Grant — one of the most visible boxing glove brands in the world, yet still — in 2017 — ridiculously hard to get your hands on.
There is no official website, no easy means of ordering, no authorized distributor. You have to send them an email and make your order. $350-$450 dollars and 4 weeks later, you have your new pair of Grant boxing gloves.
Despite the fact that the company seemingly refuses to embrace the modern way of doing business, the company has a prolific presence in the world of boxing. Watch any pro boxing fight and there’s probably a 70% chance that one of the fighters is wearing a pair of customized Grant boxing gloves.
The list of fighters who use Grant gloves — to fight, for sparring, and during training — is prolific: Floyd Mayweather, Canelo, GGG, Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, to toss out a few big names. There’s a hell of a lot more big name fighters boxing in Grant’s if you want to go looking.
There’s a reason why the pro’s use Grant boxing gloves: because they are are a masterclass in craftsmanship and quality. Every stitch, every piece of leather, every lace is utter perfection. Perhaps the only other boxing company that rivals Grant in terms of craftsmanship is Winning, which are in fact cheaper (sometimes significantly so) than Grant.
If you want the best of the best and a glove that’s a compromise between superb padding, comfort, and punching power, Grant is that glove.
They occupy that perfect space exactly in the middle between the minimal knuckle padding of Cleto Reyes and the soft, pillow-ey padding of the Winning boxing glove. For many boxers, that middle-of-the-road position means these are the perfect boxing glove, an assessment that I completely agree with.
However, Grant boxing gloves are also wildly overpriced for what you get and, if you are considering buying a pair, you should think long and hard about how badly you want them. The company also goes through periods of inconsistent manufacturing quality, where some gloves are reported to break after a few months (not years!) of heavy usage. There seems to be some consensus that the ‘old style’ of Grants a few years ago last a lot longer than the new Grants.
Grant Boxing Glove Review
Grant is about as American a boxing glove brand that you’ll find. The company has been around since the early 90’s and quickly made a name for themselves as on of the premium glove brands. By the early 2000’s, their gloves were seen across around the world in countless boxing rings. They are now one of the most recognizable boxing glove brands in the world, synonymous with professional boxing.
Grant gloves are made to order, hand-sewn in Mexico. This is why you don’t see them stocked in your local fight gear shop, nor easily available online. You typically have to call up the website or send them an email and make a custom order. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks before you get your glove.
It’s possible that you can find stock grants sold on eBay or Amazon as well, but expect to pay a premium.
Padding & Protection
Grants seem to occupy the perfect space between Cleto Reyes and Winning. They have more padding and protection than Cleto gloves but are far less ‘pillowy’ then Winning gloves.
The padding is good — very good. Some of the best, in fact. They are nearly as good as Winning gloves. I tend to have a problem with sore knuckles after hitting the heavy bag. This is almost certainly the case if I forget to put on my hand wraps. The Thai boxing gloves, though of impressive quality for the price, are particularly bad in that it’s very easy to punch through the glove on the heavy bag and bruise your knuckles.
The padding feels a bit different than some of the other gloves. In fact, it feels completely different than any other glove brand. Again, I’ll compare it to Winning (the king of padded boxing gloves).Winning glove padding is soft and plush while Grant padding is stiffer with less give. But the stiffer padding makes for a better feeling, I find, when you hit the bag or pads than Winning.
I can certainly see why a lot of pros love sparring and fighting in Grants. They do have a certain cracking feel to them when you hit stuff.
The thumb is a bit on the large size, but I find I like how my thumb fits. It’s not too big where your thumb wiggles around and it’s locked into place quite tightly. The thumb area is much stiffer than in Winnings and you are less likely to jam it while throwing hooks. In my opinion, it’s a superior thumb design.
The fist grip is quite tight; if you want to completely clench your fists, it’s not easy. My pair of Winnings make it very easy to make a solid fist, but Grant gloves are quite a bit harder. This could be because they are new or my hands are small, but either way, I do notice it’s hard to close your fists. Because of this, I would say these gloves are not so well suited for Muay Thai or MMA — not if you want to work on sparring that involves clinching. I suspect over time the gloves will break in more and it should be easier, but initially it’s not as easy as I’d like.
It still doesn’t take away from the fact that you can throw some sweet punching with these gloves. They are definitely a puncher’s glove in the way they feel when hitting stuff and in the nice sleek design that makes it easy to throw rapid punches.
