In 2017, the landscape has now changed with the glove market saturated by new companies. The glory days of Windy are long gone — they now only have a minor presence in Thailand. You’ll see Windy gloves in Thai gyms, but usually older gloves. Windy only sells a percentage of the gloves that TWINS and Top King do.
It is said that Twins actually copied a lot of Windy’s designs at the beginning before Twins became the powerhouse that they are today.
Windy produces a whole range of Muay Thai equipment including Windy Boxing gloves, shin guards, Muay Thai shorts and a selection of tops as well.
Their Muay Thai gloves are by far the most popular product, which is why I wanted to get my hands on a new pair so I could do a proper review.
I’ve actually had two pairs of Windy Gloves so far — a bright yellow glove (made from some sort of bouncy leather material) and a more traditional brown leather pair.
Similar to the other Muay Thai products made in Thailand, Windy gloves are all handmade in their factory in Bangkok. They use cowhide leather and a similar inner layer of foam padding that is used to protect the knuckles when you punch with the gloves on.
Out of all the big Muay Thai companies in Thailand, I would argue that Windy would probably be one of the smallest in addition to Sandee and Boon. They have zero marketing efforts online, which makes it difficult if you want to purchase a pair of Windy gloves for training. I don’t even think they have a real web presence right now.
While brands like Yokkao have huge marketing budgets that they use to sponsor popular fighters under their label, Windy prefers to remain mainly a producer of Muay Thai equipment and doesn’t focus too much on building up their own brand. This means you can pretty much only find a limited selection of Windy equipment online and have to visit their store at Lumpinee stadium if you want a decent selection of goods.
Windy makes the basic training glove that is used for general training, and they also produce a bag glove that is designed for clinching/bag work. The bag glove is roughly 4oz in weight and has an open thumb which can allow you to use your hands when you are clinching. These gloves are ideal for people who want something easy to quickly put on and take off without needing to wear handwraps in the glove.
The Windy competition gloves are lace-up gloves and are commonly used in a lot of stadiums around Thailand. These gloves have less padding and usually come in smaller sizes from 6-12 oz depending on the weight of the fighter.
The model of glove I will be reviewing is their classic 12 oz Muay Thai glove in black. This is the glove that most similar to the other classic Muay Thai gloves you will find on the market, which is the reason I bought a pair.
My yellow pair, I used on and off for about a year, after which they fell apart. This new pair seems much better quality, however.
If you purchase a pair of Windy gloves online, they will cost you around $100 if you include the $25 shipping fees that you pay when you order from Thailand. If you have time to visit their distributors in Bangkok, you will save a lot of money and can score the gloves for around $60 all in. This will require you to make the trek out to find the stores, but if you show the taxi a map they will know where it is.
I paid approximately $75 for my gloves without the shipping fees. If you order from online suppliers in your home country, it will cost more for the glove, but you will end up saving money in shipping fees so it may be a moot point at the end of the day.
If you live in the US, your best bet is to buy the gloves on Amazon, and you get free next day shipping. That should cost you around $100, and you don’t have the stress of hoping it arrives in the mail. Since Windy is not a very popular brand, it is pretty doubtful that you will find these gloves at your local store.
There is no doubt that Windy makes a quality glove. From the double stitching to the quality cowhide leather used in the glove, these are definitely quality gloves that are made in Thailand. Windy Muay Thai gloves have a similar look and feel to Twins. You can definitely tell that Twins copied their original design as they gloves are very comparable to Twins Special.
If you take good care of your Windy gloves, they should be able to last you for a few years in your home country. However, if you train in Thailand full time I would expect to get 6 months of use out of the gloves. Most equipment in Thailand has a tendency to fall apart fast because of the humidity and difficulty it takes to dry the equipment.
Once your equipment gets wet, the leather is likely going to tear after a few uses. This happens with consecutive training and if you don’t rotate a different pair of gloves. This is what happened to my previous pair of Windy gloves. I used them during the rainy season and they were consistently wet from both my sweat during training and the humidity.
They started to fall apart after 6-8 months of this abuse.
That is usually why I like to use a couple pairs of gloves so I can alternative between a fresh pair every training session — something I did not do with my last pair of Windy gloves. This time around, I’m rotating this pair with Yokkao, Boon, Raja, Cleto and Winning.
