Properly wrapped hands and wrists have been made famous thanks to much loved boxing films such as Rocky (really, any of the Rocky movies!) and Creed. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, you will know how important it is to properly wrap your wrists before jumping in the ring or on to the heavy bag. Now, find the 10 best boxing hand wraps of 2019 so that your next training sessions can be taken to the next level!
Many people believe that hand wraps provide protection for your knuckles and can prevent cuts, scrapes and marks from the gloves. However this is not to whole story! The main purpose of boxing hand wraps is to protect the fragile bones and joints found on your hands and wrists. Correctly wrapped straps can protect you from shock and vibration damage and harm that is possible when striking a heavy bag, pad or opponent. So, don’t take a risk on your wrist and hand comfort, security and health and invest in good quality hand wraps early on in your fighting career.
The Top 10 Hand Wraps
Surely buying some hand wraps for this sport is as easy as jumping on Amazon and hitting order? Think again. Hand wraps are a very personal thing and the ones best suited to you can only be found through careful research and consideration. Thankfully, we have done a lot of this for you already ;)! So, read on and find the right boxing hand wraps for you.
Nowadays you have the choice of literally thousands of different types of boxing bandages. The positive, this makes getting into martial arts training and practising easier than ever. The negative, it is easy to be paralysed by indecision. Going through all the different options available can be overwhelming and stressful. We want to help you make the best decision by providing our in depth, hand researched reviews and buyers guide of these wraps (and all things boxings and martial arts in our other articles!).
You will be glad to hear that boxing wraps can be used in multiple practises, for all fighting styles and will be suitable even if you decide to try out a different martial art. Regardless of what sport you decide to pursue, regular effort and practise will be required to attain a good level of skill and it is vital that you protect sensitive joints, bones and your knuckles.
Top 10 Boxing Bandages
1. Pro Impact Mexican Wraps
Adequately titled, the Pro Impact boxing wraps make an impact on your confidence in the ring, on that bag and on the pads. These wraps offer a number of key benefits (which we will break down in a great deal more detail below). The main reason that this is number one on our list though is because it offers everything that you need from a wrap for a reasonable price. The same way that many beginner boxers make the mistake of selecting the cheapest equipment assuming it is all the same quality, many also think that paying more is equal to higher quality which is simply not the case. Something can cost more but still have plenty of short comings. This is why it is a good idea to check our buyers guides before purchasing any combat sports equipment!
The elastic conforming material allows you to get the perfect wrapping technique which means your wrists can benefit from added protection. 180 inches of material is breathable, durable but thin enough to not cause excess padding in your training or sparring gloves.
These are number one primarily because of the level of wrist support that they offer. They fulfil the main purpose hand wraps offer by providing excellent wrist support. The hook and loop fastens the wraps securely in place and allows the straps to be wrapped round your knuckles, fingers, thumb and wrists comfortably.
The Pro Impact Mexican wraps are sold for a reasonable price considering the features and benefits offered by this quality product. For a fair price you can select from a wide range of colours and find the perfectly fit for your boxing bandages.
- Durable even when used in countless intense training sessions.
- Superb wrist, knuckle and hand support.
- Elastic conforming allows for perfect hand wrapping technique.
- Find the look for you with loads of colour options.
- Reasonably priced!
- Oversized hook and loop closure for support fastening.
- Quite high shipping cost depending on where you want them delivered (this is not a negative for the product though, more of a Amazon consideration).
2. Elite Sports Hand Wraps
Elite sports products do what they say on the tin, help you achieve an elite level of performance. With these wraps you will find the perfect injury prevention tool. An elastic gauge cotton material at 180 inches creates the perfect product for protection, sport and comfort. Velcro fastening also keeps the material secure in place throughout your training sessions. These wraps are perfect for male or female fighters and come in a wide range of colours.
The soft elastic material wraps perfectly around the hand and is secured in place with a velcro strap. One reviewer mentioned the comfortable material in their product feedback: “The material feels comfortable and doesn’t come undone while sparing or hitting the punching bag”. Put simply, the material that makes up these wraps is soft, comfortable, long lasting and elasticated, the perfect combination!
