Engage Industries E-Series E-400 Boxing Gloves (16oz) Review
Engage is an Australian Fight Wear, Fight Gear, Activewear and Apparel brand. Engage has a high focus on visuals, with their equipment often featuring bold colours, designs and styles not frequently seen in the fight gear industry.
We were sent a pair of their E-Series E-400 Boxing Gloves to test out and feed back our opinions on.
About the gloves
These gloves are part of the Engage E-Series, a new range featuring boxing gloves, MMA gloves and Shin Guards. They’re come in black on white or black on black (with a flash of orange on the inside of the thumb) and are available in 10, 12, 14 or 16oz. Engage sent us a pair of black on black 16oz gloves to try out and give our opinion on.
We’re coming straight out and saying it – these gloves look pretty damn dope. Engage have used contrasts very intelligently to make the gloves really pop without resorting to using gaudy colours. The black on white variant is obvious but the black on black versions mix matte and gloss finishes, alongside sharp angles and block lettering, to create a very sleek, stylish design with just a single colour choice. They’ve topped the design off with some colour – not fluorescent bright but a flash of orange that really catches the eye.
There’s clearly been some serious thought gone into the design, with every aspect being considered, and it’s resulted in a truly impressive looking glove.
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I was really surprised to find that these were a synthetic leather blend as quality wise they feel like the real deal. We’ve been testing them for a few weeks now and haven’t had any reason to doubt their durability. They used pre-curved, high density padding that’s positioned inline with the knuckles for maximal protection. They’ve clearly built the gloves with practicalities in mind; they’ve got a moisture protective lining, ventilation holes in the palm and they’ve even rounded any corners and run the wrist strap velcro up to the end of the strap to prevent loose ends that need taping down.
Overall the materials are great (the padding in particular but we’ll get into that in a second) and it’s hard to find a fault with the craftsmanship.
We’ve really enjoyed testing the E400’s. The first thing you notice putting them on is the small profile – the 16oz versions look like they should be 12oz – and how dense they feel. The first thing we did to test them was a few rounds on the bag, and it quickly became clear that you could start throwing real power without worrying about hurting your hands. They feel a bit like you could punch your way through a wall without feeling it, which is exactly what you want – you want to really feel like your gloves are protecting you.
They’re also very comfortable, even straight out the bag. The padding might be dense but they don’t require breaking in, so you can get to training straight away.
The retail on a pair of the E-Series boxing gloves is £46, which we feel represents great value for money. They may be on the expensive end for someone just starting out but they’re very well made, offer great protection and are really comfortable. If you’re a serious fighter and are training a lot it might be worth looking for real leather, but you can’t go far wrong with a pair of these gloves.