Society Nine’s boxing gloves are designed to have a fit that is more narrow and shallow than a traditional boxing glove. Reducing the depth and width of our gloves allows for a closer fit that prevents your hands from ‘floating’ when striking. Our boxing gloves can be worn with or without our Society Nine hand wraps that provide additional support and protection for your hands. The choice to wrap is yours.
If you are new to combat sports or are not sure what size gloves would suit you best it is always a great idea to ask your coaches and/or trainers for their recommendations. However, to help you choose, we have compiled information female fighters shared with us to identify the three main factors they consider when choosing the size/weight of their gloves.
Purpose: There are two parts to understanding the purpose of your gloves: First, the type of combat sport you are practicing (Boxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, MMA, cardio boxing classes etc.) and second, the focus/intent of your training (speed, accuracy, power, sparring etc).
What combat sport are you practicing: Many disciplines have their own approach or guidelines to the weight of gloves recommended. For example, in Krav Maga and Boxing it is common for athletes to be recommended a glove weight based on the athlete’s size and weight; whereas in Kickboxing, athletes may defer choice based upon a combination of their experience level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), weight and focus. Finally, for a beginner participating in group classes we would recommend focusing on your weight and the size of the gloves in-order to determine which would offer the proper fit and support for your unique needs.
What is the focus and intent of your training: For many athletes that would be considered intermediate or advanced it is common to own and use more than one pair of gloves. This is because particular gloves will be utilized for different types of training sessions. For example, if an athlete is focusing on speed and accuracy, a smaller and lighter glove would be advantageous; whereas an athlete focusing on power would likely want the additional protection and support of a heavier glove. Finally, if an athlete is sparring or participating in ‘live drilling’ most trainers would recommend a 16oz glove to offer the most protection to both athletes.
Weight of the Athlete: While the size of the glove is something to take into consideration, the weight of the athlete using the gloves can impact what weight gloves that athlete should use. This is because an athlete’s weight can be a representation of the force generated in striking. For example, the jab of a 5’3” 120lbs woman will likely have a different impact than that of a 5’8” 175lbs woman. Because of that, it is often suggested that athletes choose the weight of gloves that will provide the proper protection and support their hands need for the force they may generate when striking. Below is a basic guide:
120lbs & down: 12oz or 14oz
120lbs – 150lbs: 14oz or 16oz
Sizing: The final factor in choosing a pair of gloves is the actual measurements of the gloves. As stated above, Society Nine’s boxing gloves are more narrow and shallow than traditional boxing gloves, creating a better fit for a woman’s hands. Whether you have petite or large hands, choosing a glove that caters more towards your hand size will ensure a good fit, allowing the athlete to form a proper fist and preventing your hands from shifting or ‘floating’ when striking. Below are the width measurements of our boxing gloves.
Boxing 12oz: 5 3/8" across knuckle area
Boxing 14oz: 5 5/8" across knuckle area
Boxing 16oz: 5 7/8" across knuckle area
Examples of athletes choosing gloves:
Discipline:Cardio Kickboxing Classes
Gloves Used & Why: “I use the 14oz Bia Boxing Gloves because they fit my hands well and provide me with the right amount of protection for hitting the bag or dropping down for pushups and burpees.”
Discipline:Krav Maga and Boxing
Gloves Used & Why: “12oz Bia Boxing Gloves because it provides the right amount of support and protection for the force I generate without weighing me down too much. I also find that the narrower fit of the Bia Boxing Glove allows me to be more accurate with how and where I am landing my punches"
Experience Level: Intermediate/ Competitive
Gloves Used & Why: “I train a lot and every day is a little different, so I have more than one pair of gloves. It is pretty common to use 16oz gloves in Muay Thai, so I mostly use the 16oz Bia Boxing Gloves for heavy bag, focus mitts and sparring. I even have a separate pair of gloves I use only for sparring to protect my partners. However, on days that I am working specifically on my speed and accuracy I will use the 14oz Bia Boxing Gloves because they are lighter and smaller.”
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