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Why do I need bag gloves?
It makes sense that a boxer needs boxing gloves, but what a lot of people don't realize is that for punching a heavy bag or speed bag you want to use bag gloves, not boxing gloves. Bag gloves are designed to optimize a person's punching form and protect both their hands and wrists during training. Bag gloves are used whenever your striking against an object, not a person and are designed to endure the rigors of extended workouts.

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Bag Gloves vs. Boxing Gloves
Bag gloves are the way to go when hitting a bag. They gloves utilize a dense foam that can withstand the day-in-day-out pounding they will receive in the gym. Boxing gloves are the safe choice for training, sparring and competing. They are designed to use a softer less-dense foam combination, mold or gel that increases shock absorbency for both you and your partner. The closure of bag gloves are easy-on, easy-off. The closure of boxing gloves protects your partner from abrasions. Bag glove also can contain a grip bar in the palm, which provides you an enhanced (and safer) fist.

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When do I need to use bag gloves?
Repeated stress on the body from extended bag workouts can result in sprains and injuries if boxers aren't careful. That's why many companies started designing gloves specifically for bag training.
Bag gloves are designed to optimize a person's punching form and protect both their hands and wrists during training through thicker foam padding and enhanced molded design. Bag gloves are to be used whenever you're striking against bags, objects, or pads.

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What weight glove should I get for doing bag work?
Although many bag gloves look like they weigh the same, there are subtle and importance differences in padding thickness. The level of padding or gel in your gloves will greatly affect the amount of protection you receive. Thicker gloves (which are generally higher in oz) are better for prolonged protection and are recommended for heavy bag use. Other thinner gloves are great for speed bags and fast bags as they are lighter and quicker.

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What type of glove should I use for hitting a bag?
When choosing a bag glove, you'll want something durable, protective, and comfortable. Leather is usually the material of choice for the glove's exterior as it can take repeated abuse. Vinyl has become popular too as a slightly less expensive substitute. Neoprene is washable, making it a good choice for gyms.
The padding inside the glove can be one of three major styles: 1) a single piece of contoured padded foam, 2) multi-layered foam that may or may not contain air pockets, 3) impact absorbing and dispersing gel. Gel is the most recent development in glove design and is known to be excellent for dispersing the impact of strikes against solid objects. The thickness and mold of the padding are the most critical components when deciding which type of glove is right for you.

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What is the difference between 8,10,12,14,16 or 18oz?
When measured in ounces, gloves can have the following range: 8 and 10 ounce (common for competition fights and transfer a lot of damage), 12, 14, and 16 ounce (the most commonly used range and well suited for bag training), 18 and 20 ounce (usually reserved for higher weight classes in men or individuals with injury prone joints). When striking a bag it is recommended that you do not use less that 12 ounces for protection.

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Lace-up vs hook-and-loop wrist enclosures
While some bag gloves have a simple slip-on style wrist, many others feature lace-up or hook-and-loop wrist enclosures. Lace-ups are the best for creating a tight, secure fit that conforms to your wrist and forearm. However, they do take an extra effort to tie and they can chaff if you do not wrap your hands properly. Hook-and-loop closures are much easier to use and secure, but do not generally allow the kind of personalized fit that lace does.

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Bag gloves vs. MMA style gloves
As MMA has gained popularity, so has the gear they use in the octagon. MMA gloves are designed to allow for better grappling and jujutsu. MMA gloves often provide less padding and are not adequate for extensive heavy bag workouts. For heavy bag training, it is recommended you purchase bag gloves with proper padding to protect your joints and skin.

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You might also need...
If you are buying bag gloves, there are a few other things you might need. First is a few rolls of hand wraps. Even with gloves on your knuckles, skin can get rubbed raw. Furthermore, your wrist is still slightly vulnerable to overturns. A good handwrap (applied properly) can help protect your skin and joints. If you wish to fight against other boxers in the ring, you should also look into purchasing a good pair of boxing gloves, which are designed to be used against opponents as opposed to bags.

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