Just to be clear, I am not a professional fighter, boxing or MMA; but I am convinced that boxing or MMA training is a great way to get in shape and stay fit. The only problems with boxing come not from the training, but from getting hit, so (amongst other things) I train on a heavy bag but will not be getting hit anytime soon. 🙂 After trying several types of gloves, I finally settled on these Venum “Wave” Boxing Gloves as being the ones I choose to use on a daily basis. In these photos, the gloves are roughly 2 months old and I use them 4-5 times a week, usually for around an hour at a time. So these have seen approximately 40 hours of use. They are the 16 oz version, and I am a fairly big guy – 6ft, 260 lbs hitting a bag filled with sawdust and maize. The bag is heavy – probably 160 lbs, so these get a pounding. Also I have pretty large hands.
My last pair of gloves were a pair of 16 oz Adidas Shadow Boxing Gloves which were a piece of shit and fell to bits in about 2 weeks. I think I just went too cheap – don’t do it unless you have to.
Venum currently sponsor some of the best MMA-fighters like Jose Aldo, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, Frankie Edgar, Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann, Thiago Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Jim Miller, Michael Bisping and many more. Venum is an official sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Venum shorts, tshirts and rashguards are made in Brazil, while the equipment line (Gloves, Shinguards, Headgear…) is handmade in Thailand. Venum is one of the most active brands on the Mixed Martial Arts scene, especially during UFC events, sometimes sponsoring up to 10 fighters during a single UFC event. (part wikipedia) They are well respected in the business and have a reputation for making quality gear.
This is a review of pair of white/silver Venum “Wave” Boxing Gloves weighing 16oz – they are also available in black/gold. As you can see from the photos, they are distinctive and different to more “traditional” brands. They feature all leather construction (except the velcro), fantastic stitching quality and triple density foam padding.
I suspect that you would not want to use these for competition as the padding really is quite thick, but for bag work I have found them to be extremely comfortable right from the get go, despite the fact that I have large hands, these fitted immediately and needed no breaking in. The quality is higher than I expected given the price (about $100) and I have no hesitation recommending them. I figure these will last me years of heavy use. I am a very happy camper. If you are planning to buy a pair, I also suggest buying them from Amazon as they have a pretty awesome “no argument” money back guarantee.