A Buyer's Guide to boxing and martial arts accessories
Choosing suitable gloves greatly improves protection and safety, and as they also add comfort to activities, ultimately they help to increase the level of exercise carried out. There is a wide variety of gloves, so we should take care when choosing a particular model, bearing in mind the following considerations:
- 1) Size of the gloves
- 2) Weight and density
- 3) Material: leather or vinyl
- 4) Fastening system: laces or velcro
1) Size of the gloves
Generally, boxing and martial arts gloves are available in four sizes (small, medium, large and extra-large) and there are also specifications for men, women and children. Although there is no standard size for the market and sizes vary depending on the manufacturer and model, the user should choose the size that fits best. Gloves must be a close fit, but never tight, and we have to bear in mind that, with the passage of time, the gloves will get softer and looser.
2) Weight and density
The weight of the glove varies according to the type and amount of padding it contains. The heavier they are, as they have more padding, the better they absorb impacts, reducing the risk of injuries both for the user and the opponent. The more layers of foam they have and the greater the density of the gloves, the better.
3) Material: leather or vinyl
Gloves are available in either leather or vinyl, with different characteristics. Leather is a high quality material, breathable, longer lasting and with a better resistance to sweat. In contrast, vinyl is a cheaper material, much easier to clean and maintain, but with a shorter lifespan. As they keep humidity in the glove, they become uncomfortable during longer periods of activity.
4) Fastening system: laces or velcro
The glove fastening system may be laces or Velcro. Laces are usually tied securely and are more secure and comfortable when training, but have a huge problem, and this is that it is almost impossible for one to tie and untie the gloves while doing the exercise. Velcro, however, is more practical for putting on and removing gloves, but may slide a little during the activity.