Ringside Pro IMF Tech Boxing Gloves Review
The overall design sold me on these gloves, therefore I was extremely surprised and I suppose satisfied with them. Since the foam was uncomfortable for me these became my double end bag gloves because of the size and shape. The striking surface is very compact and the lightweight nature makes it easy to whip your punches. To say the least though these very good gloves for the price. Their performance, quality, almost everything justifies the price and you really won’t be disappointed if you try them out. If you’re like me and prefer softer, broken in gloves like Winning or the Ring to Cage C17s, it would be best to skip these.
Ringside IMF Tech Pro gloves have been part of my growing gear collection for around a year or more now. Honestly, the look of the gloves is what sold me. That and the size, mainly. The brand, the price, opinions, reviews, popularity, none of that mattered to me, just the look and size. These gloves did teach me something about myself though, that being that I am not a fan of IMF or, “injected molded foam.”
These gloves use IMF for padding. It’s a solid piece of foam which makes it drastically different than something like Winning’s layered foam. One of the pros of IMF is that it keeps its shape very well. Even though these gloves are professional fight gloves I am not sure if these can be used for a pro fight considering the type of foam used.
The padding is firm and requires some break-in time. That’s part of the reason why I am not a big fan. I’ve used other IMF gloves before as the Combat Sports Max Strike. Those gloves could be broken in by hand, yet these Ringside even on the bag don’t soften up so easily.
For starters, the padding would make my knuckles sore after a couple of rounds on the bag. That thought is something that just happened to me specifically. To further test the padding I let some of my training partners use these gloves and they found them to be very protective and comfortable.
Even though the padding hurt my knuckles the feedback I got from every punch was a new, different feel. Now when I say the feedback I don’t mean I felt my knuckles connect, instead, I’m referring to the lack of feedback. Because of the springy foam, with every punch, it feels like your hands just bounce off.
Now keep in mind, that I’m judging them off of the padding used and not the weight, but in my opinion, IMF is best used for bags, and mitts, but not for sparring. The foam is just not very forgiving, even after breaking in, so while it protects you, it won’t protect your sparring partner very well.
One of the positives about IMF foam is that it’s very protective. Think of the foam as a cast because of its almost perfect, consistent shape. You can throw your punches in these without having to worry about injury. Also, keep in mind that these are 10 oz gloves, yet on the bag, you’re still capable of really smashing your punches.
The wrist support in these things is also incredible. Because of the long cuff and IMF, it keeps your wrist straight through and through with no real give forward or backward. The gloves have some of the best wrist support of any lace-up I’ve used.
Because of the padding and protection, the performance you get out of these gloves is exceptional. I started using them as strictly double end bag gloves, but the people who I let use them used the gloves for almost everything. For the first couple of weeks, these were used as bag gloves, but the pinch of the seam and the firm padding stopped me.
Sore knuckles and an annoying pinch just aren’t a favorable combination. For the double end bag though, these gloves were great, especially because of the compact size and small striking surface, as it makes you work on accuracy more. The same thing can be said for mitt work. Again, though this is all from my experience, other people thought they were great for everything.
With all that being said, I would advise against using these for sparring, strictly because of the foam, not the low weight. The foam just isn’t ideal for your sparring partner, and there are better choices out there for the same price.
These gloves are moderately comfortable. The hand compartment is snug, but that’s because of the weight and also the pro-fight style. The thumb is straight, which is my favorite kind of thumb. It helps to make an ideal fist, and in these gloves, it’s also very easy to wrap your fingers around the grip bar.
The liner is also soft and inviting. It does a decent job of managing the sweat. It’s not my favorite type of liner, but it does its job. The problem the liner has, though, is the annoying and rough tag on the inside. It’s a terrible decision that some companies make to add a tag on the inside of the glove, especially since they usually use a rough material.
The problems they have when it comes to feeling are both the thumb and the padding. As I mentioned, the straight style is my favorite and I suppose the thumb is not the issue, but the thumb seam is. The seam of my thumb always pinches my palm. It’s a light pinch, so it doesn’t hurt my hand at all, but it is very annoying.
The seam made me stop using these on the heavy bag because the tighter you made a fist, the more pinch you would feel. Instead, I started using them for the double-end bag. The padding can also cause discomfort. As mentioned earlier, my knuckles would get sore after some rounds, but again, this only happened to my knuckles specifically. The foam also causes a lot of resistance when opening your hands.
Quality and Durability:
Ringside did an amazing job when constructing these gloves. There’s no loose stitching, it’s all straight and clean. For whatever reason, it would seem as though Ringside used two different kinds of leather as well. Both versions are durable, but they look like absolute opposites.
The leather used on the first is the dull, more flat version, while the leather everywhere else is glossy and almost of a higher quality. The glossy leather is the better looking of the two, and the glove overall would look better if Ringside just stuck with one type instead of two. These gloves are also true to weight as they weighed in at 10.8 oz for the right and 10.4 oz for the left. They’re just a little off.
When it comes to durability, these gloves are past the test. The problem is that they’re more prone to these obnoxious-looking bumps. It would seem as though IMF suffers more from those blemishes than layered foam. As a comparison, I’ve used my Ring to Cage C17s more than these and they have no bumps whatsoever.
Besides that, these gloves are practically as good as new, and as mentioned before, they have kept their shape due to the type of foam. The stitching, leather, foam, everything is practically exactly like the day I got them.
The look is the main reason why I got these gloves. First of all, the IMF makes them so they’re extremely rounded gloves. The shape is like a bullet. Due to the aerodynamic shape, every punch thrown feels like you can cut the air.
The QTT or Quick Tie Tech is not only a functional innovation by Ringside, but it also adds a very great addition to the overall aesthetics. The channels on the back of the wrist allow the laces to fit through perfectly, but they also look like some type of gauntlet. These gloves come in four different two-color combinations, and each one looks as good as the last.
Pros and Cons:
+Quick Tie Tech
+/-Injected Molded Foam
-No palm vent holes
-Tedious to break-in
-Foams are not ideal for sparring
-Rough tag on the liner
These gloves go for around $100. For that price, I have to say they’re worth it. Mine cost me $80 because they were on sale, but $100 is a fair price. The overall quality and construction are top-tier. There is gear within the same price range with terrible quality control. These would be some of my favorite gloves if they used a different type of foam too. So overall, incredible gloves for the price.
The IMF Tech Pro is a great offering from Ringside, one of the premium brands in boxing gloves. The striking surface is very compact and lightweight, so you can whip your punches.
They are great as training gloves, but are more designed to be used as sparring gloves. The Quick Tie Technology is not only a functional innovation by Ringside, but it is also a great addition to the overall aesthetics.
Every ounce of these Ringside IMF Tech Boxing Gloves is constructed in leather, which gives them an “authentic” feel that reminds us of working the canvas in vintage boxing gyms.
As I mentioned before, these would be some of my favorite gloves if only the foam was different. I am just not a fan of IMF and these gloves taught me that. You have to break it in. Until then, it’s a little uncomfortable, and it could take a while to break in.
That’s all just my opinion though. As I said, I’ve let others use them and they did not mind the foam at all. IMF also has some pros compared to other foams, such as how they keep their shape or how protective they are.
[signoff icon=”attention”] Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Aug 5, 2014, and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. [/signoff]
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