What is so special about Women’s boxing gloves?
No, it’s not the color!
It is true that many women’s boxing gloves are designed with bold bright colors and patterns, and while all of that is part of the fun, there are actual physical features that make for the best boxing gloves for women.
I am here to discuss those differences, explain the nuances of various types of gloves, point out features on different gloves along with their pros and cons, and give my review of 10 top rated women’s boxing gloves.
- What Sets Women’s Boxing Gloves Apart
- Boxing Glove Features – How to Decide What You Want
- Top 11 Best Women’s Boxing Gloves Reviews 2018
- Twins Special Boxing Gloves Velcro
- Machina Carbonado 12 OZ Womens Training Gloves
- TAO Boxing Gloves Sparring and Heavy Bag Gloves
- Rival Boxing Women’s Pro Sparring Gloves
- Red Corner Women’s Boxing Glove 12oz
- Ring to Cage Japanese-Style Training Boxing Gloves 2.0
- adidas Hybrid 100 Dynamic Fit Boxing Gloves
- Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop Training Gloves
- Winning Velcro Training Boxing Gloves 16oz
- Century Strive Washable Cardio Kickboxing Boxing Glove
- Society Nine Women’s Essentials Training Boxing Glove
What Sets Women’s Boxing Gloves Apart
When they say “float like a butterfly” they were not talking about how your hands should fit in the gloves!
If you want to “Sting like a bee” your gloves should fit snug to your hand.
This is a problem for many women because they naturally have smaller hands and more slender wrists than men and end up floating around in giant boxing gloves made for men.
Making a Fist
Women’s boxing gloves are sometimes made with softer material or with a greater angle at the knuckles.
Softer material, flexible padding or a more contoured angle help you to make a stronger fist which translates to better and safer punches.
If you can not make a proper fist in the glove you risk damaging the delicate joints of the fist and can cause damage to your hand. This happens to men too, but the cause many times is a poor fitting glove.
Several of the women’s boxing gloves below are shaped differently from standard gloves. They are cone or “V” shaped, made much narrower at the wrist than men’s gloves.
The wrist size is important!
Even most tall women have wrists that are significantly more slender than a man’s wrist and this means women need a glove that fits well at the wrist.
The wrist of the glove is what supports the wrist and prevents injury, and if it fits poorly or is too large you risk injury.
Boxing Glove Features – How to Decide What You Want
Velcro close or lace up?
Here is the deal.
Unless you like to ask for help every time you put on and take off your gloves, then Velcro is probably the right choice for you.
Pros of Velcro
- You can put the gloves on and off by yourself.
- They are quick and easy to remove.
Pros of Lace up Style
- You can often get lace up styles tighter and therefore they support the wrist better. This is important if you are hitting hard or are in a real boxing match.
- They look old school and authentic.
Leather or synthetic?
This is a tough one for me. I prefer leather but there are so many really good gloves out there made from synthetic, plus many people object to wearing real leather.
Pros of leather
- Usually superior at inhibiting odor- leather “breathes” better.
- Usually more durable.
Pros of Synthetic material
- Usually far less expensive.
- No maintenance required (you must clean and treat real leather if you want gloves to last).
- May be more washable- one pair listed below can be machine washed!
What weight should I get?
Gloves come in several different weights and a common question is “what weigh should I get”?
10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz and even 18 oz gloves.
Rule of thumb: The larger the weight, the more padded the glove.
16 oz gloves are most common in amateur boxing during real matches.
14 oz is a pretty standard size, and the majority of gloves reviewed below are available in 14oz. 14 oz gloves may be padded enough to use with heavy bags and for sparring. Many all purpose training gloves are this weight.
12 oz and 10 oz gloves for women are not quite as padded as heavier weights, but are good for speed and agility drills, mitt work, and are common in fitness boxing or cardio kickboxing style classes.
These weights are more comfortable and streamlined, but do not have the protection needed for sparring and real boxing matches.
If you are a “no contact” boxer and use the gloves for fitness boxing, these weights can perfect for you.
Top 11 Best Women’s Boxing Gloves Reviews 2018
Twins Special Boxing Gloves Velcro
Review: Twins are a good choice for smaller hands, although they can be worn with wraps if needed. The have a Velcro wrist wrap for easy on and off, and the thumb is attached to prevent injury.
They are well padded, and some feel they are too stiff, but they do protect the fist.
- 100 percent leather.
- Available in 8 to 16 oz and a wide range of colors.
- Velcro wrist wrap and attached thumb.
- Stiff, but decent use will break them in.
Machina Carbonado 12 OZ Womens Training Gloves
Review: These Machina Carbonado gloves are designed to fit a woman’s hand and are built to be low profile and have flexible padding.
They are made with real leather and have a waterproof nylon lining. These gloves are for small hands, and will feel sung and fitted. A glove by a different maker that has the same weight as this glove will appear larger and bulkier.
- Designed for small hands.
- Low profile, not bulky.
- Soft flexible leather.
