Adidas has been a worldwide leader of professional sporting goods, performance apparel, and accessories since 1949.
The "three-stripes company" has catapulted to be worn and trusted by some of the best-known sporting icons and championship teams in the world today.
Being a sporting icon, the brand has diversified into creating boxing gloves and gears. In this review, we will focus on one of its boxing gears – the Adidas Power 300 Excel Training Gloves.
The 300 Excel is a part of the range that Adidas came out with. The brand started with Adidas 100 and Adidas 200 which is made of durable leather. Adidas 300 is the premium gloves in the range.
Made on Pakistan, the Adidas Power 300 Excel Training Gloves has a clean, smart, and sleek design with a glossy finish.
Just by looking at it, you can see that it has been made compact and minimalist. Their outside appearance is made very stylish and will definitely appeal to both professionals and amateur boxers.
On top of the gloves is an embossed Adidas name and logo. The knuckle area is sort of a flat surface and is made of some good padding – hand molded, multi-layer.
However, it is a typical comment on this gloves that it develops bubble on the knuckle area. It does not affect the actual performance, however just aesthetically concerning.
The thumb compartment is not entirely attached to the main body of the glove. It is enclosed by a canvas, instead of leather. With its quite higher cost, you would typically expect for these attachments to be made out if leather.
The stitching is done nicely. You will see a lot of stitching across the gloves and at the right areas. If you try on the glove and try to open your palm, you will notice there is some fair degree of movement which can be done.
However, unlike other boxing gloves from its competitors, it is not easy to open the hand with the Adidas gloves. Potentially, as the gloves are used more, it will become a lot easier to open and close your hand while using the Adidas gloves.
The anatomically correct molded foam is pre-curved for a natural, non-fatigue fist.
These gloves are available in the following sizes: 10oz, 12oz, and 16oz.
Comfort / Support
Adidas takes pride in providing utmost comfort to its market. Moreover, it aims to help its customers reach their full potential in playing the sport – whether professional or starting amateurs.
At first, the gloves would feel tight especially for boxers who have bigger or broader hands. However, know that this has been made intentionally.
The sealed interior is also a part of their design, which is geared toward enhancing performance by providing maximum support. The inside of the gloves is made of satin-like lining which adds to their comfort.
Moreover, with the aim to enhance each designed boxing gloves, Adidas uses the following technology:
The Adidas 300 was developed with high compression Injected-Molded Foam (IMF) Technology foam.
This feature allows each glove to have a single layer molded injected foam, which results to a durable, shock-absorbing foam that requires no break-in period.
It will remain consistent over time and will encase the fist in the most natural position possible.
This new technology undoubtedly provides another level of versatility, protection, and durability.
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For others, a Velcro strap can be a bit of an issue. This is because, for some, the belt can be too short, too long, too wide, or too narrow.
This concern is addressed by the Adidas 300 by using a large, rigid strap which ensures there is plenty of support around the wrist.
Moreover, one noticeable feature of the Adidas Power 300 Excel Training Gloves is the full leather wrap around its strap.
This provides strong wrist support on top of the Velcro wrist closure. On top of the Velcro closure is the three stripes design of Adidas.
The gloves are also designed with an elastic strap to allow for maneuverability during use.The wrist is noticeably hard which offers a higher quality of hand and wrist protection. This area also has a lot of padding, which is friendly and helpful.
On the overall perspective, the wrist compartment makes it easy for you to fit your hand. It also guarantees maximum wrist protection and support.
The foam padding is multi-layered and consists of horse hair. As mentioned earlier, the filling of this glove has been hand molded.
They are also adequately cushioned and effective. The fist has a wide surface area. This may not be liked by everyone as using a glove with a wide surface area can make it a little more challenging to sharpen your accuracy.
However, its function is to dissipate the impact of each blow and effectively preventing any injury or discomfort.
In conclusion, padding of the gloves makes it a good gear for sparring, especially for its price. At the back and knuckle area of the gloves, the padding creates a right bit and amount of protection. You will also feel the support given by you Velcro closure.
The Adidas gloves are designed to have a generous amount of padding – from the top, knuckle area, wrist area, and even on the thumb compartment.
This generous amount of padding shields the boxer from feeling the substantial impact of his own shots and punches.
This is also beneficial for those boxers who use the top part of the glove as a shield in receiving blows. The IMF technology used by Adidas does not only cater to provide the boxer the utmost comfort.
More than that, it is used to create an excellent shock absorption feature. This protects the fighter from potential injury especially during extended/extended hours of training.
Same with other boxing gloves, the Adidas 300 is designed with a breathable mesh palm. It is also perforated with small holes in the underside of the thumb and fist.
These make proper ventilation for a boxing glove. As you know, the more excellent the ventilation, the better.
The Ringside Apex Flash Sparring Gloves are specially designed with a breathable mesh palm and anti-microbial inner liner.
These features allow the air to flow through for maximum comfort. They also keep your hands cool and comfortable during your boxing workout.
Breathable thumb compartment holes
Apart from the use of breathable mesh palm and anti-microbial liner, Ringside further added a ventilation feature. You will notice in the Apex Sparring Gloves that they usually have a hole on the thumb compartment area.
This is to allow air flowing through the area, which will obviously help keep the thumb compartment dry and comfortable.
Sure you still have to exert some effort regarding maintaining your gloves. All gloves are entirely used a lot and are exposed to a lot of sweat and moisture which is bacteria's favorite hang out place.
With proper ventilation, you do not have to worry a lot about maintenance. This feature helps your gloves from drying up faster, preventing it from culturing bacteria.
Moreover, make sure you clean and dry up your gloves immediately after using them to preserve the use of 100% full grain leather from which it is made out of.
As reiterated, the Adidas Power 300 Excel Training Gloves is made of 100% full grain leather. Because of this, they are guaranteed to last longer than those brands which are merely using synthetic leather.
The genuine leather also makes the glove more invincible to cuts, which is a typical result of using boxing gloves over time.
The ergonomic shape and durable construction of the glove mean that you have a high quality, long lasting glove that you will love to put on and train with.
Is the Adidas Power 300 worth the buy? It is definitely a high-quality product that will work well for beginners.
If you are looking to train on a consistent basis, these gloves will show its wear and tear early enough.
Other than that, these are excellent gloves to get your hands on. Aesthetically speaking, these are very stylish and would look great on both male and females.