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Fairtex Muay Thai Gloves Review (Updated 2016)

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Fairtex gloves don’t seem to be as popular as Twins or Top King up here in Thailand, however, Fairtex makes high quality gloves and I’ve been hankering to get my hands on a pair to try them out. Well the time has come and I’ve been using these gloves for the past couple of weeks. I figured it would be a good time to write a review about these gloves [edit – it’s been two years since this and I still LOVE these gloves – Ben].

Now, there are a number of different Fairtex style of gloves, depending on what you are looking for.

This specific style I reviewed here is called “TIGHT FIT UNIVERSAL MUAY THAI/BOXING GLOVES”  and the model number is BGV1. However, this review covers ALL the models, as there is NOT very much variation between most of the models.

Over the years I’ve had a number of different style of Boxing and Muay Thai gloves, but this is the first time I’ve used a tighter fitting, more compressed glove. For a 16 ounce, these gloves are very compact indeed. There are some advantages to this — travelling, for one, is much easier to shove these into a bag along with your other stuff.


Fairtex Muay Thai Gloves

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Compared to other glove brands, the Fairtex Tight Fit’s are literally about 70 percent of the length and 70 percent of the width of other gloves. My last pair of gloves, Twins 16 ounce, were monstrously big. The Fairtex, however, look to be about the same size as a pair of Twins 10 or 12 ounce. Despite the size difference, however, the top of the gloves still have a good amount of padding, which is the whole purpose for 16 ounce gloves.

Fairtex Boxing Glove Models (Updated 2016)

There’s dozens of different Muay Thai / Boxing Glove models in the Fairtex lineup. However, most of the differences are simply cosmetic — i.e. different color combinations. However, there are a few core models that are structurally different. I’ve listed them all here and give an explanation  about that model. This should make it easier for you to pick out the right Fairtex glove model for your needs.

Tight Fit Universal (BVG1)

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THE classic Muay Thai gloves by Fairtex. These are the BGV1’s and their most popular and basic model is the black BGV1 Tight Fits. You can get these in all sizes up to 20 oz. Faritex often makes fancy patterns and designs based on this model which offer the same features and core design, but just different cosmetically.

Pro Competition Model (BGL6)

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Lace up OR Vlecro gloves designed for full contact Muay Thai / Kickboxing competitions. These are used for K1, Strike Force, WBC Muay Thai, and so on. These are the Fairtex gloves you see on TV likely. I like the design for sparring Muay Thaih, but it’s a bitch to use the Lace Up version (we use the lace up BGL6’s at the Gym I train at in Thailand).For sparring, I recommend the velcro.

Bag Gloves

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Designed for clinching and bag work. There are a number of different models depending on the thumb (full and half cover) and Velcro design. However, I won’t list all the models here. These are good for clinching I feel, but as for actually hitting the heavy bag, I recommend you stick to standard gloves which will actually offer more protection.

Angular Sparring Boxing Gloves (BGV6)

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My Favorite style of Fairtex boxing gloves, designed more like western boxing gloves.The design is tapered which allows for better punching. I even use these to hit the bag — or I did until someone made off with them (stolen) and I haven’t been able to replace them. Good for boxers or hand heavy Nak Muay. Note that these lack the thick wrist padding areas that Traditional Muay Thai gloves have, meaning they won’t protect against kicks and they are not designed for clinch work with the grips.

Pro Sparring Gloves (BG5)

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These are a Muay Thai glove specifically designed for sparring. They include extra thick padding around the knuckle area with a contoured hand compartment for tighter fist grips. IF you are looking for Fairtex gloves for Muay Thai sparring, then THESE are the ones you want as they are designed JUST for that. Only come in 16 ounce.

