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BBE Boxing, or Britainnica boxing equipment, is a big name in the sport. In years gone by BBE boxing logos could be seen on corner housings and gloves worn by professional boxers like Nigel Benn and Frank Bruno, especially in the British arena fights....those days are gone, now your likely to see Cleto Reyes sprawn about the place, and rightly so those gloves are so comfortable, but pricey.
Bag mitts are an essential piece of kitt for any descerning boxer, it is unwise to use sparring gloves or even those paded above 12 ounces to punch the bag as they are too padded, rounded and ultimately most bags are not of the shape of the torso, that being said, if you upper cut the bag with rounded gloves on you may hurt your wrist of your hand as the angle of deflection, especially with power witll bounce your hand off at a dodgy angle.
These days BBE are not the first name in Boxing,most boxers prefer to use foreign makes, not because BBE is so bad, but because foreign makes like Addidas and groves ten to be som much better. BBE now inhabit the lower end of the market, toward the middle range of equipment. The se mitts for example can be picked up for £11 on amazon, but good pair of bag mitts should set you back twice that cost, to give you an idea.
These mitts are comfortable, they saty clean and dry as there is fairly good ventilation, which is important because you sweat through your wraps loads and gloves, especially PV can get slippery and really start to smell, leather tends to fray on the inside through repeated sweating and can become coarse.
These mitts come in red and black, no need to hide or show blood stains, one should not spar with these. Inside the palm is silver and black, which is a nice touch, they looks quite professional for the cost, most other cheap mitts are simplty one colour all the way across. You can pick up sizes small to extra large, be shure to fitt the right size for you cross hand at the top, thats a good indicator. The wirsts of this mitt is elasticated and an added bonus is that most mitts do not have velcro fasteners, which can be difficult for beginners to do up, use you teeth ! and also it wont scratch the bag up. Velcro should fasten tight and well enough to the wirst and hold the mitt firmly in place...mine are very comfortable in this respect. The only disadvantage of elastic over velcro is that elastic always becomes looser over time, velcro does not...simply sew the elastic together to retighten it if this bothers you.
These gloves come in 8 to 10 ounces, this is a small amount of padding, unless your into MMA, but that is necessary to strentghen the wirst, the knuckles and fist itself on the bag, knuckles will be red and sore but this is the nature of bag mitts, you shouldnt need to use them on pads and certainly not whilst sparing, the bag should provie the rest of the padding, unless its a heavy bag.
The Gloves feel light on the wrist and hands, this is noral, without lots of padding there is little wieght and so it always feels unprotected compared to proper pad or sparring gloves, but this is normal, like putting on trainers after wearing army boots all the time, it is there to improve the resisitance of pain on your knuckles and lessen the weight so you can increase speed training and keep your hands up, punching for the round without having to worry about weight on the end of your arm, which most beginners have trouble with.
These gloves really are for beginners, novices, but they are of good quality...some trainers may use them on the cuff, especially when teaching a class, but probably not for themselves.
When i first started on the boxing bag years ago i started of with these like most probable do and i hared them, why? i fount them too square to punch with you want a pair that wraps around the shape of ur hand and knuckles with padding of course that allows you to punch accurate other than feeling un easy with it. When i put these on i fount that it would loosen up quickly around my wrists as you can see in the picture it is a 1 way strap that doesn't allow you tie yourself which results in having to stop your work out to re tie up. If you look at proper boxing gloves you will see they are more round on the knuckles, you do not want to use these then use proper gloves because you want to train your body and mind to using the same stuff not switching from different trype of gloves you are hitting with.
When i punched with these i could feel my knuckles hit the boxing bag and that is not good because you do not want to break a hand, wrist or bone due to training. You want the proper deal of training so look at gloves from Everlast they are the proper deal and last you for a long time with a conformable feeling
I first started going to a boxercise class about 3 years ago, and although I do not attend as regularly as I did back then, I still turn up occasionally to try and keep myself in a bit of shape - and keep that killer instinct intact!
I remember turning up for the class the first time, with a good friend of mine who had already attended the class about half a dozen times. The class consisted of lots of warm-up exercises, such as press-ups, skipping, sit-ups etc, followed by some glove and pad work, and finished off with about 20 minutes working out on the huge range of punch bags, gradually rotating around the different sized, coloured, shaped and weighted bags.
I instantly took to the the class, and couldn't wait to go back again, but on that first class I just turned up without any gloves, and so had to keep borrowing various old smelly and sweaty pairs which were all moist and sticky inside, and had been accumulated by the class instructor for many years.
