Boxing has become more popular with women, both to stay fit as well as for the competition. With all the force and stress boxing puts on hands and wrists, it’s crucial to have proper fitting gloves. It is fact that women’s hands and wrists are smaller and narrower than men, with more slender wrists. So even with supposedly ‘unisex’ glove designs, women boxers may find the gloves ill fitting.
Simply slapping pink colored leather on an existing glove design doesn’t make it a women’s glove. Wrists need proper support, and the fingers must be comfortably snug inside. The best women’s boxing gloves are designed specifically to match the structurally different hands of women. We’ve done the research and found some really good gloves to review.
Most boxing gloves companies are making a women’s “cut” of popular men’s gloves. This is ideal to get the best fit for your hands. Like with all boxing gloves, be sure to get the right weight for your training activities. Heavier women’s boxing gloves (14-18oz) have more padding and are typically used for sparring. Heavy bag gloves will be in between (12-16oz), and competition gloves are the lightest. Here are some of the best options for women boxers.
Pros: Great fit and comfort, and attractive color schemes.
Cons: Wrist strap is a bit stiff, requires a break in period.
The Ringside IMF Tech gloves are 10 and 12 oz sparring gloves designed specifically for female boxers. The gloves are made of a combination of leather and vinyl. The internal foam padding is injection molded and provides the shock dispersion. The wrist strap is 4 inches wide, which really secures the wrist in place but can also be stiff and take some time to break in. Ringside is a top name in boxing gear, so it’s nice to see them with a top notch boxing gloves with a female specific cut.
Pros: Company is founded on boxing gear specifically for women.
Cons: Some experienced a tight fit when wearing wraps.
Machina (pronounced “Ma-she-nuh”) is a startup company focused solely on women specific boxing gear. The produce three sizes of their flagship Carbonado boxing gloves. The 12 ounce size is best for ladies with smaller wrists and hands. Women with slightly larger hands can go up to the 14 or 16 ounce versions. The Carbonado is a training glove, but they also offer the Victoria sparring gloves in a 16 ounce size. From reading the reviews on their site, women really seem to have connected with Machina boxing gloves.
Pros: Venum quality, lots of color options, many sizes (8-16oz).
Cons: Unisex design, may not fit more slender hands as well.
The Challenger 2.0 is a well-known and established series of boxing gear from Venum, and are even made directly in Thailand. There are sizes ranging from 8 ounces up to 16 ounces. The hand opening scales up as the gloves get heavier, so it’s best to consult the size guide. The gloves are made of Venum’s proprietary Skintex PU leather, and feature triple density foam padding. They also have a nice Velcro strap for locking down your wrists. Pink is only one color option, so women can match their personal style quite easily.
Pros: Custom size and shape for women, the awesome RDX gel padding.
Cons: One size, little thumb padding, for fitness and light training only.
The RDX Ladies Gel gloves are a good option for women who box mostly for fitness. They are minimalist in design and weigh about 4 ounces. There is only one size, but it is at least cut for the female hand. There really isn’t any thumb padding, just a finger hole, but that isn’t the focus of these gloves. Instead the padding is focused at the front of the glove, and has an internal grip bar. For the price, these canbe considered pretty good cheap women’s boxing gloves.
Pros: Designed for multiple use, end bag, mitt work, light sparring.
Cons: You pay the price for quality.
Cleto Reyes gear is generally on the more expensive side of things, and these training gloves are no exception. I recommend these for more experience boxers, or those who don’t mind paying more for better craftmanship. They are Mexican style gloves, with a flatter face on the knuckles so be careful if you try them on a heavy bag. Being made from goatskin leather, there is a break in period. You’ll also have your pick from over a dozen colorways.
Pros: Affordable, generous padding, looks great and designed for women.
Cons: May not hold up to heavy use.
For once we may have found some good cheap boxing gloves to recommend! Everlast has a hit or miss reputation these days, with a lot of their product being made overseas. But these little training gloves have proven to be pretty good. They are made of synthetic leather, and two layers of foam padding. The palm has antimicrobial fabric and mesh built in to aide in ventilation. Pick from three sizes based on your body size, and use them for heavy bags, sparring, and kickboxing classes.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the Everlast, look no further than the Sanabul Essential GEL gloves. They are very much like the Everlast, with a few small differences. First, they are also made from a synthetic leather, but on the inside you’ll find a gel padding which is great for absorbing shock and an upgrade over regular foam. The most common sizes for women will be 10, 12, and 14 ounce, depending on your hand type. Most average women can try the 12 to start.