Mexican Style Boxing Gloves (BGV8)

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Mexican style boxing gloves which means there is LESS padding in the design. If you like Cleyto Reyes, well here’s the Fairtex take on that. The design is also more angular and as such these are BOXING gloves not Muay Thai gloves. So good for boxing gyms or Nak Muay who want a pair of Boxing friendly gloves to beat on someone with or to hit the pads / heavy bag with (it feels RIGHT when you do). I have owned a pair of these and I love this one for general bag work and pad work. However, if you want to spar Muay Thai with clinching, I recommend the Pro Sparring Glove model instead (BGV5)

The Aesthetics

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Let’s talk a bit about the general aesthetics.

Note, this applies to the standard TIGHT FIT model as you see from my pictures. There are other designs and shapes you can look at, but I’m reviewing the standard BGV1 here.

There’s not much to complain about in the looks department. My review pair are a nice orange-brown color, a rather unique color. But you can select from the standard blue/yellow/green, etc.

There are of course a number of different colors to select from.

Generally speaking, these gloves are quite pleasing to look at — they are a brown-orange color with the generic Fairtex logo imprinted on the front. There’s nothing really too fancy with the logo (it’s the regular Fairtex imprint ), if you want a fancier logo or extra graphics on your glove, you can choose a different Fairtex glove model. This model of boxing/muay thai gloves are all about the functionality, but still manage to stand out as a good looking pair.

Most people at the gym I train at have Twins or Top King gloves; these Fairtex gloves really stood out and I had a number of people ask about the gloves with a couple buying a pair afterwards. So take this as a positive.

The Build and Feel

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The gloves are made from real leather and have a quality feel to them. These gloves are a tight fit, meaning there is not a lot of room once you shove your hands in. The weight distribution of the gloves is good with more of the padding being in the front of the glove around the knuckle than other parts of the glove.  I’ve had problems in the past with other glove brands like Twins where the frame of the glove  is positioned (with little cushioning) against my lead knuckle (specifically with the Twins 16 ounce and 8 ounce) and over time has caused serious abrasion of the knuckle (to the point of blood after a week or so of use). I can say after a couple weeks using these

Fairtex gloves, this is not the case. So if you’ve had problems with other gloves rubbing your knuckles the wrong way, these gloves won’t do that.

The Fairtex Durability After Two Years Update

These were my first pair back in 2014. It’s been over 2 years since having these gloves. I’ve used them on and off over that period of time and they have still help up remarkably well. I’m not going to say I’ve trained twice a day with these for 2 years — I haven’t. But I’ve used them for months and months over the 2 or so years since I first wrote this review.

Generally though, ALL boxing gloves have about 6-8 months of life in them before they start falling apart in Thailand — I’ve yet to have a pair of gloves from ANY brand that have lasted a full year+ without pieces falling off.

Mind you, that’s enduring the worst conditions like constant sweat, constant humidity, sunlight (drying the gloves out), and heavy use (6 days a week, several hours a day). If you use your gloves in North America under less intense conditions, you’ll likely get 1-3 years of use out of them.

Having said that, these gloves still look pretty damn new and are, as of now, my oldest pair of gloves. Again, I have not been using them every day and I rotate them with other gloves. This is probably why they’ve lasted so long. Still, it’s impressive to see they’ve lasted so long while maintaining an almost new look, given factors like humidity and heat in Thailand.

Review of the Gloves During Muay Thai Training Use

Let’s talk about HOW these gloves function under daily Muay Thai training in Thailand.

Bag Work

I’ve used these gloves for quite a bit of heavy bag work (ideally, you want to hit the (heavy) bag with 14 or 16 ounce gloves which offer more protection for your hands, especially if you are hand heavy) and they are a pleasure to use. At no point have my hands become sore after heavy use. Of course, with heavier gloves on, you shouldn’t get bruised knuckles or sore hands from the bag.

Some may like gloves that are a bit longer or have the size of the glove distributed more evenly, higher and along the sides, rather than mostly hear the front. Personally, I do like wearing gloves that have a more distributed weight, as long as the sides are not too thick. Having said that, this is more of a personal choice than anything else.

