Let’s talk about boxing gloves. A must-have for any aspiring fighter - whether you’re looking to start fighting as an amateur or simply looking to get a better workout in your local gym. There are so many different types and brands of glove on the market that it’s very difficult to know where to start.
I won’t go too much into selecting a brand in this article (that’s for another day) but suffice it to say that Everlast gloves are a common choice for a lot of boxers. As a result, we’ve rounded up what we think are the 5 best Everlast boxing gloves on the market today. Whether you’re a seasoned boxer or just trying out in the sport, Everlast is definitely a brand worth giving some consideration to.
Everlast - the brand
Everlast is a hugely popular brand. Once upon a time you could find Everlast gear in any gym in the US. The greats - Ali, Holmes, Tyson, Leonard - all wore Everlast gear at some point in their careers. However, nowadays it’s unlikely you’ll see a huge number of pro fighters sporting Everlast gear; as a brand, Everlast is primarily pointed at the lower end of the market.
I’ll say that from my research, and from my own experience, Everlast gloves are OK for beginners/intermediate fighters, but they’re not the type of glove that most pro boxers take seriously. This is fine for those of you who are starting out in the sport, but if you’re looking for something more durable or professional I suggest you read some of my other reviews where I go into the type of boxing gloves you should be using for competition.
However, if you’re not worried about this and you’re looking for a simple training glove - let’s get into my picks.
The 5 Best Everlast Boxing Gloves
(updated for 2022)
Everlast Pro Elite V2
Everlast Pro Style
Classic Training Gloves
Everlast Pro Style Boxing Gloves
Without further ado, let's get into some detailed reviews on these gloves and why you should (or shouldn't) buy them.
Everlast Pro Elite V2 Training Gloves
Our Rating: 3/5
As we’ve mentioned, Everlast is a brand that caters for the newbie, and these gloves are no exception. Don’t be fooled by the “Pro” and “Elite” monikers - these gloves are nothing but, although they are a decent first entry into boxing training and should give a complete beginner enough to get started with basic heavy bag or sparring work. These gloves are available in a variety of colours (black, blue, gold, grey, green and more) and come in 8oz, 12oz, 14oz and 16oz sizes.
What I particularly liked about these gloves was the mesh palm - it’s a nice touch, and while I was training with these gloves I didn’t feel my hands get overly sweaty or clammy, so Everlast’s Evercool Mesh Palm system works well in this regard. Again - this is nothing special, and a lot of gloves at this price point do this well, but it was a feature I appreciated nonetheless.
However, longevity may be an issue with these gloves. After doing some research I’ve found people saying that they occasionally leak foam, and some people have experienced the leather splitting or the stitching coming apart. I can’t vouch for this myself as in all honesty I wasn’t testing the gloves long enough to experience this. It is something you might want to watch out for. To be honest, though, these are a very inexpensive set of gloves, and as long as you’re not using them for hours and hours every day, you should be OK.
I have to say, however - despite my criticisms, the Everlast Pro Elite V2s were a comfortable, capable glove that should serve any beginner as an introduction into the sport. You’ll want to upgrade pretty quickly if you’re taking things seriously, but just a few punch-outs on the heavy bag at your local gym? These will be fine.
Everlast Powerlock Training Gloves
Our Rating: 3.5/5
Slightly more upmarket than the previous option, and with arguably better build quality, Everlast’s Powerlock Training Gloves are designed for the fighter with a bit of experience, who may want to use their gloves a little more intensively than a complete beginner. The Powerlock is a popular product, and is constructed from synthetic leather, with a velcro fastening arrangement.
The first thing that stood out to me about these gloves is that they felt of a higher quality than other Everlast products I’ve tried. In fact, I’d put them on par with RDX gloves (which I’m a big fan of) of a similar price range. Having said that, these gloves are also pointed at the lower end of the market, so I certainly wasn’t expecting miracles - but I was pleasantly surprised.
When trying these out in the gym I felt they were again, comfortable and capable for the task at hand. One thing I will point out (and I know a lot of other people in other reviews picked up on this) is that the punching surface isn’t really round - it’s sort of inclined, and I did have to take a while to get used to this. I can see that this might pose a problem for someone used to a more rounded glove as you may (out of habit) hit the bag and have the full force of your punch soaked up by your third, fourth or fifth finger.
I have to say I threw a few punches and did feel it in my wrist, where my hand hadn’t hit the bag at the correct angle. I did have to adjust what I was doing, and it’s easy to see how you could do yourself an injury like this. However, this is nothing that can’t be overcome with a bit of practice. What I would say to anyone interested in purchasing these gloves at this price is to try them out first - again, go to a place where you’ll get some kind of warranty or money back guarantee.
Having said all this, these are perfectly acceptable gloves, and should serve an intermediate boxer looking to sharpen their game. I would not recommend these gloves for amateur fighters or those who do a lot of sparring - these are again pretty much for bag work only.
Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves
Our Rating: 3/5
Now, these are a little different to the other gloves on this list in that they’re not really boxing gloves - they’re training gloves, designed just for hitting a heavy bag. As a result it’s difficult to recommend them in favour of or instead of any of the other products on this list, as they’re designed to do a different thing. However, I felt it was prudent to include them simply because anyone looking to buy gloves in this price range will primarily be using them for bag work - and that’s exactly what these gloves are designed for.
These gloves are actually not too bad - and appeal to the home or amateur boxer in a number of ways. Firstly they’re actually made out of a cotton or neoprene material rather than a hard leather, and this helps in a number of ways - they are actually washable, which is very unusual for a boxing glove. The design is thumbless (which I actually thought was a bit strange) and they are constructed in such a way that your thumb grips to the mesh backing and the rest of your hand covers it to protect it from any impact.
These gloves are easy to put on and take off - they have an elasticated retainer around the wrist - you simply pull the gloves on and you’re ready to go. The Pro Style Training Gloves are quite small, however, and I would definitely recommend that you use wraps with them but you may find them a little bit tight.
Two of the things I didn’t really like about these gloves is that there’s minimal foam padding around the knuckles and not a lot of wrist protection. It could easily be argued that these are beginner gloves and therefore aren’t designed for someone who can hit like Foreman (although if you could, you’d probably hurt yourself wearing these gloves) but it’s something to bear in mind - I was a bit worried to let it rip on the bag simply because I didn’t feel like these gloves would be able to provide my hands adequate protection.
I will say - these are BEGINNER gloves. I would not recommend that they’re used for anything other than hitting a heavy bag once or twice a week. For that - they’re more than adequate. However, if you want to start sparing, using the pads, speed bag, anything like this - get a proper pair of gloves. I also implore you to use wraps (as you should be doing anyway) with these gloves because there isn’t really a lot of padding.
Everlast 1910 Classic Training Gloves
Our Rating: 4.5/5
Probably the most expensive set of gloves on this list, and in my opinion the best-looking. Harking back to the classic designs of the past, including those worn by the great champions, these gloves are probably Everlast’s closest thing to a flagship line. The Everlast 1910 Classic gloves are available in a variety of colours (including a brown-ish colour, which I actually really liked as it reminds me of the really old gloves the great fighters of the 40s and 50s used to wear) and in 12oz, 14oz and 16oz weights.
One thing that stood out to me about these gloves is that they feel pretty solid. They’re a leather glove, with excellent breathability and have a mesh-like material at the palm, allowing air to circulate around your hands and stopping them from becoming overly sweaty and clammy. I tried a few rounds on the bag with these gloves and they felt like quite a good glove - not up to par with good brands like Cleto Reyes and Grant, but again, for amateurs and beginners looking to do heavy bag or mitt work, these will be perfectly adequate.
These gloves are probably the best pair of gloves from Everlast that I’ve tried, and while I can’t say that these would replace the gloves I use on a regular basis, they’re perfectly good for the job they do and would suit a beginner very well. I have to say, however, I do think there are better options from better brands at this price point.
I will also say that I felt these gloves didn’t provide quite as much protection as they could have, especially in the wrist area. I always say you should wear hand wraps when boxing - but with these, I’d really recommend learning to wrap your hands with Mexican wraps really, REALLY well, paying particular attention to the wrist area.
Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves
Our Rating: 2.5/5
Our final pick on this list - the Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves. These are very similar to the previous Pro Elite Style training gloves we reviewed - however are only available in 14oz weight and in one colour - a blue/green mix. This won’t be for everyone, but I can see the appeal. Personally - I’d go for a pair of plain reds or whites, but that’s unfortunately not an option with these gloves.
These again are quite a comfortable glove for LIGHT sparring or heavy bag work. Again, like almost every other product on this roundup - using these gloves for extensive training is not advisable. I will say that while they were comfortable for a few rounds on the heavy bag, I did not feel like they’d stand up to repeated punishment.
One of the things I’ve noticed with some Everlast gloves (and it’s nothing new, it’s been the case for years) is that they have an extra bit of material to hold the thumb in place between the thumb and the rest of the glove. They say that this is to hold your hand in the correct orientation, and to some extent I get this. However the more I tried these particular gloves, the more I felt like my thumb was in the wrong position, and that I almost couldn’t make a fist properly.
Unfortunately these gloves are made for the lower end of the market, and you can definitely tell this when using them. They don’t offer a whole lot of protection around the knuckles and wrist area (a common theme in this article unfortunately) and these are not a set of gloves I’d want to use on a regular basis. As I keep saying - for light bag work, very light sparring, etc - they probably won’t let you down, but anything more serious and you’re definitely looking at a pair of gloves that won’t be up to the job with the Everlast 1200018s.
I would really recommend you spend the extra few dollars on a pair of RDXs instead of these - they’ll serve you better in the long run.