Venum is a very well-known brand in the mixed martial arts world and it has gathered a lot of appreciation over the years. The company’s products are more affordable compared to those of better-known names in the same industry, such as Hayabusa, for example.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the most popular Venum boxing gloves out there and create individual reviews of each. Based on the info that we came across, the Venum Elite Boxing Gloves and the Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves are the models that you should definitely include on your list of options to consider. 

Venum Boxing Gloves Reviews

1. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves Review

Venum Elite Boxing Gloves, Black, 16 oz

This can be considered a mid-range choice and it’s by far one of the most critically acclaimed models developed by the brand. They’re comfortable, more than decent, and they will assist you in taking your performance to a whole new level. 

What we’d like to note about these gloves is that they aren’t specifically made for heavy hitters or professional boxers or mixed martial arts practitioners. The gloves are capable of offering decent protection and they feel rather comfortable.

Venum Elite Boxing Gloves, Black, 16 oz

The support around the wrist area and fronts part is up to par, and they also have an attached thumb design that considerably reduces the chance of you catching your thumb on the side of a pad or bag. Therefore, in terms of safety, these gloves take the cake. 

As is the case with other products made by the same brand, these ones aren’t made from real leather. Instead, they have a surface crafted from SkinTex, a vinyl-like surface. It does hold up pretty well to consistent abuse.

Durability

This is a budget-ranged glove, so you should keep your expectations more or less low. That’s why we noted that it mostly speaks to beginning boxers as they are more likely to replace their gloves as their skills get better. The quality can be considered adequate, but you aren’t going to get the construction and quality of a Hayabusa or Winning glove.

How long will it take until these gloves get damaged? Well, it’s hard to say. If you train every single day for more than an hour, you might damage them faster than someone who goes to a boxing studio once a week. 

Venum Elite Boxing Gloves, Black, 16 oz

Comfort

The gloves seem to fit comfortably. Some of the people who’ve reviewed them say that they have found them to be a bit on the larger side of things, but they are longer and they offer good wrist support. This style is preferable to Thai-style gloves because it better protects your wrist.

The Elite is generally thought of as being more comfortable compared to the Challenger 2.0, which we’ll include in this review, as well. The wide velcro boasted by the Elite stretches tight and easily and the material that the gloves are covered in is softer to the touch. 

As for ventilation, you don’t have to worry about anything in this respect. The gloves have a mesh covering on the front side and this makes it possible for some air to reach the inside and your hands. Even with this feature, your hands can still get a little warm. 

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2. Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves Review

Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves - White - 12-Ounce

These gloves are lightweight, convenient, and easy to put on and take off. They have a high level of cushioning, making you rest assured that you are going to be protected at all times. Moreover, they are made from decent material and they are likely to stand the test of time. 

These gloves are made with a hybrid leather material and have a rather shiny surface. The stitching looks great and adds a bit of flair to the overall design. The gloves are available in several base colors such as the standard black and white, but there are many variations in bright colors, too.

Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves - White - 12-Ounce

The fact that the Challenger 2.0 gloves are so inexpensive is what made them particularly popular with beginning boxers. Many online marketplaces sell them for under one hundred bucks. In any case, you should bear in mind that these are training gloves, meaning that they aren’t going to last for a whole lifetime. 

Even so, they are pretty decent if you’re looking for an option that you can use for your weekly training, for example, or even for bag work while you train at home.

Durability

If you take care of these gloves, they have a pretty good chance of lasting. The cushioning can get compressed more or less easily, though, but does get back into shape rather quickly. As for the velcro material, it allows decent levels of support and it does so consistently. 

You should consider that these are inexpensive boxing gloves made for beginners. They are capable of doing what they are supposed to, without a doubt, and they aren’t going to fall apart after several uses. The Elite model that we have showcased earlier might be better in terms of durability, though, so that’s worth considering. 

If you’re looking for a pair of gloves that lasts, you should consider one made by a brand like Cleto Reyes or Hayabusa, for example. 

Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves - White - 12-Ounce

Comfort

The neat thing about these gloves is that they are capable of conforming to your own hand, which means that you aren’t going to feel like you’re wearing an awkwardly designed model. The cushioning takes a bit to break in, but you’re going to do it more or less quickly.

It’s true that the cushioning can give you some peace of mind that you aren’t going to damage your hands in any way, and it also takes away some of the feel. Your knuckles are going to be in top shape at the end of the training session, as well.

Both the inside and the thumb area are well-ventilated, so they are capable of counterbalancing the sweat. 

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3. Venum Sharp Nappa Leather Boxing Gloves

Venum "Sharp Boxing Gloves Nappa Leather, Black/Ice/Red, 16-Ounce

Needless to say, the main difference between this model and the others that we have showcased here is the fact that this one is actually crafted from leather. Even so, it’s affordable enough to be considered a mid-range budget pair of gloves. 

The gloves are decent, although some note that they aren’t as well built or good-quality as some of the higher end alternatives out there. Even so, the real leather makes them a lot better compared to many of their competitors.

Venum "Sharp Boxing Gloves Nappa Leather, Black/Ice/Red, 16-Ounce

What’s nice about this product is that it boasts a breathable mesh area on the inside, meaning that you aren’t going to have to be as uncomfortable and deal with as much sweat as with other units. 

All in all, the Sharp boxing gloves are good-quality, supportive, comfortable, and made from real leather. They can still get a bit too warm on the inside and they can be a little tight, as reported by some of the customers. Plus, the mesh vent material doesn’t take the cake when it comes to durability. 

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4. Venum Giant 3.0 Boxing Gloves Review

Venum Giant 3.0 Boxing Gloves 16 oz, Black/Gold

If you have bigger hands and you tend to punch hard and heavy, sparring can be a bit tough on your knuckles. Your physical attributes might also make it a bit difficult for you to find the perfect boxing gloves available for sale these days. In that case, the Giant 3.0 gloves by Venum might be right up your alley.

The model also boasts extra padding and it can be purchased in a bigger size. It is also quite hefty and well-padded, and it allows more cushioning to your strikes so that you don’t hurt yourself or your sparring partners.

Venum Giant 3.0 Boxing Gloves 16 oz, Black/Gold

The long cuffs boasted by the choice ensure enhanced wrist protection and the velcro closure system enables a great custom fit and stabilization. You don’t have to worry about the gloves slipping slightly off or into an awkward position thanks to the closure system.

But what are boxers actually saying about this model? Well, many of those that have invested in them have pointed out that even if they are considerably better than cheaper Venum boxing gloves, they’re still not up there in terms of quality like the products made by bigger, better brands. 

Venum Giant 3.0 Boxing Gloves 16 oz, Black/Gold

Other fighters say that the gloves offer excellent knuckle and palm padding and that they are surprisingly lightweight for the protection they ensure. It depends on how experienced you are, in the end. 

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Conclusion

Venum gloves are pretty good entry level gloves. They usually have unique visual styles, but they don’t offer anything better when it comes to their quality, features, or construction compared to what you’d get from their competitors. 

We recommend considering Venum boxing gloves particularly if you are starting out with any combat sport and you don’t have a huge budget that you’d want to shatter on expensive boxing gear. 

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John is a devoted high level amateur MMA practitioner whose passion has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years. He founded US Combat Sports to help MMA practitioners of all levels find the right gear to improve their personal performance based on his experiences while also saving money in the process.