The best boxing headgear for protection purposes comes with everything that a boxer needs in a headgear. Choose a comfortable boxing headgear made of high quality materials, with good visibility and protective padding.
Should you Spar with Headgear?
Wearing a boxing headgear may not be necessary during a light sparring, as light sparring serves to improve coordination, speed, defense skills and timing. If there is a harder sparring, a boxing headgear may be used to avoid superficial facial injuries and unnecessary bruises, impacts, etc.
Attributes of a Good Boxing Headgear
A lightweight boxing headgear should have an excellent visibility range and design. A headgear should also have excellent visibility for both left- and right-handed fighters with or without nasal pads.
The headgear should offer a very comfortable fit. The padding should allow for plenty of air flow, and the headgear also should have a non-slip design. The lightweight foam should be firm and durable, and the headgear should still offer excellent visibility during a fight.
The materials are ought to be made of high impact resistant polycarbonate and the straps and chin strap must be all high impact resistant, too. They should also have side ventilation ports, which are great for the quick cool of a sweaty face during a fight, but still protect the head.
So, if you choose a lightweight foam boxing headgear that should still offer all of the benefits of a traditional headgear, choose one in a very lightweight package, with a comfortable design.
7 Important Points About Boxing Headgear
Looking for headgear? Here are some points to consider:
1. Boxing headgear is an essential piece of protective equipment for anyone who gets in the ring. The boxer must guard against head and facial injuries. Don’t buy cheap, buy quality.
2. You’ll find headgear in a variety of models, including the traditional model with open face, models with cheek protectors, and those with mouth and nose protectors.
3. For the best protection, look for headgear that covers the nose and mouth.
4. Headgear for boxing should fit snugly, neither tight nor loose. It should be light but solidly built, offering protection without fatigue.
5. Headgear is available in 4 sizes – small, medium, large and extra large – corresponding to fitted hat sizes. There may be some variation among manufacturers, but use the following chart as a guideline:
- Small: Up to size 7
- Medium: 7 to 7.5
- Large: 7.5 to 8
- Extra large: Over 8
6. For the youngest pugilists in the family, look for headgear in a kids size, extra small.
7. For competitive boxing, only buy headgear that is USA boxing approved.
8. Everlast, Winning, Grant, Rival and Title all produce well-made and long lasting headgear that does the job.