The gloves are pretty solid without much ‘give’ when they impact. This means you get a nice snap back when you hit the bag. It’s a good feeling.

Pad Work

16 ounce gloves are a bit heavy to use with pads — I generally prefer to use the same size gloves you fight in (in Thailand, that’s usually 8 ounce gloves). The Fairtex gloves work well enough for pad rounds, though I have found that if you’ve done heavy activity before hand (like sparring and bag work), the gloves absorb your sweat and get ‘heavier’. This can make them a bit weightier when you start hitting pads. This won’t be as much of an issue if you used lighter gloves like 8, 10 or 12, but you do notice the weight when you are already hitting pads with 16 ounce gloves.

As these are Muay Thai style — shorter with the majority of the padding near the top — the gloves feel rock solid as you impact the pads — especially for the fully extended Thai-style power punches. The weight on the end gives these gloves a nice ‘crack’ as you hit the pads. For other punches like hooks and uppercuts, I do prefer the feeling of a more boxing-style glove though. Again, for most Muay Thai purists, this probably won’t be an issue. I love boxing, however, so I tend to notice the weight distribution when you start throwing punches from angles like upper cuts, hooks, etc.

Sparring

These gloves are SMALL. Sparring is usually done  (and should be done) with 16 ounce (or 14 ounce for lighter guys who trust each other) gloves. However, the Fairtext Tight Fit Muay Thai gloves are so damn small they can pass for 12 ounce or even 10 ounce! This may raise some eyebrows with your sparring partners who likely have much bigger looking gloves.

These gloves are great for Muay Thai sparring, I’ve found. They are smaller than Twins or Top King gloves which means it’s to hammer punches through a loosely held guard.

On the other hand, you’ve got to have a tight guard yourself or your opponent’s punches will slip through. Since the gloves are shorter than other brands, there is not as much padding past the wrists — this means you don’t have as much of a ‘Shell’ to hide behind when you spar.

I’ve usually fought Muay Thai fights with 8 ounce gloves — so I suppose this simulates how little protection you actually have when you fight which is a good thing — but if you are sparring with someone who just loves to head kick or throw power bomb shots to the face, you may not like how you have ‘less’ protection when you shell up.

Personally, I don’t care so much about this, but it’s important enough to bring up. The size of these gloves and how short they are do make a difference here — less defensive protection.

Also note the gloves have a nice touch leather exterior. If you are looking for as a set of pillow-style gloves, these won’t be it. The gloves are fairly hard and when you hit someone, they will feel it. During a sparring session, I hit my opponent with a straight right which resulted in a bloody nose.

Generally, Muay Thai gloves have a different padding distribution than do gloves made for pure boxing. The reason reason for this is that Muay Thai gloves allow for you to use your fist to grip a bit for clinch work. Pure boxing gloves don’t allow this — hence the designs are a bit different.

You can use one in place of the other, but generally if you do clinch work, you are going to want a Muay Thai style of glove on, NOT a pure boxing glove, so you have more possibilities for controlling your opponent with your grip.

Note: If you do want to work especially on your boxing or your hands during Muay Thai Sparring, you might also want to look at RAJA, which have a superior shape that just feel better for hand work or you will want to go with Fairtex’s angular boxing sparring gloves which have the best shape and feel for your hands.

The Fairtex Sparring Glove Guide

In case you want to use Fairtex for sparring, here’s my brief look at which of their glove models are best suited for that.

Pro Competition Model (BGL6)

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This is great for real world sparring, especially the lace up ones. Fighters do fight in these, especially on some of the bigger promotions on TV like K1.

These work good (in 16oz) for sparring. I’ve used the lace version for years at my gym here in Thailand which are the default sparring gloves they make you use (in 18oz). My complaint though is that without someone to lace up your lacing, the gloves are not tight and the laces may come undone and flap around. As such, GO with the Velcro version for sparring and the laced version you save for actual serious competitions or matches.

