Just about to buy some 16oz gloves for my heavy bag but then my roommate told me that I needed light gloves for the bag or I would destroy my hands. I'm confused isn't the bigger the gloves the better the padding and the workout?
You need lighter gloves for bag work (10-14oz) and heavier (16oz-18oz) for sparring to protect your Partner. You could do bag work with heavier gloves to build strenght, but in the end you're tire your arms out more than anything
gloves are to protect your hand, not the opponent. They let you hit harder and hit the head more often so there is more chance of brain injury etc. However there is less chance of knocking teeth out, blinding your opponent, breaking their jaw or breaking your knuckles. Also, the boxers today are better at boxing than the boxers in the bare knuckle era. On average they hit harder, faster and with more precision than they used to.
Depends on a few factors anon.
#1) DO NOT FUCKING USE SPARRING GLOVES ON THE HEAVY BAG USE BAG GLOVES
#2) Depends on your size, if you're heavy you're probably going to want to use 14-16oz on the heavy bag, unless you want to beat the shit out of your hands.
#3) Heavier gloves are used for sparring to protect your partner
Also the heavy bag is for skill work, the objective is not to throw wild hard punches at it all day.
This. If you train 3 times a week and your bag work consist of your coach yelling "Okay faggots let's work your cardio so lightly tap the bag a thousand times a minute for 10 minutes" you should be okay with regular sparring gloves. You guys are overestimating the proportion of bag exercise
Of course if you train 6 times a week and have dedicated bag workout then investing in bag gloves might be interesting. But at that point you have a coach and he probably knows more than us.
More importantly ,take good boxing shoes. This is a way better investment than bag gloves
So your sparring gloves last longer, you can use shitty gloves on the bag and your good ones to spar. Also bags are dirty and no one wants that shit on their face.
You probably want slightly lighter gloves for the bag than sparring so you can work on technique/form/efficiency.