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The 9 best women’s boxing gloves 2024

What is so special about women’s boxing gloves? No, it’s not the color! It is true that many women’s boxing gloves are designed with bold bright colors and patterns, and while all of that is part of the fun, there are actual physical features that make for the best boxing gloves for women.

I am here to discuss those differences, explain the nuances of various types of gloves, point out features of different gloves along with their pros and cons, and give my review of top-rated women’s gloves.

About the author

I’m a master of Sports and Physical education, a Taekwondo black belt, and have been a kickboxer for more than seven years. At the beginning of my career, I worked as a strength and conditioning coach. I spend a lot of time researching training equipment and analyzing fighters and their fighting styles.

best women's boxing gloves

What sets women’s boxing gloves apart?

1. Fit

When they say “float like a butterfly” they were not talking about how your hands should fit in the gloves! If you want to “sting like a bee” your gloves should fit snug to your hand.

This is a problem for many women because they naturally have smaller hands and more slender wrists than men and end up floating around even in highest-quality boxing gloves.

2. Making a fist

Women’s gloves are sometimes made with softer material or with a greater angle at the knuckles. Why? Softer materials, flexible padding, or a more contoured angle help you to make a stronger fist which translates to better and safer punches.

If you can’t make a proper fist in the glove you risk damaging the delicate joints of the fist. This happens to men too, but the cause many times is a poor-fitting glove.

3. Glove shape

Several of the women’s boxing gloves below are shaped differently from standard gloves. They are cone or V-shaped, made much narrower at the wrist than men’s gloves.

The wrist size is important! Even most tall women have wrists that are significantly more slender than a man’s wrist, and this means women need a glove that fits well at the wrist.

The wrist of the glove is what supports the wrist and prevents injury, and if it fits poorly or is too large you risk injury.

4. Velcro close or lace-up?

Here is the deal. Unless you like to ask for help every time you put on and take off your gloves, then velcro is probably the right choice for you.

Pros of velcro gloves

  • You can put the gloves on and off by yourself.
  • They are quick and easy to remove.

Pros of lace-up gloves

  • You can often get lace-up gloves tighter and therefore they support the wrist better. This is important if you are hitting hard or are in a real boxing match.
  • They look old-school and authentic.

5. Leather or synthetic?

This is a tough one for me. I prefer leather but there are so many really good gloves out there made from synthetic, plus many people object to wearing real leather.

Pros of leather gloves

  • Usually superior at inhibiting odor; leather “breathes” better.
  • Usually more durable.

Pros of synthetic gloves

  • Usually far less expensive.
  • No maintenance required (you must clean and treat real-leather gloves if you want them to last).
  • May be more washable; one pair listed below can be machine-washed.

6. Weight

Boxing gloves come in several different weights (10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, etc.) and a common question is “what weight should I get”? Generally, the larger the weight, the more padded the glove is.

16 oz gloves are most common in amateur boxing during real matches.

For most women, 18 oz gloves are simply too heavy to even be comfortable, and they are unnecessary. 18 oz gloves are for seriously heavy hitters, usually men.

14 oz is a pretty standard size, and the majority of gloves reviewed below are available in 14oz. 14 oz gloves may be padded enough to use with heavy bags and for sparring. Many all-purpose training gloves are this weight.

12 oz and 10 oz gloves for women are not quite as padded as heavier weights, but are good for speed and agility drills, mitt work, and are common in fitness boxing or cardio kickboxing-style classes.

These weights are more comfortable and streamlined, but don’t have the protection needed for sparring and real boxing matches. If you are a “no contact” boxer and use the gloves for fitness boxing, these weights can be perfect for you.

These are the best boxing gloves for women:

  1. Twins Special Boxing Gloves
  2. Ring To Cage Japanese-Style Gloves
  3. Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop Gloves
  4. Venum Contender 2.0 Gloves
  5. Hawk Sports Boxing Gloves
  6. Everlast Women’s Elite ProStyle Gloves
  7. RDX Women’s Boxing Gloves
  8. Anthem Athletics Stormbringer II
  9. Sanabul Funk Strike Gloves

Twins Special Boxing Gloves

Twins Special Boxing Gloves Velcro Pink Image: Twins

This is a very good pair of women’s gloves. You can use them for Muay Thai/kickboxing sessions too. If you’re atomweight/strawweight fighter (Claudia Gadelha, Kay Hansen, Lindsey VanZandt, Stamp Fairtex, etc.), try this model out!

In my opinion, with the Special model, Twins offers the best boxing gloves for small hands. If you’re a tiny woman, I highly recommend this model.

What I like

  • Velcro strap, very easy to put on or off.
  • It won’t fly off during the intense punching sessions.
  • Great padding.
  • Handmade of 100% leather in Thailand.

