When it comes to women’s boxing gloves, the truth is there’s a lot of misinformation out there.
If we’re going to be honest, there are far too many brands out there that simply recolour their men’s gloves pink and advertise it as ‘designed for women’, without any other thought put in. That’s great if you want your boxing gloves to be pink, but in reality there’s no genuine thought put in. These gloves haven’t been specifically tested by women.
Bone density, weight, hand size, even fingernails – men and women are not the same, so why should their gloves be?Tweet
Unfortunately there are a lot of websites out there which share round-ups with an assortment of popular products without having any knowledge of the subject, which makes it even harder for beginners to find equipment which is actually right for them.
Now, we’re not saying that gloves can’t be unisex – most gloves will offer a good amount of protection for anybody – but slapping a pink colour on the outside and pretending it’s a different glove simply isn’t cool.
Thankfully there are a few great women out there who have seen this issue first hand and built up their own women-only brands of boxing glove, meaning every aspect of the design, fit and construction are tested and approved for women, by women. Here are some of our favourites.
Note: Fight Quality is not associated with any of the brands in this article. All opinions expressed are from our own independent research.
Unorthodoxx are a fairly young UK based brand ran by Andrea Jane Smith, which has been making a fairly big splash on to the boxing scene.
Unorthodoxx have aimed to create a brand that gives women what they deserve. With this as their focus, the women behind the brand have committed themselves to being equally as focused, dedicated and passionate about the sport as their male counterparts.
One of the noticeable features across all of the brands in this list is the choice of colours, proving you can make great women’s boxing gloves without just adding pink. With gloves such as the ‘Blue Fatale Glove’. ‘Burgundy Urban Claret Glove’ and the ‘Elite Nikita Ice Glove’ all being great examples of how to make feminine looking gloves without abusing they typical clichés.
The bottom line with Unorthodoxx is that these are gloves which have been designed and engineered specifically to fit a woman’s hand, with the brand themselves claiming all of their designs have been tested, rejected and re-worked until finishing with what they believe to be the absolute perfect model.
When Cary Lee Williams started Too Pretty, it was a reason that most women can no doubt understand to some extent – being told that she was too pretty to be a boxer. The sad truth is that even with the rise of female popularity in boxing and especially MMA, female fighters are still seen in a different light.
In Late 2015 the Too Pretty brand was started, initially with a range of apparel, eventually expanding to include a small range of boxing equipment.
While Too Pretty’s range might not be as expansive as many brands out there, they bring with them a message worth sharing – that a woman is never too pretty.
Society Nine is a women’s boxing lifestyle brand founded by Lynn Le, celebrating the fight in every woman.
Society Nine’s brand name also has a deep meaning, drawing it’s name from Title IX, a section of the Education Amendments which had a deep impact for females across America.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
As Society Nine describe it, Title IX was a catalyst for female fighters across all sports. It speaks to what the future holds for the modern female fighter – she is capable of doing absolutely anything.
The team design and develop everything in house, and test their products before going into production, as well as listening to the feedback from customers, in order to make sure their gloves are the best they can be.
So that’s it, 3 boxing brands ran by women, for women. If this article helped you avoid a generic pair of pink boxing gloves and instead pick up a great pair of women’s gloves, let us know! We love hearing when we’ve helped you out.