Boxing hand wraps are tightly wound pieces of cloth designed to support the wrists, knuckles and fingers during boxing sessions. The wraps’ role is to protect the hands from injuries like cuts, scrapes and markers caused by impact. They can also be used during other impact sports like MMA and Muay Thai. For the wraps to be effective, they have to be wrapped correctly. They also provide support and comfort during sessions.
Choosing The Best Boxing Hand Wraps
There are few considerations to factor in when choosing your hand wraps. Below are some elements you need to consider when choosing the best hand wraps for boxing;
There are four types of boxing hand wraps commonly available on the UK market. They are Mexican, glove, traditional and tape.Traditional ones are made from cotton and they do not stretch easily. Mexican hand wraps are made using stretchy material, which makes them safer and more comfortable. Professionals commonly use the tape version and glove wraps are fingerless because they allow for a quick and easy hand protection solution.When choosing the best hand wraps, consider your needs and the qualities of each type.
The standard length of the hand wraps is 180 inches. Anything shorter than this is inefficient and not safe. If the wrap features a velcro strap you also need to consider the length of the strap itself.
3. Mode of use
You also need to consider the mode at which you need to use the product. Some brands feature a slip design, while others have to be taped depending on the type.
Another essential factor to consider is the material from which the product is made. The ideal material should be breathable and flexible. It should also be easy to clean since hand wraps are usually prone to sweat and odour. The quality and type of material also influence the ease with which you can maintain the material and how durable the product will be. You also need to consider the price of the product.
Top 10 Hand Wraps
Below are some of our favourite boxing hand wraps, most of which are readily available to buy in the UK.
BOXRAW 3M and 4.5M Hand Wraps
BOXRAW are a premium manufacturer of boxing gear and their hand wraps are second to none. They are high quality, yet affordable and fit right in to the company’s vision of promoting boxing as a way of life and not just a sport. BOXRAW have a very altruistic approach to their business and this shines through in the work they do to promote the culture of the sport across the globe – but most importantly, it shines through in the products that they make.
Their hand wraps are available in a wide range of colours and are available in 3 metre or 4.5 metre lengths. They are made from a premium cotton blend of 80% cotton and 20% polyester. These wraps are among the most comfortable of those we tested and offer ample support to the wrists and knuckles with unparalleled precision.
The rubber strap keeps everything in place securely and you even get a carry bag included. The velcro strap and hook and loop closure offers excellent compression.
The value for money that these wraps provide is unbelievable and they are streets ahead of the competition. They have excellent shock absorbency, yet are some of the softest wraps we have used. Everything is BOXRAW branded which looks great and they also sell a wide range of gloves, knuckle supports and apparel that is worth looking at.
With free UK delivery available and worldwide shipping if you are elsewhere in the world, it is hard to look past BOXRAW for your handwrap needs.
- Premium quality materials
- Incredible value for money
- Made with industry knowhow
- Wide range of colours
- We really can’t think of any for once
** We can also fully recommend the BOXRAW Knuckle Guards as a perfect partner to go with their hand wraps. Their patented knuckle guards are incredibly well made, incredibly comfortable to wear thanks to their breathable fabric and crucially they offer individual support to the knuckles and fingers. Check them out here and pair them up with the BOXRAW wraps for the perfect combo.**
RDX Hand Wraps
The RDX boxing hand wraps are extraordinarily compact and shock absorbent. The wraps feature a force resistant layer that helps to shield the hand joints and deliver robust shock absorbency. The padding is highly compressed to ensure that the wraps can distribute extreme shock volume evenly, hence providing more exceptional support when using them.
These inner gloves are uniquely designed to allow for flawless comfort and fitting, making them one of the best products we tested. They also help with solid hand joint guarding hence allowing for effortless performance while sparring or in tournaments. The inner gloves feature a thumb hole that provides added comfort and security.
The RDX wraps are made with lightweight woven carbon fibre fabric that allows for better resistance to splits, cracks and tears. The material is more rigorous than many of the other models we tested and very durable. The product’s construction is sturdy and durable and is not too stiff, hence they are a top choice for practice and tournaments. The products feature superior thermal regulation technology which helps to reduce sogginess and keep your palms dry and without any odour.
