Hand wraps are worn under the gloves in boxing, kick-boxing, MMA and Muay Thai to help protect the hands, knuckles and wrists from injury when punching. Some people prefer to use gel inner gloves which provide similar protection to the hand wraps but are easier to use, having only to slip them on and off. Hand wraps are usually made from cotton with a thumb loop and velcro fastener to tie the hand wraps. Mexican hand wraps are also available and provide elasticity that helps contour to your hand. Handwraps come in a variety of lengths, with the shorter length preferred when used with MMA gloves and longer for boxing gloves.