Whether you’re a novice boxing athlete in the gym or a professional MMA fighter in the octagon, having the best headgear for hard sparring/training can make all the difference. In my experience, the best piece of training equipment you can own, besides your boxing gloves and mouth guard, is a good, solid piece of headgear. So, we’ve put together the TOP 10 Best Headgear below.
When I say “good headgear”, I know that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For me, the best headgear is light, sturdy, and built to last; with proper care, a good piece will last you a few years and save you a few concussions. Unfortunately, with MMA’s rising popularity, a lot of companies have decided to cash in and produce low-quality headgear.
To make sure you get the best pieces for the best prices, we’ve put together a list of the top ten pieces of boxing headgear, chosen by online reviews and testimonials.
List of best boxing headgear
A little pricier than most, Hayabusa T3 may not be your first piece of headgear.
With a full-face design and solid double straps on the back, this piece is going to stay exactly where you strap it for as long as your match goes on, and good visibility and lightweight means you might just forget you’re wearing it. If you’re willing to pay the extra money, you’ll find that the Hayabusa T3 series is worth it.
Easily the best protection you can buy, the Ringside Master’s Competition Headgear is a great piece for hard-punching opponents. With a nice thick layer of padding that even extends to the nose (a rare trait for boxing headgear), you can take shots to the head all day and keep coming back for more.
Unfortunately, this kind of protection is a bit conditional. If you’re a brawler, this is the best piece you’ll ever own; if you like to work more conservatively, the limited peripheral vision could become a disadvantage. That being said, the Ringside Master’s Competition Headgear is still A-OK for the longest, toughest training you can put yourself through.
Light, sturdy, and wholly reliable, the Title Gel training headgear uses a combination of foam and a patented gel to reduce impact. All of these combine to make a piece of headgear that weighs just around ten ounces and, unlike Title’s Platinum training headgear, can be worn in ABA matches.
Where the Gel headgear falls short, however, is in the same vein as the previous model; it slides around on your head a bit, and it offers virtually no protection against a straight punch to the nose. If another headgear is just too heavy for you, the Title Gel model is exactly what you’re looking for.
Excellent three-point anatomical fit; Hook and loop rear closure, adjustable chin strap, and lace for top adjustment.
The lightweight front bar and latex foam padding provide the protection you need while ensuring excellent vision, so you can see your opponent coming. One size fits most!
For added protection, choose the Venum elite iron headgear, it is reinforced with a high-density foam. The elite iron headgear has been specially designed to ensure a proper fit. It consists of tightening laces on top and Velcro tightening at the back for a perfect fit. Comfortable, lightweight, strong and efficient: the elite iron headgear is the best headgear offered by the brand. The high-density foam for optimum shock absorption
Scored 9.5/10 on Sherdog Gear & Equipment forum reviews
An excellent headgear available on the market
The R2C Full Face headgear provides awesome visibility and complete protection of the face. GelTech lined protects from direct impact, GelTech padding help absorbing the shock and gives fully comfortability while wearing this headgear.
Excellent, top professional leather outer shell provides extended, long-term usage.
Winning FG-5000 covers everything you need in a piece of headgear. A nose-bar across the front, super-wide face holes for excellent peripheral vision, and some of the best cushioning you can buy means this headgear will last as long as you will.
15-ounce weight and sleek profile, won’t look or feel like it’s even there.
Although expensive, it will stop absolutely everything you throw at it.
Hook and loop adjustment in the back and lace top for added security
Heavy-duty nickel clad chin-strap buckle
Microfiber suede lining with d3o technology placed on the front and sides giving you added protection
Anatomical rear head pad for a perfect fit every time
Fairtex provides comprehensive coverage of the ear, cheek, and chin with increased padding on the forehead, cheek, and back strap while maintaining clear vision. Soft inside but hard outside with a special multi-layered high-density foam core.
Features an adjustable lace-up on top and an adjustable padded back hook and loop closure for a secure fit. As well as a curved chin protector and a windshield on the ear protector to simulate real competition.
RDX Headgear is contrived with Maya Hide Leather material that refuses to split, fray, or tear. The material reassures resistance against tapping out on performance. Ideal for MMA, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and more.
Tri-slabs of impact attenuating foam supporting layer. It is helpful for intense impact absorption.
Quick-EZ hook-and-loop strap offers a secure and adjustable fit reducing chances of slipping off. Unique Quick EZ-Strap provides steady closure while stabilizing it solidly.
Top 10 boxing headgear
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