There are many important factors to consider when purchasing a pair of Thai boxing gloves, so before you go mad and buy the most expensive gloves think about the purchase and what are your goals in Muay Thai and how serious you are taking the sport.
After considering many different types of Gloves, I’ve decided to recommend the Fairtex Muay Thai Training Gloves(link to the best price on Amazon) for a first Muay Thai glove. It’s the perfect price balance of price and affordability. It is made with genuine leather and is the perfect all in one Muay Thai glove.
The most important thing you should remember from this article is not to spend money on cheap gloves. My first gloves were these RDX gloves(Amazon Link) and whilst I really like them after 4 months of constant use you can tell the material isn’t going to last.
Whereas if I only spent double on a pair of Fairtex gloves they probably would last 3 times as long. Just something to think about.
What To Look For In Muay Thai Gloves
There are many things you should look at for with a Muay Thai glove, here I will list a few of the main things.
- Size. Size does matter with Muay Thai gloves, and generally, the more you weigh the heavier gloves you need to Check out the handy chart above for an idea on what you should get. Although 10-16 oz is acceptable
- Cost. High-quality leather gloves made in Thailand should cost you around $70-$100 online. The lower price is if you buy the gloves in Thailand or have a contact there.
- Material. If you want your gloves to last you need good padding and ideally genuine leather as it lasts longer. However synthetic leather has improved in recent years, but most name-brand gloves should be made from good materials.
- Lace-up Vs Velcro? Whilst lace-up offers a more secure fit you need someone else to put them on. Velcro is the best option so you can easily put them off and take them off by yourself.
- Muay Thai Vs Boxing Gloves? Boxing gloves will have more padding around the knuckle, but I’d go with the Muay Thai gloves as they are designed more open allowing for clinching
Muay Thai Gloves Sizing Chart
|Body Weight||Recommended Gloves Size|
|100lbs & below||8oz – 10oz|
|100lbs – 125lbs||8oz – 12oz|
|125lbs – 150lbs||10oz – 14oz|
|150lbs – 180lbs||10oz – 14oz|
|180lbs & above||12oz – 16oz|
Top Muay Thai Glove Brands To Consider
- Fairtex. The Fairtex training gloves(amazon link) get my recommendation, as Fairtex gloves are all made with genuine leather and are the most popular Muay Thai brand outside of Thailand
- Yokkao. This brand only started in 2010 but has made crazy improvements in design and quality, and are the most stylish gloves you can buy
- Twins. Twins are the most popular Muay Thai brand in Thailand, and they offer good wrist support and protection ideal for any beginner to Muay Thai.
- King. King is common in Thailand and is owned by the brother who owns Twins. King gloves look cool and have excellent cowhide leather craftsmanship.
- Windy. Windy has been selling gloves since 1951 and prides itself on simple simplicity and genuine leather with excellent workmanship
- Hayabusa. Now, these are a little more expensive but Hayabusa prides itself on constant innovation in their products like moisture-absorbent fabrics.
Budget Muay Thai Gloves Brands To Consider
Whilst I recommend buying the top brands as they will last longer, if your on a budget like I was when starting out Muay Thai it’s important to see the other options
- Venom. Venom actually sponsors my gym and if you want synthetic leather gloves that are good looking but not too expensive look no further.
- Title. You will not find a pair of genuine leather gloves at under $50 but the Title Boxing Pro Style Leather Training Gloves 3.0 is just that. For this price point, there is no better.
- Elite Sports. Elite sports is a Californian MMA brand and there Elite Sports Boxing Gloves(amazon link) are super affordable and excellent starting gloves for anyone doing Muay Thai on a casual basis.