| Maxim Claes
Boxing is an extremely physical, high contact sport which is why it’s so important to always have protective gear on hand when sparring and fighting. While boxing gloves, hand wraps and mouth guards can be found in every boxer’s bag, there is some ongoing debate about whether or not headgear is an effective way to prevent serious head injuries and whether every boxer needs to wear it.
Why Should Boxers Wear Headgear?
The main benefits of wearing headgear include:
The Types of Headgear Available
Open Face Headgear
A headgear which is covered on both sides, protecting your temples and ears. However, it also leaves your nose and cheeks unprotected. Mostly used in beginner boxing fights and the Olympics.
Headgear with Cheek Protectors
The most popular type of headgear. Similar to open face headgear, except the cheeks are protected by padding which prevent the risk of bruises and cuts.
The extra padding also means that this style of headgear weighs extra, which boxers will need to take into account.
Full Face Headgear
Full face headgear has a nose bar and protects the whole face.
It also weighs more than other headgear styles and may reduce your spatial awareness. However, it offers more protection and prevents your face from being bruised or cut.Things to Consider
Best Headgear Options
Adidas Aiba Approved Boxing Headgear (RRP $179.95)
Made from genuine cowhide leather and a high-tech Japanese Amara artificial leather lining.
Lightweight with an air cushion foam padding, it also has a secure double leather, hook and loop strap closing.
Everlast Elite Pro Leather Headgear (RRP $199.95)
Designed as a second skin fit which combines comfort and protection. Strategically manufactured for exceptional visibility.
Evershield technology and additional padding offers maximum protection.
Venum Elite Headgear (RRP $139.99)
Made from semi leather to provide comfort and durability. Ultra lightweight to allow for faster head movement and reflexes.
Triple density contoured foam and a reinforced ear cover for maximum shock absorption. Has a 2-way velcro closure for a secure no-slip fit.
Cleto Reyes Face Bar Boxing Headgear (RRP $294.99)
A rugged all-leather design, a face protection bar and a classic Cleto Reyeslatex foam alleviates the impact of punches.
The lace-tie attachment on top and a hook and loop provides a one-size-fits-most option.
Title Boxing Platinum Full Face Boxing Training Headgear (RRP $149.99)
An extra thick cowhide leather offers extra durability and protection. Designed for comfort with a super soft and supple leather inner liner. Fully padded cheek and chin pads provide extra protection.
Its adjustable elastic top strap with hook-and-loop closure on back offers a secure fit.