Angular Sparring Boxing Gloves (BGV6)

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These are good for BOXING sparring due to the design. Not so good for Muay Thai sparring which includes clinching. And due to the shape, you don’t want to take a lot of kicks to the wrist with these. For sparring with a lot of hands, these are great. But not so much for sparring with clinching and power kicks. I LOVE these though for boxing sparring.

 

Tight Fit Universal (BVG1)

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These work for sparring in 16 oz, though they are a more general training bag (and a heavy one at the 16 ounce).  I find they are very top heavy though, which means it’s a bit awkward to throw punches with in sparring. But having said that, I have used the pair shown on the images to spar with for a least two years at my gym, so they certainly can work. But I prefer the OTHER more specialized sparring models first. They are much smaller looking than the equivalent TWINS or Top King at the 16 ounce size.

 

Review Summary

My thoughts on these Fairtex gloves, summarized as bullet points.

PROS

  • The smaller size of these gloves (the width and the height) make these 16 ounce gloves quite a bit smaller than other brands. This makes the gloves easier to smash through your opponent’s guard when you spar
  • Tight fit that just feels snug on your hands without being TOO tight or too firm
  • Great for clinching, there is a lot of flexibility to the glove when you grip with them
  • Good padding along the knuckles and side of the fist — the weight distribution around the knuckles is very even and balanced
  • Very High Quality Build — once you see these in person and feel them, you KNOW they are of the highest quality

CONS

  • More one complaint here is that the tighter fit of the gloves, while offering your hand a nice firm fit, seem to absorb your sweat a lot more than gloves that are a bit looser. I’m not sure if this is because of the foam material used in the construction, but if you train in a place like Thailand with a lot of humidity and heat, the gloves DO absorb a lot of your sweat and progressively get heavier
  • The gloves are attractive, but don’t have any fancy logo or imprints or colors on them.
  • The smaller width and height of the gloves do offer less protection when you shell up during sparring — this may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view.
  • The tight fit may cause you problems if you have massive hands and/or you wear very long wraps (they are pretty tight with normal sized wraps and my small hands!)
  • The gloves are a bit more expensive than their Twins and Top King counterparts. These gloves retail about $100 USD in the states and in Thailand they are around 30-40 percent more expensive than Twins or Top King brands. However, the gloves are of a higher quality build so you are getting more for your money here.

The Final Word

I’m a fan of these Fairtex gloves and these are the gloves I use now use primary for heaver glove bag work and Muay Thai sparring. Note that for sparring, you’ll probably want one of the Sparring models listed in the section above rather than the Tight Fit standard model which are quite boxy (though you can certainly spar in them, especially the 16 oz version).

Note, Fairtex are our most recommend Muay Thai gloves and place the top of our Best Muay Thai Gloves list and very high on our Best Boxing Gloves list.

TIP: If you buy a pair of Fairtex Tight Fits, I recommend you stick with the 10 or 12 oz version because you can use them as your primary bag and pad gloves at this size. Only pick up the 16oz if you want to spar with them, otherwise, the 16oz versions are going to be on the heavier side for bag and pad work (and you won’t use them too much if you can’t spar with em).

I personally do prefer the more ‘boxing/sparring’ style gloves for sparring which have a longer shape and a more contoured, angled head, but that’s for pure boxing sparing. Again, I recommend the BGV6 (Pro Sparring Glove Model) or the T Having said that, these gloves work perfectly fine for sparring and the smaller size really makes a difference for smashing your hands through the high Muay Thai guard with straight punches.  So these gloves are well suited to Muay Thai sparring.

Ideally, I’d use these for bag work and for sparring. I would supplement pad work with a different set of gloves, either the same style but 8 or 10 ounce or a different style.

My biggest complaint with these gloves is they can really soak up the sweat and get heavy — so if you are a heavy sweater, you may want to think twice about using the gloves. And if you have very big hands or wear very long boxing hand wraps, you might find these gloves a bit TOO tight of a fit.

