The Best Boxing Gloves for Wrist Support

The Best Boxing Gloves for Wrist Support: Ringside IMF Tech Hook and Loop

The Best Budget Boxing Gloves for Wrist Support: Title Classic Boxing Gloves

With over 19 years of experience in various martial arts, I know first-hand how important it is to have good wrist support when you’re working on the power of your punches. So, in this review, I’m going to give you the very best boxing gloves for wrist support.

The Best Overall: Ringside IMF Tech Hook and Loop Boxing Training Sparring Gloves

MetricGrade
Price to Quality5/5
Durability4/5
Padding5/5
Wrist Support5/5
Fit5/5
Breathability2/5
Overall Score26/30

My Experience with the Ringside IMF Tech Hook and Loop

Ringside’s IMF Tech Boxing Gloves are a good option for advanced fighters on a budget. They’re made of real leather, which gives them tremendous durability. In fact, these are the cheapest real leather boxing gloves I’ve seen. In terms of price, the closest competition they’ve got is from SMAI, but SMAI aren’t as good when it comes to padding.

Because when it comes to padding, these Ringsides have very soft and dense foam padding, making them perfect both for sparring and bag work.

They take very little time to break in have very good knuckle protection.

Although, I would definitely recommend using them for sparring, because it’s rare to find gloves with such a soft padding that won’t hurt your training partner. This is also helped by the elasticated sheath that sits on top of the velcro strap.

This elastic sheath serves two purposes. First, it makes sure that your sparring partner won’t get cut on the velcro strap. And second, it tightens the fit around your wrist for better wrist support. This might be a bit limiting if you’re using them for Muay Thai or kickboxing, but for boxing this is exactly what you want.

Their main drawback is their low breathability. They don’t have any breathing holes or mesh. This means you’ll be relying solely on the fact they’re made out of leather, and that can only get you so far.

If I had one other criticism of these gloves, it would be the quality of the velcro strap. On all the models I’ve seen, it’s very flimsy and I’m not sure it’s going to last long.

Still, if you’re looking for real leather gloves, but you’re on a budget, the Ringside IMF Tech Boxing Gloves offer great value for money and excellent protection.

Ringside IMF Tech Hook and Loop Boxing Training Sparring Gloves
  • All-leather. Great durability
  • Very good padding
  • Good for both sparring and bag work
  • Great value for money
  • Difficult to put on by yourself
  • The velcro strap isn’t very durable
  • Low breathability
  • Need some time to break in

Full Review: Ringside IMF Tech Hook and Loop Boxing Gloves Review

Good, But a Little Overhyped: Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves

MetricGrade
Price to Quality3/5
Durability5/5
Padding4/5
Wrist Support5/5
Fit4/5
Breathability3/5
Overall Score24/30

My Experience with the Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves

Hayabusa is a mainstay of combat sports, and their T3 Boxing Gloves are one of their most recognizable products. 

They’ve got really good padding, made out of 4 layers of foam. This makes them a great fit for the heavy bag, pads, and sparring in particular.

And speaking of sparring, the Hayabusa T3 have four foam splints on the back of the hand. These splints help in two ways. First, they’re very useful in blocking kicks.

And two, they give you great wrist support. When you strap your hand tightly, they snap in place, and keep your hand secure. But this does come at the price of reduced wrist mobility. So, bear that in mind if you prefer to parry or clinch.

The tightening straps also help with wrist support. Most gloves use only one tightening strap, but the Hayabusa T3 have two. And while tightening both of them can be a bit annoying (especially if your other hand is already gloved), that annoyance is a small price to pay for the amazing support they provide.

Another unique feature of the T3 is the fabric on the thumb. The idea is that you can use it to wipe sweat from your face during training. This can be especially useful during sparring, when you don’t have the time to wipe the sweat from your eyes using your T-shirt.

In terms of downsides, a major drawback for me is that the Hayabusa T3 aren’t made of genuine leather. They claim that the “engineered leather” they use is stronger than real leather, one thing these gloves struggle with is odor. While they do have a special lining to help deal with the smell after a long, sweaty, sparring session, they’ll need a lot of time to air out after training. Way more time than leather gloves in a similar price range.

