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Customer Review

on March 28, 2007
The Everlast 2214 Pro Style Training Gloves come in 3 different weight sizes: 12, 14, and 16 oz and 4 colors: blue, red, black, and pink. Everlast advertises this glove as its "High Performance Hook-and-Loop Training Glove" with "dense two-layer sandwich foam for better shock absorbency." This is the Everlast glove that is stocked in department/sporting goods stores throughout the Chicagoland area and typically costs $29.99.

This review is based on the 14 oz. version of this glove. My guess is that this review applies to the 2214 glove in all of its weight variations (12 oz - 16 oz).

The exterior of the glove is vinyl. The vinyl exterior reduces the cost of the glove but decreases its longevity compared to leather gloves. The fit is snug to a bit cramped. The hook-and-loop fastener makes it easy to secure and undo. I prefer this type of hook-and-loop closure to the type found on certain training gloves offered by Title and Ringside which have an additional pull down elastic flap to cover the hook and loop fastener. (The Title/Ringside type fastener makes it difficult to secure the glove by yourself. It may be a safer option--likely to prevent facial abrasions--but a boxer, when sparring, is wearing headgear anyway so facial abrasions are kept to a minimum rendering the added pull down elastic irrelevant and the aggravation that goes along with securing the glove needless.)

The 2214 glove is suited for an aerobics boxing class where occasional bag/mitt work is performed. Its weight is ideal for non-contact cardio-type workouts and it offers adequate hand protection for light bag work sessions.

However, this glove is NOT a good choice for sparring or full time training/bag work. Its foam is weak and does not maintain its integrity over time. As a training glove it does not absorb the impact of an opponent's punches well and offers average protection despite its "dense two-layer sandwich foam." As a bag glove it offers slightly above average hand protection. Better, albeit expensive, alternative training gloves include: Everlast's Professional Hook-and-Loop Training Glove Everlast Professional Velcro Training Gloves; Ringside's International Training Glove International Training Gloves - Hook & Loop Cuff; and, Title's Platinum Training Glove Platinum Hook & Loop Training Gloves. All three gloves are available for sale at their respective web sites or through Amazon.com. In a pinch these gloves may double as bag gloves; their added weight increases the benefits of a workout.

A caveat, I am neither a professional nor amateur boxer. I have been training for over a year and a half and train simply to stay in shape. While training, I have tried and used several different gloves when hitting a heavy bag, double-end bag, and punch mitts. I spar occasionally and have used several different gloves when sparring. My review of this glove is based on my personal experience using it during training and sparring.
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