What are the top 10 best boxing gloves of 2021?
Now before I begin this list is composed of gloves that I truly enjoy using and this list, like all other list is slanted toward my style and preference of gloves. The brands listed are based on my experience as someone who boxes, coaches, and is a boxing shop owner.
1.) Fly Superlace
This is currently my favorite glove to date. The way it looks with the smooth high end leather, the feel of the super smooth liner, and the snug fit on my hand. After using this glove a few rounds I shelved my winnings and haven't looked back. Fly makes 2 versions of this glove the X-line, which is the same shape and style, but made in china and in synthetic leather. The cost of the X-line is 209.99, which is a nice bang for buck; however, if you have the extra cash to splurge and want all the "bells and whistles" of the Superlace the $399.99 is a price worth paying.
2.) 1v1 Fightgear
1v1 is one of the few American boxing glove brands that can proudly claim made in America. Thick leather, tons of customization options, snug fit, protective, durable as hell, and masterfully crafted. 1v1 is the perfect mix of old school craftsmanship with modern touches. The Horsehair option is supersoft and sure to make your punches pop. The best horsehair glove on the market in my opinion. The PTE is a more protective foam that doesn't sacrifice feedback or protection, whether you go with horsehair or PTE you're sure to get a glove you can enjoy for years to come.
3.) Phenom Boxing
At first I wasn't sure what to expect when I got the first generation Sg-200 phenom boxing gloves, but I was pleasantly surprised after a few rounds on the bag the gloves grew on me. Fast forward 2 years later and the new generation of Sg-200 and Sg-210 blow that first gen glove out the water. Phenom is a brand that is constantly looking to improve, backing up their claims with action. Improved padding, materials, and quality control that is synonymous with the top dollar brands. At under $200 bucks this is a must have glove, get all the features of the more expensive gloves without the dent in your wallet.
My first pair of winnings was my introduction to top shelf gloves. When I first started boxing I thought Everlast was the best brand out there. After all they were in movies, tv shows, old school fighters wore them, and pretty much everyone knew the name even if they didn't know shit about boxing. My first pair of Everlast gloves were the low-grade ones they sell at generic sporting goods stores or other big chain retailers. After a few years I used other mid-grade brands, but it wasn't until I stumbled upon a common motif. The majority of my favorite boxers all wore a glove with a red, white, and blue logo. I got curious, so i jumped on the internet and went on a mission to figure out the brand I saw the big names wearing. That brand was Winning. It took me a while, but i ended up putting a pair on my credit card and anxiously awaited. The moment I put them on I knew levels in glove making existed. I use to be the biggest winning snob around especially after trying another brand people hold in high regards, which was Reyes. I had a sweet ass metallic gold 14oz velcro version that was so damn beautiful, but to be honest was a hunk of shit. I absolutely hated that glove, the lace-ups are cool, but the velcro version of that glove was god awful. Anyway I digress, the Winnings were my favorite for a long time and at that time no one was making quality gear like them, but times have changed, although Winning is still the top choice for pro boxers and they make excellent gear they aren't the only ones making quality boxing gear and for that reason they are number 4 in my book.
5.) Salvador Elite
Salvador is a fairly new boxing brand and when they first hit the boxing glove industry they were known as MXN, but they recently transitioned to Salvador and quickly have gained notoriety for being top shelf boxing gear. I was blown away with the quality and attention to detail these gloves feature. Salvador gloves have some of the cleanest stitching and absolute best leather I have seen in Mexican gloves. The padding features a nice medium foam density and a comfortable fit. You get a good mix of feedback and protection. The wrist does feel a little stiff, which if you have wrist issues could be a huge plus. It seems like more and more brands feature the "Hecho en Mexico" tag, but only few have the quality, design, fit, and status of Salvador.
6.) Fly Superlace X
The Fly Superlace X belongs to the Fly X-line family, which is Fly's more cost effective line. The gear that they feature on this line is made with synthetic leather as opposed to Fly's top notch premium leather. In my opinion the Fly X-line is a great bang for buck. Top quality without the super hefty price tag. The Superlace X is great glove, that has a slim contoured fist design, the same super silky liner as their premium gloves, and that pre-broken in feel. The classic design and high end features make this glove a fan favorite.
7.) Bryant Boxing
This brand is one of my overall training glove favorites. The imperial line by Bryant boxing is made in Mexico, awesome color schemes, veteran owned, black owned, and a Texas based company. The glove itself has a broken in feel, protective padding, but a really nice crack on the bag and on mitts. The thing I like most about Bryant boxing is the owner is always seeking to improve the gloves and so far he's consistently done that.
8.) Adidas Adi-Speed 500
The Adidas boxing line has had a huge revamp, previous lines sucked, but these new adi-speed are some of the most popular gloves out there. They have great color schemes, soft style padding, and slim profile. You get a snug fit, but with an ultra smooth inside and a broken-in feel.
9.) Professional Gil Lace-up boxing gloves
Gil are some of the nicest old school Mexican gloves around. Latex padding, thick Mexican leather, great craftsmanship and in my opinion the best out of all the other Mexican boutique brands. I have them above Casanova, Zepol, Classics, JC Pacheco, New Sporting, Hernandez, and Campeon. Gil is from the Zepol/Classics family, but isn't produced by the same people. The Gil gloves we sell have a smoother inside for more comfort that is exclusive to Box-Up Nation, and has handmade artisanal attributes that give it an endearing quality. Great feedback, Old school, and durable.
10.) Elion Paris Le'Elegant
At first Glance I didn't know what to think. The gloves were unique, which is incredibly refreshing being in an industry where copying is blatant and creativity is rare. I never heard of the brand, but they offered me a pair of gloves. After speaking with the owner of Elion I could tell he was passionate about making a product that was unique and quality, unlike 75% of the crap i see, so I took a chance and tested the gloves and was not disappointed. Elion gloves are handmade in Thailand, but aren't your typical thai style glove, they have a high end look, a soft style feel, and are amongst the most comfortable gloves I've used. A great buy for $220 imo.