- Be aware, even larger sizes may fit snug and are made for smaller hands.
TAO Boxing Gloves Sparring and Heavy Bag Gloves
Review: These affordably priced TAO gloves come from famous heavy bag maker Outslayer.
I love that they have a long Velcro wrist wrap because that means they have built in wrist support. These are best for bag work and maybe a little sparring.
- Longer Velcro wrist wraps provide support.
- Lower profile, good for bag work.
- Attached thumb.
- Made using vinyl.
Rival Boxing Women’s Pro Sparring Gloves
Review: These rival gloves for women have several features that set them apart.
They have a double strap Velcro wrist strap system with an angled Velcro strap that fits the wrist more comfortably and naturally.
The gloves are “cone” shaped, being narrow at the wrist and flaring out.
- Long cuff, good wrist support.
- Laminated inner lining, must break in foam before sparring.
- Comfortable and supportive.
- The dual straps take more time to get on and off.
Red Corner Women’s Boxing Glove 12oz
Review: These women’s boxing gloves by red corner are designed for women’s more slender hands.
They taper at the wrist for a secure fit, the injection molded foam and neoprene shell absorb shock and protect the hands, and have a soft microfiber lining.
- Elastic-Velcro adjustment band for the best fit, very secure.
- Bold fun patters you have never seen on boxing gloves.
- V shaped cuff, and tapered palm to fit a woman’s hands.
- Made with all synthetic material.
Ring to Cage Japanese-Style Training Boxing Gloves 2.0
Review: These Japanese style gloves from ring to cage are a nod to the famous “winning” gloves, at a price the rest of us can afford.
They are comfortable from the start and need no break in period, they are made with real leather and will last.
These gloves are good for small hands and can be tight when worn with wraps.
- Well padded, easy on the knuckles.
- Solid supportive wrist strap.
- Good for smaller hands.
- They do not make a strong “pop” when you strike the heavy bag- sorry, you have to sacrifice something for comfort.
adidas Hybrid 100 Dynamic Fit Boxing Gloves
Review: These adidas hybrid gloves are made with a compact hand space for a snug fit, and ideal for those with smaller hands.
The wider Velcro band supports the wrist well, and the molded foam interior protects the delicate hand bones while repeatedly punching the heavy bag.
- Designed for speed work and bag work, narrow, compact design.
- Molded padding is perforated for breathability.
- Satin nylon lining keeps moisture from seeping into the padding.
- Not for sparring or real matches- This is a training glove.
Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop Training Gloves
Review: These Cleto Reyes Gloves for women are sung and fit smaller hands. They are made from goat leather which is soft, so it is easy to make a fist, and durable, so you won’t need to replace them any time soon.
They have an extended wrist, and the Velcro strap really supports your wrist. And the best part, the make a nice, loud, satisfying snap when you hit the bag.
- Made from durable and soft goat skin leather.
- Attached thumb to prevent injury.
- Padding gives great feedback and really protects the hands.
- On the snug/small side.
Winning Velcro Training Boxing Gloves 16oz
Review: Winning gloves are famous for the protection the offer and how comfortable they are.
They are also not as bulky as other brands and the weight is balanced, not all out over the knuckles like some other brands.
These are great for serious boxers and heavy hitters. While these gloves are not specifically made just for women, they are made just for boxers and make the best women’s boxing gloves.
- Nice pop when hitting the bag.
- The best hand and knuckle protection you can get in a boxing glove.
- Well balanced, becoming an extension of your arm.
Century Strive Washable Cardio Kickboxing Boxing Glove
Review: These century training gloves are made just for the ladies and have a longer, narrower fist space.
They come in several of the cutest patterns on the planet and the best feature?
They are washable!
Any woman who has been boxing for a while will know exactly why I am so excited about that!
- Light and agile.
- Internal grip bar for a secure feeling.
- Washable- no more nasty boxing glove odors.
- 10oz gloves, larger sizes not available- these are for training only not sparring with a partner or in the ring.
Society Nine Women’s Essentials Training Boxing Glove
Review: These gloves have a shorter depth and narrower width palm space than the average glove, so they fit “like a glove”.
They have a more angled contour at the knuckles and allow the female boxer to make a tighter fist. On top of all that, these specialty gloves are some of the most affordable gloves on this list.
Gotta love that!
- Velcro wrist strap provides support and good fit.
- Narrow palm and angled knuckle area make for a nice snug fit.
- Available in 12 and 14 oz.
- Made from synthetic material.
My favorite gloves here are the Winning and Cleto Reyes gloves for sparring and matches.
Both brands use soft and flexible material, yet are flexible enough that women can make a good fist in them and they really protect the fist.
For fitness boxing I really like the Red Corner gloves because they have tapered wrists and narrow palms for a perfect fit, plus they have my favorite designs.
Lips pattern, I’m looking at you!
Hey, I can like them because of that, right?
Whether you plan to get into the ring soon, or you are boxing to get in shape, don’t hesitate to order a pair of the best boxing gloves for women from this list that are made just for you!