In terms of durability, fighters report them lasting about as long as leather gloves. So I don’t think the trade-off is worth it… 

Still, it comes down to personal preference. If you value good wrist support, and just can’t resist the slick design, then the 16 oz Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves are a very good choice for sparring gloves. 

But for this price, I’d recommend getting the Ringside IMF Tech Hook and Loop Boxing Gloves or the Twins Special Boxing Gloves, both of which are made of leather, and are also great for sparring.

Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves for Men and Women Wrist and Knuckle Protection, Dual-X Hook and Loop Closure, Splinted Wrist Support, 5 Layer Foam Knuckle Padding
  • Very good wrist support
  • Padding makes it very good for both heavy bag, and sparring
  • Padding on the back of the hand is very good for blocking kicks
  • Very slim profile
  • Fabric thumb to wipe off sweat
  • Lots of designs to choose from
  • “Engineered” (a.k.a. synthetic) leather. Provide very low breathability
  • Compared to leather gloves in this price range, these gloves smell more after training
  • Restricted wrist mobility
  • Sweat-wiping thumb gets soggy if used too often

The Original Puncher’s Gloves: Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop Training Gloves

MetricGrade
Price to Quality4/5
Durability5/5
Padding5/5
Wrist Support3/5
Fit5/5
Breathability5/5
Overall Score28/30

My Experience with the Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop Training Gloves

One of the mainstays of boxing, Cleto Reyes are the pioneers of Mexican-style boxing gloves. And their Hook & Loop Training Gloves are no exception. Made of full grain leather, and have very good stitching, making them extremely durable. This ensures that they’ll last you quite a long time.

They use latex foam for padding. Why is that important? Because latex is a very responsive material, and it has extremely high recoil. This makes the gloves very springy. So whenever you punch, the high recoil of the padding will let you reset very quickly.

So, if you have sensitive hands, or some weakness in your wrists, then Cleto Reyes are definitely not the gloves for you. When hitting, especially if your hands aren’t wrapped, you can actually feel your knuckles through the material. 

Another great feature of the Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop is the amazing breathability. They have a relatively open design, as well as lots of aeration holes. So although your hands will get sweaty, it won’t be distracting you too much from your training session.

The gloves also have great wrist mobility. Their flexibility gives your hands a very wide range of motion. In other gloves, that range of motion comes at the expense of wrist support. But not here. These Cleto Reyes really keep your wrist in the proper position when punching. Now, is the wrist support better than something like a Hayabusa or a Ringside? No, but comes very close.

However, if you’re the type of boxer who likes throwing multiple punches per round and you like a good pop to your punches, then these are definitely the best gloves for you.

CLETO REYES Training Boxing Gloves with Hook and Loop Closure for Sparring and Heavy Punching Bags, Men and Women, MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, 12oz, Black
  • Full grain leather
  • Extremely thick and durable
  • Very good breathability
  • Good range of movement for your hands
  • Good wrist mobility
  • Very good power transfer
  • Some people have problems with the thumb area
  • Little padding around the wrist. Wrong punch may cause injuries

More: Cleto Reyes Training Gloves Review

The Ultimate Budget Option: Title Classic Boxing Gloves

MetricGrade
Price to Quality4/5
Durability3/5
Padding4/5
Wrist Support5/5
Fit4/5
Breathability1/5
Overall Score21/30

My Experience with the Title Classic Boxing Gloves

Full Review: Title Classic Boxing Gloves Review

Title is another mainstay of boxing gear. Their Classic Boxing Gloves are a good example of why that is. They’re made of vinyl. Normally, vinyl isn’t the most durable material, but these gloves hold up remarkably well. Lots of users report the gloves holding up even after months of intensive use.

The padding starts off a bit stiff, but after some time of breaking them in, using them on the heavy bag feels great. 

You can even use these gloves for sparring. This is thanks to their slim design, which helps you slip past your partner’s defenses and see their punches coming.

In terms of wrist support, they’ve got really nice curve to the finger portion. This aligns your fist really well and makes sure your wrist is positioned properly. Adding to that, they’ve also got a very sturdy velcro strap which further helps with proper wrist position. Overall, they’re a great choice if you’re concerned about wrist support.

In terms of negatives, a big problem is the lack of breathability. Not only is vinyl extremely stuffy, but the only form of breathability here is the five small aeration holes in the palm area. So, you can expect your hands to start sweating almost the minute you put these gloves on.

