Best Boxing Handwraps Review -
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- Mexican Style, MMA & More
A boxer can’t afford to train without using the best hand wraps or boxing gloves.
Hand wraps are not just for showing off; neither are they just for cushioning as many people think.
A quality hand wrap will protect the boxer’s most vital body part (hands) from injuries. It protects the wrists and knuckles from sprain and fracture, even the tendons and ligaments.
Plus, it makes boxing gloves snugly, keeping your hands in place after every strike.
For these reasons, most athletes are always on the lookout for the best hand wraps that fit their style and specifications.
However, buying the right fit depends on the style, material, length of the wrap and, of course, the price. This seems easy but gets a little tricky as you search among a ton of products.
In this light, I’ll make a detailed review of the ten best boxing hand gloves with varying features to help you make the right choice.
- The 10 Best Boxing Hand Wraps Reviewed
- 1. Meister Semi-Elastic Hand Wraps
- 2. Sanabul Professional Handwraps
- 3. Pro Impact Hand Wraps
- 4. RDX Training Gel Inner Gloves
- 5. Everlast Professional Hand Wraps
- 6. Ringside Mexican Style Hand Wraps
- 7. Elite Sports Hand Wraps
- 8. Venum Boxing Hand Wraps
- 9. Hayabusa Mexican Style Hand Wraps
- 10. Fairtex Cotton Hand Wrap
- Choosing The Best Hand Wraps For Boxing (Or Any Combat Sport)
The 10 Best Boxing Hand Wraps Reviewed
1. Meister Semi-Elastic Hand Wraps
Our Verdict: Best Overall
Meister MMA is a decent sports brand that makes virtually anything an MMA fighter needs at the highest possible quality. From boxing gloves, flex shorts, deodorizers to hand wraps rollers; you will surely find the right gear for your workout.
Of course, their hand wraps are top-notch for a boxer or any other combat athlete.
Its pack comes with three (3) pairs of 180” cotton wraps, which have different colors—red, white, and black.
The Meister hand wrap is made with a durable cotton material and a spandex blend to make it semi-elastic. The spandex blend makes it a Mexican style wrap, which is comfortable and fits snugly to the hands.
Also, it has a standard 180” length that protects the wrists and knuckles tightly, once you wrap it around the right way.
The ergonomics of this hand wrap is second to none. It has a thin texture which doesn’t feel like a load under your boxing gloves. However, some users find it somewhat flimsy instead.
It uses a hook and loop (Velcro) closure system, which is the easiest to use. One thing though, is that the stitching is a bit flimsy and is likely to come off after a few washes.
On the flip side, the cotton material is prone to bleeding if you don’t wash it properly. To prevent this, try washing it with vinegar, and never put them in a dryer. Plus, you can wash them in a bag or with identical coloured clothes, and you are good to go.
In the end, the Meister MMA hand wraps pack a lot of value for their price. As long as you can live with the few potential downsides that come with it though.
2. Sanabul Professional Handwraps
Our Verdict: Best Polyester Option
For a brand that isn’t so well-known, Sanabul put a great deal of effort into making and marketing its products online. Unlike most brands, Sanabul provides more than enough product information for its items to guide its customers.
It’s no wonder their hand wraps are a best seller with over a thousand sold already.
The hand wraps have also been tested by top athletes across various combat sports like Mike Lee, Sean O’ Malley just to mention a few.
The Sanabul wraps are made from polyester, which gives better stretch and comfort than the traditional cotton wraps. So, you can tighten the wraps without choking your hands or the wraps coming loose in your boxing gloves.
More so, it is 180” long like most professional hand wraps, so there is enough to wrap around for good wrist and knuckle protection.
Another good feature of its polyester material is breathability. Surely, you’ll sweat while using a hand wrap, but these wraps keep your hands cool and dries faster compared to cotton wraps.
As expected, it features a thumb loop and velcro closure that are carefully made to last and fit snugly. There have been only very few complaints about its velcro stitching coming off, unlike the Ringside wraps.
As long as you clean them properly, especially by not putting them in a dryer, this product will last for several months.
Asides, quality stitching, the wraps are finished with bright colors that come in 9 varying shades.
The only flaw I’ve found with these hand wraps is that they don’t have a label signifying the right side to wear them. But this is not much of an issue since it will be quite obvious if you wear them the wrong way.
Finally, the Sanabul hand wraps pack a lot of value for their relatively low price.
3. Pro Impact Hand Wraps
Our Verdict: Best Machine Washable
Pro Impact is another good boxing equipment brand that offers a range of necessary items to complement their hand wraps.