Note that some custom (and far more expensive) Grant boxing gloves use Ortho foam instead of regular foam.This type of foam absorbs more energy when you strike things over the regular foam. I’m not sure the exact science but the force of your blows are more evenly distributed across the whole surface area of the glove face. It means you can punch hard things without damaging your hands and bruising your knuckles. However, if you want the Ortho foam option, you may be paying somewhere close to $500 USD. The regular stock gloves don’t have this foam.
The wrist protection is excellent. The gloves hug your entire fist and wrist areas, locking your fists and wrist together in a straight line. The wrist area is high too, going up past your wrist. Overall, there is minimal to no wobbling when you punching, and your wrist is kept secure and stable. Outstanding wrist protection. Up there with Winning.
So if you are a heavy puncher or you want a glove to smash the bag without bruising your knuckles, I recommend these. 12 oz causes no problems, and I probably could move down to 10 oz without issue.
These gloves are comfortable. They fit very tight, but securely, completely locking your hands into place. If you’ve got massive hands, it might be a bit of a squeeze, especially if you have long Mexican hand wraps on, but for most people with average size hands, there are no issues.
I actually prefer the nice tight ‘grip’ the gloves have when you push your hands into them. The phrase ‘fit like a glove’ is relevant here. When you put a pair of Grant boxing gloves on, they really do feel like they ARE your hands, like they are part of your body. It’s a great feeling and one that, I feel, results in better punching speed and technique. You don’t feel like you are fighting with the glove, but rather, using them as a natural extension of your body when punching.
Winning gloves also feel great on your hand. If anything, Winning boxing gloves fit a bit tighter than Grant. But between the two, I prefer the feeling of Grants when punching. You get a bit more feedback and pop with Grant gloves while Winnings deliver a more padded, comfortable punching experience, but at the cost of more energy absorption on impact. Different strokes for different folks I suppose. For sparring or for consistent heavy bag work, Wining gloves are more protected. But Grant gloves feel like money when you hit stuff.
Overall, one of the most comfortable boxing gloves on the market.
Grant gloves are superbly made. But, apparently, only if you end up with a ‘good’ glove from a ‘good’ manufacturing batch.
I’ve seen more than a few complaints from unhappy users who said their new Grant gloves fell apart after a few months of heavy usage. I’m not sure of the validity of this claims, but here are more than a few complaints if you search around the web, leading me to believe this as true.
Certainly, my new pair of Grants have been holding up very well with no sign of decline, though we’ll see how they last in a place like Thailand.
Assuming you do get a good glove, the overall quality and craftsmanship is top class.
The stitching is as good as I’ve ever seen in a glove, tight and straight and firm. The leather is pliable, soft, and smooth with absolutely no deformities, bumps, grooves or anything that might weaken the surface. The inside is made of a softer material. I’m not sure what it is, but I suspect some sort of nylon lining. It doesn’t seem to retain too much heat, so you won’t have to worry about overheating.
I’d say, overall, the quality is top notch.
I’m still of mind that Winning gloves are slightly better quality with, perhaps, more precise manufacturing and better quality materials used. However, Winning gloves, due to the softer leather, are less durable. If you don’t take care of your Winning gloves (and wipe them down after training to reduce moisture seeping into the leather), the leather will fall apart quickly. Grant’s leather, which is not as soft as Winning, seems much more durable. It’s a bit similar in feel, in fact, to Cleto Reyes’ leather.
My feeling is that Grant are up there among the best-constructed gloves. Grant are definitely higher quality than Cleto Reyes — the stitching feels tighter, the material a bit more premium (though this is not any knock against Cleto’s). If anything Cleto gloves feel a bit stiffer, more starchy, and less pliable. But this could just be my personal preference.
Grant gloves seem to go one of two ways: they last for years, or they fall apart in months. I’m not sure why this is the case. A lot of people do report they have used and abused a pair of Grants for years, while other recent buyers do say their gloves are not holding up well after only a few months of training.
Because there is so much variability (how hard you train, do you dry out your gloves, how humid is it, etc), it’s hard to say whether this is user fault or a problem with the gloves. My pair of Grants, however, have held up well, though they are only a few months old.
