Fairtex Muay Thai Style Sparring Gloves

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The Fairtex Muay Thai boxing glove is one that is both aesthetically pleasing and provides wearer’s with a decent level of protection when used. As is customary with Muay Thai gloves, Fairtex made sure to design the gloves with cushioning in areas that would need it the most; the gloves has ample cushioning on the backhand, the place that does the blocking and things of the like. The gloves exterior is on the harder side which allows them to be a bit more durable than the average boxing glove.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Durable
  • Provides padding in the right places
  • Gives wearer more of a feel in the knuckle area
  • Doesn’t have a grip bar
  • Velcro gripping
Cons
  • Lack of protection
  • Takes a decent length of time to break in

Protection

Unlike boxing gloves, Muay Thai gloves have less padding in the knuckle area. This allows the glove to provide ample protection for the wearer when they are blocking kicks and the like. The downside of the lack of padding is that the glove doesn’t have much padding for the punching process. The Velcro used for the strapping allows the glove to have a relatively decent bit of wrist support for wearer’s; this is especially important because of the primary use of the glove and the fact that a badly angled punch can leave one in a lot of pain afterward if the wrist isn’t supported correctly. The padding in the gloves is also relatively firm which ensures that the backhand is serves it’s intended function and the that the knuckles provide for the wearer when it comes to punching ability; although the firmness of the gloves should be considered in terms of using these gloves for sparring and things of the like, they are a bit tough and may inflict real damage on the opponent.

Quality

Fairtex definitely made these gloves as high quality as they could. The padding in the glove is relatively dense and allows it to provide the wearer with a high level of protection while in use; the padding used in the glove also ensures that the glove doesn’t experience any ripping or things of that nature while the glove is used. The fact that the gloves themselves are handmade allows them to provide the wearer with an extremely high life; handmade gloves, due to the care that is placed in their creation don’t break very easily and are usually made out of decent materials. The outer portion of the gloves is made from a very high-quality leather material and doesn’t break down very easily with use; leather is known for having this quality. The stitching, since the gloves are handmade, is rather tight and holds up very well with uses; this is a very important piece to consider because of the fact that the usual stitching in gloves doesn’t hold up very well one may experience looseness after a few rounds with the gloves.

Design

The gloves come in a variety of colors and because of this, can actually be matched with outfit types accordingly. The coloring on the gloves themselves is rather uniform as well, a quality that must be considered when one is considering the glove types. The gloves are rather light compared to other gloves; the glove appears much smaller than others because of the compressed cushioning that is present throughout. Due to the style of the gloves, the compact design is needed and gives the wearer the protection that is needed in certain areas while the glove is worn. Unlike most gloves, the BGV has a straight thumb, which is something that may hinder the wearer when the glove is being worn because of its inability to curl easily while on hand.

Fit

These fit on these gloves is rather nice when on the wearer’s hand. The gloves have Velcro strapping which keeps them from moving around or potentially slipping off while the wearer is in action; the Velcro strapping is rather tight and prevents movement of the glove. The lining on the inside of the glove also prevents movement and allows for a snug fit while worn.

Comfort

These gloves are not the most comfortable gloves on the market, that’s for sure. The Fairtex has a design that uses a hardened cushioning material throughout; this takes away from the feel and makes the gloves seem a bit heavier on hand. The snug fit that the gloves provide adds to the level of comfort that is felt by the wearer when on hand. The gloves lack the usual grip bar that comes with Muay Thai gloves, something that usually takes away from the comfort that is felt by the wearer while the glove is on; the material bunches up rather quickly and takes away from the gloves ability to curl easily. The bunching is accentuated by the straight thumb design that is on the gloves.

Pricing

The fact that the gloves are handmade makes them a bit on the more expensive side; that is for boxing gloves at least. The quality of the gloves more than justifies the price that is to be paid for them; one doesn’t have to worry about loose stitching or constant replacement of the gloves due to tears in the material. The leather material greatly enhances the feel of the gloves and allows for a decent level of aesthetic appeal to be made present in the shoe’s design. The overall make of the gloves themselves provides the wearer with a high level of value, primarily because of the fact that the wearer will no longer have to worry about constant replacement of the gloves, that is, as long as one is using the gloves for their intended purpose. There are various cheaper models of Muay Thai gloves available, but the functionality and durability of this model more than outweigh the costs that are incurred with their purchase.

