Category Archives: Gear

May 19, 2017
May 19, 2017
adidas

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TRUE to their innovative form, leading sportswear brand adidas have unveiled a boxing shoe that has been designed to revolutionise boxing training.

The BOOST outsole has a firm grip that allows for a strong push off and stability for sudden changes in direction. Tight yet comfortable straps wrap around the ankle giving support for these incredibly light and beautifully designed boots. The attention to detail continues over into the packaging, which includes an innovative 3D boxing ring lining to the inside of the box.

The Speedex 16.1 BOOST has a sole that replicates the cushioning of a boxing ring, thus enabling faster footwork and – they claim – endless energy, allowing boxers to train harder and for longer.

The BOOST outsole has a firm grip that allows for a strong push off and stability for sudden changes in direction. Tight yet comfortable straps wrap around the ankle giving support for these incredibly light and beautifully designed boots.

The Speedex 16.1 is a result of adidas working alongside the German national boxing team.  Senior Product Manager Jan Wildner says, “We have gained incisive and precise athlete feedback around the product’s performance. Understanding that 80% of a boxer’s fight preparation is in the gym with only 20% based in the ring, it was key to enhance our footwear to allow our boxers to train harder for longer at the highest speed levels.”

The adidas Speedex 16.1 is now available to purchase at adidasboxing.com and at specialist retailers, RRP €200. For the latest news follow @adidasboxing on Instagram.

February 7, 2017
February 7, 2017
Sterotape

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BOXERS need tape, to secure their handwraps and support their wrists and knuckles beneath their gloves so fighters can be confident of unleashing their full power on the bags, pads, in sparring and in competition, while reducing the risk of injury.

The Sterotape – Z.O. is the zinc oxide professional sports tape from Steroplast. This is strong, adhesive tape used to strap up joints, fasten wraps and help prevent injuries. It’s ideal for boxing and other combat sports.

Strips can be torn off by hand, both length-ways and width ways. The adhesive quality, the stickiness is obvious at first glance. It’s very hard to stretch the tape though, this is deliberate so it can be used securely as athletic strapping. It fits comfortably, easy to wrap round joints of different shapes and the zinc oxide adhesive is billed as “skin-friendly”.

This zinc oxide tape is available in a range of different sizes, with prices from £1.02 per roll. Call Steroplast on 0161 902 3030 or email sports@steroplast.co.uk and mention ‘Boxing News’ to receive a discount price.

February 2, 2017
February 2, 2017
adidas

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THE adidas Hybrid 300 gloves are a welcome addition to the sportswear giant’s range of boxing gear. Available in four colours, the gloves have a minimalistic but contemporary design with a glossy finish that marks them out from standard training gloves. Made from genuine cowhide leather, the gloves are also sturdy and cut from a quality material that won’t diminish quickly.

At first, they feel like a tight fit but this is all a part of their design, which is geared toward enhancing performance by providing maximum support. With a little movement and use, the gloves feel much better suited to your hand and there is no hindrance on technique. In fact, their snug fit allows for more effective and crisper punching.

Satin-like lining in the gloves also add to their comfort and with ample ventilation – small holes in the underside of the thumb and fist – extended use is also possible without perspiration affecting the inside.

The Velcro strap on gloves can sometimes be a cause for concern – some are too short, some too long, some too wide and some too narrow. Adidas have got it just right with the Hybrid 300s, using a large, rigid strap which ensures there is plenty of support around the wrist. There is also an elastic strap to allow for manoeuvrability during use.

The foam padding is multi-layered and consists of horse hair. The padding has been hand moulded and, while a little stiff at first, swiftly becomes properly cushioned and effective. The fist has a wide surface area and while this may not be to everyone’s taste – as it can make it a little more difficult to sharpen your accuracy – it dissipates the impact of each blow, preventing any injury or discomfort.

For more information, please visit Cimac.net the exclusive distributor for adidas boxing in the UK.

