is a full-coverage glove with a thumb-locking feature to help with keeping your hand positions correctly during your workout or fight to help prevent injuries. With an easy-close velcro design, a mesh palm area for breathability, and fun colors to choose from like black, blue, gold, green red, silver, and white, these gloves may just be it for you. The best part about these gloves is that you can personalize it with your own branded logo and with your name– with the logo being on the back of the hand, and your name (or catchphrase!), is on the wrist strap. If you’re going to the gym in a group or with your team, these are great to identify your fellow fighters!
Keep in mind: These are made of completely synthetic leather, not real leather.
Good for: Groups or teams who want to roll up to the gym in matching style!
FAQs about heavy bag gloves
1. What can I use heavy bag or boxing gloves for?
Depending on the type you purchase, they can be used from anything from kickboxing to Muay Thai to Speedbagging, to Taekwondo, to actual fighting. Certain open-hand styles may be better for low-impact punching, which compacted ones could be better. Look over the suggestions on each glove’s page to see what you may use them for.
2. How do I know what size I need for a heavy bag glove?
Depending on the glove, sizes are measured by ounce, which is calculated from the hand circumference and your weight. Look up each glove sizing chart to size correctly.
3. What’s the difference between bag gloves and boxing gloves?
Bag gloves, like the ones featured here, are best used for punching bags and pads. Boxing gloves are best for uses with more padding.
4. How often will I need to get new boxing gloves?
That all depends on the general wear-and-tear and the number of times you use it per week. Gloves can last anywhere from 1-3 years, and first-time gloves may last a little longer and will need replacing the more advanced you get.
Having the perfect pair of heavy bag or boxing gloves is, at times, and individual taste. Some may like having full coverage, as it allows for extra protection, especially if they’re a beginner. On the contrary, others may only want ones that allow for optimal airflow, so their hands aren’t sweaty prunes when they take them off. Whichever gloves you fancy, we hope you’re able to put them to the test on the bag so you can enjoy a workout that trains your body and your mind for intensity!