Lace vs. Strap Boxing Gloves

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Donning lace up boxing gloves typically requires the help of a trainer.

When you join a boxing gym, you’ll often have the option of using the gym’s equipment or investing in your own. While borrowing gloves and headgear might initially be convenient, you’ll typically reach the point at which you want your own gear. When shopping for new gloves, a choice you must make is between lace-up gloves, and those with Velcro straps.

Strap Boxing Gloves

Boxing gloves that fasten with Velcro straps are typically suitable for beginner boxers. This style of glove is almost always less expensive than the lace up variety. If you’re still trying to decide if you want to pursue boxing, keeping within a budget is ideal. Some strap gloves have one thick strap that wraps around the wrist area, while others have a pair of straps to ensure a stronger hold.

Lace Up Gloves

Some trainers refer to lace up gloves as ” Competition Gloves, ” as this style of boxing glove is more common during amateur or professional bouts than among those learning the sport in the gym. At the professional level, all fighters wear lace up gloves during their bouts, and many train with this style of glove, too. The laces in this type of glove run perpendicular to your wrist, starting at the inside cuff of the glove and running toward your middle finger.

Pros & Cons

If you want to be able to quickly put on your boxing gloves for a session on the heavy bag, you’ll find strap boxing gloves more convenient. This type of glove is easy to secure yourself, even if you resort to using your mouth to close the second Velcro strap. As such, strap gloves are much more convenient and ideal for solo gym workouts. Lace up gloves, meanwhile, require the assistance of a trainer to tighten. But, once they’re tightly laced, they won’t shift and feel extremely secure during use. Although each governing body at the amateur and professional level has unique rules regarding equipment, lace-up gloves are virtually always the only type allowed during professional bouts.

Safety

Both styles of boxing glove protect your hands, but the laces or straps can pose a potentially harmful risk to your opponent or even yourself. Loose laces might feel distracting, but it’s also possible for the plastic capped end of a lace to hit you or your opponent in the eye during a sparring session. As such, always place the loose ends of your laces inside the gloves and tape over the laces, if necessary, for an extra layer of protection. Strap gloves don’t carry this same risk, but can occasionally leave a painful Velcro burn on your opponent. Short of placing tape over the sharp Velcro, it’s difficult to avoid this occurrence.

By : William McCoy, Demand Media

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