Leather vs. Synthetic Boxing Gloves Material for Female

Boxing gloves – those padded warriors that shield our knuckles and pack a punch. With the many options on the market, how do you take your pick? You consider the color, design, size, and material.

While all the other factors are equally important when choosing your women’s boxing gloves, the material used in making in making the gloves is key as it:

  • Affects the level of protection offered by the gloves
  • Determines the durability of the gloves
  • Impacts how comfortable you feel
  • Impacts the aesthetic appeal of the gloves

Common materials used in making boxing gloves are leather and synthetic materials like vinyl and polyurethane (PU). In this blog, we’ll compare leather and synthetic boxing gloves, focusing on their pros and cons.

Synthetic Boxing Gloves

Synthetic boxing gloves are made from man-made materials, like polyurethane or vinyl. They are known for their:

  1. Lower cost: Synthetic boxing gloves are typically less expensive than leather gloves.
  2. Lightweight: Synthetic gloves are often light.
  3. Easy maintenance: Synthetic gloves are easy to clean and require less maintenance.
  4. Personalization: They can be made in various designs and colors allowing boxers to express themselves and stand out.

While they have notable advantages, synthetic boxing gloves:

  • Are less breathable and hence may lead to increased sweat and moisture accumulation and discomfort during intense workouts.
  • Tend to wear down faster with repeated use. They may also lose their shape over time.
  • Although they offer decent protection, this protection is on the lower end.

Leather Boxing Gloves



Leather boxing gloves are made from animal hides, typically cows or goats. They are known for their durability, comfort, and aesthetics.

  1. Durability: Leather is a natural material that is highly durable and can withstand the wear and tear of regular use. With proper care, leather boxing gloves can last for years.
  2. Comfort: Leather is a breathable material providing excellent ventilation. This keeps the hands cool and dry during intense training sessions.
  3. Custom-fit: Leather gloves age like fine wine. As you use your gloves over time, they’ll mold to the shape of your hand giving you a custom fit.
  4. Aesthetics: There's something undeniably classic about the feel of leather against your skin. Leather boxing gloves have a classic look and feel that many boxers prefer. They are often seen as a status symbol in the boxing community.

But leather boxing gloves have two main drawbacks.

  1. High cost: Leather boxing gloves are pricier than the synthetic ones
  2. Maintenance requirements: They require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. This includes cleaning, conditioning, and storing them properly.

Comparing Leather and Synthetic Boxing Gloves

The choice between leather and synthetic boxing gloves depends on your preference and specific needs. Below is a comparison table between leather and synthetic.


Leather Boxing Gloves

Synthetic Boxing Gloves


Generally more durable, with proper care can last longer

Less durable and wears out faster


Mold to the shape of the hand over time, providing a custom fit

Typically less customizable


Are breathable, allowing for better air circulation

Are less breathable, leading to more sweat and moisture accumulation


Are pricier

Generally more affordable


Require care to prevent drying out

Easy to clean and maintain

Style Options

Limited range of colors and designs, often classic and traditional

Available in various colors and designs


With the above summary table, you can now decide between leather and synthetic boxing gloves.

For female boxers, we recommend grabbing a pair from Tussle. Tussle offers women's boxing apparel and gear.

Tussle’s women's boxing gloves

  • Have open palms making them versatile you can drink water, take a selfie, and even lift weights without asking them off.
  • Are made of quality leather making them durable and breathable.
  • Come in different colors so you can pick your preferred color.
  • Have enough padding and wrist support to give you the utmost protection.
  • Can be worn without hand wraps.

Here are some of our top boxing gloves for females.

  1. Women's Hybrid Boxing Gloves Cream Pie
  2. Women's Hybrid Boxing Gloves Toasted Carmel
  3. Women's Hybrid Boxing Gloves Red Jam
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