- They are made with sturdy and durable fabric
- They are lightweight and keeps your palms dry and odourless
- They feature a shell-shock padding that consolidates shock against charged and impacted vibrations
- They are a little more costly than other makes
Pro Impact Mexican Wraps
We found the Pro Impact Mexican Hand Wraps to be some of the best hand wraps on the market. The price is low, even though they offer high-quality features and benefits that are only seen in some higher priced alternatives. The Pro Impact Wraps are made using elastic conforming material that allows you to get the perfect wrapping technique. This means that you do not have to worry about your arm’s protection.
The 180-inch wrap material is also quite breathable and durable even though the product is thin. Their thickness prevents excess padding inside your training or sparring gloves which makes them extremely comfortable to use and gives them a really natural feel.
Another benefit of the Pro Impact wraps is that they offer a good deal of support. They feature hooks and loops that are used to keep them securely in place hence enforcing comfort and added protection. The hooks and loops are also oversized to allow for better support fastening. These hand wraps come in a wide range of colours from which you can choose. This means that you can choose whichever colour matches your personality and mood.
- The Pro Impact hand wraps are reasonably priced
- They come in a wide range of colours from which you can choose
- They offer significant support for the wrist, knuckles, and hands
- They are only available for purchase online
Meister MMA & Boxing Wraps
These are versatile boxing wraps that can be used for almost all types of combat sports like MMA, karate, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu and other mixed martial arts. They are made using a blend of cotton and spandex. The role of the cotton is to provide a soft surface for your hands, wrists and knuckles when using the product. The use of spandex as one of the key materials also allows for greater flexibility and adaptability. These two elements allow you to wrap the product around your hands effortlessly.
The material also allows you to apply whichever wrapping technique is ideal for you. It also allows you to reach the level of tightness that you deem fit. This means that you have the freedom to better gauge the amount and quality of support that you need.
The Meister MMA wraps are available in three colours (red, black and white). They also come in a three-pack which means that you can maintain the wraps better because you always have a replacement for which you do not have to spend extra money.
Sanabul Elastic Straps
The Sanabul elastic straps are ideal for providing support for the hands and knuckles for all levels of boxers and fighters. They are made using durable cotton material which is breathable to allow for dryness and less odour during long hours of training.
The cotton material is also fast drying which means that you do not have to worry about the wraps maintaining wetness during sessions. The cotton is coupled with polyester, which allows for the elasticity of the straps. The material offers ample room for stretching and different positions of the wraps without compromising on the amount of support. The polyester combination offers a good level of comfort without compromising on the protection the Sanabul wraps offer.
The elastic material also allows for proper wrist and knuckle support. This 180-inch boxing wrap is strong and very durable meaning you can use them for several sessions and not worry about replacing the products after a few sessions. The hand wraps feature a thumb loop and velcro closure. This means that you do not have to worry about securing the hand wraps properly around your hand.
- They are easy to wash and maintain
- They are available in a wide range of colours
- They are high-quality products
- Polyester is more prone to tearing
Fairtex Elastic Cotton Hand Wraps
These hand wraps are made using 65% nylon and 35% cotton fabric. They are, therefore, semi-elastic and easy to use. They are thin, long, soft stretchy and very long-lasting. These wraps are made in such a way that they have a significant impact on your confidence in the ring. The main reason why they are an incredible choice is that they are reasonably priced. The price, however, does not negatively influence the quality of the hand wraps which is pretty impressive. Another benefit that these wraps offer is that they are fast drying. Therefore, you do not need to worry about the product retaining sweat and developing an odour and they can be used on a daily basis or even twice daily basis.
We found that the Fairtex hand wraps offered excellent shape retention when compared to cheaper alternatives. This means that you do not have to worry about the wraps stretching out and losing their shape after washing. They also come with a hook and loop closure technology. This design helps to keep them in place securely when using the hand wraps which again adds to your confidence when using them. They are high-quality hand wraps that are built to last for a long time. They feature a length of up to 180 inches. This means that they can fit into your hands perfectly. They are lightweight and washable.
- The product is highly durable
- They are easy to wash and very cost-efficient
- Made from elastic and very comfortable to use
- Packaging is not great
HAWK Padded Inner Gel Straps
Unlike most of the products on this list and on the market, the Hawk Padded gel straps are made using 100% cotton. The cotton allows for a soft feel and means these straps afford a good level of comfort. They also feature a strong velcro closure. The Velcro straps help to keep issues like sweat and movement from loosening the straps during sessions.
