Hook and jab pads are a crucial part of any boxing related training , be it to compete in the ring or just to lose weight, these pads allow you to hone technique in punching and especially combinations, assuming you have a good pad man helping you out. Any boxer would have practised and perhaps bought several pairs of these pads and so would have built up a detailed knowledge on what things to look out for. BBE (Britainnia Boxing) have been around for some years and reached the height of their power in the 90`s, when you couldnt switch on a fight and not see there BBE logo all over corner posts and gloves. Now they have made way for the likes of Grant and Cleto Reyes, but they still focus on the middle market, making products for novies and amateurs alike.
The pad itself is red and white and manufactured from a PVC and canvas material in places, the problem with using PVC is that , although it keeps the cost down, it is affected by sweat over time, loosens and tears and then creates a sharp placstic edging that can cut at the right angles. This is a problem for me because I dont just sue the pads for punches, I move around with them, pushing, holding, barging and scraping with my guys, to simulate a real fight, this is where it can cut. Leather has always been and always will be the best material as it does not split and deals ith sweat well. Any good hook and jab pad has a white circle targeter on the inside palm right in the middle, designed to improve accuracy and placement. The BBE logo is also on the outside hand emblazoned in silver. The hand fits well into the gloves, assuming you have the right sized hand ! and the cells for each finger are also made from the same canvas type material which soaks up some sweat but can become uncomfortable and smelly over the rounds.
The first thing boxers look out for is padding quality and stitching, these pads will take a hell of a pounding in their lifespan, so you need to make sure that the pad is think enough so that your palms dont take a knocking and only the hardest of hitters make it smart. Also the stiching has to be tight, machined and robust, the last thing you wnat is to see padding starting to leak out of the side of it after 6 months, there is a huge white threading on the underside bottom which lok like it keeps everything in check and would require scissors to take apart, not merely impact. Also the BBE logo is stitched on and so far has not come apart or loose in any way. BBE build quality is reliable (although not the best, but good for the price), so far after 6 months I have only seen one stitch come apart, which is great considering the usage.
My only problem is that there is unusually no velcro or leather belt style strap on the back hand that holds the hands tightly on, it relies merely on a tight fit and finger clenching to do this and frankly it is not good enough, you are constantly tapping the top of the pad to keep the pad firmly in place which you still have to do with a strap but not so often. This is a fairly major drawback and one that could be fixed all so easily with a simple cheap velcro strap. It stinks of cheapness really.
The pad is about an inch thick enough to take most heavy hits, however you can buy speacially made heavy hitter pads that have an additional padding over the lower palm (where you inevitably get the most punishment), but this is a different sort of hook and jab pad. The canvas fabric is relatively soft an flexible which you need to flex with the momentum of the punches and save you fingers from getting broken, the cells are comfortable to wear on the hands and feel like a snug and tight fit. As it is canvas any sweat from the head to the gloves is absorbed and you dont get slippages, which is frustrating and energy draining for both parties. Although more comfortable, leather can sometimes have this effect, although less then PV.
You can pick these bad boys up for £15-18 from Amazon or Ebay or any other major retailer , BBE is a common lower end brand so they are not exclusive or hard to find or fund.
I bought these when trying to up the standard of my boxing routine. The obvious drawback of such an item is you must train in a pair or this is useless to you so make sure you have someone ready to help you.
These BBE hook and jab pads are a good target to punch, they have a nice, large target so you don't often miss, the trouble however is they don't have a great grip and they often get knocked off when going a bit harder. They lack a bit of quality you may get with a better brand like Everlast or bigger companies like Adidas. They do the job but if you you use them often or are advanced in your training you may struggle with these. For the wearer though they also not that comfortable compared to see some other more expensive pads. Your arms do ache a little more than they should after a workout.
I know that style doesn't really matter with hook and jabs pad but it is important for some people so here is my verdict. They are a little plain with just a simple white circle to be used as a rudimentary target. They are a little boring and lack a bit of quality. That doesn't effect the use of them at all but may not give the best impression if working a pro.
Worth for the casual but maybe not suited for the committed or heavy punchers.
The BBE hook and jab pads are designed for use in Boxing and Thai boxing in order to develop accuracy and placement of punches. They are smaller than Fairtex Thai pads which are designed for kicking and punching and lighter also. The build quality of the product is reliable in terms of durability, but the product is not the most secure and is prone to falling off in training.
The glove is red and white and made from a canvas/fabric/suede type material. They are not made from PU/Leather. There is a white central circle in the middle of the hook and jab pads designed to test accuracy and placement of punches. A silver logo is placed on the outside of the gloves reading BBE "Britannia Boxing". This logo is loosely stitched on. The hand compartment of each pad is coloured black and again made from the same fabric as the whole glove itself. The hook and jab pads around around an inch thick and offer quite good protection for the user from punches.
This is a real selling point for the product, the fabric material is soft and flexible. They feel nice to wear as they are soft inside, they are also nice to punch as well and because of the fabric material instead of leather, a punch does not slide off the pad when it is slippery. Overall I prefer the comfort of the fabric opposed to the leather hook and jab pads from Lonsdale/Sports direct.
As mentioned, the pad itself is around an inch thick. The padding inside this 1 inch is effective in that you don't feel knuckles coming through and damaging your hands. That said, if someone delivers a powerful punch you hand/shoulder will fly back and there is not much you can do about this except hold the pad more securely. Overall good protection but not as much protection as the Fairtex Thai pad, which absorbs more impact than these BBE hook/Jab pads.