As with any good wrist wraps, the elite sports bandages comes with a thumb loop which allows for a tight and secure wrist wrapping technique. Elasticity is also vital as it enables you to properly tighten the wraps round the knuckles, hands a wrists before securing it down to with the velcro end. The length is the industry standard 180 inches as any shorter than this increases risk of injury (*Ringside Reviews tip: only purchase hand wraps that meet this minimum length).
Just because these wrist wraps are elite performance and elite brand does not meant that they cost an elite price. You can choose from a range of colours all available for the same price. The elasticated, strong material means that you get fantastic value for money for some boxing bandages that will last you ages and through countless intense training sessions!
- Elite brand, elite quality product without an elite price tag.
- Thumb loop allows for adequate strap tightening.
- Soft elastic material.
- Meets the industry standard minimum length of 180 inches.
- Unisex so suitable for male and female fighters.
- Wide range of colours.
- Does not ship to some international addresses (from the linked Amazon listing at least).
- Some combat sports might require longer straps such as Muay Thai training.
3. RDX Inner Gel Boxing Hand Wraps
Whilst I am not a fan personally of the slip on style of combat hand wraps, I can not deny that they are quick, efficient and can provide exceptional wrist support. This rings true especially if you have yet to gain experience wrapping your own wrists and would rather not ask your coach to do so for you every training session. The velcro fastening when secured tightly positions the wraps firmly in place and provides ample protection. This is especially true for the RDX inner wraps as the straps can be wrapped round the wrist before being secured.
The wraps consist mostly of soft, breathable fabric but also benefit from a rubberized palm grip, shock absorbent EVA padding and also shell-shock gel equilibrium integration. So, what does this all mean? It means that not only are these straps comfortable and easily maintained (breathable material makes bad odours a concern of the past) but also extremely shock absorbent! In case you forgot, the purpose of wearing boxing bandages is to take the shock on your tendons, joints and bones out of heavy hits and to provide ample support and reinforcement to your wrists, knuckles and hands. The material used for these bad boys do just that with great effect.
The information above on material probably gave the game away a bit here. Even though these are not the traditional boxing straps, they provide the same level of support (for beginners I would even say a greater level of support as they remove the possibility of mistakes when it comes to wrapping technique). The shell-shock material used and high quality construction and design ensures these wraps provide the best support you could ask for.
Now before I get into details on price, it is important to remember that these come from a premium brand (RDX is a dominant and respected leader in the world of combat sports) and remove the tiresome job of wrapping your own wrists with traditional bandages whilst providing a huge amount of shock absorbing power and wrist support. As the introduction to this section probably suggests, the price is on the higher end. The price paid is well worth it though when you consider the reduced risk of injury and saved time and energy when it comes to wrapping technique.
- No experience wrapping your hands required.
- Velcro fastening secures the straps firmly in place.
- Shock absorbent EVA padding.
- Inner gel material.
- Superb RDX quality and performance.
- A bit on the pricey side.
- Means you wont learn proper wrapping technique.
4. Fairtex Elastic Cotton Hand Wraps
Fairtex, another brand well known in the boxing and fighting industry for their high end products which offer quality performance and comfort. Do not let the colour in the image above scare you off (nothing against olive green for those that like it though..just not my cup of tea), these ones come in a wide range of colour options. You can choose between 12 colour options to really get the look that appeals to you. The cotton wraps come coach approved (as in, we asked some top notch coaches for their overall thoughts on the best boxing hand wraps appropriate for beginners, intermediates and advanced fighters alike) and can be conveniently ordered today.
Made from 100% cotton, when it comes to comfort and quality the Fairtex wraps are the ones to watch. Cotton is a flexible material which has some give and stretch so you can securely wrap these round your wrist, fingers, knuckles and thumb creating a protective barrier when you hit the bag, pads or opponent.
The straps are 180 inches in length which means they can provide an extraordinary amount of wrist support and protection. When we asked some top boxing trainers for their opinion, they informed us that many students had invested in a pair of Fairtex wraps with great successes. In fact, they specifically mentioned the great deal of support offered by these wraps.
