Everlast Evergel Hand Wraps Review
Originally founded in 1910, Everlast have been a big name in the boxing world for many years. They’re now one of the most widely known USA boxing brands, with gear lines for boxing, mixed martial arts, and fitness related sporting goods.
About the Wraps
The Evergel Hand Wraps are Everlasts alternative to traditional hand wraps – they‘re similar to the RDX Inner Gloves we’ve tested before. Instead of a long strip of material you wrap round your wrist and knuckles, these are a fingerless glove with a velcro wrist strap and built in padding across the knuckles. They’re sold in medium, large and extra large and in a range of colour choice (black and black, yellow and black, pink and black and blue and green).
The Aesthetics of handwraps aren’t typically anyone’s top priority – they spend 90% of the time you wear them inside a boxing glove, so you don’t need to worry if they look fantastic. That said, Everlast have done a nice job on the Evergel hand wraps. Across the knuckles is colored padding (in this case yellow), with more padding and a grey elasticated strip just below it across the back of the hand. Tucked underneath this is a mesh section to help keep your hands cool, and there’s more padding round the thumb. The elasticated wrist is supported by a double strap, one velcro connection on the wrist, then a second strap that loops completely round the wrist and fastens. On the knuckle padding the Everlast logo is printed in grey, and ‘Everlast’ is also printed on the wrist strap so that it sits on the back of the wrist when it’s closed. In my opinion these hand wraps look good, almost slightly futuristic.
Everlast list basically nothing about the materials they’ve used to make these hand wraps online, they mainly focus on the fact that they use their Evergel technology to dissipate the force of the strikes and keep your hands protected. The remainder of the glove is made up of a neoprene material to make sure they get a tight fit, with some quite strong elastic to secure the wrists. Overall Everlast have chosen some high quality materials, and it means these are quite high quality.
The craftsmanship on these has surprised me, it’s been my experience that quite a bit of the cheaper Everlast equipment is made quickly and cheaply, with the quality of the product compromised as a result. However the Evergel Hand Wraps appear to be fairly well made, the stitching is neat and even, the padding has been positioned well and the wrist strap is firmly attached. The only problem I see with them isn’t really a craftsmanship issue, it’s more of a design fault, but the breathable mesh section on the back of the hand isn’t central, and almost looks like it’s been put in the wrong place.
There are always companies trying to find an alternative to the traditional hand wrap, with pros and cons to both options. I enjoyed testing the Evergels, they are comfortable to wear through a tough session and most importantly they don’t pull down between your fingers like the RDX Inner Gloves do. The wrist strap lets you get a tight fit, but I did find that if I didn’t fasten it carefully the velcro would end up rubbing against the wrist. As far as protection goes they offer good coverage over the knuckles, and the wrist support is good, but the support round the thumb isn’t spectacular. The major drawback of any of these kind of handwraps though is that there’s no customisation of the padding – if you prefer thicker padding round the knuckles you can wrap more round, if you need more wrist support you can wrap more round. That isn’t an option on the inner gloves, which is something you just can’t replicate.
Available on the RDX website for £20 which i feel makes them fairly expensive for what they are. I would be rushing out to replace my traditional wraps any time soon. I’d recommend these to a beginner who hasn’t learned to wrap their hands yet (though you really need to learn, there’s tons of youtube tutorials) or to a more experienced striker who wants a second pair of wraps that they can throw on quickly when they’re late to class, or when their normal wraps are in the wash.
Looking to buy these?
+ Quick to put on
+ Comfortable to wear
+ Good padding on the knuckles
– Not very good value for money
– Padding isn’t customizable (compared with traditional wraps)
– Breathable mesh looks misplaced