I had realised during that first class that there were a range of different sizes and thicknesses of gloves, but I felt most comfortable with the mitt type, which are a lot less padded than the huge round padded gloves that are seen on TV by boxers fighting each other. This extra padding is probably required more when hitting someone in the scull, but for just practising on a nice padded punch bag or pad, I was sure the Mitt type would be be best.
I paid around £12 for my BBE Mitt gloves from my local sports store, and they sure felt good the first time I put them on, as they were clean, dry inside, didn't smell, and fitted great.
They are red in colour, and have a silvery / black inside palm colouring to them. They are 'one size fits all' and although I have fairly small hands they do fit perfectly well. The wrists of the glove do have an elasticated area to them which helps the glove stay in place without the need for any awkward to fasten Velcro strapping. Although over a long period of time this elastic does become a bit looser than it starts off.
The feel of the mitts is great for pad work especially, as the padding is thin, and it really feels as though you are in total control of the fist, and not just in a big padded glove, where you cannot feel much impact after striking the pads.
I have always found that the mitts provide adequate protection to the fingers, thumb and knuckles, which are well padded areas of the gloves, but I did find that after a few workouts a week, they would become a little a tender, and so to get around this minor issue I just purchased some hand wraps which are basically a long length of strong cotton material which can be wrapped around the hands and knuckles, before putting on the gloves to aid support, and help protect the hands and knuckles - these cost around £4 from most sports stores.
The wrist area of the glove is a little bit unprotected though, but this is to be expected with a pair of bag mitts, and I found this helped me in a way to improve my technique so that my wrists did not get twisted or sprained.
The overall feel of the BBE bag mitts is very good though, and just ideal for a bit of bag or pad work, or for general boxercise classes. They are kind of designed for the boxing novice / amateur, and would not really be suitable for anyone wanting to get in the ring and go 'pound for pound' with an opponent.
For around the £10 - £12 price range they are ideal for anyone wanting to get into the sport, and who doesn't want to have to keep the borrowing the old sweaty, smelly pairs that have been used by numerous other people in the gym for years.
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2011
I brought my husband a boxing bag around 6 years ago and it came with a lovely se of gloves but they had been used to death literally so we needed to get some new ones.
I decided to have a look on Amazon for these and use my dooyoo miles to pay for them, this is the set I chose as they were a good price at £7.64, why are amazons prices so weird.
These gloves claim to be durable and well padded, my husband thinks these have got enough padding in them but I beg to differ as they hurt my knuckles a lot more when I am working the bag than my previous pair used to and a little more padding could have stopped this. The padding at the fingertips of these is quite touch and a good resistance though.
They have elasticised wrists which is a good alternative to the tie up ones as you can get these on and off yourself but I have to say I am not the biggest fan of this and would have preferred Velcro as this would have helped more with adjusting the size of them.
One size fits all is only really relevant to the fact that no matter how big your hands are these will fit as they are really big which doesn't help with me using them with such small hands as they tend to rub at my skin after a while but hubby doesn't seem to have this problem with them.
They are easy to clean, as all you need to do is give them a wipe over.
These are an ok basic mitten that does the job but they are not anything special.
Now i'm not the best boxer, so i needed a glove with lots of protection. With these £7.99 mitts, things went wrong.
The mitts are a shape that allows you to strike out accurately and place your hits where you want to, a luxury you don't get with most gloves. However, this less bulky design means a loss of protection. Don't get me wrong, the knuckle area is padded very well, protecting you from any damage, however lower down near your wrists it wears thin. Bam, two sprained wrists for me.
The mitts may look the part with their devil red exterior but when it comes to safety they let you down entirely. A major flaw. If this werent' an issue i'd have no fault in them, they're comfortable, and the elastic wrist section means no more awkward fumbling once you have the gloves on. When i look at the price of more proffesional gloves they're much higher, but i'd recommend them if you want more safety and less injury than these gloves.
When your hitting the bag, you really want something light enough to allow you to throw a punch the way you want to throw it, but padded enough to ensure there is a lot of protection for your hand in each punch.
The mitts cost £7.99 on Amazon, reduced from an original recommended retail price of £11.99.
The gloves are a dark red with a red thumb and black palm side, the gloves have a BBE insignia on the front side, in a small 5 centimetre square.
The gloves look the part, they are a decent size, although when you wear them they do seem slightly awkward looking and odd shaped for mitts. Overall the red looks effective and they really do look the part for bag work in the gym.
The gloves feel nice and padded, allowing you to really throw a punch without fear of breaking a knuckle, they are easy to fit on with a nice elastic wrist area, which is much more effective than the traditional velcro which becomes hard to use when you have one glove on.
My one problem with the feel was that the wrist area has little protection and for an unorthodox slapper like me, this can cause potential damage to wrist ligaments, but overall for £8, these are great pads for a bit of punching the bag with.
