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They do what they're supposed to ... just don't expect them to last for years
on January 7, 2012
As handswraps go, this product is fine ... well, a bit better than most under $7 wraps as they don't get as stinky as fast as other brands. Just don't expect them to last you ages becuz handwraps just don't due to the abuse that they take, what with the constant wrapping and unwrapping, the impact that they help to absorb, and the constant washing (btw, when you wash them, don't use fabric softener, and don't put them in the dryer becuz doing so may damage the fabric). Indeed, there's a reason that one can purchase wraps in 3, 5, and 10 packs.
My only nitpick about this particular Everlast model (#4456B - the cotton/spandex wraps are model #445-PH - don't know why Amazon uses the same reviews for both) is that, becuz they're made of a nylon/polyester blend, the hook and loop strap will, as noted by another reviewer, stick to the wrap and pulling it loose will cause slight damage to the wraps. One can get around this problem by folding the hook and loop strap in half (H & L side in) and securing it with an elastic while rolling it up (if this sounds like too much trouble, just buy wraps made from 100% cotton instead).
Which brings me to another point, also noted by another reviewer: after using/washing the wraps, roll them up starting with the hook and loop strap and ending with the thumb loop (one will then have to secure the wrap roll with another elastic), as doing so will make it easier to apply the wraps the next time one uses them.
As for the diff sizes, well, IF one wraps one's hands properly (incl wrapping around the thumb once, folding three to seven layers of wrap over the 1st set of knuckles, passing the wraps thru the three "webbings" between the four fingers, wrapping the wrist, etc):
- 108" (long) x 2" (wide) wraps are for children around 8 yrs old (assuming that the wraps are as thin as this Everlast model)
- 120" x 2" wraps will fit women who wear an XS or S size glove
- 150" x 2" wraps will suit women with S to, perhaps, L size hands or men who wear an XS size glove (the only company that I know of that sells this size is Rival Boxing, which has products for sale on Amazon Canada and whose handwraps are of higher quality than these Everlast ones, in part, becuz the RB ones are made of cotton)
- 180" x 2" wraps will fit men with S to M (and maybe large) size hands and women with L or XL size hands
- men with large to Sonny Liston-size fists will need 180" wraps that are extra wide and extra thick (like 2 3/4" wide Cleto Reyes models), which require one to fold the wrap over the knuckles and wrap around the hands/wrists less times to get the same amount of protection as thinner, narrower, longer handwraps
- if one wants to play it safe and get several more inches out of wraps &/or if one wants a more contoured fit, order "Mexican style" wraps, which are of a cotton/spandex blend (maybe 5% of the stretchy stuff)
- if one aligns one's fists properly with their forearms and keeps one's fists clenched relatively tightly when throwing a punch, one shouldn't have to wrap their wrists very much for greater stability (if using proper technique, one's wrists should never "buckle" when landing a punch) and, consequently, will have more wrap available to apply to the knuckles if desired
- if one has good quality gloves and is working the heavy bag at home, one can do so without having to fold the extra layers of wrap over the knuckles (unlike the human head, heavybags aren't very hard and one will more likely injure their wrists than their knuckles) - * consequently, if one only boxes in one's home gym, one can get away with wearing one size smaller wraps than recommended above (becuz one will be putting less wrap on the knuckles) *
(btw, if one doesn't weigh very much or has relatively weak wrists, buy/use a lighter heavy bag - 60 lbs or less - that HASN'T been packed rock hard with "stuffing")
- if one has good quality gloves and is working the double end bag at home, one can do so without handwraps altogether (if, however, one is at a boxing club, the trainers will prob insist on all members wearing properly applied handwraps all the time for liability-related reasons)
- if one is working the speed bag at home, simply wearing dollar store cloth work gloves - sans handwraps - will suffice and may only be required to prevent one's hands from getting "scuffed" on the bag's raised seams (KIM that one strikes the speed bag with the SIDE of the hand, so knuckle protection isn't required)
Incidentally, don't know why these wraps are so expensive here; they're sold for less on Amazon Cda and we Canucks almost always pay more for US products.