View Full Version : RIVAL HEADGEAR Review


fraidycat
01-05-2008, 07:10 PM
Okay. I've had two sparring sessions, one of them pretty heavy, in the new headgear.

http://www.rivalboxing.com/f/images/0-rhgpro-e_15.jpg

Initial impression: LIGHT. This headgear is freaking LIGHT. I held it in one hand and my friend's Winning headgear in the other and they seem to be about the same weight. This really helps in slipping, which is good because. . . .

Secondary impression: WIDE OPEN. I've got a scuffmark across my nose and a busted lip. I'm using the Size M and I wear a size 7 1/4 hat. There is enough room between the cheek protectors to fit all four knuckles of a 16 oz. glove. Not good. Guys with big noses should stay away from this headgear, IMO.

Further impressions:

- Stops a punch good. The headgear seems to transfer the momentum into my back; both times after sparring my head doesn't hurt (it always did with my Everlast headgear) but my lower back is stiff.

- It does not move around on my head. I took some savage hooks today and it moved very little.

- Quick punches don't sting. This may be because the inside is microsuede, not leather. It grips your face tightly and transfers the force into your body.

- Visibility is excellent. Of course, that's because you can drive a Peterbilt through the space between the cheekguards. It is definitely built for someone who slips a lot. It would work very well for someone who uses a Dempsey Roll or Philly Shell.

Overall, I'm very impressed with this headgear. The design is a step forward, seriously space-age in the materials and ergonomics. Well worth the money, if you've got the balls to wear a nearly-open headgear.

lilaznjoker
01-05-2008, 07:28 PM
very nice review! i think i'm going to get them...:boxing:


was looking at fightgear but it doesn't look too good. the airmax seems cheap..

hows the ear protection?

lilaznjoker
01-05-2008, 07:30 PM
can ya take a pic too =) see how it fits

skilgannon
01-06-2008, 04:24 AM
wow I am surprised the face is wide open and that a 16oz knuckle can fit between the cheeks cause in the picture, it looks quite closed. how is the shock absorption?

fraidycat
01-06-2008, 02:10 PM
wow I am surprised the face is wide open and that a 16oz knuckle can fit between the cheeks cause in the picture, it looks quite closed. how is the shock absorption?

Shock absorption is excellent. Here's a pic of the headgear fitted to me. I'm thinking I might need the next size up, but usually size L headgear is WAY too big on me. This is the size that Rival recommended for my head size.

<a href="http://s75.photobucket.com/albums/i311/Fraid_E_cat/?action=view&current=headgear.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i311/Fraid_E_cat/headgear.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Kayo
01-06-2008, 04:11 PM
I ordered this earlier in the week so i should get it by wednesday

actionjackson
01-06-2008, 05:01 PM
I am a fan of everything rival. But the headgear I think is alright. I like to spar without the cheak protector, an open face. I just feel that is a false sense of security, because you will have no face protection on the headgear you were in a fight.

Rival gear is pretty great though. I have their shoes and mexican bag gloves on the way right now.

lilaznjoker
01-06-2008, 06:33 PM
Shock absorption is excellent. Here's a pic of the headgear fitted to me. I'm thinking I might need the next size up, but usually size L headgear is WAY too big on me. This is the size that Rival recommended for my head size.

<a href="http://s75.photobucket.com/albums/i311/Fraid_E_cat/?action=view&current=headgear.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i311/Fraid_E_cat/headgear.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

ooh. doesn't look too bad. as long as the shock absorption is good... i remember using the gyms and my friends headgear and the cheeks had wide space in between and didn't really protect much neither...

lilaznjoker
01-06-2008, 11:35 PM
how you measure your head? circumference from your forehead?

fraidycat
01-07-2008, 03:06 AM
how you measure your head? circumference from your forehead?

That's one way. As it happens, I wear a Fedora quite a bit (I play the saxophone professionally in a swing band, and I swing dance), so I know my hat size. :banana:


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Kayo
01-07-2008, 03:44 AM
Omg you rock a fedora? THATS SOOOOO DANNK

fraidycat
01-07-2008, 10:54 AM
Omg you rock a fedora? THATS SOOOOO DANNK


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"English, mother****er! Do you speak it?"

Seriously. I'm out of touch with the vernacular of today's youth.

Kayo
01-07-2008, 04:43 PM
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"English, mother****er! Do you speak it?"

Seriously. I'm out of touch with the vernacular of today's youth.

haha, im saying that wearing a fedora is cool

n4kapa
01-16-2008, 07:35 AM
I need all the nose protection I can get. But I'd need a football helmet to cover my Serbian shnozz.

sterling
01-16-2008, 10:21 AM
looks gd i use the open head guard where i can see everything but i aint got a big nose either lol

podxvost
01-16-2008, 05:49 PM
that stuff is pricey. I've just been on their site, and the gloves look really high tech, are they any good?

actionjackson
01-17-2008, 01:30 AM
They gloves are great. Up in Canada most of the pro-cards use Rival gloves. I have a pair of 8oz mexican bag gloves.

Kayo
01-17-2008, 01:34 AM
I got my rival headgear last week and i have to say its absolutely amazing

podxvost
01-17-2008, 03:18 AM
I got my rival headgear last week and i have to say its absolutely amazing

Does it really make that much difference?

Kayo
01-17-2008, 05:06 AM
Does it really make that much difference?