Overall, a very solid pair of gloves and I currently prefer these gloves over the equivalent  Top King and Twins style.

As for durability, in the two years since I’ve written this review (it’s now 2016), I still have these gloves and they still look new — no holes, no wear. I’ve substituted them out often for other gloves, so they are NOT my primary gloves I use at the moment (my gym won’t let me spar in these 16 oz, and I find them too heavy for padwork or bagwork usually). 


 Fairtex Muay Thai Gloves

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REVIEW SUMMARY

84%
84%
AWESOME

Pricier than some other brands, but smaller with a unique, tight fit that feels money

A very high quality pair of Muay Thai gloves that fit snugly around hand while still allowing good mobility to grip during the clinch. There are many different models, but the standard is the classic BGV1 'Tight Fit' model. The key benefit with these gloves is the much smaller size they have over competing brands, the high quality feel, and the tight snug fit. They feel comfortable and are quality (the gloves last us over a year at least, training every day in Thailand which is MORE than the competing brands do).

  • Overall Quality
    9
  • Aesthetics
    7.5
  • Durability
    9
  • Hand Protection
    9
  • Price
    7.5
  • User Ratings (49 Votes)
    5.5


About Author

Ben has been living, training, and fighting in Thailand for the past 3 years. He has fought in a number of different combat arts such as MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, and Western Boxing. Ben follows the latest fitness and nutrition research and is especially interested in how it can apply to combat sports to improve a fighter's performance in the ring. You can read Ben's full bio page here.

14 Comments

  1. rifaatmaliki@gmail.com'

    hi ben….i am a fan of your blog and i heared that hayabusa just about the equivalent of fairtex in MMA (had the best quality but second in popularity,since the brand are based on science) anddd i want a request for a full reviews of the brand like these (page)…..
    i actually doing some saving for a pair of glove but i wanna know the full insight you have in the brand, since problaly you’re the most brutally trustworthy guy in the internet of the sport….nevertheless i’m hope you’re doing great with your fight career whether boxing or mma,don’t stop writing youre the best i sincerely do.

    • Hey mate — I’m going to make a point to order a bunch of new glove models this year from different manufactures and personally test them out. I don’t want to write any specific review of a model I have not used myself. I’ve never straight out owned a pair of Hayabusa, though I’ve tried them and I like them (but I can’t personally vouch for a serious stress test review of them yet).

      I’ll be getting a pair in a couple months and I’ll write a full review (of Hayabusa) then if you can wait.

      Having said that, I agree with what you’ve heard — Hayabusa have a great reputation, especially in the MMA world. I like the fact that they add a lot of sciencey stuff to their products, even if I feel a good portion of it is marketing bullshit, at least you feel like you are getting something superior.

      The quality is certainly good, the colors are attractive, and they are comfortable.

      However, I think it really comes down to what do you intend to do with them? For MMA, go with Hayabusa — a LOT of the MMA guys do train with these. For pure Muay Thai (especially if you have the inkling to fight or spar), I would point you to the Fairtex, just because a lot of traditional MT guys do use them, they are used for some MT matches (not as much as say TWINS or Top King in Thailand though), and I find them very comfortable, high quality, and comfortable. Fairtex IS the gloves that I use most of the time. Just be sure to pick the right model though as there is a great deal of variation between some of the models (i.e. the boxing ones, the sparring ones, and the regular training ones — see my model guide on the review)

      *If I was going to buy a pair of gloves for cross training MMA, I’d either go with Hayubusa (they are pricey though, there is that) or Ringside (I’ve owned a pair of these for years).

      *For pure boxing / boxing training, I’d go with a pair of Winnings (I own a pair right now and I mostly use these) or GRANTS.

      *For Muay Thai, I’d go with Fairtex or short of that, TWINS.