November 22, 2016
November 22, 2016
wraps

Title Boxing

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What the manufacturer says: The perfect combination of Gel fist gloves and traditional semi-elastic handwraps to bring unbelievable protection and performance. Slip the neoprene glove over the fist for a custom form fit. More than a 1/2″ layer of Gel makes up the fist for an incredibly comfortable and impact resistant wrap. Hook-and-loop attachment on neoprene wrist and wrap wrist for extra secure wear. Complete with 80″ of semi-elastic wrapping for an ideal custom fit. Can be worn under gloves or alone for light bag work and training.

What we say: The wrapping of hands is an art. But it is also time consuming. Sometimes you don’t have time to fasten bandages properly around your fists. The Title Platinum Hybrid Gel Wraps however give you the option to just slide on wraps to protect your hands and get straight to training.

The neoprene padding is thick and firm, offering good protection though look out to check that you can form a solid fist without the fingers being pressed slightly apart. To provide firm wrist support these have a bandage that can be wrapped round and fastened securely.

Normally worn under gloves, a cheap, efficient alternative to wraps for some sessions, you can even experiment by using these in light training without gloves, to work on speed and punching without a load. Just be careful. A boxer’s most important tool are his hands.

Available for $16.99 from www.titleboxing.com

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November 6, 2016
November 6, 2016
Kronk

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WE’RE not all going to be Tommy Hearns. But some of us can dream. And whilst dreaming why not wear a sweatshirt with the iconic Kronk gym branding.

This light grey sweatshirt, emblazoned with the famous Kronk logo in its traditional yellow and red colours, is perfect for training or in my case wearing in every day life to create the impression that I’m just about to go to the gym.

It’s thin and light to wear but warm and comfortable with a fleecy interior.

Available for £29.99 in sizes, chest (to fit) S – 34/36″, M – 38/40″, L – 42/44″, XL – 46/48″, XXL – 50/52″ from www.kronk.co.uk, the home of the European outpost of the brand, headquartered in the UK. The legendary Kronk gym in Detroit produced champion after champion, becoming a brand synonymous with success.

November 3, 2016
November 3, 2016
boxing gloves

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The Infused Foam Ignite Power Lace training boxing gloves from Title

Manufacturer says: Incredible new TITLE Infused Foam® technology is the rage sweeping the world in boxing glove manufacturing and performance. Almost 2″ of Infused Foam® over the fist delivers a lighter, more powerful, impact-resistant core for all the protection and execution elite athletes demand in their sparring and training. Full grain leather outer shell delivers professional, long-lasting, winning results for demanding training. Brilliant over-sized full-length palm integrated lacing system assures a firm, supportive and secure fit for discriminating athletes. A nylon mesh upper palm inset and supple moisture-wicking inside hand liner help keep boxer cool and dry during intense training. Cut extra-long for additional wrist support and coverage. Additional Infused Foam® palm and wrist inserts are ideal for defensive work.

We say: This is a solid pair of gloves. This style of lace up system was particularly useful as it made is easy to tighten and loosen the gloves quickly and efficiently. Often lacing up gloves can be a hassle during training, especially when switching between different drills. With these it’s much easier.

This pair of gloves fastened up well, so that they were tight but comfortable around your whole hand and there’s no problem shaping a fist within them. They are a particularly firm pair of gloves, create a good first impression and we expect them to be durable. They are good value for money as well.

Available for $59.99 from www.titleboxing.com.

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October 21, 2016
October 21, 2016
boxing shoes

Title

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Once slipping these Title Predator Boxing Shoes on, it doesn’t take long to recognise their main attribute – how lightweight they are. It is striking how easily one can move and it would be hard to find a lighter boxing shoe on the market. The innovative material ensures that movement isn’t hindered at all without eschewing the necessary support and robustness a boxing shoe needs.

With a striking design, these mid-length boots have a three-dimensional support system that perfectly contours around your foot and ankle, and they also expand with your movement allowing you to move in and out of range with ease. The soles are made of flexible gum rubber meaning the shoes have excellent grip, but will also never slow you down.

The mesh tongue also ensures regular air flow, preventing the shoes from getting uncomfortable.
At a decent price, these are ideal for any amateur or professional boxer looking for a pair of boxing shoes which will enhance their foot speed and keep them on their toes.

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These boxing boots cost $99.99 Visit www.titleboxing.com to see more.