Boon is a Muay Thai brand that is popular among the Muay Thai elitists.
It is probably the least well known out of all the big Thai brands in Thailand, but people who like Boon often swear by the quality and craftsmanship of the gloves. This is a brand that has done nothing in terms of marketing and promotions and only focuses on making quality products.
Something that sets boon apart from other brands is the fact that it was started by Australian Scott Marr and his Thai wife.
Without any background knowledge of sewing and Muay Thai equipment, Scott and his wife figured how to make Muay Thai equipment on their own (I believe Scott had his wife learn how to sew to start making the gloves in the beginning).
This is quite an impressive feat considering how much detail goes into making a quality pair of gloves.
This is a brand that truly is a family run business and designed to stay small so they can maintain a high quality of standard.
Boon doesn’t have huge production lines like Twins, Top King and Fairtex, so you won’t find them in many retail stores that sell equipment online. If you head to Thailand, it’s difficult to find Boon in any of the Muay Thai gear shops or gyms. The only place to buy Boon in person is their official store in Bangkok — at least that I know of.
While brands like Yokkao are all about style and flash, Boon is quite the opposite. They only have one type of Muay Thai glove and a few basic colors of each glove. If you want a fancy design on your gloves, your probably better off looking at another brand.
Where Can You Buy Boon Boxing Gloves
While I’ve been in Thailand for over five years now at the time of writing this (since 2011), I’ve never owned or used a pair of Boon gloves UNTIL the last few months of 2016 when I made great effort to get my hands on a pair of Boon gloves.
Let me say; it’s not easy at all to get your hands on Boon gloves — at least outside of Bangkok that is.
To get a pair, I had to actually head to the physical store location in Bangkok (Sukhumvit Soi 81, the first Soi after On Nut BTS Station) during my last trip.
The Boon website does NOT sell individual gloves, only wholesale.
However, after my store visit, I finally bought a pair and…I love them.
In fact, right now the Boon gloves are my main boxing gloves that I wear in training. They are right up there with Raja as my favorite (more on this later).
Boon Glove Models
Boon offers 3 types of gloves that are available for sale. The first and by far the most popular is their Velcro Muay Thai glove. These gloves are the ones you are likely going to buy when you first purchase a pair of Boon gloves. The other models available are the Lace Up Gloves (ideal for competition) and also their bag gloves.
Their standard gloves range from between 8-16 oz in size and come in basic colors of brown, black, red, white, and blue.
If you order the gloves online, don’t expect to see many fancy designs or colors other than these basic models. Boon specializes in the basics, and they don’t deviate from that too often.
Boon has the most simplistic designs out of all the Tha brands. Even some of the old-school traditional Thai brands (like Windy or Sandee), have more design options for their gloves than Boon. You just get a plain monotone colored glove with a logo, and that’s it.
Their bag gloves are ideal for people who want to work on their clinching, without having to put on or take off the velcro gloves that will often scratch your opponent’s neck. The bag gloves can also be used on pads, but you don’t get much wrist support or knuckle protection in the gloves. Think of MMA size gloves, but in a Muay Thai glove.
The bag gloves can also be used on pads, but you don’t get much wrist support or knuckle protection in the gloves. Think of MMA size gloves, but in a Muay Thai glove.
Since the Boon Velcro Gloves are by far the most popularity, these are the particular gloves that I will be reviewing here.
The only difference between the velcro and lace-up gloves is the wrist area. Lace-up gloves are better for competition, but they require you to have someone to help put on the gloves.
In this review, we will be looking at some factors that will help us determine the overall quality of Boon gloves.
The first thing you should notice about Boon is that they are fairly priced.
If you order Boon gloves online from say Amazon (you can sometimes find a few pairs sold there), you can grab a pair of 12 oz gloves for around $75-100 USD. This is a good price if you compare it to other brands that make a less quality glove.
So Boon’s prices fall in line with other quality Muay Thai gloves you will find on the market. While you can get cheaper gloves, those gloves won’t be made from Thailand and will be made from lesser materials. In terms of value, Boon offers an excellent glove for a very reasonable price.
The price of the lace up and Velcro Muay Thai gloves are the same, so it really comes down to preference and whether you want to tie up your gloves or put them on via velcro.
Overall the price of Boon gloves are very reasonable and can be found online by a few distributors in the US like Title Boxing, etc. If you purchase your gloves in Thailand, you have to take into account the $25 shipping fee that you end up paying, which drives up the price of the gloves.
If you purchase your gloves in Thailand from an online store (if you manage to find one that sells out of Thailand), you have to take into account the $25 shipping fee that you end up paying, which drives up the price of the gloves.
I feel Boon, after using my pair for a couple months, makes some of the best quality Muay Thai gear. I love the gloves, and they are absolutely worth the money. The design is boring, but you are not buying Boon gloves for the design or flash, but for the fit, feel, and performance.
Another area that Boon gloves stand out is their fit and comfort. I like the feeling of Boon gloves. When I put my hands
I love the feeling of my hand inside a Boon glove. When I put my hands in the gloves you can feel the quality of the craftsmanship and design. These are definitely gloves that you will be happy wearing after you get used to the design.
The padding in the knuckle area of the glove offers good protection, and the fit of the thumb is also premium quality as well. The leather is premium and has a nice feeling when you push it against your skin.
I have medium sized hands, and the gloves are very cushy on the inside with plenty of room. I’m not sure how they fit if you have large hands, but I suspect if you get a bigger pair they’ll give you enough room as well.
Boon boxing gloves have a longer-than-normal wrist length. That is, the end of the glove rides up higher on your forearm than all the other Thai brands. I’d say a good 2 inches higher. This offers more wrist support, though you may or may not like this. But you should know this.
