Boxing’s considerable strength gains only happen if you’re staying safe and protected, and when it comes to your wrists, that’s an ask you can’t compromise on. Trauma to the wrist can lead to new bones developing in the hand, causing chronic pain and soreness – definitely not what you want out of your boxing workout. They say prevention is better than cure, and wrist injuries can easily be prevented with the right gloves. Some boxing glove brands use special tech and features specifically in the closure to keep your wrist cushioned and stable, and that’s what you’d want to go for. Here’s our three top choices:
Performance Boxing Gloves
Outer material: PU Duratec leather
Weights: 10 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz
Wrist protection feature: Widened strap
PU Duratec is a high-quality leather alternative that’s nearly as good as the real thing in terms of performance and durability, and without the need for all the pesky aftercare leather tends to demand. This has anti-corrosive properties so you know these gloves are built to last. It’s a great material for those ethically opposed to animal products, so these gloves are great for all the vegan fighters out there. The matte black finish with a vivid red palm gives these a really luxe feel with a budget price tag.
We love that these are multipurpose: the sleek design work for boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. If you’re a fighting newbie trying out different styles, that means you don’t need separate gloves for separate classes.
Now, about the wrists: the widened strap on these helps to enhance the stability of the wrist, keeping it in the right position to land punches. The multi-density foam these are constructed with works in tandem, absorbing shock to take the pressure off the wrist. Since the gloves are pre-curved, the pressure from continued clenching is already off. Reviewers gave these gloves top marks for wrist support, saying ‘they support the wrist better than other gloves [I] have used previously.’
S90 Wrist Shielded Boxing Gloves
Outer material: Genuine cowhide leather
Weights: 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz
Wrist protection feature: Long wrist closure
These gloves are a treat for the eyes with a black and white theme paired with bold blue branding. Premium cowhide lends quality, durability, and a premium glossy finish. These are the type of heavy, retro gloves that become a firm favorite because they last for ages.
The padded front on these gloves minimises impact to the hands, absorbing shock. The S90’s padding is made from injection moulded foam, a higher quality foam in terms of resilience. The mesh lining on these is another advantage, keeping the hands dry during a heavy workout while also keeping the leather safe.
Coming to the wrists, you can be sure yours are going to be safe with these ‘wrist shielded gloves.’ They live up to their name with an extra-long wrist closure. At 8cm in length, this is longer than your average, designed to keep your wrist secure and supported. The closure prevents your wrist from slipping or moving, avoiding injury. The Velcro wrap-around cuff also means it’s a quick on-and-off without any need for assistance. These have a solid 4.4 rating on Amazon, with one reviewer stating: ’[these] support my wrists so I can hit the punchbag hard without feeling any strain.’
M33 Dynamic Boxing Glove
Outer material: PU 5G Reach
Weights: 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz
Wrist protection feature: Mono Tech wrist stabiliser
A multipurpose glove built to cater to everyone from beginners to seasoned fighters, the Starpro M33 works for training, sparring and kickboxing. This versatile glove ranges between 8oz and 14oz in weight so there’s a host of uses from bag work to sparring.
The M33 comes in two matte-finish colors, classic black and an electric viper green. Built from high-quality PU 5G REACH- approved leather alternative, their seamless stitching is practically invisible. The shock-absorbing foam padding on these is all one piece, keeping them lightweight. Hydra-flow mesh technology is quick drying and keeps your hands comfortable even in a long, sweaty training sesh.
These feature an innovative Mono-Tech wrist stabilizer, which is their custom technology from Starpro Combat designed to support the wrist during high-impact hits. It fits firmly around the wearer’s wrist to keep it in the optimum position to throw punches without injury. In addition to this, the pre-curved shape of the gloves relieves pressure on the wrists and forearms.