I’m going to say the gloves seem pretty durable. The leather is strong, the stitching tight, and the overall feel is that of a finely crafted glove. I’ve had durability issues with Winning gloves which fell to pieces in less than 2 years, so no brand is ‘perfect’ and how long your glove lasts often depends on how you treat it.
Ah, here is where these gloves fail somewhat. Grants are the most expensive boxing gloves on the market. You’ll pay at least $350 for stock pair of Grants.
If you want color style customization, custom name prints, or any of the extra’s (such as Grants that include ortho foam), you can pay anywhere from $500 to $700!
Are Grant gloves worth $350?
No. They are great gloves (if you get lucky and land a quality pair), but they are highly overpriced. I feel Grant boxing gloves should, for the stock models, be priced somewhere in the $175 to $250 range. But $350 to $600 is ridiculously overpriced. You are paying for the brand name and the hype, NOT the glove.
Still, if you have the cash and you are perfectly ok with throwing down $350 for a glove, then Grant boxing gloves are a fine, fine glove.
For me, I do like Grant gloves the best. BUT, if you can deal with the softer padding and tighter fit, Winning is a better bang for buck than Grant gloves. One pair of Grant gloves can get you nearly two pairs of Winning gloves.
Grants feel like a less pillowy version of Winnings. If this is what you want, then you are going to pay for it. But if you can, then Grant boxing gloves are one of the finest, though overpriced, boxing gloves on the market. And they are beautiful to look at.
PROS & CONS
- Beautiful to look at
- Excellent padding
- Hit harder than Winning, yet offer nearly the same level of padding
- Fit snugly on your hands
- Good ventilation
- Way overpriced
- Take between 4 to 6 weeks to order
- Company customer service is shitty
- Variable quality between gloves
Where to Buy Grant Gloves
If you actually want to buy a pair of Grant gloves, good luck! They don’t have an official website or place to order them. You need to send them an email or message their official Facebook page. You’ll have to walk through a week long process to order then, and then it will take 3-5 weeks before you get them.
You can also find (used or new) Grant gloves on eBay as well. However, there are FAKES floating around, so be careful here.
You can also Check Amazon for Grant Boxing Gloves. You may, or may not find them sold by some individual sellers (usually not).
The Final Word
If you have the spare cash floating around, do yourself a favor and buy a pair of Grant boxing gloves. But ONLY if you have the cash. Grant gloves are by no means ‘a must buy glove.’ These are gloves for intermediate / advanced boxers who want an outstanding glove and who don’t mind to pay to play.
In terms of value bang for buck, Grant boxing gloves are extremely overpriced; they are not worth $350 — not in craftsmanship, nor in quality of construction.
It’s also very difficult to buy a pair of Grant boxing gloves, requiring you to send off email after email, and pretty much follow a daisy chain of queries and back-and-forth order confirmations. Then once you pay for the gloves, it STILL takes weeks for the gloves to arrive. All in all, from the time you send off the first inquiry to the company email till the time the gloves arrive by mail, it takes somewhere between 4 to 7 weeks.
There’s also some issues with quality. There seems to be a lot of inconsistency between Grant boxing gloves, depending when you buy them. Sometimes you get an outstanding pair that lasts and lasts. But if you are unlucky, you get a pair that’s shoddily made — easily the same quality as a $60 pair of gloves, NOT a $350. It’s hard to say what sort of quality you’ll get; it seems to be a bit of the luck of the draw. If you want consistent quality, go with Winning. Grant can give something outstanding, but it’s a bit of a gamble as to whether you get a good glove or badly made glove.
Grant customer support is terrible. They do not stand behind their products and won’t offer refunds or replacements. If you have any issues with your glove or they fall apart early — the company will not replace the gloves or offer a refund. In fact, they can be quite rude.
Should you buy a pair of Grant boxing gloves? If you have the cash AND you want a boxing glove that feels like Winning but with less padding, then yes. Otherwise, you are better off saving money and buying Winning gloves or Cleto Reyes.
Note, I did buy a pair of Grant gloves, and I love them, but I’ll be the first to say they are not worth the $350-$450 you pay. Only buy these babies if you have spare cash.
Summary: Despite how good these gloves can potentially be, there are potential issues: quality issues, price, and lengthy manufacturing. These may be the perfect glove, but only if you are lucky enough to get a good quality pair and you don’t mind the stinging price.