Over the years we’ve personally used and sold many different types of hand wraps of different lengths and fabrics in our boxing gym. But one brand we’ve returned to over and over again has been the Everlast 180″ Everfresh hand wraps. The reason being is the comfort of the material, the drying time, and the durability.
The material is a 55% Nylon 45% Polyester blend which gives a different feel than a cotton hand wrap. The material is soft and has a good stretch and flexibility to it. This is important if you have knuckle problems as you can add a gauze knuckle pad to the wrap for extra protection without it coming undone during your training session. Also this makes the wrap extremely comfortable if you take it in between your fingers. I’ve had other wraps that were too stiff to put in between my fingers and I had to use boxing tape instead in between the fingers. But if you do like to use boxing tape with your wrap for extra support for your metacarpals and wrist the material of the Everlast 180″ Everfresh hand wraps allow you to apply boxing tape without the tape damaging the fabric. Furthermore the boxing tape is easy to remove at the end of your training session.
Another plus of the material is the drying time. As anyone who has boxed before knows hand wraps get drenched in sweat quickly. Between having your hands in a pair of bag gloves working the heavybag and double-end bag for countless rounds to intensely sparring in 16 oz gloves your hand wraps are going to get drenched. The Everlast 180″ Everfresh hand wraps are excellent at wicking away moisture. They will get covered in sweat but the drying time is much quicker when compared to cotton hand wraps when you have to air them out. The same goes for when you wash them. Usually they don’t need to be dried in a dryer which causes unnecessary wear. They can usually air dry in a hour or so.
The Everlast 180″ Everfresh hand wraps have fair durability.
They aren’t the most durable wraps compared to heavier cotton wraps but they get the job done. The average life expectancy is about 6 to 8 months with heavy use. After many uses there usually isn’t any siginificant holes fabric shredding as they head towards the end of their life expectancy. Unlike other brands the velcro tape doesn’t have the tendency to randomly rip off the wrap. The velcro is well stitched to the wrap. Although with repeated machine washings and dryings the tapes stickiness will erode siginificantly. And for those with smaller wrists the velcro has a tendency to overhang and sometimes get in the way. Usually these problems can be fixed by applying boxing tape around the wrist.
Overall even with the weaknesses I recommend the Everlast 180″ Everfresh hand wraps simply because they are some of the most comfortable wraps out there only surpassed by actual gauze hand wraps.