Venum is a brand that’s been making big waves in the MMA world for years now and is, arguably, one of the most popular boxing glove brands in the world. You can find Venum gloves in a scaling price range from a budget option to mid-range.
The company was founded in 2008 but really become ‘known’ in the MMA world when they sponsored Wanderlai Silva in 2011. In 2012, they really upped their marketing efforts and sponsored nearly a dozen different UFC fighters. This really gave the Venum brand a global face and tied the company to the MMA world.
The gloves merge some of the old Thai-style form and construction with a more modern visual MMA style.
Venum’s signature aesthetic is their aggressive, tribal style pattern design with large scrawling ‘Venum’ text scrawled along the surface of the glove. If you you are a fan of the aggressive MMA style designs, you may like this. Those who want a more ‘classic’ understated boxing glove aesthetic, won’t.
As for the quality of Venum gloves, it’s variable depending on the model. The cheapest are the Contender, which are $30 on Amazon, while the top end gloves are the Giant 3’s and the Sharps, which are $100.
As for the glove range, you can get anything from your basic Under $50 Budget Boxing Glove to a more professional $100+ glove for rigorous sparring or training work.
Venum Glove Reviews
I’ve written a review of all the current (as of 2016) Venum Boxing Gloves currently on the market.
Venum Contender Boxing Gloves Review
The Venum Contender gloves are the cheapest of the Venum boxing glove models and are geared for casual boxing and fitness. While these can, in a pinch, be used by the serious fight trainee, the limitations of the glove are pretty obvious when you put them on. They are far less padded, made of
They are far less padded, made of cheaply-constructed material, and do not offer stability or support for your wrists or hands. These are not so much ‘real’ boxing gloves as they are gloves to put on for fitness class. If you don’t intend to whale around on the bag or pads for a cardio kickboxing class, these gloves will do just that, and do it well, but if you want real protection for your hands for fight training (MMA class, boxing, Muay Thai), you should look at the Challenger model, which is Venum’s intro budget model that’s actually a real glove, or Elite.
My biggest complaint with the Venum Contender is that for about $30, you can, in fact, get a much better ‘real’ boxing glove from TITLE.
Pros: Cheap at $30 — visually impressive designs for the price; good selection of colors and styles.
Cons: Not a real boxing glove; little in the way of real protection; better quality boxing gloves available for around the same price with other brands; made in Pakistan
Summary: Venum’s toy boxing glove — suitable for basic training, cardio kickboxing classes, and raw beginners. At $34, it does what it’s made for well: casual fitness training. However, the glove is not well suited for real training or more than casual bag hitting or fumbling around with pads. Quality and materials are cheaply made. If you are looking for a real boxing glove to train with and are set on Venum, look at the Challenger 2.0 instead or better yet, the Elite.
Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves Review
The Venom Challenger 2.0’s are good starter gloves designed for the budget-conscious, beginners, or those looking for a fitness / casual glove. They are constructed from leather strips glued together (so a cheaper material) and are less comfortable than the expensive models.
Unlike the more expensive Venum models, these are not handcrafted in Thailand, but in Pakistan. You can definitely feel a difference in the quality of the construction, with the Challenger 2.0’s feeling a lot cheaper than other models.
In terms of stiffness, the gloves feel a bit more rigid and the gloves are not as soft as the Elite model (which are constructed from a different material).
Overall, a good starter boxing glove — and for under $50, a good deal indeed, but not a glove that you will stick with over the long run. Good for beginners and people who just want casual (but good looking) boxing gloves, but not for someone who’s really going to put some serious poundage on these.
Pros: Affordable budget gloves for $50; comfortable; good visual design; can be used for real training
Cons: Gloves are rigid; the construction is cheaply made; not leather); not made in Thailand but in Pakistan
Summary: Venum’s ‘real’ boxing gloves start here. For about $50, you get a decent starter training glove with a pretty good visual design for what you pay. Fairly well padded and comfortable. However, this is not designed for real sparring or heavy training; at best, it’s a budget entry-point glove — suitable for beginners, fitness, or casual training only.
Venum Elite Boxing Gloves Review
The mid-range Venum option and the most popular Venum Boxing glove model are the Venum Elite gloves. You can read my full review of Venum Elite Boxing Gloves here. But the takeaway review is that these are good budget-mid range gloves. They are comfortable, made in
They are comfortable, made in Thailand (as opposed to ‘designed in Thailand’ but made in Pakistan models), and offer decent protection. A good beginner/entry level glove. However, they are not real leather and the there is a bit of leeway to roll your hand around and wiggle your thumb.
Those wanting a stiffer, tighter fighting glove for more stability won’t like this. You get a bit of a premium feel without paying a premium price, though, in terms of actual quality, durability, and construction, it’s not as good as the gloves that range into the low 100’s.
Main Features of the Venum Elite (and higher models)
At the ‘Elite’ model and above you get the following extra features that the cheaper gloves don’t have:
- Longer wrist cuffs
- Reinforced Seams
- Heat Control (partial mesh, full sized mesh, or moisture wicking smooth surface.
- Skintex (Elite or Fusion Models) or Real Leather (Sharp or Giant 2 models).
Pros: Good balance of price and padding; Comfortable, affordable entry level gloves at around $80; made in Thailand; visually attractive.