      Just keep in mind that your choice in glove comes down to a) your budget, b) what do you intend to use them for — boxing, mma, MT, or cross training, c) do you intend to fight or at least spar in them, d) the size of your hands and length of your thumbs/fingers, and e) your personal preference.

      A lot of guys absolutely LOVE the feeling of TWINS and prefer them over Fairtex. Or Top King. So honestly, I always tell people to start out with a cheap pair of twins as their first pair, THEN after a few months, consider checking out Fairtex or Top King or one of the other brands. It’s very hard to say X glove is the best for you.

      I will attest though, Fairtex is THE BEST in terms of quality of the thai brands, however. Those gloves always last me twice as long as the other thai glove brands in Thailand.

      Cheers and good glove hunting. Let me know what gloves you do choose and how they work out.

      • rifaatmaliki@gmail.com'

        Right,i intended to get a pair for a MT training…never actually trained mma stand up i’am looking for TOP 5 ish best good product (good quality & design)
        with middle ranged price but stands out from the mainstreams of majority….and hayabusa seems the be to fill that standards.

        As for fairtex, judging by some of the MT fanatic guys in my gym and your preferance on it….it also made it to my shopping list,however the price and the design speaks otherwise.

        I still had ways to go before i even have the half price of the average good gloves that i wanted,but still….i would Really apreciated it though if you do write about hayabusa,heck….maybe even the 6 oz of mma glove too since a cage attributes based MT fights has been everywhere,just sayin…since you had at least experience the MMA facility training back in the days. Anyway thanks for the reply ben,i will wait for the post in the next 2 month as you speak till then have good life,cheers.

      • frederickchose@hotmail.com'

        I own bgv1 and 2 pair of Hayabusa kanpeki. What i can say is the other day i did some bag work with both of the and agter 2 rounds i swithed to fairtex because the padding was better, the hand position was also better making me hit the bag harder. So all in all, even for mma i would go with fairtex. They are even better for sparring in my opinion. Keep in kind that i paid 200$ Canadian dollar for the Hayabusa and 120$ with the shipping for the fairtex.

        Sorry for my bad english.

        Fred

        • While I do like Hayabusa, I’m far more a fan of the more traditional glove designs (fairtex, Winnings, Grants, Rival) even if they have less ‘sciency features’. I just find they perform and feel better.

          Yes, Fairtex are some of the best ‘deals’ you can find on a good, all round glove for MMA, Muay Thai, or even Boxing given the cheap price vs the other brands like Hayabusa which run you into the mid 100’s.

  2. vincentverschuren@hotmail.com'

    I myself was figuring out whether I wanted twins gloves or fairtex gloves as my next pair. I own a set of King gloves and shin guards.

    Reading your review I am highly surprised how you call these a good sparring glove just because it is small and you punched someone a bloody nose.

    That is the exact reason why it is NOT a good sparring glove. Sparring is a means of practising a fight, not trying to injure your training partner. If that is your goal just go at it with 10 oz gloves with your sparring partner.

    Further more I am surprised that these gloves will last longer in thailand than the other gloves. Seeing they are all hand crafted and real leather. So I’m wondering what is it that makes that difference between fairtex and topking / twins.

    In the Netherlands we practise a lot with training partners by hitting eachother on the gloves. I guess I will need a glove that offers more protection especcially around the wrist. So taking that into my final conclusion fairtex are not the best gloves for me.

    • Sparring gloves are not just ‘size’ related — good ones have a different design and are designed not to protect your hand, but to protect your opponent. There’s also the size issue, with the standard sizing 16 oz.

      It’s a lot easier working with sparring gloves to work with hands that are a) smaller in design so they are not pillows and b) designed such that you can punch more efficiently.

      Smaller gloves don’t mean they offer less protection — they are just better suited to punching. For example, large boxy gloves are much more difficult to land uppercuts through your opponents guard and they tend to be slower and weigh your hands down.

      It’s up to you to spar controlled — I don’t advocate sparring like you do fighting. But I do advocate using gloves that facilitate a better punching while you spar.