The mitts are one size fits all, and for under £8 are easily a 4 out of 5 buy, i've had mine over 8 months and there is a bit of wear and tear, but then if you use something to hit something else, that is absolutely natural.
A good product at a great price, there are better mitts on the market, but none at this price, which make them great for enthusiastic amateurs or people buying their first pair of mitts.
I have fond memories of my old Amateur Boxing Club. The tattered ring, the huge gothic looking windows with a permanent hole in one of them, the frayed issues of the old classic newspaper style Boxing News piled up on the tables. What I don't miss is the run we had to endure each week and putting on a pair of smelly bag mitts that countless other people had used. While I now follow boxing from the safe side of the ropes I do have a painted cellar with a dartboard, a small punch bag and a pair of BBE Bag Mitts that I probably don't use as often as I should do. It's actually quite cosy down there with the radio on in the background but I digress. The mitts I remember from my boxing club days were very small and basic and often had a velcro strap you had to adjust, sometimes meaning they never quite felt comfortable or 'right' as you pretended (unsucessfully) to be Sugar Ray Leonard in front of the huge mirror that dominated the tiny gym. I was impressed with the look and feel of these mitts when I got them as they felt much more substantial and padded than the ones I remembered.
They feel and look slightly more like boxing gloves rather than the battered old thin mitts we used to train with. These BBE Bag Mitts have elasticated wrists too and a one size fits all design and unless you have tremendously huge or very fragile hands they are not bad value at all for the price (about £7 the last time I looked)) you can currently buy them for online. The fact that the mitts are easy to slip on and off is a definite plus and they feel comfortable too when you are wearing them. Obviously, if you gave these mitts to Manny Pacquiao he would probably ruin them them in a matter of days (or possibly hours) and the rigours of being handed around ad nauseam in a boxing club wouldn't be much good for them either in the medium term. But for someone who wants to do a little lightish novice boxercise training now and again to keep fit they are perfectly fine and very inexpensive. It can be very therapeutic hitting a punch bag and they have the distinct advantage of never punching you back.
The mitts are recommended for circuit training, punch bags and speed work. My memories of circuit training are wooden beams, press ups and exercises that left you feeling like a wall had just fallen on you. I'm not surprised at all that the components of boxing training have started to become popular now as a way to keep fit. I do recall something I did like doing at the boxing club quite a lot which involved a springy black leather thing on the wall with some sort of foam inside it. This board, which was sort of like having part of a car seat mounted on the wall in a way I suppose, had several white circles printed on it and the aim of the exercise was to throw jabs inside the different circles, making sure you got your shoulder into the punch and retracted your arm quickly at the point of impact. Boxing mitts (as opposed to gloves) were always used for this and I'd imagine these BBE Bag Mitts would be very good for anyone who did this particular exercise or one similar to it.
The mitts are said to be good for speed work although I've never used these with a speed ball. In fact, I've never used a speed ball in my life. The trainer at my old boxing club - for reasons best known to himself - thought they were pointless and refused to have one in his gym. The main function of the mitts is of course to use on a punch bag and in this regard I found them pretty good. They feel comfortable and the padding is (happily) more substantial than I was used to but - obviously - it depends on the type of punch bag you are using and the intensity of your use. I don't use these gloves on a daily basis and they aren't going to be indestructible for someone who goes mad with them every single day but I think they are a decent product for the price. I think the gloves are quite attractive looking too. The bags I remember at the Amateur Boxing Club were like cement but the bag I have is a £40 one that is far kinder to your hands and perfectly fine for these mitts.
I would imagine these would be good for some light work on the pads too. I mitts I recall from pad work were much more threadbare but there were always frequent pauses for the trainer to speak at great length about the exact position of where your feet and guard should be at any one time. Balance and defence were deemed the two most important things and anyone who couldn't master them would certainly never be allowed to swap actual punches with anyone for real. You can probably buy boxing gloves for pads but I only recall boxing gloves for sparring (which didn't happen often) or boxing. It was actually quite rare sometimes to ever see anyone wearing proper boxing gloves at my old club. Only someone at the very end of their preparations for an actual bout.
These BBE Bag Mitts are not bad at all for the amateur boxercise dabbler who wants to jab or punch away at a heavy bag now and again to keep fit. They look good, earn an extra star for the modest price, and the one size fits all design and noticeable padding are both plusses. These gloves are though, I should stress, probably aimed more towards the novice who wants to become slowly accustomed to punch bags and pads etc or someone who wants to have a shorter session now and again. If you go to a gym every day and try to be Julio Cesar Chavez you should probably consider spending a bit more money.