When it comes to boxing gloves, you might be thinking that the type of material used to make these products is a key criterion. Basically, the manufacturing materials are divided into three types:
- natural leather;
Most of you probably think that natural leather is superior to its synthetic counterpart in every area. Generally speaking, one might assume that such a thesis is true, but… But, advances in technology have contributed a lot to the development of this area. Below is a detailed breakdown of the different types of materials used to make gloves.
One of the most recommendable material to choose in terms of price and quality is MICROFIBRE
1. Microfiber Boxing Gloves
Microfiber leather is a high quality synthetic and extremely technical product. Thanks to the use of microfibre, it imitates the structure of natural leather and its appearance and characteristics are even superior to leather in terms of durability! Due to its superior characteristics, synthetic microfiber leather is used by leading manufacturers of boxing gloves such as BLEGEND Boxing Gloves.
Second option is cowhide leather. It is very durable, but also the most expensive one
2. Cowhide Leather Boxing Gloves
Cowhide gloves are made of cowhide leather, and they can be the best boxing glove material to choose. They are durable and provide excellent flexibility and comfort. They are also less susceptible to moisture and unpleasant odor.
These gloves are now the standard material for high-end boxing gloves (e.g., Twins or Fairtex). The gloves offer excellent stretch and maximum resistance to tearing. They last for a long time: they do not crack, and they look as if you just bought them. Cowhide leather products like these have a pleasant texture to the touch.
Undoubtedly, these are all excellent performance features that have an impact on the price. Generally, cowhide gloves are quite expensive, but they will also last you long enough.
Then come synthethic leather Boxing Gloves
3. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Boxing Gloves
Although in synthetic leather the material is quite flexible, it's not as durable as natural leather. It may crack if used frequently. However, if you do not want to spend a lot of money on equipment, for example, if you are just starting to train or if you perceive martial arts as a hobby, PVC gloves can be a good choice for you. The material is cheap, which has a positive effect on the price of the gloves. However, PVC gloves "don't breathe". This just means that they will smell unpleasant after prolonged use and the comfort level of use will slowly deteriorate.
4. Polyurethane Boxing Gloves
Also called Skintex/Syntek/Maya Hide. Like PVC, polyurethane is one of the cheapest materials, making it an affordable choice for boxing gloves. Like its predecessor, it has less resistance to cracking and wear. But the material is porous, so it lets air in, which slows down odour formation.
Other synthetic leathers worth mentioning are Skintex and Syntek, commonly used by Thai manufacturers such as Fairtex. It's more expensive than standard PU, but almost as durable as genuine leather. Recommended for purchase.
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