The design and the materials of this product make it the perfect choice for fighters that embark in intense training sessions. The fingers feature a stitched design which allows you to place the straps over your knuckles effortlessly hence making the products suitable for different sporting activities like MMA, karate, boxing, kickboxing and other combat sports.
The straps also feature a slip strap technology. This technology is perfect for people who are new to the sport as it eliminates the need to wrap the straps by yourself. This also means that you do not have to worry about doing a bad wrapping job which could end up causing you harm during sessions. The straps are specifically designed with ease and convenience in mind.
- They are made from 100% cotton
- They can be used for different types of combat sports
- They are easy to use because of the slip design
- The straps are not as cheap as other options
Beast Gear MMA Wraps
These Beast Gear MMA wraps are designed using the strongest, most durable and resistant material in the market. They are mainly designed for MMA, but they can also be used for boxing. The material from which they are made is also flexible and adaptable as it allows for the natural flow of movement. They therefore allow for perfect technique during training sessions and events. The wraps feature an ample length that allows them to fit perfectly to different wrist shapes. The length also allows for added support and protection when using the wraps.
They are a fully supported type of hand wrap that are designed with durability, resistance and comfort in mind. They provide comfort and reliability without compromising on the range of mobility hence allowing you to perform impeccably during sessions.
- They are durable
- They provide high-quality support
- They are made using flexible material
- They are only available online
Ring To Cage Boxing/Hand tape
This product is designed with safety and comfort in mind and is made from semi-elastic material. The characteristics of the material help to create superior support and comfort during training sessions and tournaments. The semi-elastic material features a combination of cotton and nylon. These two materials are easy to wrap tightly and securely around your hand. This means that the product will help you prevent injuries that occur as a result of shock from hitting the bag or in actual tournaments.
The hand tape is long enough to allow for ideal support for both the knuckles and the wrists. They are also 2 inches wide which is thicker than many of the other products we tested. The thickness of the pads helps to keep you safe without limiting your mobility and performance during sessions.
Ring To Cage comes in a 3-pack meaning that you do not have to worry about replacing or spending more money on hand tape in the near future. The fact that the hand tape is highly durable is also an added advantage. This tape is very easy to care for because it is washable.
- They come in a 3-pack
- They very comfortable because of their semi-elastic fabric
- They are cost-efficient
- Some people do not appreciate the discomfort that the nylon fabric causes
Elite Sports Hand Wraps
The Elite Sports hand wraps are made using a soft elastic material and were one of the most impressive sets of wraps we found. The elasticity of the material allows for a perfect fit around the hands and they come with a Velcro strap that helps keep the hand wraps in place, also allowing for added support. The material is also so comfortable that it does not come off when you are grappling or punching with them on your hands. The material also impacts the durability of the product. The wrist wrap comes with a thumb loop. The thumb loop’s role is to allow for the wrap to fit perfectly around your wrist tightly and securely.
The hand wraps feature an industry-standard length of 180 inches which is perfect for reducing the risk of injury.
The wraps come in a wide range of colours. They are very durable. This means that you can use them for a long time and not worry about the product getting damaged. They can withstand impact and a lot of use.
- They come with a thumb loop for added support and security
- They are affordable and they come in a wide range of colours
- They are made using soft and durable material
- They feature shorter straps
TITLE Single Pair
TITLE are one of the few boxing wraps on the market that are not made from a blend of cotton. Instead, they are made using a blend of spandex and polyester. The role of the spandex is to allow for flexibility of the wraps which means that you can easily wrap the wraps around your wrists to provide whatever level of comfort you desire. The polyester helps to make the wraps easy to wash. This means that you do not have to worry about issues like odours and maintenance of the products. You also do not have to worry about issues like curling after washing the wraps hence eliminating the constant need for flattening them post washing.
The polyester material also helps to amplify the durability of the wraps hence making them last for longer during sessions. They are also very comfortable due to the type of material from which they are made. The spandex also allows you the freedom to choose whichever wrapping technique is suitable for you. It also influences the shock-absorbing ability of the wraps.
- They are durable
- They are easy to wash and maintain
- They are made from a blend of polyester and spandex which allows for comfort and extra support
- They tend to tear fast because of the polyester