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I’ve owned well over thirty pairs of boxing gloves in my life, and to this day my favourite is still a £50 Fairtex pair I got years ago during a kickboxing camp in Thailand.
I actually still have them!
What this means is you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on a pair of top-end gloves. There are plenty of boxing gloves under £100 that are excellent quality and, if looked after properly, should last you several years at least.
As someone who used to spend five days a week hitting pads and the bag, I’ve used (and loved!) gloves from almost every major brand. They all differ slightly, some certainly hold together longer than others. But even at the low price point, you can find some excellent quality gloves.
If you’re looking for quality gloves under £100, these are my top five picks available in the UK right now:
Our Picks: Best Boxing Gloves Under £100
How did we choose these?
Take a look at all the boxing gloves under £100 we reviewed below:
Venum Unisex Elite Boxing Gloves
- Handmade in Thailand
- Triple density foam
- Mesh covered palm for max breathability
- Very reasonable price
Venum has grown in popularity a lot recently and I’m seeing their gloves far more often in gyms these days. Part of it might be because their designs are always cool, but they also do make very good gloves.
In fact, I have this pair in my rotation right now!
Again these gloves are made in Thailand, finished with leather and triple density foam around the knuckles, and mesh under the fist for maximum breathability.
What we love most about these gloves is they’re at an awesome price point for gloves of this quality. I’m currently alternating between these and a Fairtex pair right now, and they’re pretty comparable in both quality and price.
The big difference is, these are a good £30 cheaper.
Top notch gloves, made in Thailand at a mid range price? Can’t ask for more.
These get our nod as #1 pick on the list – best value gloves right now under £100.
RDX F7 Ego Boxing Gloves
- Maya hide leather construction
- Perforated holes in palm for max breathability
- Quiz EZ hook-and-loop for superior wrist support
- S.P.P technology for natural airing
- Quadro-Dome padding
I’m a big fan of RDX. It’s been some time since anyone has come into the lower price end of combat sports gear and actually produced good products. RDX makes everything from MMA gloves to boxing bags, and their boxing gloves are pretty good too.
These are pretty standard boxing gloves, but very well made with a comfortable wrist strap, good breathability and a solid few layers of padding over the top of the hand. The price is what makes them great – everything you need without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for your first pair of gloves, you won’t go wrong with these. They look pretty slick too!
Adidas Unisex Speed 50
- Official Adidas product
- 100% Resistant PU leather
- 7.5cm wide elasticated wrap around strap, moulded foam padding
- Lightweight For Speed & Performance
Adidas actually make pretty good gloves.
I wouldn’t use them for lots of heavy bag work, but for everything else, like hitting pads and boxfit style classes, they’re perfect.
They come with an elastic wrap around the wrist, with nicely fitted foam padding all around the fist. They are not real leather obviously, but made from PU style leather which is still very durable at a much better price point.
For anyone just getting into combat sports and not planning on jumping in the ring for real, these will suit you perfectly. Great looking glove for an awesome price.
Everlast Pro Elite
- Reputable brand with reputation for quality
- Antimicrobial fabric built in with Everfresh
- Underpalm mesh made from Evercool fabric
Everlast has been making boxing gloves for more than 100 years, and sponsored some of the best fighters in history.
Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, even Muhammad Ali were once Everlast sponsored fighters.
When it comes to boxing, Everlast knows their stuff.
I’ve only owned a couple of Everlast gloves, the last one being these Pro Elites right here. The thing I noticed about them first was the sturdiness. I used a 14oz pair, but even then it was a lot more solid than comparable pairs and felt a bit more like a 12oz.
Still, the quality is excellent. Everlast uses synthetic leather for a very durable glove. The underside is also made of a highly breathable mesh, which Everlast calls Evercool, and the inside is built with their Everfresh technology – antimicrobial treatment built right into the fabric.
One thing I’ve always liked about Everlast gloves is the price – they’re not obnoxiously priced and always offer amazing value. These Pro Elites are no exception.
Fairtex Muay Thai Boxing Gloves
- All-purpose boxing gloves.
- Constructed of premium leather with vectro straps.
- Tight fit design.
- Made in Thailand.
I’ve never owned a pair of Fairtex gloves I didn’t love.
Made with a combination of real premium leather and microfibres, they can take a few extra sessions to break in, but once they do the fit is always supreme and the workmanship is flawless. All Fairtex gloves are made in Thailand.
The multi layered foam padding protects your hands when on the heavy bag, and partners face when sparring! It’s been known for years that Fairtex is the absolute gold standard in gloves when it comes to kickboxing.
That doesn’t mean regular boxers can’t use them. While Fairtex specialises in the sport of Muay Thai, their gloves are perfectly interchangeable with western boxing and their gloves are equally or even higher in quality when it comes to durability, fit and protection.
There’s a reason I keep buying Fairtex over and over, there’s nobody else that makes gloves like them!
Twins Special Muay Thai/Boxing
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Twins are known for having exceptional quality gloves but are also one of the most expensive brands out there.
Their gloves are hand made in Thailand from genuine leather and the fit is always very snug. The craftsmanship of course is always superb.
Whether you’re doing Muay Thai or boxing they are suited perfectly for both, designed for maximum wrist and hand support, and ample padding to protect both you and your sparring partners.
Again Twins are known for having a higher price tag than most, but if you can afford the extra pounds it’s good money spent. If you’re serious about your training and are looking to get in the ring, or just looking to wrapping your hands up 4-6 times per week, a pair of Twins quality gloves is a good investment.
Some tips for buying good boxing gloves
Start with 16 oz.
When purchasing you’ll be given the option to choose different ounce versions of each glove, usually between 8oz and 16oz.
If you’re a beginner, always go with a 16 ounce pair. That will provide the most padding for your knuckles and most support for your wrist, and will give you maximum cushion for your punches.
Even with wraps on, boxing can take quite a toll on your wrist and knuckles, especially if you’re new. That’s what the 16oz glove is designed for!
Even if you’re not a beginner, it’s still best to be using 16oz gloves for training. It’s not until you’re starting about your first fight that you’ll start thinking about getting some lighter pairs like a 12oz or below. And only the very lightest weight classes will be fighting with 10oz or 8oz.
So if in doubt, go with 16oz.
Start with cheaper options
The cheaper pairs on this list like the Everlast Pro Elites and the Adidas Speed Gloves are still very good quality gloves. If you’re new to the sport, you won’t notice the difference between those and a pair of Twins.
If you’re just getting into boxing or kickboxing, or you’re doing mostly combat/boxing fitness classes, or you’re just doing light bagwork on your own, those gloves at the cheaper end are perfect for you.
Always wear handwraps!
Always wrap your hands before put your gloves on.
Handwraps are very affordable and not only do they protect your knuckles and support your wrist, they also help soak up the sweat so your gloves don’t get waterlogged.
Wet gloves is the main reason gloves spoil and decay before their use-by date – wearing wraps will help you keep your gloves fresh and new for as long as possible. There’s no reason gloves can’t last several years if you take care of them properly.
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Last update on 2021-05-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API