This product has a few different size options but you will most likely want to go with the 180 inches size (unless otherwise advised by your trainer) for the most effective wrapping technique. Strangely the price differs depending on the colour you select, most likely due to availability and popularity of the various coloured materials.
- 100% High quality, flexible cotton.
- 180 Inches long allowing for proper wrapping technique.
- 12 Colour options available.
- Fairtex premium brand name.
- Coach approved.
- Different price depending on the colour option selected.
5. Meister Adult MMA & Boxing Wraps
The Meister MMA and boxing adult hand wraps are perfectly sorted for almost all combat sports. These come as a pack of 3 which any boxer will know is not just good for durability (they will last you 3 times as long and through triple the training sessions) but also for your washing basket! Wraps need to be washed regularly to be properly maintained and not doing so will quickly have you kicked out of the gym. You can get these wraps in black, white and red when you purchase!
Two materials that really pack a punch when it comes to boxing hand wraps, cotton and spandex. The cotton provides a soft surface for the wraps to rest on your hands, wrists and knuckles whilst the spandex offers flexibility and adaptability allowing you to properly wrap your wrists/hands. These materials allow you to adapt your wrapping technique to your desired level of tightness.
As mentioned above, the expert blend of materials allows you to choose how tight you want to wrap your knuckles which also means you can better gauge the level of support that you require. This combined makes these wraps greatly suited not only for boxing but for all combat sports and martial arts such as; MMA, karate, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and pretty much any other fighting style that you can think of!
You will be hard pressed to find better value for money. As noted above, you get 3 pairs of hand wraps which should last you three times the amount of time as other wraps. The ability to use these across other combat sports also offers greater value as you never know when you will want to drop by a MMA class or try out a new style. So, if you are looking for a budget friendly set of bandages and money is on your mind, these are the ones for you.
- Pack of 3 means these are even more durable!
- Cotton and spandex blend offers great comfort and flexibility.
- Premium material means you can decide on the level of support you want depending on what your style is and your training session will consist of.
- Can be used for other combat sports as and when you fancy giving them a go.
- Unbeatable value for money!
- Not designed and manufactured with just boxing in mind.
- Lower cost can mean colours bleeds when washed according to some reviews.
6. Sanabul Elastic Straps
The Sanabul elastic boxing straps are the ideal support solution and knuckle protection for beginners, intermediates and advanced fighters alike. The polyester material used in the design allows for a strong, sturdy and comfortable fit which provides a great quality training experience and wont mess with your punching or blocking techniques. Both offensive and defensive fighters will enjoy the Sanabul elastic straps.
Breathable cotton makes for a perfect material when it comes to boxing hand straps as Sanabul have found out with their elastic straps! The cotton material is fast drying which is an exceptional benefit considering the sweat you will work up in your training sessions. Offering ample room to stretch and position the straps also means that your wrists can be adequately supported. The polyester combination also offers further comfort, durability and protection – everything we want from our hand wraps!
The Sanabul Elastic Handwraps can be ordered in a wide range of different colours. Perhaps this is one reason why they are so popular in boxing gyms across the US.
As can be seen in the other wraps featured in this article and/or in the top sellers list of near enough any online boxing store, 180 inches of strong, durable and slightly elasticated material allows for proper wrist and knuckle support and protection. Also featured on any good hand straps, the thumb loop and velcro closure means you can secure the straps round the wrist after proper hand wrapping (if you are not sure how to do this, ask your coach or check out one of the many tutorials available on Youtube!).
Sanabul certainly benefits from economies of scale meaning they can offer quality products at some great prices. The brand offers you a premium product from a high quality brand. These straps definitely get the Ringside Reviews approval. You only need to check out some of the reviews left on Amazon (link above) to see the value for money offered by these hand wraps.
- Breathable material makes washing and maintaining the straps easy.
- High quality brand, Sanabul has out performed themselves with this product.
- 180 inches of quality cotton/polyester blend material allows for proper wrapping technique and superb wrist/knuckle/hand support as a result.
- Economies of scale means that Sanabul can offer a high quality product at a reasonable price.