Conclusion

Fairtex made some rather decent gloves; they have a high level of longevity and provide the wearer with a fair level of aesthetic appeal while worn. The lack of a grip bar and the straight thumb design somewhat takes away from the feel of the gloves overall; it results in bunching of the material and an unnatural feeling glove. The make of the gloves themselves is very high quality due to the leather and the handstitched design. The cushioning used throughout somewhat takes away from the feel of the glove and should be considered, especially for those who are looking for a glove to spar in; these will definitely inflict way more pain than is necessary.The BGV are rather decent gloves; they have a high level of longevity and provide the wearer with a fair level of aesthetic appeal while worn. The lack of a grip bar and the straight thumb design somewhat takes away from the feel of the gloves overall; it results in bunching of the material and an unnatural feeling glove. This isn’t the deal breaker for a standard boxing glove nor should it be for a Muay Thai glove, because of the fact that the glove still performs and beats expectations while in use. The make of the gloves themselves is very high quality due to the leather and the handstitched design. The cushioning used throughout somewhat takes away from the feel of the glove and should be considered, especially for those who are looking for a glove to spar in; these will definitely inflict way more pain than is necessary.

Brand

These gloves are developed by the Thailand based boxing gear developer, Fairtex. The gloves themselves are handmade in Thailand, which introduces a fair level of quality control into the mix. Having been first introduced in 1958, Fairtex makes equipment ranging from traditional boxing gear, all the way to MMA gear; the fact that they are based in Thailand and the 8introduction of the sport in Thailand makes Muay Thai gear fall right into their field of expertise.

Materials

The gloves are designed with high-quality materials that ensure that the wearer won’t have to constantly replace the gloves with continued use. The designers of the gloves decided to use leather for most of the design of the glove; the use of this materials allows the gloves to retain a very high quality and is one of the reasons why they are a bit on the expensive side. Note though, that the leather also takes away from one’s ability to spar in these gloves, the material is very hard and will inflict a decent amount of damage on the wearer if used. The lining above for the Velcro strap is also designed using leather and further improves the quality provided. As previously mentioned, the glove features a Velcro strap that works to improve the fit provided by the gloves. It does just this and at a very high level. The inside of the gloves themselves is fitted with a lining that somewhat provides a decent feel to the hands when in place; the cushioning on the inside of the gloves is the only thing that somewhat takes away from this aspect of the glove.

Reliability

Well, the functionality of the gloves is definitely on par. The Velcro strap on the wrist section of the gloves ensures that they fit snugly and reduces the slippage of the gloves while they are on hand. The inclusion of the Velcro on these gloves was imperative because of the fact that the base of the gloves is somewhat wider and may or may not allow be appealing to some; the Velcro used is also very high quality and sticks with the same level of vigor each and every time that the gloves are in use. The gloves are of a very high quality meaning that the stitching throughout doesn’t break down very easily; this is completely necessary for Muay Thai because of the high intensity of the overall sport. The padding in the gloves, while being on the denser side, does its job to block the kicks and straight punches that are part of the Muay Thai art form. As mentioned earlier, the gloves are specially designed to reduce the amount of padding that is present in the knuckle portion of the gloves; this padding is relocated to the backhand.

Purpose

These gloves are specifically designed for use in Muay Thai sports. Muay Thai is a fighting sport where fighters make use of Eight Points of contact. The sport utilizes both punches and kicks, as well as elbows and knees in their combinations. Clinching is also utilized throughout the sport as a way to reduce the effectiveness of various parts of the eight points of contact; fighters can no longer utilize the punches and kicks due to the reduction n distance that comes with the use of a clinch.
Due to the addition of kicks that comes with Muay Thai, these gloves have added cushioning in the backhand; the added cushioning reduces the level of impact that is felt by boxers during their time in this sport. To compensate for the added cushioning that comes with the gloves, wearers no longer have as much protection in the knuckle portion of the gloves. The lack of cushioning in the knuckles of the gloves allows the wearer to retain a fair level of feeling when punching and is no longer as necessary because of the use of various other body parts in the sport.

Key features

• Velcro strapping
• Heavy cushioning on back hand
• Leather design