The hand wrap is Mexican style with it's cotton and spandex material, which is more durable but less stretchy compared to the Meister MMA.
What I like the most in this product is its innovative machine washable feature. It makes it easy to clean the hand wraps after a sweaty workout session, which is likely going to be the case most times.
Another great feature is the vast array of colors offered by Pro Impact: there are 13 different colors to choose from.
The most important feature, which is hand (wrists and knuckles) security, is top-notch. The wrap has a standard 180” in length and uses hook and loop closure. The material is thick, so it offers padding on the knuckles when striking a bag.
Obviously, it’s good for not just boxing but also Muay Thai, martial arts and other combat sports.
However, folks with larger hands complain that the wrap feels bulky in a boxing glove due to its thick texture. Also, the wrap might take a few uses to break in, but this is a normal issue with cotton materials.
On another hand, its Velcro stitching has a few rough edges that chaff the wrists of some folks during workouts. But, trimming the edges will sort the issue out.
These set of wraps are worth their price tag. They are built to last, keep the arms firmly secured also, easy to wash.
4. RDX Training Gel Inner Gloves
Our Verdict: Best For Beginners
RDX is a known sports brand for giving its customers the best value on its products at a very reasonable price tag.
The RDX hand wraps are not like most of the traditional hand wraps you’ll find on this list. Rather, it is more of a glove-styled wrap, which makes it the perfect pick for amateurs or folks who don’t want to waste time wrapping a cloth around their hand
The RDX gloves are made with an elastic carbon fiber material that does a good job of resisting wear and tear while still being comfortable on the hands.
More so, its hook and loop closure is made with a 75cm long cotton material that supports and aligns the wrists.
Its generous 75cm wrap length makes it one of the best hand wraps for Muay Thai because it goes around the wrists well enough.
For even better protection, the RDX inner glove has padded knuckles that gives your knuckles maximum protection and shock absorption. With this product, even a beginner can hit a heavy bag without the fear of breaking a bone.
On another hand, it has a thermal regulation technology that makes the hands breathe well and keeps the gloves dry and odorless.
An issue with this product is that many find its finger holes too small and hard to fit. However, it tends to stretch out after several workout sessions.
That said, if you want to order one, it is better you go for a size category that is larger than what you normally wear. If your normal fit is medium, for example, go for the large size.
Although many athletes prefer the traditional hand wraps, the RDX inner gloves are a great choice for beginners or folks looking to train without any stress on their fingers.
To some users, they are one of the best hand wraps for MMA because of the extra shock absorption from the gel padding
Plus, it doesn’t cost you a fortune for the security and efficiency it offers.
5. Everlast Professional Hand Wraps
Our Verdict: Best Non-Stretchy Option
Everlast is one of the largest boxing gear brands in the world and has been making quality and well-priced products for over a century. They sell practically everything you need to set up a home gym and kit yourself up.
The Everlast Professional Hand wrap is made from with a nylon and polyester brand. This blend makes it super strong and also soft on the skin. But, it doesn’t stretch much or at all, so they are only good for folks that like this feature.
These wraps have the standard 180” length, which gives the wrists and knuckles more than enough support and padding.
It also comes with anti-microbial treatment to fight off foul smell and mold. Plus, nylon and polyester blend is breathable and repels sweat.
The wraps are available in a vast variety of colors – 15 colors.
Also, it is machine washable, which allows you to maintain good hygiene without stress but would possibly bleed. Some users prefer hand washing to make it last longer, and this option is even better for the first wash.
A double-sided feature in this product is its velcro (hook and loop) closure. The velcro sticks strongly, which is a good thing, but frays the fabric when you pull it off. Just in case, it uses a thumb strap to make wrapping easier.
The Everlast hand wraps aren’t the best around, and many users have complained about its nylon material. But for those who don’t mind, it is long-lasting and holds its shape even over constant intense use.
As regards its value, a pair is priced pretty decently, but they are better value deals on other products like the Meister.
6. Ringside Mexican Style Hand Wraps
Our Verdict: Value
The Ringside hand wraps are one of the most popular hand wraps available online. This is not because it offers a shiny feature, but for its simplicity and effectiveness.
It is a Mexican style hand wrap with a cotton and spandex material that makes it not only long enough for extra padding and protection but also comfortable.
The cotton stretches fine and is also soft, which makes wearing the wrap easy. At the same time, some users have complained that it stretches out easily after a few uses.
Also, it has a thumb loop and hook and loop closure system. These features make it easy to wear without wasting too much of your time.
Like many products in this review, it offers a broad range of bright colors you can choose from – 9 colors. All of them are machine washable, but customer reviews show that the white doesn’t stay white for long.
