Best Heavy Bag Boxing Gloves
Do I Need Boxing Gloves For a Heavy Bag?
The short answer is yes. Punching a heavy bag with gloves increases punch power and endurance--the added protection of the boxing gloves allows you to deliver stronger punches. Heavy bag boxing gloves also provide additional support to your wrist and protect your knuckles, minimizing the risk of injury.
What Weight Boxing Gloves Should I Get?
This is a common question that many beginner boxers have. Boxing gloves are sized using ounces. For specific details on which size you should purchase, read more here (link to article).
Hanging heavy bags can weigh anywhere between 70 to 150 pounds, while freestanding heavy bags can weigh 350+ pounds. Workouts on heavy bags are usually focused on strength training as the heavy bag resists your strikes more than a normal bag.
How To Choose The Best Boxing Gloves For a Heavy Bag
Spending any amount of money on a new hobby, workout, or lifestyle can seem daunting at first. We have compiled a list and evaluated some of the best heavy bag gloves for beginners. These are the four factors to consider when purchasing your first pair of heavy bag gloves (link to video):
Heavy Bag Boxing Gloves
Title White Glove (link)
- Price: $149; an expensive starter glove
- Glove lasts longer than a usual glove
- Withstands typical wear and tear
- Wrist area is not well-supported, potentially leading to injury
- Decent look, mesh can lead to discoloration
- Would recommend this glove for fighters who aren’t concerned with price
Everlast Gloves Classic (link)
- Price: around $30
- Very low-quality, can lead to tears and rips in the glove
- Lack of durability can lead to injury and need for new gloves
- Glove structure does not offer much for safety for wrist or knuckles
- Not much visual appeal
- Would not recommend this glove unless on a tight budget
Everlast Gloves Pro Series (link)
- Price: around $50
- Quality of the glove is slightly better than the Classic
- Glove can last you a bit longer in terms of durability, but likely only a few months with consistent use
- Wrist strap does not give good support
- Color scheme and design is more streamlined than others
- Would only recommend if on a tight budget
FightCamp Gloves (link)
- Price: $149; affordable and top tier gloves
- Foam in the glove is hand-rolled, increasing quality, comfort, and durability
- Stands up to consistent use on many different bags
- Knuckle grips within the gloves provide extra protection
- Wrist wrap offers proper wrist support and comfort, preventing injuries
- Molding, texture, and layout is streamlined, providing a professional boxing look
- Would highly recommend due to price, quality/durability, and safety
Making the Choice
Based on our analysis and the criteria upon which we evaluated the four gloves above, you can now confidently purchase your first pair of heavy bag gloves. Remember to consider price, durability, quality, and safety when choosing your first pair. No one wants to be sidelined by injury early into their boxing journey. And remember to fight on.
The Author: Tommy Duquette is the Co-Founder and Head of Content at FightCamp. He is a former US Boxing Team member with 136 fights under his belt and qualified for the 2012 Olympic trials as the #2 seed. He has 18 years experience training clients in boxing and fitness.