Let’s face it, if you’re going to get into boxing, Muay Thai or any fight sport, you’re going to get a blow to the head now and then, particularly when boxing. That’s why choosing the right kind of headgear is the most important part of selecting your protective wear.
Whether it’s in the ring or just sparing, it is very important to wear the right headgear to avoid damage to the head and face. It’s no secret that prolonged head trauma can lead to a range of debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Before getting in the ring, ensure you have the right kind of headgear to protect you as much as possible.
There are a range of headgear options out there and they can vary between different fight sports. In this article, we will be focusing on how to choose the right headgear for boxing.
One important thing to note is that you may need to purchase two different sets of headgear depending on if you intent to fight competitively. Sparring headgear usually offers full protection and can often be bulkier while competition headgear is lighter, less padded and designed for better agility. If you do intent on competing, ensure you check the competition guidelines for approved headgear styles.
When choosing headgear, you basically have 2 styles to choose from. Open faced, cheek protection or full faced.
This style is typically used for competing as it is lighter and provides the best amount of visibility. If you intend to use headgear just for sparring, we highly recommend an option with more protection as this style will of course leave your face fully exposed. If you suffer from claustrophobia, this is definitely the best option for you.
Boxing headgear with cheek protection is also known as Mexican Style. This style will offer you a really good level of protection whilst not impeding your field of vision too much. Depending on your face shape and size, it can be a little tricker to find a good fit.
This option will provide you with the most amount of protection. This style is often worn by professional boxes that train and spar regularly. If you want to avoid a broken nose, this is for you as there is an inbuilt bar across the nose area.
Fit and Feel
Arguably the most important part of selecting your headgear, the fit an feel will be the deciding factor. The basic rule here is that when you try on the headgear, ensure it is snug enough that it wont slip out of place when moving around but also not too tight that it feels uncomfortable.
I’m not sure of anyone who buys headgear and loves it straight away. Usually there is an adjustment period while you break the headgear in.
When testing out your headgear, ensure to do some ducking and weaving to make sure it will stay in place. Try to work up a little sweat if possible to ensure that doesn’t affect the fit.
Another important point is to evaluate the weight of the headgear. Often you may opt for the most protection but the pay off is speed and mobility. Keep this in mind when making your choice.
Quality and Price
There are so many options of protective gear out there, it can be hard to know what to choose. Our recommendation is to go with something that you know will last and will be of good quality. Remember this is the most important piece of protective gear you will choose so invest in it well.
I hope this article has been of use to you.
Happy (and safe) boxing!