A major issue with the Ringside products is that their quality is not consistent and might vary on different deliveries.
If you are already wowed by this product, you can strike a better deal by getting 5 or 10 pairs. The deal shaves off about $5 off the price of buying single pairs.
7. Elite Sports Hand Wraps
Our Verdict: Most Comfortable
Elite Sports are a well-known boxing brand for their gear and equipment. As a large brand, they also produce quality gear and equipment for other combat sports like MMA, jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai.
The Elite hand wraps are not so different from other top products on this list. They offer the simple features you can find in a hand wrap in a good mix.
The hand wraps are made with an ultra-soft 100% elastic material for constant comfort on the hands or while hitting the bag.
Its 180” elastic material allows you to wrap it around firmly and thick enough to protect your wrist and knuckles from injuries. Plus, the wraps are still compact enough to fit comfortably under boxing gloves without feeling bulky.
For most users, comfort is the key feature of the Elite Sports hand wraps.
Furthermore, these wraps are machine washable, to save you the stress of hand washing to keep them clean daily. But the hook and loop may entangle other clothes, so it’s best you put them in a mesh bag before washing.
It also uses the go-to thumb loop and hook and look closure system. This type of closure makes it easy to wrap them around your hands. However, the velcro stitching quality has been a hit or miss with some users complaining about it coming off after only a few uses.
The Elite Sports hand wraps have a worthy price tag, despite being relatively pricey. Besides, it is more or less the most comfortable hand wrap in this review if that’s a thing for you.
8. Venum Boxing Hand Wraps
Our Verdict: Most Breathable
Venum is a fairly popular brand that is known for consistently making top quality products for just about any combat sport. Plus, they serve a universal clientele of men, women and children.
With that being said, their hand wrap is another of their product that is only fairly popular but receives stays atop for its high ratings.
The wraps are made of a cotton and spandex blend to make it durable and stretchy. This blend makes it easy and comfy to cinch the wraps tightly around your vitals without it coming off. Plus, its elasticity prevents low circulation of blood.
The only downside is that the material is somewhat thin, so it might not be the best option for folks that train without gloves.
On another hand, it is only available in two relatively small sizes (98” and 157”), which aren’t up to the standard 180 inches.
Next, is a common feature you’ll find in good hand wraps. It uses a thumb loop and velcro closure system for a snug fit. Although the stitching on the wraps seems flimsy, they last as long as most other brands.
If you like a material that’s breathable and dries up fast, this is the product for you. Well, as long as you can look past its thin texture.
The wraps are available in multiple colors, with the camouflage particularly, being an eye-pleaser.
In the end, the Venum hand wraps are worth getting if you find a good deal below $10. In the event that you don’t find a good deal, you’ll be better off with more expensive brands.
9. Hayabusa Mexican Style Hand Wraps
Our Verdict: Most Aesthetic
Hayabusa is a big name martial arts brand and produces one of the best jiu-jitsu gears. Its other sporting gears are no exception to high quality and affordable prices.
One thing that makes the Hayabusa stand out from the rest is its aesthetics. Unlike every other brand, it doesn’t have the usual square ends, rather it has perpendicular ends. Also, the logo quality and design is another aesthetic factor that makes it stand out.
On top of that, it is also available in a couple of cool colors that will fit your workout outfit.
On the flip side, it’s material is very thin, so it's mostly ideal for folks that don’t want their hands feeling heavy or bulky in a glove.
With that aside, its elastic cotton material definitely gives your hands tight protection. The “innovative, high-performance” material wraps tightly and comfortably around the wrists and knuckles.
At the same time, the material is breathable, so your hands get a good amount of air while you are training.
It maintains the usual hook and loop closure with thumb loops that we see in most products. The velcro doesn’t attach the strongest, but it does its job well. Important to note is that the velcro closure is a bit longer than average, so it gives a tighter fit.
While the hand wrap does come with a wearing label, the velcro stitching is somewhat flimsy.
One common issue that most users have complained about is that it bleeds when you wash it. On rare occasions, the color even bleeds on your hands from a sweaty gym session but washes off quickly.
The Perfect Stretch V4 are one of the best-looking hand wraps for boxing, Muay Thai or any combat sport. Most especially if you want one with a thin texture and they are also fairly well-priced.
10. Fairtex Cotton Hand Wrap
Our Verdict: Best Deal
Fairtex is arguably the leading Muay Thai brand in the industry based and ironically, has its base in Thailand. Fairtex is well-known for producing top-quality Muay Thai, boxing and combat sports products without sparing any costs to achieve the best.
