Price: 119.99 from grantboxing.com and ringside.com
Weight: 16oz (available in 12, 14, 16, 18, 20)
Type: Lace-Up Training glove
Color: purchased the gloves in the picture, also available in red, blue, green, white, and yellow from grantboxing.com; ringside.com only sells black and red
Composition: High quality leather, cloth/canvas interior, foam fill, lace-up enclosure
In my last review I described my experience with Reyes gloves- the 16oz ones had a pocket too wide, the 14oz gloves fit a little better, but not enough padding. After selling both pairs I went for a pair of Grant Super Bag gloves. I loved those gloves so much i decided to get some lace up training gloves to use for sparring.
I don't remember too much from the day I bought these gloves. I've got kind of a love-hate relationship with them. I remember lending them out really early and hearing that they were stiff.
Whereas Reyes likes a waxy, matte finish to their gloves, Grant opts for a very glossy finish to the leather. With the Grant super bag gloves, this leather was still soft and supple. The feeling of the leather is a little different on this pair than the super bag gloves- a little more dry & stiff, though still super high quality.
The extra long cuff on this glove is an interesting dilemma. On one hand it provides AWESOME support, you feel like you can punch a train with these gloves; at the same time the cuff is so long that a glovers assistant might not do the trick.
The fit of these gloves is also different than the super bag gloves. There's definitely more space in the pocket, especially in the knuckle area. Whereas the reyes gloves seemed to have a lot of space laterally, making it hard to find where to put my fist; the Grants had it more straight ahead - my knuckles weren't in contact with the foam when making a fist. At least this does seem to accommodate a knuckle guard; which brings me to my next point.
The fill on these gloves feels much like a Reyes glove (with harder leather). Like with the super bag gloves, the foam softened over time. Eventhough it has more padding than the super bag gloves, the added space around the knuckles seems to negate that. Again, knuckle guards are a must to protect my hands.
Not sure if I want to be using these gloves on any of my sparring partners; though I don't think they're that much worse than the cheapo everlasts that most people use for everything in the gym - for years on end. All that being said, i've never had any complaints about the padding on these gloves from sparring partners once I broke them in- aside from the first-week comment they were a bit stiff. I do keep 'em around and will probably use them for sparring again someday. So take that for what you will.
High quality materials
The best wrist support I've seen
Foam could be a little thicker to provide more knuckle protection (& protection for sparring partners)
Laces can be a hassle.
I think the fit could be a little better around the knuckles.
I don't like the foam in weird places - too much foam in the thumb & along the back of the wrist, why not use that padding over the knuckles?
Price point not as bad as the super bag gloves.
Had to take off points for performance and comfort due to the foam not protecting my knuckles enough.