When companies offer women’s boxing gloves, it can be difficult to understand whether these have some real impact on your fighting and training or whether it’s all branding.
What differentiates these gloves: are women’s boxing gloves smaller? Do they have more padding? Not necessarily. Women can easily use classic unisex gloves: it all comes down to getting the right size and fit.
Let’s get into what size gloves women should be getting, and why.
Surprising for most beginners is that with boxing gloves, the weight and size are two different numbers. Professional fight gloves are designed to have the same weight no matter what their measurements. Picking the right size is essential to get a snug fit so that your hand doesn’t fly around your glove; well-fitting boxing gloves are your insurance against injury. These need to be an extension of your hand, and if the size isn’t right, they can be a hindrance.
To figure out the right size for you, find the circumference of each of your hands by using a measuring tape. After this, measure around your knuckles while keeping your hand flat. These numbers are what you’ll need to compare to glove sizing charts to get the best fit for your boxing gloves.
The usual range of sizes offered by boxing gear brands includes small, medium, large, and XL. A hand circumference of between 6 to 7.5 inches generally falls under the small size. Medium gloves are between 7.5 to 8.5 inches, and the 8.5 to 9.5 inches range indicates the need for large gloves. Above 9.5 inches fits XL sizing.
When you have gloves on hand, the test for size is that while it should be snug, it should still have enough room for hand wraps to be worn. Your fingertips should reach the tip of the glove, and it should be secure on your wrist.
Ounces or oz is the general measurement across the board for glove weight. The weight corresponds to the padding in the gloves, which differs according to what aspect of the sport you are doing. For example, the weight of sparring gloves and bag gloves differs because each uses different amounts of padding according to how much protection your hands need in that particular situation. Heavy bag gloves, for example, are less padded than training gloves, which have more heft to them.
Women’s gloves fit these same criteria, except that manufacturers sometimes offer smaller weights for them. This means women’s boxing gloves can start at 4oz while most gloves start at 8oz.
One’s own weight is also used as a measuring tool for the weight of the gloves: for a fighter who weighs 125 pounds or less, 12 - 14oz boxing gloves are recommended. Upwards of 125 pounds up to 160 pounds, 14 - 16oz boxing gloves are the norm. Between 160-180 pounds, 16 – 18oz gloves are a good bet. Above 180 pounds, 18oz gloves would do.
Gloves tend to stretch and open up with wear as most leather items do. It’s important to factor this into your fit because it means they may seem slightly tight when they’re new. Wearing them and letting them settle on your hands will help break them in. So when trying them on, it’s better they’re on the tighter side.
Keep hand wraps in mind when trying on gloves: you need to be wearing yours to understand if the gloves are the right size. Hand wraps are extremely important to protect you from injuries and to keep your glove secure on your wrist. For perfect sizing, make sure not to compromise on these.
When in doubt, go for training gloves. These are weighted to fit a number of purposes, whether than be bag work or light sparring. This versatility will save you from having to buy different weights at the beginning of your fighting journey.