When choosing a pair of boxing gloves, one of the decisions that has to be made is whether to purchase synthetic or leather gloves. Synthetic gloves are also commonly known as vinyl gloves. When deciding, it is a good idea to have a clear understanding of the positives and negatives of either style of glove.
Synthetic or vinyl gloves are mainly used by those who box for fitness purposes or those new to the sport. The benefits of gloves made of such a material is that they are much easier to clean so you can keep them looking good for longer, as well as the fact that since these are usually entry level products, they are not expensive. On the other hand, they are not very durable so the padding normally disintegrates quite quickly. There is also the fact that it does not get rid of moisture very easily, so your hand heats up much quicker making for a very uncomfortable experience.
Leather gloves are a more seasoned boxer’s choice for a number of reasons. It is firstly more durable so it will definitely last longer and not wear away as quick. Also it is more breathable, making it more comfortable for the boxer whilst using the gloves. However, these gloves are normally a little more expensive as well as the fact that they are difficult to clean so stains usually are there to last.
With the above being said, Ringside with their experience in the industry have made use of these facts and ensured that the majority of their boxing gloves are leather based. Ringside’s Apex bag gloves and Extreme fitness boxing gloves are both made of synthetic material, however this has been taken into consideration in the original design. With both having Ringside’s injected moulded foam padding to make them more durable than your average vinyl glove, as well as a ventilated underside to compensate for the lack of breathability in the material.