- A wide selection of colours makes these wraps appealing for boxers of all ages.
- The polyester material can be easily torn if not looked after and maintained properly.
- Make sure you flatten after watching to prevent the wraps drying out of shape.
7. Ring to Cage Boxing/Hand Tape
The Ring to Cage boxing hand tape aims to provide comfort and support under the boxing gloves of MMA gloves of those who wear them. As the name suggests, they are designed to be effective both in the sport of boxing and mixed martial arts. Order through the link below and you can get three wraps meaning you will be sorted for all of your training sessions for the foreseeable future.
The semi elastic material used to create these boxing tapes really sets you up for success in your training sessions. Your hooks, jabs and uppercuts will be stronger than ever with your wrists and knuckles supported by the cotton/nylon blend. The elasticity means you can wrap your wrists tightly and securely which will help prevent injuries and damage from the shock of hitting a heavy bag.
Yet another set of boxing bandages that meet the industry standard 180 inches, these wraps are long enough to provide the support your knuckles and wrists need. At 2 inches wide they are also thick enough to pad your knuckles inside the boxing gloves (be they for the pads, heavy bag or for sparring) without causing mobility issues. Offering 3 wraps when you purchase these means that you wont go without hand and wrist protection any time soon. This is an added benefit especially for those of you who train multiple times a week.
Note: If you are purchasing these hand wraps for a teenager, why not check out our teenage punching bag buyers guide also! If shopping for a child, you can read about the best kids boxing gloves in our recently published article to.
You can get the Ring to Cage boxing tape new for a fantastic price. Even better is that they come as part of a pack of three. People often underestimate how tedious it can be to properly maintain wraps (really they should be washed after each session to prevent odour and bacteria build up). Having either multiple pairs of wraps to use as you train throughout the week (and your other pairs are hanging out to dry) can be very convenient. Alternatively, at this low price some of the more laid back fighters might choose to not be so on top of maintaining their wraps and simply order another pack of 3 every few months.
- Comes as a pack of 3 wraps meaning proper maintenance is that much easier.
- Semi elastic material thanks to the cotton/nylon blend.
- 180 inches long and 2 inches wide allows for correct wrapping technique without effecting your mobility and/or striking technique.
- Perhaps because of the nylon material, some reviews have claimed that the wraps are not as comfortable as some other options.
8. TITLE Single Pair
The TITLE brand brings a level of quality and durability that is hard to beat. They are known throughout the boxing and mixed martial arts world for their premium quality products. Some reviews reported making use of these wraps semi regularly (on average only once a week) for over a year without issue. We can assume this is in part to correct maintenance and care but a year for some hand wraps with relatively little effort is an excellent result. You can’t really go wrong with TITLE products.
One of the few wraps in our buyers guide not made from a blend of cotton. These wraps make use of a spandex and polyester blend. The spandex material offers just enough stretch to keep the wraps tight round the wrist (TITLE have walked this fine line superbly in this case) and the polyester makes the wraps easy to wash, durable and more importantly, comfortable. Reviewers commented that they are durable, easy to wash and handle odours (or lack thereof in this case) brilliantly.
As mentioned above, the spandex material used offers just enough flexibility to have a positive effect your wrist wrapping technique and shock absorbing ability. Not only will the material support your hands but it will also support itself after washing (meaning no curling and removes the time intensive need to flatten the wraps after every wash. Although it is best practise to do so regularly!).
One pair of wraps is reasonably priced considering the brand name. With most experts strongly recommending Mexican style hand wraps, these bandages would be a wise investment.
- Brought to you by the world famous TITLE brand.
- Polyester material for comfort and spandex for proper wrapping technique.
- Durable/long lasting.
- Easy to wash.
- Polyester material can tear easy. Hopefully the spandex blend should reduce the likelihood of this.
9. Forza Sports MMA Wraps
The Forza MMA and boxing hand wraps are the perfect solution to your fist and wrist protection needs. The ample length allows you to fit the straps to your individual wrist shape, allowing you to wrap them properly and providing that much more support and protection. The screen printed logo has also been said to stand the test of time perfectly (not coming out, cracking or peeling when put through the wash).