Still, if you’re on a tight budget and you value wrist support, then these Title Classic Boxing Gloves offer a pretty great bang for your buck!

Title Classic Speed Boxing Gloves
  • Very durable for the price
  • Great padding makes them good for heavy bag work
  • Great gloves for sparring thanks to slim design
  • Very good value for money
  • Made of vinyl. Won’t last as long as genuine leather
  • Padding needs time to break in
  • Not the best-looking design 
  • Very poor breathability
  • Only come in 2 sizes

The Best for Muay Thai: Fairtex BGV1 Muay Thai Boxing Gloves

MetricGrade
Price to Quality5/5
Durability5/5
Padding5/5
Wrist Support3/5
Fit5/5
Breathability2/5
Overall Score25/30

My Experience with the Fairtex BGV1

Fairtex are one of the staples in fighting gear. Based in Thailand, they’ve been making Muay Thai boxing gloves and equipment ever since 1958.

While this model is geared towards heavy bag work, you can also use them for sparring, as well. Even though the padding starts off a bit hard, it’s high quality and durable padding, and it can take even your most intense workout sessions. Once you break them in, you’ll find they have very good knuckle protection and enough padding on the back of the wrist to help with blocking.

The padding is also quite flexible which means you can open and close your hands easily. Which is very helpful during clinching. Even if you don’t do Muay Thai, this is still useful for when you’re parrying punches.

Just like the Cleto Reyes, even though the wrist portion is very mobile, you still get a lot of wrist support thanks to the solid velcro strap and the padding on the back of the wrist area.

My biggest issue with these gloves is the lack of breathability. The only cooling they have is the slit behind the velcro strap and a couple of small aeration holes at the top of the palm area. But that can only get you so far. Still, they offer better breathability than a lot of the other non-leather gloves out there (such as the Venum Elite Boxing Gloves, for example).

Taking all of that into account, the Fairtex BGV1 Muay Thai Boxing Gloves are a great option for both advanced and intermediate fighters. The amazing padding means that your hands will be protected when working on the heavy bag. And the wrist flexibility means you’ll have a wide range of movement when blocking and clinching during sparring. An added bonus is all the colours and patterns these gloves are available in – no matter if you want something flashy or more understated, Fairtex has you covered.

Fairtex BGV1 Muay Thai Boxing Training Sparring Gloves for Men, Women, Kids | MMA Gloves for Martial Arts| Premium Quality, Light Weight & Shock Absorbent Boxing Gloves
  • Premium leather makes sure they’ll last you a long time
  • Good wrist support
  • Very good for heavy bag and mitts
  • Wide range of colours available
  • Take longer to break in
  • Not the best breathability

Not Worth the Hype: Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves

MetricGrade
Price to Quality2/5
Durability4/5
Padding3/5
Wrist Support2/5
Fit4/5
Breathability2/5
Overall Score17/30

My Experience with the Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves

Venum are one of the most recognizable brands in combat sports. And their Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves are among their most popular products. They’re certainly recommended very often as a good pair of boxing gloves.

Their padding is made of multi-layered, natural foam, making them a good option for both bag work, and sparring. They’re also quite compact and very well balanced. A lot of users say that sparring with them feels very good.

The palm area is padded very well. Not only can this help you with blocking, but it’s also good for mitt drills. The padding is so thick that you and your partner can use the gloves instead of focus mitts. And if you both have Challenger 2.0 gloves, you don’t have to waste time changing from mitts to gloves.

In terms of wrist support, they’re definitely not worth the price. Whenever I’ve used Venum, I was always disappointed with the lack of wrist support. The wrist area is curved into a bent position, which constantly forces me to exert pressure in order to align my wrist straight and aligned. Additionally, the velcro doesn’t wrap tightly enough around the wrist. This does give you more mobility for parrying, but if you like doing long heavy bag sessions, then these are definitely not the gloves for you.

Another drawback these gloves have is that they’re made of synthetic leather. While the material they’re made of is better than most other synthetic gloves, chances are they won’t last as long as gloves made of real leather. And at this price point, there are quite a lot of leather gloves you could go for.

One more thing to note is that these are definitely striker’s gloves. Their padding is stiff, and when you hit something, you’ll feel it. So if your form isn’t good enough, this could lead to injury. But if you favour a more aggressive boxing style, then this might be the type of padding you want.

Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves
  • Durable for synthetic leather gloves
  • Available in a lot of designs
  • Good balance
  • Bad value for money
  • Very bad wrist support
  • Stiff padding
  • Not a good option if you have sensitive hands
  • Not as durable as a pair of leather gloves
  • Hold more smells than leather gloves

A Very Good Budget Option: Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves

MetricGrade
Price to Quality5/5
Durability4/5
Padding3/5
Wrist Support3/5
Fit4/5
Breathability2/5
Overall Score20/30

My Experience with the Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves

Everlast has been around since 1910, and they’ve been making boxing equipment since 1917. Since then, they’ve gone on to become one of the most recognizable boxing brands in the world. Their Pro Style Training Gloves are one of the most popular boxing gloves for beginners, and when you look at them, you can clearly see why.

They’re quite inexpensive and are perfect if you’re just starting out, and aren’t sure if you want to train boxing in the long term. They’re not made of leather (they use 80% polyurethane and 20% plastic), but they’re surprisingly durable.

In terms of wrist support, they’re pretty decent. The fist shape is curved really well and the padding on the back makes sure that your wrist stays in line with your punch. That being said though, they do have quite a bit of flexibility when moving downwards. This is usually done to help you with parrying. But it does mean that your wrist won’t be supported within a full range of motion.

In terms of breathability, they’re not the best. They

have a breathability mesh on the palm area, which I don’t really like. I prefer aeration holes because they’re much better at letting the air flow through the gloves so that it takes longer for your hands to get sweaty.

Some users complain that they smell bad after use, but as long as you don’t leave them in a closed area (e.g. your gym bag), and let them ventilate, then you should be fine.

If you hit very hard, then you might feel the padding getting thin, and you could start feeling your hands getting sore.  If this feeling continues even with hand wraps, then you should consider upgrading to a more heavy-duty pair of gloves. As it stands, though, these are a great option for beginners.

Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves
  • Low price point
  • Very durable for non-leather gloves
  • Easy to put on and off by yourself
  • Synthetic materials. Low breathability
  • Not recommended if you hit very hard

Full Review: Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves Review

How I Rate Boxing Gloves

With every pair of boxing gloves I test and review, I look at several metrics:

Price-to-Quality Ratio

I’m all about the price-to quality ratio – how much you’re shelling out versus what you’re getting in return. It’s not just about the -cost; it’s about the value. I steer you away from overspending, especially for beginners. I’ve got your back with gloves that offer solid quality without draining your wallet. Because let’s face it, in the boxing glove world, it’s not just about the price tag; it’s about what you get for what you pay

Durability

Then, I look at how long these gloves typically last. We’re not just looking for a one-night stand here – we want something that can go the distance. When the padding starts giving in and the wrists start showing signs of wear and tear, it’s time to think about replacements. This is more crucial for gloves used in training and bag work; they go through a lot, you know?

Some gloves are like solid buddies that stick around for a long time, especially if you’re into the basics. We’re talking durability – gloves that won’t bail on you after a few rounds of training.

Padding

I dig deep into the padding, examining its thickness, density, and layers. It’s not just about feeling the impact of your punches; it’s about how well the gloves safeguard your hands and keep your sparring partner in the game. I’ll guide you towards gloves with the perfect balance, ensuring you feel the power without compromising on protection.

Wrist Support

Next up is the backbone of stability – wrist support. I examine how well the gloves cradle and secure your wrists. Whether it’s Velcro straps or lace-ups, I’m all about making sure your wrists stay in the game. No compromises here – we’re talking about gloves that keep you punching without worrying about twists, creases, or unexpected bends.

Fit

Fit is everything in the boxing glove world. I scrutinize how snugly the gloves wrap around your hands, ensuring a tailored fit. It’s not just about looking good; it’s about maximizing your performance. I’ll point you towards gloves that feel like a second skin – no loose ends, no discomfort, just a perfect fit for your punching style.

Breathability

I assess how well the gloves handle moisture, checking for breathability and sweat absorption. Your hands deserve to stay dry during a workout, and your gloves? Well, they should stay fresh, not turn into a smelly mess. I’ve got your back with gloves that let your hands breathe while you throw those knockout punches.