The actual glove fits nicely above the wrist and has more of a tapered design than the usual Muay Thai gloves. I find this makes them better for boxing than say Twins, Fairtex, and Top King. However, the extra length on the wrist area may make it harder to clinch with these gloves on as you have less hand mobility because of it.
If you could find one area that Boon is lacking it would be their style and design. Basically, there’s not a lot here to choose from.
These gloves are designed for function, not fashion. They are pretty much the opposite philosophy of Yokkao, which has a million color options and styles that you can choose from.
Since I am not big into flashy designs, I actually like the fact that Boon only offers simple designs that work. However, I could see some people not really digging the basic color design options that Boon offers.
If you visit Boon’s shop in person, you’ll be able to find some more limited model gloves that you won’t find online. But if you’re looking to buy a new set up Boon gloves online, your options are pretty limited to the basic colors and models.
Quality is another area where Boon does a great job. The double stitching that is standard among most boxing gloves are found in Boon gloves. If you own a pair of Boon gloves, you can expect them to have the same shelf life as the other gloves like Twins and Top King that
The double stitching that is standard among most boxing gloves are found in Boon gloves. If you own a pair of Boon gloves you can expect them to have the same shelf life as the other gloves like Twins and Top King that are found on the market.
If you don’t let the gloves dry out after you use them, expect them to deteriorate much faster than if you take proper care of your gloves.
Boon uses quality cowhide leather when making their gloves, so you don’t have to worry about synthetic materials on your gloves.
I’ve had my gloves for a couple months now and used them in some hard conditions (Thai rainy season). So far, they have been holding up very well.
Using the Gloves in Training
Since I do own a pair (the same brown pair you see in the featured image), I thought I’d briefly share my thoughts on how the glove are for training.
In one word: awesome.
I love the gloves and along with Raja, Boon are my favorites. IF you want a Muay Thai glove that’s better for boxing work, Boon gloves are that. The longer wrist area means they offer more support for the wrist when you punch, and the area above the back of the hand is more tapered than the standard Muay Thai design (which tend to be short and fat gloves).
Because of these design differences, the gloves feel better when punching with them. However, the longer wrist means there is less flexibility when trying to grip something when you close your fist. The other brands like Twins, Top King, Fairtex are better for clinching with.
Frankly, I’ve never seen Boon gloves used in an actual Muay Thai fight.
The gloves have good padding and are very comfortable. I will note that padding is a bit on the harder side. My knuckles were a bit sore the first week I started to use them. You’ll need to break in the leather a bit before they perform their best.
I slightly prefer Raja to Boon, because Raja’s gloves are a bit more tapered and form fitting (good for boxing). Raja gloves are not as long, so you can clinch better with them. However, Raja gloves need to be broken in for a longer period and the snug fit is such that you’ll feel your knuckles more when hitting the heavy bag (and maybe get some bruises).
The only problem is that it’s VERY FUCKING HARD to buy a pair of Boon gloves.
Where to Buy Boon Gloves
If you are looking to purchase a new pair of Boon gloves your best bet is online. You would be hard pressed to find a physical store in your area that would carry Boon simply because it is not a well known brand. If you live in North America your best bet would be to look at Titleboxing.com and you can grab a pair of Boon’s for 100 bucks.
Boon has a few local distributors that can be found in Australia and New Zealand. So if you live in those countries you can order a pair of Boon’s from one of those websites.
There are a number of shops based in Thailand that supply Boon gloves as well. If you order from Thailand expect to pay around $50-60 for the gloves plus a $25 USD shipping DHL shipping fee. This ends up bringing the cost of the gloves to around $80 usd.
The best way to buy Boon Gloves is to visit their physical store which is located in Bangkok.
How to visit the Boon Store
To get the cheapest priced Boon equipment you need to visit the store directly in Bangkok. Buying directly can save you upwards of 50% off the cost of the gloves vs ordering them online, but it will require you to make a trek down to the shop.
To visit the store your best bet is to take the BTS train to On Nut station. Once you get off On Nut station go to exit 3-4 and then get a Motorbike taxi to the store. This taxi will cost you around 20 baht for the 5 minute lift. If you say “Boon Boxing” or “Boon Muay Thai” you will find a taxi who will know where to go.
Boon is an excellent Muay Thai brand that offers quality Muay Thai equipment at a reasonable price. If you want fancy designs and innovative gloves, you are probably better off going with a more popular brand like Twins or Top King. However, if you want well-made quality gloves then Boon is an excellent choice to consider.
This is a family run business that has worked hard to build a well-established brand of Muay Thai equipment. If you have never owned a pair of Boon gloves, I recommend you try them out and see if they are for you. Since every glove fits differently, you can never guarantee that the glove will fit your hand shape perfectly.
I would definitely recommend Boon gloves to anyone because of they make a quality glove that looks good, fits well and his built to last. These gloves offer the same quality you find in all of the big brands from Thailand and can be found for a good price. If you are looking for a replacement glove from your Twins or Fairtex ones, definitely give Boon a shot.
Again, I love Boon and I highly recommend them for a different sort of Muay Thai glove. They are more of a niche product than say Twins and will likely appeal to the hardcore Muay Thai crowd. I don’t recommend these if you are brand new to Muay Thai or Boxing, but if you’ve been training for a while and want a second pair of gloves, get Boon. You might just have found your new best friend.
I don’t recommend these if you are brand new to Muay Thai or Boxing, but if you’ve been training for a while and want a second pair of gloves, get Boon. You might just have found your new best friend.