The strong, durable and resistant material lends itself well for use in boxing and MMA training sessions. The wraps will be put through their paces with bag, pad and sparring work which is why you need a material such as this which is not only flexible but also adaptable given the natural flow of movement that is required when perfecting the striking technique.
These Mexican style hand really come into their own when considering the support offered. The well thought out design, strong material and generous length allows for correct metacarpal bone protection and knuckle support. Sturdy, reliable and comfortable support is offered without reducing mobility which makes punching harder, faster and more accurately that much easier. Whilst no wraps can make your punch harder, they can prepare your hands for a more clear and speedy connection with the heavy bag which is exactly what the Forza boxing straps offer!
Forza finds a nice middle ground in terms of pricing and quality. For a reasonable price you can train confidently with this premium brand product whilst not having to spend a fortune on a top household name.
- Screen print logo does not crack when washed.
- Flexible material allows the straps to adapt to the shape of your wrists and to your striking technique.
- Reasonable price for premium quality product.
- No negatives to report.
10. Hawk Padded Inner Gel Straps
Finally, we have another slip on style pair of boxing wraps. The hawk boxing straps are long enough to provide full support to your wrists and can also be washed easily without worrying about awkward folding once dried (as is the case with most traditional wraps). These may be number 10 on the list but that is not a reflection on their quality. The Hawk brand has excelled by creating a superb pair of boxing bandages which will prime you to destroy the heavy bag or pads!
Made from 100% cotton and featuring a sturdy velcro closure, these straps are perfect for fighters who take part in intense training sessions. The stitched fingers allow you to place the strap over your knuckles comfortably and make these bandages suitable for MMA, karate, boxing, kick boxing or near enough any time of combat sport.
As mentioned previously in this buyers guide, the slip on strap is perfect for those newer to the sport as it removes the need to wrap your wrists yourself. This can be key to preventing early injuries and can help you develop your passion for the wonderful sport. The strong velcro closure means sweat and movement will not loosen the straps throughout your training session.
You will often end up paying slightly more for the slip on type of boxing wraps simply because more work is needed to manufacture them. They are specially designed for ease and convenience which is also why you can expect to pay a slightly higher price. Still, Hawk have honed their craft and perfected their process meaning that they can offer the wraps for a reasonable and fair price that boxers will love.
- 100% soft cotton material makes training that much more enjoyable!
- Suitable for multiple fighting styles and combat sports.
- Easier to wash than standard wraps because the risk of material curling when drying is removed.
- Fair price even consider specialist design and manufacturing.
- Really at some point all boxers should learn how to wrap their own wrists (in my opinion and that of our coaches).
- Limited control over how tight and snug the wraps fit (you can of course adjust the velcro closure however).
Hand wraps are essential for safe and proper training, the fact that you are reading this suggests you are experienced enough to know that. The right pair of boxing straps can really positively effect your training and striking abilities. Put simply, there are countless reasons why you should protect your wrists with some effective boxing straps including (but not limited to):
- Ample wrist mobility for accurate jabs, hooks, straights, uppercuts and body shots.
- Protection for sensitive tendons and joints found in the wrist and on the hands.
- Knuckle protection from potentially course and harsh inner boxing glove material.
- Traditional ‘Rocky’ look and feel when wrapping your wrists.
Fortunately, gone are the days when boxing bandages only come in old, unappealing colours and poorly designed patterns. Boxing equipment has come a long way since the days of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman and you can now find wraps in a range of different prints, colours and designs. So, find your favourite design from the list above and get the look you want with the performance that you need!
The most important things to consider when purchasing one of the above hand wraps would be any previous experience with straps and what issues you had (e.g. lack of mobility or coarse/rough material) (if any). This will allow you to make a wiser purchasing decision and when partnered with our expert reviews, mean the straps that you end up using are perfect for you and your fighting style.
The Best Boxing Hand Wraps Review Criteria
In order to provide our valued readers with the most useful, informative and relevant information as possible, we spend a great deal of time crafting our buyers guides. We pool review information, product details and first hand experience as well as select opinions from expert coaches at some of the best boxing clubs around to most effectively evaluate the straps available on the market.