What I don’t like

  • Mid-to-high price range.
  • Might be too stiff for some; long break-in time.

Ring To Cage Japanese-Style Gloves

Ring to Cage Japanese-Style Training Boxing Gloves 2.0 Image: Ring To Cage

This model costs more than most gloves on the market, but the quality justifies the price, as you may choose between different lovely colors and sizes. Even the most complicated buyer will find a perfect match.

If you’re willing to spend extra money to maximize protection, go for it! This Ring To Cage model saves your money because surgeries and doctors cost way more.

What I like

  • Genuine high-grade cowhide leather.
  • Great padding; even better wrist and knuckle support.
  • Comfortable.
  • Stylish.

What I don’t like

  • Expensive.

Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop Gloves

Cleto Reyes Hook Loop Training Gloves Image: Cleto Reyes

The Cleto Reyes Hook & Loop gloves are an awesome pick for all kinds of training sessions, from sparring to a heavy bag.

These are the best women’s gloves for bag work. You can improve quickness, hitting power, reaction time, movement, striking inside the pocket, and a lot more. Cleto Reyes offers 12-18 oz models, so it’s easy to discover your new best friend, isn’t it?

What I like

  • Superb thumb safety, great knuckle, and wrist protection.
  • Made of goatskin leather with water-repellent lining.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Hook & loop closure, easy to take on/off.

What I don’t like

  • Expensive.
  • You might have a hard time if you have longer and wider fingers.

Venum Contender 2.0 Gloves

Venum Contender 2.0 Boxing Gloves Image: Venum

The Venum Contender boxing gloves offer a high-quality pair for lovely sparring sessions. It is a great model for quickness, movement, ducking, and quick strikes too.

What I like

  • Affordable.
  • Good choice of sizes and designs.
  • Wonderful padding and knuckle protection.
  • Velcro enclosure.
  • Comfortable.

What I don’t like

  • Not good for one-punch knockout artists and heavy bag sessions.

Hawk Sports Boxing Gloves

This Hawk Sports model offers a superb price/quality ratio and awesome fist and knuckle protection. This is an affordable, all-around model, one of the best gloves for beginners.

What I like

  • Durable.
  • Great ventilation.
  • Made of leather.
  • Great for beginners.
  • Easy to put on and off due to velcro wrist strap.
  • You can land hard shots.

What I don’t like

  • The stitch above your fingers inside the glove might make this model uncomfortable during the first two weeks.

Everlast Women’s Elite ProStyle Gloves

Everlast Women's Pro Style Training Gloves Image: Everlast

The Everlast Elite ProStyle gloves are one of the best women’s boxing gloves for competition, you will look like a professional, but it won’t kill your budget. You can look like a boxing champ for a fair price.

What I like

  • Affordable.
  • Excellent durability.
  • Great knuckle protection.
  • Breathable, your hands won’t sweat much.

What I don’t like

  • This pair is designed for sparring and competition, but please, stay away from a heavy bag.

RDX Women’s Boxing Gloves

This model is among the best women’s gloves for two reasons – you can strike hard and fast like Holly Holm and everybody will notice you! If you buy this model, you’ll probably get noticed, but you’ll also enjoy every aspect of punching. Lovely pick!

What I like

  • Unique, eye-catching design.
  • Double-stitched seams.
  • Anti-sweating features.
  • Excellent padding.

What I don’t like

  • The design is printed, not embroidered, and it might fade after a few months.

Anthem Athletics Stormbringer II

Anthem Athletics Stormbringer II Leather Boxing Gloves Image: Anthem Athletics

If you’re a super-complicated buyer, go for this model, as it gives you the possibility to choose between 24 different designs, you’ll find your favorite color for sure!

This model is worth every cent, and you’ll get what you pay for. It protects your fists even when if you land irregular punches over and over.

What I like

  • High-quality full-grain buffalo leather.
  • Unique combination of style, fit, and performance.
  • Reinforced stitching for better durability.
  • Breathable.

What I don’t like

  • Mid-to-high price range.

Sanabul Funk Strike Gloves

Sanabul Funk Strike Boxing Gloves Image: Sanabul

Sanabul offers an eye-catching design, you’ll get noticed for sure, wherever you go. Inspired by undefeated UFC fighter Sean “Sugar” O’Malley. The Funk Strike is one of the prettiest pairs of boxing gloves on the market.

What I like

  • Good knuckle/wrist protection.
  • You can land hard strikes at will.
  • Affordable.
  • Sweet tote bag as a bonus.
  • Snug fit around fingers.

What I don’t like

  • Bad ventilation.

Conclusion

There you have it, our list of the best boxing gloves for women in 2024. We guided you through the world of the finest women’s gloves. Now it’s your time to choose the most suitable model.

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