RIVAL RHG 10 d30
Available at www.rivalboxing.eu
A training headguard with Rival’s trademark d30 intelligent shock absorption technology padding at the front and sides. The three-way Velcro adjustment at the rear of the headguard makes a good fit for a variety of head sizes while the suede lining affords adequate comfort. In sparring, I had good peripheral vision with the RHG 10. The cheekbones are protected but there is sufficient ‘cut-away’ around the eyes so vision is not significantly impaired. The RHG 10 comes with a nickel-coated chin strap.
Verdict: Highly recommended for sparring. An efficient blend of protection and performance. 5/5
Available at www.lemarr.com
A lightweight headgear with laminated foam padding and soft lining, this piece offers good visibility and a mostly decent fit due to the dual velcro fastening at the rear. However, the velcro chin strap is far too short and I found it impossible to fasten. In view of the fact that this model fit my head perfectly, this could be a manufacturing flaw, although it may be ideal for a junior or female boxer with a smaller chin. The protection is good in the main but possibly a bit flimsy at the back of the head.
Verdict: This product has many plus-points, which makes the decisive personal flaw all the more frustrating. 3/5
TUF-WEAR FULL FACE
Available at www.tufweardirect.com
This product has no chin strap but instead features padding around the chin and fastens at the back. This model was rather tight and I even had difficulty inserting a gumshield. While the cheekbones and chin are protected, ultimately, the art of boxing is to not get hit in the first place; with restricted vision and impaired hearing,
I practically went from being a back foot counter-puncher to a face-first slugger while sparring in this headguard.
On a positive note the padding is good and the lightweight, compact design of this headgear makes head movement easier, physically. Unfortunately, the trade-off in reduced anticipation is to this model’s detriment.
Verdict: Easy to move in, but a classic case of ‘over protection’ with all the attendant hindrances. 2/5