Yes, it doesnt move around at all, i have amazing vision with it on and it looks pretty good too.

podxvost
01-17-2008, 05:19 AM
Doesn't move around....sounds great...that just sold me. The ****ty hgear we got at the gym gets sideways every time i get hit, such a pain in the ass to adjust it while sparring. Rival hgear does look good, i like the high tech look. Ummm.... now i dont know what to get first, head gear or bag gloves......

lilaznjoker
01-17-2008, 05:59 AM
mine came with wrinkles on the left side :nonono:

Kayo
01-17-2008, 03:07 PM
Doesn't move around....sounds great...that just sold me. The ****ty hgear we got at the gym gets sideways every time i get hit, such a pain in the ass to adjust it while sparring. Rival hgear does look good, i like the high tech look. Ummm.... now i dont know what to get first, head gear or bag gloves......

Well what equipment do you currently have?

podxvost
01-17-2008, 04:46 PM
Well what equipment do you currently have?

right now i dont have anything, other then hand wraps and mouth piece. I'm still using my gyms equipment. They have some ringside sparing gear, but the bag gloves are those tiny 8oz things or the 14oz everlast gloves (i use the everlast because they are heavier, sometimes we spar in them too)

Kayo
01-17-2008, 05:00 PM
right now i dont have anything, other then hand wraps and mouth piece. I'm still using my gyms equipment. They have some ringside sparing gear, but the bag gloves are those tiny 8oz things or the 14oz everlast gloves (i use the everlast because they are heavier, sometimes we spar in them too)

Well things you should invest in is a cup haha because you didnt mention that...a pair of 16oz gloves, ringside imf tech are an amazing all round glove you can use for everything and your own headgear. Leave bag gloves till later

fraidycat
01-17-2008, 05:49 PM
Well things you should invest in is a cup haha because you didnt mention that...a pair of 16oz gloves, ringside imf tech are an amazing all round glove you can use for everything and your own headgear. Leave bag gloves till later

He's not bull****ting. Get a cup, first. Rival makes those, too . . . .

Kayo
01-17-2008, 08:12 PM
He's not bull****ting. Get a cup, first. Rival makes those, too . . . .

I forgot to wear a cup one day....worst day ever.

fraidycat
01-17-2008, 08:36 PM
I forgot to wear a cup one day....worst day ever.

A hook to the sackular plexus made the $19.95 for the cup seem like a bargain, huh? :boxing: I'd sooner fight without headgear.

Kayo
01-17-2008, 09:19 PM
A hook to the sackular plexus made the $19.95 for the cup seem like a bargain, huh? :boxing: I'd sooner fight without headgear.

haha deffinatly. Cept i actualy took an inside left leg kick to the groin

tills9191
01-17-2008, 09:40 PM
the best head is one that protects the nose.

podxvost
01-18-2008, 12:59 AM
i was going to get these http://ringside.com/detail.aspx?ID=25499 is that what you are talking about? it says they are bag gloves. i'm confused. could you give me a link please?

For some reason nobody wears a cup when sparing, we do have the daiper looking things hanging around. But the only time i've seen someone wear them is when two mma guys where sparing and one got kneed in the balls couple times.

Kayo
01-18-2008, 02:05 AM
i was going to get these http://ringside.com/detail.aspx?ID=25499 is that what you are talking about? it says they are bag gloves. i'm confused. could you give me a link please?

For some reason nobody wears a cup when sparing, we do have the daiper looking things hanging around. But the only time i've seen someone wear them is when two mma guys where sparing and one got kneed in the balls couple times.

No those are not what im talking about. You want training gloves, i'd be pissed if someone wanted to spar with bag gloves. These are what you want
http://ringside.com/DETAIL.ASPX?ID=25151
and i use these
http://ringside.com/DETAIL.ASPX?ID=25232

Man sparring without a cup...man that ****s risky i mean boxing is already a dangerous sport, now your puttin the risk of not bein able to have kids...

fraidycat
01-18-2008, 09:58 PM
Man sparring without a cup...man that ****s risky i mean boxing is already a dangerous sport, now your puttin the risk of not bein able to have kids...

+ eleventy billion. Low blows happen. They shouldn't, but they do. Wearing a foul protector makes the difference between saying, "Uh, dude, that was low," and curling up into a fetal position puking on the canvas. Foul protectors don't LOOK cool, but you'd have to be insane to spar without one.

podxvost
01-19-2008, 09:49 AM
I'd better get me one, i dont know why i didnt yet. I play soccer and soccer ball to the nuts put me on the ground everytime, i do wear a cup when playing now. Can i use the same cup when sparing or should it be made specificly for boxing?

What would you guys recomend? I'd like something light, that doesn't restrain movement too much? Thanks.

fraidycat
01-19-2008, 12:36 PM
What would you guys recomend? I'd like something light, that doesn't restrain movement too much? Thanks.

I use the Title "Groin Protector Plus." $20. You can use a regular athletic cup for boxing, I guess, but a boxing foul protector covers your kidneys to some degree at and below the beltline. A liver shot will still drop you, BTW; but a low shot to the midsection won't.

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/titleboxing/DGPP--model

They don't impede movement if you spar with it on and get used to it.

I see guys in amateur bouts messing with their foul protectors b/c they're not used to them. Not only do they look stupid pulling at their crotches in front of a hundred pairs of eyes, this also makes them look like they don't know what they're doing. File under "Ring Generalship."

Kayo
01-19-2008, 05:11 PM
You can use just a general athletic cup i also use these spandex shorts that i wear under my trunks that have a built in cup and it doesnt move around at all and its pretty comfortable