“ Brand: Aasta „
I chose Aasta for my youngest son because they were blue, had a good choice of sizes, and they were cheap. I had intended to order a size small, but I managed to mix it up and order medium instead. It worked out just as well, these fit my five year old son quite well, and would do for my eight year old, but not for me. I do have long thin hands, so I feel many adults may need the extra large and would recommend a ordering a size up. You can wear these a bit big anyway, but a small will be uncomfortable. The pad section of this mitt is 5" x 3.5" x 0.5". The foam looks a bit stiff if you ask me, but it does bend easily to fit your hand, going back to a flattened shape when you take these off. They are available in red, whit or blue. Personally, I would recommend against the white. We had another brand in white and they went grubby quite quickly.
I have found these mitts are not as bulky as the ones supplied by the local club, and the children find them more comfortable as well. Being used only by one child means they retain their shape better, and of course my children don't get a sweaty or musty pair worn by someone else before. The best thing about owning their own set for them is the fact that they can take them home, and these do get a lot of use of home.
These mitts are intended for karate or other martial arts. They are meant to protect both the wearer and the person they are sparring with from injury. In karate, the idea is to make contact, not to pulverise your opponent. I am sure a full force blow would still hurt, but without any anger behind it, these will cushion most blows to the point that they really do not hurt - at least where children are concerned. I still wouldn't fancy getting hit by Mike Tyson if he were wearing these.
My children use these with a heavy sand punch bag as well. This really would hurt their hands with gloves to mitts, and they find these far more comfortable than boxing gloves. They are softer and more breathable as well, so I could see buying these for boxing as well, but only for use with a punch bag or ball.
We have had this set several months, and it does get a lot of use. The children really do enjoy these. I have not had to wash these yet. I would not though that these do not come with washing instructions, and I am not at all certain if they can be machine washed. I will wash these by hand when the time comes.
I paid £3.50 and these are still available at the same price. This really is a bargain for such a good quality item. I feel much more comfortable with my children using their own sparring gear, it just seems cleaner. If your child is involved in martial arts, or just wants something to play at boxing with Dad or a punching bag, these might be worth a try as well. I would recommend the medium for children ages 5 -8 but no older. I really can't see sparring much younger, but these do go down to extra small. Although I have very thin hands, I would need at least a large, and I can't quite imagine even the extra large fitting my husband. If you have very big hands, you made to look elsewhere, but these are grand for the children.