Something which is not normally top of the list (although no doubt important) when it comes to other types of fighting equipment, material. The material is usually important for several reasons including durability and strength but when it comes to fighting straps, mobility is also a key concern. The wrong material offers less flexibility and adaptability which will have an immediate impact on your striking ability. All punches including jabs, hooks, straights and uppercuts will suffer if your straps do not offer ample flexibility and mobility. Some common but high quality materials to look for:
- Cotton – this is comfortable and absorbs sweat well. Straps consisting of some cotton tend to be more durable and snug fitting.
- Polyester – has a nice feel but can potentially feel coarse/rough as time wears it down. It does however offer some flexibility which cotton can not alway match.
- Spandex blend – exceptionally flexible and adaptable. Bandages with a spandex blend is often more expensive.
Perhaps the most important factor when purchasing wrist wraps, wrist and hand support. This is the foundation of an accurate, quick and powerful punch and will propel your fighting style to the next level. The best bandages protect key bones, tendons and joints from vibration and force when striking the pads, your opponent, the speed bag or the heavy bag. Get this part wrong and you run the risk of doing some serious damage and harm to the sensitive parts of your wrist and causing an injury. Proper boxing gear is an investment and picking the right products can ensure you progress properly in the sport.
Keep in mind what you will be mostly using your straps for. If your training sessions involves a lot of heavy and speed bag work, your straps will be vital. Hitting the heavy bag puts a lot of strain and shock on your wrists and you need a firm support system in place to help your body efficiently absorb this.
There is a range of prices available when it comes to hand wraps. It is important to note that price is not always a reflection of quality or performance. Paying a higher price does not guarantee a high-quality product but paying a lower one almost always guarantees straps made out of lower quality materials and to a subpar design. Be cautious seeking the cheapest boxing wraps and remember that what ever equipment you choose will be tasked with protecting your joints, tendons, metacarpal and wrists throughout your intense workout sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What should I look for when buying my wrist pair of wrist wraps?
You should definitely start with mobility and flexibility. You will want to perfect your wrapping technique and that involves being able to adjust the straps to the tightness and security that you want. It is usually best to opt for a higher quality material which offers a greater deal of support if you are starting out. As you progress and learn you will be better equipped to decide which types of straps will be best suited to your style.
How will I know which ones to order?
Well this is tricky to best advise on as it depends entirely on your experience. In all honesty I would recommend (if possible) that you go in store and try on some wraps. Any good sports equipment and especially boxing store should have someone experienced enough to wrap the straps for you if needed. Doing so will allow you to get a better feel for how the straps would sit on your wrists and even allows you to test the mobility offered by your preferred choice before purchasing.
Which straps should I buy?
Well, if you have made it this far you will probably have guessed that this will depend on what you are looking for, what your regular training sessions will involve and how experienced you are in the sport. If you haven’t already, have a read of the reviews above and compare it to what you are looking for out of the wraps that you will eventually buy. You have the option of slip on straps or traditional ones and you will come to learn which you prefer by experiencing both! Perhaps it would be best to order both kinds, try them on and return the one which is not as suited to your tastes and preferences.
Are these bandages suitable for any kind of fighter?
We have tried to review a diverse range of straps which could be suitable for all kinds of fighters (including younger boxers, men, women, beginners, intermediate fighters and advanced practitioners). Having said that if you believe that you need a particular type of straps you might be best consulting a professional coach or trainer in person who could better advise on your particular situation.
Where can I order my favourite of the above hand wraps?
If you like one of the above hand wraps, you will find a link to a product page under each which will take you directly to where you can order them. We may get a small affiliate commission from you doing so but if you would rather order without this then you should find the brand product directly through Amazon search or by visiting your local sporting goods store.
How do I maintain my boxing hand wraps properly?
The key is simple but often harder to practise, you need to wash them consistently! After every training session you should put them through a cycle otherwise sweat and bacteria can build up. Doing so will keep your wraps in tip top shape and ensure that they last for many more workouts to come.