Cons: Does not offer rigid stability of your hands and thumb; not real leather; better quality gloves found in other brands for cheaper
Summary: Venum’s best bang for buck model with cost vs performance and, if you buy into Venum, probably the model you should get out of the whole line. Works as a good entry level boxing glove for both beginners and intermediate students; more advanced students should get a better glove, however.
Venum Sharp Boxing Gloves Review
Overall, it’s a decent glove, though not as well-built or durable as some of the gloves at the same price by rivals. However, the genuine leather makes this a much better quality glove than the cheaper Venum products.
The Venum Sharp is quite a bit similar boxing glove to the Thai boxing glove brands like Windy and Twins. I would say at this price entry, Venum gloves offer about the same gloves regarding price, quality, and construction.
Note that the Sharp model does include a breathable mesh area on the inside of the gloves (something that the basic TWINS/Top King/Fairtex/Windy models don’t have, and the pattern and overall visual design style keeps in line with the Venum aesthetic.
On the whole, this is a much higher quality glove and, if you take up MMA or Muay Thai, then this is the model to start at if you like Venum as you get a comparable glove in construction with the addition of a mesh area and some extra artwork.
Main Features of Venum Sharp Boxing Gloves
You get a few extra things that the Elite and lower models don’t offer:
- Real genuine leather (made in Thailand)
- Full glove-sized ventilation mesh from wrist to fingertips
- Hanuman artwork inside the cuff lining
Pros: good quality; comfortable, supportive; made from real leather.
Cons: the gloves, even with the mesh, still get a bit on the warm side and the fit is a bit on the tight side; mesh vent material less durable than pure leather (it will break down and get holes sooner).
Summary: Overall, a pretty decent mid-range glove that compares well to the Thai brands (though more expensive) and same price range gloves by Rival and Ringside.
Venum Giant 3 Boxing Gloves Review
The Venum Giant 3.0’s are the premium Venum gloves ($100). They are made from real leather and feature a smooth inner lining to help wick moisture away. To me, these feel a lot more like a regular Thai glove while the Sharp model, with the front area made from mesh, is a more modern design choice. The overall shape and form of the front glove is similar to the Sharp and the Elite.
Both Giant 3 and Sharp models are around the same price, so I’m not quite sure which model Venun considers a more premium, but if you like a more strict Thai style of glove in form and feeling, the Venum Giant 3 is the model that matches up closest with Twins, Top King, and Fairtex, but with an MMA visual twist to it.
The real difference here with this glove vs the Sharp is the smooth moisture-wicking inner lining (vs the mesh of the Sharp) and a slightly elongated wrist cuff for a bit more stability of the wrist. Overall, I do prefer these gloves to the Sharp. This model has been improved over the Giant 2 and Giant 1 models (the Giant 1’s were horrible gloves while the Giant 2’s were an improvement with more padding). The overall padding is pretty good and I like the longer wrist area.
Main Features of Venum Giant 3.0 Boxing Gloves
- Real leather (made in Thailand)
- moisture wicking inner lining (instead of the full mesh of the Sharp)
PROS: glove feels the best out of the Venum line; comfortable and well padded; a good choice if you want a more traditional feeling leather Muay Thai style glove, but with MMA designs and trappings. Comes in lace or velcro.
CONS: at $100, on the expensive side compared to similar quality offerings by the likes of Top King and Twins, which feature gloves of about the same quality, but are $30-$40 cheaper.
Summary: Venum’s ‘best’ model as I see it. It’s made from real leather, manufactured in Thailand, has a visually appealing design, is well constructed, and has an elongated wrist padding for more stability in protection. Overall, a pretty decent glove — especially well suited for Muay Thai and MMA hard training. This glove is comparable to TWINS, Top King, Boon, WINDY, and SANDEE gloves in construction and quality, though it has a more modern and perhaps, appealing, visual style the Thai glove don’t. You could do worse than spend $100 on this glove, though you can get about the same level of quality and padding in one of the Thai gloves like TWINS that are $30 dollars cheaper on Amazon.
The Final Word
While this may not be a comprehensive review of the specific models (go to my full on review, if I’ve linked to it), it’s a good overview of how each of these main Venum models stacks up.
My overall feeling is that Venum make a good line of gloves. The cheaper gloves are, frankly, so so. They are attractive and look like they are expensive, but once you actually put them on and try doing some real bag work/pad work with them, you’ll see the limitations. The Contender, Challenger gloves are NOT made in Thailand and the material is polyurethane, which is much lower quality than Vinyl or leather. For 30-50 bucks (the price range you pay for the cheap models), you are best off getting a much higher quality boxing glove from TITLE.
However, the mid-range Venum Elite Boxing gloves are probably their best glove — reasonably priced at about $70-$80 while offering decent support and padding. Visually, it can look pretty stunning if you like the aggressive colors and patterns. It’s made in Thailand but unfortunately made from faux leather (vinyl), not real leather. This reduces the durability of the glove and, in my experience, has less ‘feedback’ when you punch with it. Still, if you want an entry level, flashy-looking glove, Venum Elite is the best model to go for.
At the mid-range level of $100, you can get the Sharp or the Giant 3 model. Both of these are made from real leather and feature water dissipating feature. The Sharp is made from real leather and has an Air Mesh surface while the Giant 3 are a more traditional boxing glove and only feature smooth leather (which I prefer). There are better ‘gloves’ for about $100, but the gloves are not a bad buy, especially if you like the design.