Last Updated on January 29, 2021
I know you already know this bit.
Vegans abstain from eating meat or refrain from patronizing any animal commodity. This includes anything from wool, dairy to leather products.
Whatever it is, leather boxing gloves are not an option.
If you've made this humanitarian effort towards animals, you don't have to suffer for it.
Why? Well, because non-leather boxing gloves are considered cheap and inferior by most, if not all, boxing experts.
The reality is:
Your options are limited if you're looking for top-tier artificial boxing gloves.
Again, not all synthetic boxing gloves are poorly made. But they shouldn't be overpriced - they mostly are indeed overpriced under guises such as "engineered" or "high-quality" leather.
To save you the crushing realization of that experience, I compiled a list of only worthy vegan boxing gloves. All with options for beginners and folks already sparring.
If you need a rundown on making a more informed purchase, carry on reading after the vegan boxing glove review and take a good look at my personal favorite, the Hayabusa T3.
- 5 Best Vegan Boxing Gloves Review
- Choosing The Best Non-Leather Boxing Gloves
- Check These Features Before You Buy
- Wrapping Up
5 Best Vegan Boxing Gloves Review
1. Hayabusa T3 Tokushu Boxing Gloves - Best Overall
You can use them for both bag work and sparring without feeling there was a drop in their performance during these workouts.
It's made with microfiber, which is popularly used among high-grade non-leather boxing gloves. Not to mention, "Hayabusa is one of the few synthetic gloves that are a hundred percent free of leather. They would easily last over five years with proper maintenance.
The Hayabusa T3 particularly stands out if you fancy stylish gear. But it's not flashy - it still gives you top-notch performance. It's also why I love Lebron's sneaker line.
Their "Intelligence" foam padding does a great job of cushioning blows, and your spar partner won't hate you. But it’s stiff right off the bat. It could take another three weeks of constant use to break-in. Also, it gives an odd "thud" when your punches connect with the bag.
The idea of a double wrist strap works in theory. It no doubt gives a secure fit. But it kills the point of wearing a Velcro strap, which is the ease of taking it on and off. They'd, no doubt, sit well with you if wrist support is your priority.
The icing on the cake of the T3 is its sweat-wicking suede thumb. It's unique to Hayabusa and does come in handy during sessions.
- Leather-quality Vylar shell
- Sweat-wiping attached thumb
- Impeccable customer service
- Striking design with a variety of colorways
- Secure wrist support
- Takes a while to break-in
- Dual wrist wraps might force a learning curve.
The Hayabusa T3 is arguably the best non-leather gloves on the market. It's what you need for multiple intense training sessions week in and out.
2. Sanabul Essentials Gel Boxing Gloves - Best Budget Buy
The Sanabul Essentials Gel Boxing Gloves are easily a top-notch option for vegans. Most complaints - from beginners - is that they wished they were made of real leather. They can become unbearable when you train hard for over an hour. The mesh palm doesn't do much about getting air in the gloves.
These gloves have decent wrist support. A reasonably padded cushion, although not much in the wrists. Anyways, they would be more than enough for a beginner finding his way into boxing.
If you’re not new to boxing or intend to use these gloves regularly, you may be better off looking elsewhere.
But if you chicken out or want more sessions after the first few months, It'd be a win-win. You can let them collect dust in your basement and not regret spending a couple of bucks. Or, you can use them long enough till you’re ready for an upgrade.
- Super affordable
- Would last considerably long for a beginner
- Would feel a lot comfortable for a beginner
- Superb blow cushioning for a beginner
- Comfortable wrist support with Velcro closure
- Would quickly deplete under serious use
- Stinks after serious use
If you're testing waters with boxing, these are the best starter gloves.
3. Fairtex BGV11 F-Day Boxing Gloves - Best for Sparring
Fairtex is a reputable Thai brand. Their BGV11 F-Day cater to the vegan community looking for gloves that are above average.
First, these gloves are made from durable Syntek microfiber. Typically, they breathe well. They'd stay warm under intense use and won't stink easily, unlike cheap artificial boxing gloves.
The BGV11 gloves stand out with their soft triple-layered foam padding. It's the perfect feel you'd want for sparring and would fare well for bag training.
They give that pop feedback on the bag that's praised in leather gloves. And you'd feel your punches with these gloves if you like that.
Unfortunately, using them on the bag over time might cause faster depletion. I'd recommend getting cheaper training gloves for support.
Nonetheless, they provide adequate support for Muay Thai style boxing gloves. Apparently, they’ve got longer wrists than most Fairtex models I've seen, so it helps.
All in all, they are worth the money. They are the kind of gloves you'd grow a bond with. Enough for you to try to pair them up with new ones later.
- Impressive Syntek microfiber leather
- Can hold up to regular training
- Soft padding on the knuckles for sparring
- Gives top-notch feedback on the bag
- It only has one color option.
- The padding might deplete quickly
The BGV11 is a top-quality non-leather option for sparring. They breathe well and have the soft padding your partner would thank you for.
These inexpensive S4 Boxing Gloves are made with PU engineered leather. Apparently, they are Hayabusa's cheapest model, so maybe Vylar leather wasn't an affordable option.
A similar feature these gloves have with the premium T3 is their sweat-wicking thumb. They are made of a suede-like material you can use to wipe the sweat off your face.
Yet, although these S4 gloves have a mesh palm, they aren't so breathable. Agreed, it's an ingenious function. But with lining underneath, it's not so functional. You won't need to bother if you are only training for about an hour though.