Yes, I’m a glove nerd!
I’m impressed with the quality of these classic style gloves. Based on these, I would rate Windy’s quality an 8 out of 10. The stitching, leather, padding and velcro wrist strap is comparable to the other top brands on the market.
My other pair were not real leather perhaps (I bought it in 2014 from a Windy distributer; i’m not sure what model it was, but I did not like that pair).
Feel/Fit of the Glove
Windy gloves feel similar to Twins gloves when you put them on. Since Twins are not my favorite gloves, I wouldn’t rate Windy as my favorite in terms of feel, but they definitely feel nice when you wear them.
Based on the feel and fit, though, I can confidently say that if you like Twins gloves, you will probably like wearing Windy gloves as well.
The velcro wrist strip offers a decent level of support for your wrist, but there are a few other gloves on the market that have slightly better wrist support (Boon has the best, Fairtex has good support, Raja is great).
On the side of the glove, there is some padding in case someone kicks you on your arm. I’ve always found the side padding to be a bit of a gimmicky feature because it isn’t going to make that much of a difference in terms of deflecting a kick.
I would say that Windy gloves fit similar to Twins and other classic Thai boxing gloves. You will be familiar with the way they fit when you try them on. I’m pretty sure that all the top companies ended up copying each other’s designs at one point in time.
Style and Design
If you could criticize Windy in one area, it is would definitely be the style and design.
I personally find their logo a bit outdated when you compare it to the other Thai logos that have gone through changes over the years. I give props to Windy for staying traditional in their logo design, but the net result is it doesn’t look that great and throws off the look of their products.
That is something I don’t have a problem with at all, but if you are into fancy glove designs and colors you may be disappointed with the selection. But in terms of design and stylings for their gloves, Windy is just about the opposite of the fancy, blingy Yokkao glove styles.
The only color options you will find are the basic solid colors or two-tone combinations of basic colors. I personally like basic colors the best, so I was happy to purchase a solid black pair of Windy gloves for the review.
Where to Buy Windy Gloves
If you are looking to purchase a new pair of Windy gloves, your best bet is to look online. If you live in the US Amazon.com has a selection of Windy gloves that you can get shipped within a few days. The price works out to about the same if you order from Thailand because of the extra $25 shipping fee you have to pay when ordering in Thailand.
Anyone who doesn’t live in the US or the UK will need to order their gloves on another website the sells Windy equipment. There are a few websites like Muay Thai Fighting that sell Windy gloves for around $100 (including shipping) for a pair of 12 oz Windy gloves.
As I mentioned before the cheapest way to buy Windy Boxing gloves is to their distributors. They have two distributors in Bangkok. Here is a picture of a map that you can show your tax driver to find the store.
If you are visiting Pattaya, you will also be able to find a Windy store there as well. Here is a picture of the Windy store location in Pattaya.
This is easier to find than the store location in Bangkok and is located just off Pattaya Beach Road.
Windy gloves usually start around 1500 baht for a pair of 10 oz gloves. However, the prices do change so you need to visit the store to find out exactly how much it costs.
Windy is a Muay Thai brand that produces quality Muay Thai boxing gloves. While they are not my favorite Muay Thai gloves, they offer good quality at a reasonable price. If you are visiting Bangkok or Pattaya, you can pick up a pair for a decent price.
When you watch channel 7 fights on Thai TV you will notice that Windy is the official glove supplier. They are a big supplier of a lot of the local stadiums around Thailand, so if you fight in Thailand, there is a good chance you will end up wearing Windy gloves in your fights. These gloves are definitely ring tested and used by a lot of fighters.
If you were to compare Windy to another Muay Thai brand I would suggest Twins. The look, feel and fit of the gloves are very similar to Twins, which is not surprising since it is rumored that Twins copied Windy at the beginning.
I would rate Windy around the middle of the pack in terms of overall fit, quality, and value. These are not my favorite gloves, but they aren’t my least favorite either. If you like Windy gloves, there is no reason for you to switch brands. However, if you are currently happy with another brand, Windy doesn’t provide enough difference to justify buying their gloves.