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A Review of the Top Boxing and Sparring Headgear by a Former Boxer

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(Image Credit)This one is simply the best all-around headgear available today. It takes everything about the FG-5000, but replaces the nose-bar with Mexican style cheek guards that hold up nearly as well. A little expensive as well, but definitely worth it.Let’s dive in. 

Fit

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

2 – Title Platinum Series

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

3 – Gel World Full-Face Headgear by Title

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

4 – TOP TEN Avantgarde Head Gear

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

5 – Rival Traditional Headgear

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

6 – Ringside Master’s Competition Headgear

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

7 – Rival D3O Intelli-Shock Gear

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

8 – Cleto Reyes Classic Headgear

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

9 – Winning FG-5000

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

10 – Winning FG-2900

Smooth vinyl linings can get slippery with sweat during sparring, meaning your headgear could slide and twist out of position. 

Even the professionals need protection when they’re sparring, so we’ve done some research to find the best headgear out there to keep boxers of any level safe and reduce the risk of injury. 

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Easily the best protection money can buy. With a nice thick layer of padding that even extends to the nose (a rare trait for boxing headgear), you can take shots to the head all day and keep asking for more. If you’re a brawler, this is the best piece you’ll ever own; but if you like to work more conservatively, the limited peripheral vision could become a disadvantage.(Image Credit)

Padding Material

(Image Credit)(Image Credit)A nose-bar across the front, super wide face holes for excellent peripheral vision, and some of the best cushioning you can buy means this headgear will last as long as you will, and it’s so lightweight you won’t feel it’s there. It’s the most expensive headgear on this list, but it will stop absolutely everything your opponent can throw at it.

Light, sturdy, and very reliable, the Title Gel uses a combination of foam and a patented gel to reduce impact. And, unlike the Titan Platinum, this one is tournament approved. But you’ll find it might slide a little bit on your head and it leaves you unprotected against nose strikes.The best defence will always be not getting hit, and heavier padding won’t help with this, which is why competition headgear usually has small cheek pads and no nose or chin pad. (Image Credit)

The absolute best protection for straight punches you can get without a nose-bar. All leather, traditionally crafted, and reinforced cheek guards. Plus it comes in a variety of colours.

Straps

Boxing Headgear: A Buyers Guide

All-leather exterior, all-suede interior, metal buckles for the chin strap and improved peripheral vision means that it stays on, protects you where you need it and doesn’t slide around. It’s a costly piece, but it’s definitely worth it.Simple, sturdy and single-piece. The “Bayflex” material is better than foam at absorbing strikes, too. The only issue is that the velcro straps may not adjust it to your head as well as some of the others on this list. Nevertheless, it is worth considering when looking for headgear.

Final Thoughts

However, this comes at the expense of your vision, as the bulky padding can impede your peripheral vision, so you might not see those hooks or uppercuts coming. A solid contender from a long-standing company, this headgear is well-made, well-cushioned and easy to adjust. The bad news is that it is not tournament approved, but it will take you a long way when practicing for competitions.Be sure to choose the right headgear to keep your head safe from concussion and other potential injuries to your head or face when you’re boxing, or even just sparring.

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