      I’m sorry you feel I’m advocating that you should spar hard to hurt your opponent — that’s absolutely not my intention.

      Gloves are ultimately a personal decision; I prefer gloves that allow better punch efforts (and Fairtex, or even better, RAJA) are designed better for punching than TWINS or TOP KING in my experience.

      Cheers

      Ben

  3. sportmuaythai@hotmail.com'

    Very well written. I’ve used BGV gloves about 3-4 times aweek, for the last 13+years. They last over 2 years, if you don’t dry them out in the sun. I air dry them after use, and don’t just shove them into dark cupboard undried.
    I’ll pass out your link to my friends, when they ask for gloves recommendation.
    sportmuaythai

    • Yes — you absolutely want to dry them out. I’m a bit hard on my gloves, truth be told. I usually don’t bother putting them into the sun (which causes problems — leeches the color from the material, and if you let them sit out TOO long in the sun after they dry, you dry out the leather which may crack. I just toss them in a pile and leave them.

      The bigger issue is that using a pair of gloves to the point where it gets wet (which happens to me), then reusing them the next day when they still haven’t dried out means you train in semi damp gloves. The leather is weaker when moist and is far more likely to tear or wear out.

      The best thing to do is really have 2-3 different pairs of gloves that you can rotate every sessions — that way you give your other pair of gloves 1-2 days to completely dry out.

  4. asianrice02@yahoo.com'

    you mentioned you tried them all they way up to 18 oz. how do the fairtex fit after they are broken in? Do they become loose over time? I am looking for general purpose glove with sparring. I tried a worn 16oz old model and there is about an inch gap give or take between the cushion and my big knuckle. I guess my hands are consider regular at a circumference 8.25in wide @ the knuckle and 7.5in at length from finger tip to wrist. essential deciding between 14oz and 16oz. there is no local distributer here so I’m going around and tried different brands sizes in person. there is however a rival distributer. maybe there is a model they have that resembles one fairtex in fitment. your advice and insight is greatly appreciated.

    • I usually have to spar in 18 ounce gloves (the gym I train at requires sparring in 18 – 20 oz gloves after a Russian broke the eye socket of an Australian a few years during boxing sparring). I’ve used Fairtex 18 ounce gloves quite often over the years because of this.

      The gloves are big, not doubt about it, but the Fairtex tend to keep their shape better than the TWINS 18 ounces, which lose most of their padding around the wrists eventually.

      If you can, look at getting the angular sparring glove by Fairtex — that’s by far the best pure Muay Thai sparring glove I’ve seen and used. It’s a more tapered shape than the regular Fairtex glove and as such, it hugs your fists and wrists a bit tighter — something you want for sure. This may resolve your spacing issue mentioned.

      Go with 16 ounce though. 14 ounce is nicer for sparring in, but a lot of gyms require 16ounce, so you could be limiting your usage of those gloves is you buy less than 16.

      Rival gloves are generally pretty decent as the economy boxing glove brands go – the RSV2 gloves are my favorite from that lineup. However, these are MMA boxing gloves which do have a bit of a different fit than the Thai gloves. I’m not sure your budget or if you intend to spar more boxing than Muay Thai, but if you will be doing a lot more boxing, look at the RINGSIDE C17. It’s a very good, very comfortable glove for sparring and feels a lot like the $300 winning gloves.

      Cheers

      Ben

  5. mikeabadia88@gmail.com'

    Hi i was windering what size should i get since several people tend to say fairtex is smaller , im 14oz in windy and 16oz in twins , should i actually get a 16oz fairtex?

    • Fairtex do fit smaller, but I wouldn’t go any bigger than 16 oz Fairtex. If you have very large hands go for 16 oz and normal hands you can get away with 14 oz. I have average size hands and I can squeeze into 10 oz, but it takes a while for them to get broken in. Play it safe with 16 oz, but 14 should work if you don’t have really big hands.

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