Besides purchasing boxing gloves, the other purchase you will need to make before your first boxing class is to invest in hand wraps to keep your hands and wrists protected. There are enough different options out there to cause some confusion, so the goal of this blog is to take all the guesswork out of which hand wraps to buy for you:
Gel, Cotton, or Elastic Wraps?
There are multiple different kinds of hand wraps being marketed to you currently:
- gel glove wraps (which look like MMA gloves)
- cotton hand wraps
- elastic (commonly called Mexican style) hand wraps.
I personally would stay away from the gel wraps. There are more expensive and are often times bulkier and difficult to deal with. There is also something fresh and almost therapeutic about taking the time to wrap your own hands before a hard training session. The gel glove wraps rob you of this because you simply slide them on (I guess I’m more of a traditionalist). When it comes down to choosing between cotton hand wraps and elastic hand wraps, for me it is all about comfort. Sure it is easier to walk down to your local sporting goods store and grab a cheap pair of cotton wraps. They will indeed do the job. However, my experience has been they are far less comfortable than the elastic hand wraps which offer expanding material which makes it easier to tighten or loosen the wrap.
Bottom Line Recommendation:Â Although it isn’t the end of the world if you have to settle for the sporting good stores cotton hand wraps, I recommend going online and buying elastic (or Mexican style) hand wraps for the more comfort and quality.
What Size Hand Wraps To Buy?
There are multiple lengths boxing hand wraps are made at. The most important thing is that you wrap your hands correctly (**link how to wrap your hands), and find a length that is long enough to protect your hands. You really can’t go too long, but you could go too short depending on the size of your hand.Â Hand wraps typically range from 108″ to 180″. We currently sell 108″ hand wraps designed for fitness level boxing classes, but will be rolling out 180″ wraps in the New Year to accommodate demand.
Botton Line Recommendation:Â Only you can judge the size of your own hand, but err on the side of long between 108″ and 180″.
How Much Should I Expect to Spend?
The cool thing about hand wraps is they aren’t that expensive. Sometimes they are even sold in packs of two and three. You will probably spend anywhere from $5 to $15 bucks on a pair of hand wraps. However, sometimes you can even find good 3 pack deals in the $10 to $15 range. The more quality elastic (Mexican style) hand wraps are typically priced between $10 to $15.
Bottom Line Recommendation:Â Spend between $10 to $15 to ensure you are getting quality.
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