I have to face it - my very old, very worn, very flat bag mitts are nearly due to be pensioned out. I have discovered that they are impossible to replace. All the bag mitts now seem to be pre-shaped. Weird.
Anyway- I hauled my unused 10oz boxing gloves out of the bag last night, and did a training session in those- and they were fine. Felt like I had balloons on my hands, but I can live with that.
If I want to join the sparring classes, I have to get some 16 oz gloves. That's going to be like having dirigibles (blimps) attached to my hands.
I have been doing a bit of reading around, and have realised that there is more to this than just buying the right weight, and I'd appreciate some guidance from those of you who have been using gloves longer than me. (erm...that would be anyone who has been using them longer than since yesterday.....
- I'm pretty sure I'll go for leather - is that sensible?
- Mexican or standard - as I read it (between the lines) , the purpose of the mexican style is to meet the weight requirement for the gloves, but with the padding spread out so the knuckles are less padded. Seems to defeat the purpose that I am aiming for (minimise harm to partner), so I'd be tending to go standard unless someone else can advise if I have misunderstood this completely.
- have to go 16 oz, so that's not a consideration.
Women's or not
- I have very, very small hands (my old mitts are children's ones). I usually cringe at getting the women's specific products in most sports, because they are often inferior, and pink. Are there any things I am not understanding that mean that gloves made for "women" are better suited to me (other than size)?
- must have.
Are there any other criteria I should be looking at? All help and advice gratefully received.
Note - glovemakers out there....colour is NOT on my list! I don't care, but I'd like to have choices in my size other than pink!!!!!