America, Mexico, Japan, Pakistan and Thailand, the best boxing gloves in this day and age are manufactured in one of these five countries. There’s also a couple of countries in Europe who’re also nailing the game but I’ll try to keep things brief here.
Among these five countries, America and Mexico are the most popular and also the best in manufacturing boxing gloves. The reason is obvious, they’ve been boxing for generations. If there’s a boxing merch company in these two countries, it’s highly probable they were founded by a pro boxer or a trainer. So, these guys have actual boxing experience and know everything about a boxer’s want.
Countries Manufacturing Boxing Gloves
When you’re buying a boxing glove of an American brand, you’ll rarely end up with a boxing glove that’s American made. American boxing gloves are definitely some of the best boxing gloves, note that um talking about the ones that are made in America for real.
Back in the days, um talking about the years around 2005, then American boxing gloves were really something to be desired. Craftsmen would spend hours after hours and even days to make one single pair of boxing gloves. They’d cut the leather precisely polish ‘em, color ‘em, stitch ‘em, use some high-end padding and mold. They were great. They were crafted to last.
But now just like I told a while back, they’re being outsourced to other countries like Pakistan to exchange quality for profit. Underneath they’re all the same. On top of all these, they’d even put some big price tags to create an illusion of quality.
Would an average American spend wads of cash to buy a boxing glove made with high-end leather and precisely handcrafted just to take a few shots at boxing? Hell no, that ain’t happening. Your average American teenager would prefer a pair of gloves with some cool looking graphics that’d barely put a dent on the wallet.
Mexicans, on the other hand, stayed cheap, sometimes they might not be all that cheap but would most likely be a fair price. They stayed local for their production, passed on their knowledge of boxing gloves craftsmanship generation by generation.
The Mexicans’ knowledge wasn’t the only ace up their sleeve they had. They had a cheap labor pool that they can still take for granted. High quality leather wasn’t much of a gem to them, it was always around and much like the American they also had some hard-working fighter that’d push their gears to the limit.
Even with a lack of attractive look, Mexican gloves are still some of the best boxing gloves. The snug fit that you’d get in a Mexican glove can rarely be found in some other gloves. They fit on and support your hands and wrist very nicely. It’s because their stitching, cutting, padding, designs, and skill of glove craftsmanship remained intact over the years. And above all, they were not industrially automated using robotics, which gives them an upper hand over the rest.
These guys are slick. You’re definitely not wrong if you’re thinking that these guys would use some advanced technology to give perfection and innovation to every square centimeter of your boxing gloves.
The best boxing gloves on the market are from Japan, they gave high-quality leather, precision cutting, awesome padding and mold, breathable fabric everything that you could possibly need and want is packed into the boxing gloves.
Yeah, these are indeed expensive but they charge what’s only fair for what they give you and all these research and development they’ve given to something like a boxing glove.
Each and every facet of their glove is unmatched and unparalleled to any of the top brands out there. Do you know how good of a foam aka padding these guys are giving? These are undoubtedly the best cushioning you can get for your hands. Many brands have dripped a lot of sweat but haven’t come anywhere close to those of the Japanese.
Even if you’re talking about the aesthetics of their design, they’re top-notch. Everything down to the last detail is filled with perfection.
Yeah, it feels like everything has been machined, which it has been. But they’ve very seriously made sure nothing went wrong.
These guys are offering the best in a budget.
Thailand much like Japan also has a boxing rich country. Everything that they’ve produced has been tested to the limits. And like Mexico, Thailand also had the knowledge of glove craftsmanship passed on for generations.
But the Thailand apparently isn’t flawless like the Japanese in manufacturing boxing gloves. It’s because they have two drawbacks holding them. One’s their extremely low demand for premium products. And that’s why Thailand caters low to medium budget gloves.
Next, there’s their popularity of kick boxing and Muay Thai. Most of the gloves manufactured in Thailand are for kick boxing or Muay Thai. The paddings on these gloves are a bit peculiarly distributed in comparison to a regular boxing glove for blocking kicks and clinching.
But if you do find one boxing, it’ll be one of the best in the market with a reasonable price tag.
I’ve ranted about Pakistan enough already. Before the last three decades, china was the default outsource of choice for boxing gloves. Then about three decades ago Pakistan started to take over. It was mostly due to China’s diversion of interest towards electronics and Pakistan’s availability of cheap labor pool and expertise in leathers that made this happen. And then there’s always the communication gap that China has with the rest of the world due to their surprisingly low communication skills in English.
Despite the availability of superior quality leather, Pakistanis deliberately fail in giving a quality boxing glove. All of their design was given to them or they’ve bluntly copied it from some other place.
Their extreme lack of boxing culture in Pakistan is another reason for this unpleasant quality of their product.