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Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby No_Gi » Tue May 04, 2010 9:17 pm

I just started training in Muay Thai and I was wondering what type of gloves do you recommend for hitting mitts and bag work. I need something with good cushioning and support. As far as weight goes I'm leaning toward 14 oz gloves, but i suppose 16 wouldn't be a problem. I can afford to spend up to $100 on gloves. I also would like to know what focus mitts do you recommend. I can afford up to $100 on mitts. Any input would be appreciated.

Would Fairtex's Bread and Butter be a good buy?
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby MuayCrim » Tue May 04, 2010 9:26 pm

The thai gloves I use are just 12oz I think.

I wear something similar to these.
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But you can find a way cheaper pair out there. I'll leave you to the more experienced Thai fighters that know more about it.
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby MuayCrim » Tue May 04, 2010 9:30 pm

Here's the gear forums. You'll notice there's already a couple threads about Thai gloves. Your thread will probably get moved there actually.
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby Triley » Tue May 04, 2010 9:33 pm

Go wtih the 16s for bag work, extra ounces count for a lot when holding your arms up with 4 oz gloves later.
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby joshphady1 » Tue May 04, 2010 10:06 pm

12 oz twins!!!!!
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby daehan54 » Tue May 04, 2010 10:09 pm

i'm sure everyone here who trained started out with your regular Everlast gloves until you knew you were going to stick with the sport. I've been training since '07 and I decided to treat myself to brand name stuff. I have a pair of Twins Special 16 oz gloves. Muaythaistuff.com has a pretty good price for legit stuff from thailand.

Focus mitts- i got mine off of Froogle.com ....(google's shopping site thingy)...spent about $35 and they are a beaut. good luck and train hard!
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby RubenATC » Tue May 04, 2010 10:11 pm

Its better to have 10-12 oz ones to really focus on your technique, if they have too much cushion you wont feel if you are punching wrong, but with lighter ones you feel it right away if you arent punching correctly, and you can correct it. 16oz are better for sparring. And as far as brand i say go with Fairtex, they have some of the best Muay Thai gear and they should fit your price range.
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby ctjones19 » Tue May 04, 2010 10:12 pm

Triley wrote:Go wtih the 16s for bag work, extra ounces count for a lot when holding your arms up with 4 oz gloves later.

Agreed... training with 16's sure helps you in the later rounds. Fairtex makes some of the best stuff... Windy makes a good glove, make sure you can make a fist inside. Focus mitts don't really matter the cheap ones will do.
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby TylerDurden » Tue May 04, 2010 10:12 pm

I use 16 OZ BoeS
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby No_Gi » Tue May 04, 2010 10:17 pm

I was checking out Fairtex's bread and butter. Are those good for mitt work and bag work? I don't know if it makes difference in but I'm 5'6" and weigh 148 pounds.

By the way, I just posted this a little while ago and already got a lot of responses. Thanks a lot :biggrin:
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby thesmoothest » Tue May 04, 2010 10:21 pm

daehan54 wrote:i'm sure everyone here who trained started out with your regular Everlast gloves until you knew you were going to stick with the sport. I've been training since '07 and I decided to treat myself to brand name stuff. I have a pair of Twins Special 16 oz gloves. Muaythaistuff.com has a pretty good price for legit stuff from thailand.

Focus mitts- i got mine off of Froogle.com ....(google's shopping site thingy)...spent about $35 and they are a beaut. good luck and train hard!


theres no way i would ever use those everlast gloves sold a dicks sporting good type things. :lol: those are just a waste of $30-$50 i started out with 16oz combat sports boxing gloves and they lasted around 4 years but wasnt particularly happy with them. now i am using 16oz bad boy gloves and i must say they are unbelievable, they are a bit tight at first but fit my hand like a glove with wraps on and i love the snug fit (i have pretty decent sized hands i suppose). bad boy's head gear is the shit as well. doesnt move and fits real snug.

i dont own any focus mitts my gym provides those but we use the fairtex ones and they are pretty good. not sure on the price tho
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby swifter41 » Tue May 04, 2010 10:21 pm

I always use sixteen ounce gloves for sparring and bag work just because it conditions you better on keeping your hands up and hand speed since there heavier. I use 8-12 oz gloves for mits.
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby Coffin » Tue May 04, 2010 10:22 pm

Triley wrote:Go wtih the 16s for bag work, extra ounces count for a lot when holding your arms up with 4 oz gloves later.


^ This. All my guys use 16s for bag work, training and sparring. I spend $60 AU for training gloves, this get Morgan full leather. These last me 6 - 9 months. Then I put them into rotation at the classes for others to use. They will see about 1 year doing classes before they die.

I spent $160 on my pro gloves. They have lasted for 3 years and are still great. They don't get too much use these days.

Get a good mouth guard! Get a custom one fitted from your dentist. This is very important.

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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby thesmoothest » Tue May 04, 2010 10:26 pm

Coffin wrote:Get a good mouth guard! Get a custom one fitted from your dentist. This is very important.



for sure. i got my custom done by unbreakable mouth pieces. they are very good at what they do. i got my molds from my dentist and mailed them to hector out in cali. took a month or 2 but i got custom graphics. couldnt be happier with it tho.
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Re: Just started training in Muay Thai and need advice on gear

Postby wolverine20 » Tue May 04, 2010 10:35 pm

Thai pads use 10 to 12's to work on your accuracy and technique...when doing heavy bag and shoulder conditioning use 16's you won't believe the difference it makes with your speed and overall conidtioning when you put on 4-12 oz gloves....good luck! and stay with it...the first 2 weeks are always rough.
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