Their elastic cotton hand wraps are no different.
First, their aesthetics are top notch with a clean velcro and logo stitching. It also comes in 13 different colors, including a Thai Flag inspired limited edition.
The material is made with 100% special cotton that is soft and at the same time flexible for guaranteed comfort. It is rare to find pure cotton materials that are also stretchy.
However, the Fairtex wraps may not be stretchy enough for some users who are used to more elastic products with a spandex blend.
Its fabric quality makes it easy to wrap around the wrists and knuckles and without the usual chaffing in other cotton products. Plus, it uses the more comfortable thumb loop and velcro closure. Also, the velcro fastener holds the wrap tightly and also has tough stitching.
The hand wraps, unlike before, are now available in three sizes – 120”, 180” and one size fits all. This gives users a better range of options.
If you are used to the big name brands, you should definitely give Fairtex a try and be amazed. It’s all you want out of hand wrap, but costs even more than the big names.
Choosing The Best Hand Wraps For Boxing (Or Any Combat Sport)
Hand wraps have a simple design, so there isn’t much difference across various brands except their style, material and quality. These are the key factors to look out for in your quest to find the best boxing, kickboxing, or MMA hand wraps.
But before we get into that, watch this video to learn the basics of properly wrapping your hands for boxing or any combat sport to avoid possible injuries:
Types Of Hand Wraps
Traditional or Cotton Wraps
Cotton wraps are literally reusable clothes, so they are inexpensive and last longer than other materials. It also comes in varying width and length to satisfy various users. A person with a large hand should pick a longer hand wrap.
Also, they come with a thumb loop and velcro closure to give a tight fit.
The issue with cotton wraps is that they easily come off and are unbreathable, which makes them uncomfortable. However, some folks still have a personal preference for the traditional wraps.
Mexican Style Wraps
Mexican style wraps in simple terms, are hand wraps with an elastic material to make them stretchy. The elastic makes them conform better to the hands and don’t come loose during a workout session.
However, they don’t last as long as cotton because the elastic material warps or loosens after some washes. So, it’s really important you give whichever Mexican style you buy proper care to make it last longer.
On another hand, they are also inexpensive, like the cotton wraps and usually don’t cost more than $20.
Like the cotton wraps, it all boils down to the personal preference of the user.
Gel Hand Wraps
The gel wraps are a newer hand wrap design, which are mostly used for their extra gel padding.
For the most part, they are worn like gloves instead of being wrapped around the hands. This gives you not only extra padding but also saves you time and the stress of wrapping the hand wraps.
Unlike cotton and Mexican hand wraps, they are more expensive. They usually cost about double the price of other hand wraps.
If you have bruised knuckles, using a gel wrap allows you to carry on with your workout if you don’t want to take a break.
The downside to this type of hand wrap is that it doesn’t provide enough support for the wrists. It’s more suitable for beginners or athletes recovering from a knuckle injury.
Gauze (Tape) Hand Wraps
The gauze bandages are strictly used by professionals. Most times, the athlete has to be assisted by another person to wrap the tape around.
The gauze bandage gives maximum support to the wrists and knuckles while still being flexible and comfortable.
The stress of putting on the bandage, coupled with the fact it is made for one-time use, makes it impractical for a workout for non-professionals.
Hand Wrap Length and Size
The regular recommendation on hand wrap length is to go as long as possible. The benchmark length is 180”, which will give you more than enough wraps to secure your wrists and knuckles effectively.
Folks with smaller hands can go shorter wraps so that it doesn’t feel too bulky or heavy. Most especially if you want to train with the wraps under a glove to give it a good fit.
On another hand, you can as well choose shorter wraps for shadow boxing.
The general width of hand wraps is 2 inches. Most times, the manufacturers don’t specify the width of their products.
There are many other factors to look out for when choosing the best hand wraps for your boxing or MMA workouts. Here are the other factors to look out for according to your preference:
- Thumb loop
- Hook and loop (velcro) closure
- Machine washable
- Breathability and anti-microbial treatment
Picking the best overall boxing hand wrap can be difficult since it is mostly based on personal preference. Plus, there are only slight differences among most of these products, so the last product on the list might be what’s best for your need.
That being said, I have picked the Meister Semi-Elastic Hand Wraps as the overall best boxing hand wraps your money can buy. These wraps are stretchy and will conform comfortably to your hands and inside your glove without coming loose.
To top it off, it is very affordable, and the price of its 3-pair pack is a steal.
If you are looking for the best hand wraps for MMA or best gel hand wraps, the RDX Training Gel Inner Gloves are my #1 pick.