Another thing is that the padding doesn't fill up in these gloves. It can be annoying sometimes to feel your hand at the edge of the foam. In retrospect, when you feel this, it only means you're due for an upgrade.
But it's not ineffective against punches. In fact, some beginners have said it helped with wrist and knuckle soreness they got from using cheaper gloves.
Also, the S4 gloves can be snug at first. And, for some, even without hand wraps on (always train with hand wraps). But give it a few weeks and you should have broken them in.
- Long-lasting PU leather
- Decent knuckle protection on the padding
- Secure wrist support
- Multiple color options
- Snug fit
- Not breathable
For beginners who don't want a bottom of barrel boxing gloves, the S4 is a nice option.
5. Ringside Apex Boxing Gloves - Best Budget Alternative
The Ringside Apex has a classic impression on first sight of its gold and black colorway. But what it’s mainly known for is its impressive padding.
These gloves have an excess of 2 inches of injected mold foam (IMF) padding. They'd stay functional if you spar or train in them. It's the fit you may find unbearable.
The Apex gloves are made with faux leather for vegans, but not tall ones. They have a compact hand compartment that feels like they'd crush big hands.
If you're wondering, the leather is durable. What isn't is the inner lining. Many folks have complained about it being the first thing that'd give way when you wear these gloves.
Overall, these are impressive gloves for those who can wear them. They are protective and well-priced.
- Long-lasting construction
- Secure wrist support
- Easy to take on and off
- Striking aesthetics
- Not suitable for tall boxers and heavy hitter
- Inner lining gives way too fast.
The perfect stepping stone if you want to have a feel of higher grade boxing gloves. But not an option for guys with big hands.
Choosing The Best Non-Leather Boxing Gloves
Put simply, the best boxing gloves you can have will be made from leather. It's why the artificial ones mentioned are an imitation of leather. Again, maybe this isn't the place for a lecture, and I don't in place to flame you either.
But Leather gloves last longer, have better feedback and breathe the best. The thing is, artificial gloves aren't so far apart these days. You can order a pair of custom-made Winnings gloves for about $400.
That's a far cry from your budget for boxing gloves, right? Regardless, you'd find considerably durable and functional vegan boxing gloves for your budget.
The Details That Matter
Would you be training for two hours, four times a week? Do you go down the basement to fight your demons sporadically? Are you a heavy hitter?
Situations like these would tell what type of boxing gloves you can get or not. It helps so you don't waste money overspend or having to buy a new pair every month. Like if you're into boxing, get one that is designed for boxing and if you're into Muay Thai, it will be best to take a pair of Muay Thai fighting gloves. That's a no-brainer, right there. 😉
A beginner would be okay with boxing gloves under $60. In contrast, an intermediate could be OK with cheap $50 gloves that provide basic wrist support.
If you'd be sparring more often, you'd need to get a soft and more expensive pair. Some guys won’t even spar with you if you use hard cheap gloves. A pair of 16oz sparring gloves would also serve for training at the heavy bag. But it might deplete faster.
Check These Features Before You Buy
PU (polyurethane) leather, microfiber, faux, Vylar are some of the common ones.
Breathability is supposedly their strong point. But I've had some synthetic boxing gloves that stank just over a few months after use. But in general, they can be breathable if you get a top-of-the-line model.
Microfiber is the best option for a serious vegan boxer. It's the material of literally every top-of-line artificial boxing gloves I've seen use.
If you are new to shopping for boxing gloves, you’ll notice a range of sizes. Most times, you'd be advised to pick by your weight and height using a size chart.
But one size fits all, literally. Except you pack a punch or want to train power, use 16oz gloves for sparring and training. They’d serve you the right dose of hand protection.
Trust me, you need top-notch protection for your hands. You’d be banging them on a heavy bag for months or years on end and the 16oz gloves do a better job of that.
However, I’ll allow my students to train with 14oz gloves if they have really small hands.
Worthy synthetic leather gloves almost always use a hook and loop closure. It's the most convenient option, especially since many guys might be training alone. And the wrist support isn't way off either.
Laced boxing gloves, on the other hand, provide the most secure wrist support. The only thing is, synthetic boxing gloves using this system usually are plastic ones. If you feel you need extra wrist support, you can use dual-strapped gloves instead.
Boxing gloves have foam paddings that cushion the impact of punches on your knuckles or an opponent's face. Yet, many boxers still suffer never-ending wrist issues and boxer’s knuckles.
Point is, your gloves need to be padded well enough if you’d be boxing regularly.
That said, you must have a pair of gloves with soft enough padding if you ever want to spar. The cheap gloves with stiff padding are better off for punching the heavy bag and for light hitters. They'd cushion blows on the pad, but can be extremely painful if they hit your sparring partner's face.
In cases like looking for the best women's boxing gloves in regards to padding, I can vouch for the fact that they are well padded and can provide protection even for female boxers.
At this point, I believe it would be interesting to see the first-ever Cactus Leather Boxing Gloves in this short clip before we call this a wrap:
Shopping for the best boxing gloves can be a hit or miss. But that’s only if you’re in the dark or just testing them out.
The concluded vegan boxing glove review should have you in the know. Surely, any beginner would be more than okay with any of the models. But it's pertinent you stick to top the tier gloves if you mean business. At the very least, you'd get your money's worth.
I'll bank on the Hayabusa T3 boxing gloves to give the best performance. It’s made of long-lasting Vylar, has a stylish design, and has adequate padding.
Well, they may take some time to break-in, but you’d be hard-pressed to find better artificial leather gloves.