The product overall is soundly built. The stitching is strong, it has massive white cotton thread running along the bottom which would require a huge impact to damage. The stitching of the white circle in the middle whilst loosely stitched compared to the bottom of the pad has held up well and not fallen off. The same goes for the BBE logo on the bag of the pad, although loosely stitched, the logo is securely fixed on. The hand compartment also seems to be securely fitted on with a solid build quality. Another benefit these gloves have over leather pads, is that as they are fabric I have put them in the wash to clean them and they've cleaned up very well. Overall, a solid build and stitching quality from BBE, I would expect these pads to last a good few years.
I bought these pads for £15 online, a number of years ago. For the build quality you get and comfort when you wear them, this is a very good competitive price. They are a steal compared to Twins thai pads which set me back £80, but the thai pads are better for kicking/knees if your not a boxer but Thai boxer/Kickboxer. I can see these BBE hook and jab pads lasting for a good few years even with commercial use, so they are a bargain at just £15 which provides you with the full pair and not just one pad.
There are few drawbacks to the product except that they do not fasten securely on the user. They have no velcro closure or strap that you can use to tie around your wrist to secure the glove in place. You just put your hand in the black hand compartment and hope for the best! they do hold up quite well but I have spent a considerable amount of time readjusting the glove back on to my hand as it is prone to moving off. I would like to see a velcro or leather closure system implemented in the design like the heavy duty BBE leather hook and jab pads which retail for about £60. This would ensure the gloves are more secure on the user and there is little risk of them flying off from a punch across the room!
To conclude they are a sound build quality, they are comfortable and look quite attractive on the user. They are certainly cheaper than Muay Thai pads (Twins retail for £80, Fairtex around £100) and BBE heavy duty focus pads (around £60) but the price you pay for this is a very poor closure system, making the gloves prone to falling off and moving around on the users hand. If your after some cheap hook/jab pads then these could be of interested to you, if your after something more secure and have more money to spend, I'd look elsewhere than the BBE canvas Hook and Jab pads!
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I love these pads, I bought a pair from Amazon for £19.99 (prices fluctuate, I believe they are currently around £22.99), as I use pads regularly in my gym and felt this was a great way to work out with my better half, allowing her to get rid of some aggression in a controlled and enjoyable manner and allowing me to help her develop more strength in her core and arms.
Unfortunately we've not used them recently as much as we'd have liked as she is pregnant but we did use them in the early stages to keep the blood flowing and to ensure she got plenty of upper body exercise (Gently) without using weights. I now use these with a mate where we take it in turns to practice punching accurately, kicking and knees without any fear of hurting anyone.
The pads are a red with a white spot and the BBE insignia on the back of the pads, they are a solid mix of canvas and suede, meaning on one hand they are well padded and give a bit of a crack when they are hit and on the other they are really allow a bit of flexibility. Basically imagine two large red oblong pads with webbed handing on the back, they are small enough for a normal sized woman to hold or big enough for someone whose 6'2 and 15 Stone, the hand area is well designed to ensure there is no slippage from your fingers when you are holding the pads, this is really important as if you don't hold the pads properly, there is a risk you or the puncher could break a finger or your wrist, due to the hand mitt area you have to hold it securely with all of your fingers and then have a small red cover over the top to ensure your hands aren't exposed. There is also elasticity in the finger positions and the area which you fit your wrist in meaning it adapts to different sized hands. I can't recommend these highly enough as the pads with velcro fastening on the back often slip leaving the pad holder prone to receiving a well placed punch without the pad being held tightly or securely enough to take full impact, it would be difficult for this to happen with these bad boys.
The pads have a white dot on each of them, which is useful as a target, with every punch or kick if you aim for the dot you hit the meatier centre of the pad meaning it hurts you and the pad holder less and you increase your accuracy.
The pads are lightweight meaning you can hold them for reasonable amounts of time without pain or aching, they can be used for straight punches, jabs, uppercuts, kicks and knees, but you need to really co-ordinate this as there isn't much room for error there.
The pads are hard wearing, we've had ours over 9 months with no complaints, easy to wear, look professional and look good also, my only issue with them is that they are reasonably bulky and you do need to find space for them, also the hand areas can begin to hum a bit after a while as your hands will sweat a lot wearing these, so I leave them in the garden sometimes to give them some air (And to save space), but other than that I have no real complaints.
The pads came in a plastic covering which was nothing special, so not worth keeping, i've found that using these away from the gym I have used them much more often, with a mate, its possible to keep adapting your punches and working new areas, using your core to throw heavy hooks or uppercuts can work those hard to find side abs, whilst the straight and jab work your abs and your arms and shoulders heavily.
Its worth having someone of a similar size of larger holding the pads otherwise you can have situations where it takes the pad holder a few seconds to recover after each punch, with somebody bigger they can generally hold on and encourage you to punch harder helping you to improve.
Overall with my skipping rope and boxing gloves these are a great part of my exercise routine, I can take them to the gym, or use them around the house with my other half, I can also take them out to the shed, garden or park and have a spar with a similarly motivated friend and we only needed one pair between us, which is actually great value when you think about it.
If you are keen to get in shape, aerobically and physically this is a great tool, when used with gloves it helps improve accuracy, stamina and muscle tone and development, the pads are padded and heavy when punched but pretty light and easy to hold and carry around. Definitely a recommendation from me, if your a Carl Froch wannabe, an Amir Khan-a-like, or want to practice your Haye-makers in the privacy of your own home, these are a great option for you.