Striking a heavy bag can provide thorough training and exercise that can help build your strength, speed, and coordination. Striking a heavy bag without the right bag glove, however, can spell disaster for your hands and wrists.
There are plenty of boxing gloves available to you, but not each one specifies that they will work well on a heavy bag, and even if they do, they may not fit you personally.
To try to help you decide on the right pair, we have compiled a detailed review of five of the best bag gloves, addressing their features, advantages, and disadvantages.
First in the review are the Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves that are designed with triple density foam to give you better shock absorption. The gloves also have enough room to support a variety of hand wraps, and they come with thick padding.
The TITLE Gel World Bag Gloves have an exclusive gel enforced lining that, with the aid from the multi-layered foam padding, gives you greater shock absorption and protection. You can get a secure fit with the wraparound adjustable wrist strap.
Fairtex Muay Thai-Style Sparring Glove can find use beyond their label as sparring gloves as they have firm padding and are lightweight enough for good use on a bag. The premium leather construction helps them hold up through continuous work over time.
The Hayabusa Fightwear Tokushu Regenesis Gloves are multi-purpose gloves that use a Dual-X Wrist Closure system to ensure better wrist support as well as preventing the gloves from slipping or moving around. Wrist and hand are kept in alignment, allowing you to strike with less risk of injury.
Last are the Venum Elite Boxing Gloves that have both triple density foam as well as reinforced palms for protection and balanced shock distribution/absorption. Cuffs are designed slightly beyond the wrists to aid in support and protection, and they are comfortable enough to be worn for extended periods of time.
The Challenger 2.0 Venum Gloves come in nine different colors, which allow you greater options in customizing your gear.
Build-wise, it is constructed with premium synthetic leather that aids in the longevity of the gloves with its interior breathable mesh.
They are designed with a large, secure Velcro enclosure that helps ensure proper support.
Challenger 2.0 Gloves can let you work the bag harder and longer thanks to the shock absorption and thick padding on top of still being lightweight.
The ventilation can assist in keeping you comfortable, and the gloves are roomy enough to allow for hand wraps.
Also, they are typically sold within an affordable price range, which helps in making them an excellent choice for entry-level users who may not want to spend much but still want a high-quality product.
Beginners can also enjoy the curved anatomical shape that helps with safer striking.
The Gel World Bag Gloves by TITLE, available in three color choices, have a gel enforced lining that does not just resist impact, it also gives you a more custom fit to the gloves and, coupled with the multi-layered foam padding, provides optimal protection.
It has wrap around, adjustable wrist straps with D-ring and hook-and-loop closure to help provide a safer, secure fit.
You should feel a snug fit with these gloves.
The interior gel lining also can do well with absorbing shock around the knuckles, a feature those interested more in heavy bag work may find joy in.
Also, the wrap around, adjustable wrist straps all but guarantee you should be able to slip these on without outside help. The straps give decent wrist support as well.
Your fists should also feel natural in these gloves if you have the right fit as the thumb position doesn’t come across as forced, while the palm aids in proper aligning of a fist.
There are nine different ways you can customize these gloves, and in spite of the fact that they say ‘sparring gloves,’ they are truly all-purpose. They are designed using premium leather that helps in durability.
They are compact and generally comfortable in the hand compartment. There is enough padding that they can be used on bag work as well as with light sparring for those interested in multi-purpose gloves.
Clinching is easy enough, and you can slip these on with little difficulty wearing hand wraps as they are roomy enough for them.
However, they can sometimes come across as too snug, so take care when viewing sizes.
Lastly, when hitting the bag, you should be able to hear that satisfying ‘pop’ sound too.
These multi-purpose gloves can be purchased in eight different standard colors.
They’re made using Vylar-2 Engineered Leather to offer better flexibility and abrasion resistance, as well as making for a simpler surface to clean off.
It has a thermoregulation process to help your hands remain cool on top of anti-odor properties.
The gloves come across as ultra-lightweight, yet still offering good protection for use on a bag.
They aid in stabilizing and supporting the wrists, and they make use of double Velcro wrist straps to ensure that the gloves don’t move even under your most rigorous exercise routine.
A bonus design feature is the SweatX Thumb. It’s suede covering across the thumb that can be used to wipe off sweat.
It may not seem a big deal at first, but you will wind up noticing how often you need to wick away sweat the further you get into your heavy bag work.
The Elite Boxing Gloves from Venum come in 11 different styles/colors.
They are constructed with 100% premium Skintex leather, and they enhance thermal regulation through the use of interior mesh panels.
Triple density foam and reinforced palms allow for better absorption and balanced distribution of shock.
These gloves should fit you comfortably enough that they feel like an extension of your hand rather than gloves.
The 2-in. of integrated density foam provides optimal protection so you can hit the heavy bag as hard as you want without worrying about shock absorption. There’s plenty of padding around the fingers and knuckles.
Cuffs are made to stop beyond the wrists so that you get greater support in that region.
These lightweight gloves also have enough room for you to use hand wraps underneath, which further helps you attack a heavy bag with little concern for injuring yourself.
Bag gloves are a type of boxing glove that lives up to its name as it is designed for use on a heavy bag.
As you are not hitting a person, you rarely have to hold back with a heavy bag. So, bag gloves are typically designed with far more padding in order to adequately protect your hands from the constant barrage of punches.
Also, they tend to be lighter than other boxing gloves like training/sparring gloves to give you more freedom to practice a variety of techniques.
Something to keep in mind is that there are gloves out there designed as ‘all-purpose’, so you are not purchasing different gloves for different training exercises.
Since bag gloves are meant to be used on a heavy bag, you want them to give you enough room for hand wraps.
You will be striking a solid object for varying amounts of time, and at different speeds and strengths, so you will want to give your wrists and hands that extra support and protection that comes with hand wraps.
To continue with hand and wrist support, when you’re searching for the best bag gloves, be sure that the wrist straps are to your liking as well. Hand wraps do help, but gloves with poor Velcro or lace-up wraps can still prove harmful.
Also, pay attention to the weight of the glove. With bag work, you may want to work slower or faster, or you may want to try to push your strength to another level.
Regardless, you will want to have the right weight for the right task. Usually, at the most, bag gloves will go around 14 oz, and at the least, around 8 oz.
Working with a heavy bag can help you increase not only the power of your punches but also the speed in which you deliver them.
You aren’t restricted as in the case with sparring, so you have more freedom to go in on the bag as hard as you can stand.
A heavy bag can help you develop proper punching form, and you can see improvements in areas beyond the arms and shoulders. Good routine on a heavy bag can strengthen the abs, back, and chest as well.
You can even develop some proper coordination with a heavy bag workout.
The bag makes you shuffle around, trying out different techniques and combinations which can help you improve hand-eye-coordination and balance.
Our short list of the best bag gloves hopefully gave you plenty to think about before you make your next purchase, but if we have to choose one to top out over the others, then we may go with the TITLE Gel World Bag Gloves.
It may have a long break-in period for some, but in the end, we feel it’s worth it. The gel enforced lining, and multi-layered foam padding provides a powerful combination for protection, especially around the knuckles. It’s an area that those who mainly do bag training especially need.
The wraparound adjustable wrist strap is another feature we enjoyed as it helps keep everything secure no matter how long you hit the bag.
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