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Best Boxing Headgear 2022 : Top 10 brands for sparring

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

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1. Hayabusa T3 Boxing Headgear 1. Hayabusa T3 Boxing Headgear
$119.00

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.

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2. Ringside Competition Boxing Headgear 2. Ringside Competition Boxing Headgear
$79.99

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.

05/25/2022 10:12 pm GMT

3. Title Headgear (Gel Lava Leather Series) 3. Title Headgear (Gel Lava Leather Series)
$139.99

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.

05/25/2022 10:23 pm GMT

4. Cleto Reyes Traditional Headgear(with face bar) 4. Cleto Reyes Traditional Headgear(with face bar)
$169.49

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!


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5. Venum Elite Iron Headgear 5. Venum Elite Iron Headgear
$144.99$89.95

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


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6. Ring to Cage Deluxe Headger (Full face geltech) 6. Ring to Cage Deluxe Headger (Full face geltech)
$124.95

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.

05/25/2022 10:46 pm GMT

Top Pick
7. Winning Headgear 7. Winning Headgear
$617.00

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.

05/25/2022 10:24 pm GMT

8. Rival Intellishock Headgear 8. Rival Intellishock Headgear
$124.99

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

Embroidered logos

05/26/2022 01:11 pm GMT

9. Fairtex Headgear 9. Fairtex Headgear
$99.99$89.99

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.

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10. RDX Headgear (with removable facegrill) 10. RDX Headgear (with removable facegrill)
$38.99

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.

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While you’re deciding on boxing equipment, don’t forget to check our review on boxing shoes to go with your headgear and gloves.

Top 10 boxing headgear

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Headgear – Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to wear headgear in Boxing?

Now, let’s get this out of the way right off the bat; yes, in most cases, you can’t wear your headgear in an actual bout. This doesn’t mean that you should buy low-quality headgear or refuse to use it in training altogether. Even though you can’t wear it in a match, good headgear makes movement easy and natural and keeps you from getting injured during long sparring matches.

It is important to be as protected as possible. Well-padded 16-ounce gloves are not enough to save you from a strong blow. Wearing headgear is the most important way to prevent head injuries

Should you wear headgear during sparring sessions?

Although wearing headgear during sparring sessions is an option you have, we believe that wearing protective headgear is a necessity especially if you’re a beginner. We would like to remind you that wearing headgear should not let you punch harder.

Why you should wear headgear when sparring?

In useful training, you’re going to get knocked in the head a few times. Without a good piece of headgear, you get injured. You get injured, you can’t train. You can’t train, you don’t get better. You owe it to yourself to buy good headgear for no other reason than to keep you practicing as long as you can.

Prevent head collisions, superficial injuries, and cauliflower ears by wearing headgear. A great advantage of wearing headgear is also that it gives you a lot of confidence while training.

What are the disadvantages of wearing headgear?

Headgear can disrupt your vision while fighting or sparring. Wearing headgear can prevent your peripheral vision which affects your ability to see shots from your opponents. Fighters use headgear as a security blanket to absorb harder punches because the pain is reduced – this is not recommended. You are a bigger target because of your headgear as it is a bulky piece causing your head to be a bigger target.

What factors should be considered while buying headgear?

The key factors to keep in mind while choosing a headgear are the following:

  • Getting the most visibility – Having the right balance of visibility and head protection is important to ensure that you can see your opponent
  • Getting the most ventilation – Headgear can make you sweat so make sure you get the right ventilation so you’re not too hot and fatigued
  • Quality vs Price – Good headgear can cost between $100 – $700 so make sure you set your budget but don’t compromise on the quality of the headgear
  • Size and padding – You need to ensure that you choose the right size as headgear can come in different sizes (Small, Medium / Regular, Large, X-Large). Although more padding can be more protective, make sure that it fits well. This is why we recommend buying on Amazon so you get the option to return if the size doesn’t fit well.

Have any experience with these pieces, or have your own top ten boxing headgear? Let us know in the comments section.

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