How to Select Muay Thai Gloves
Being a successful Muay Thai fighter weighs heavily on a few things: dedication, training, practice, and having the right equipment.
Muay Thai equipment consists of headgear, elbow pads, knee pads, shin guards, groin guards, chest guards, and of course, gloves. Each piece of equipment has its own specifications and standards, and finding the right one for you is essential.
When it comes to Muay Thai gloves there are a few things you must take into consideration, including the size, fit, material, closure, weight, and style. These things will affect the overall comfort and effectiveness of the protection of your gloves.
How to choose Muay Thai Gloves
Let’s further break down each category:
- Weight - The weight of Muay Thai gloves varies depending on their specific use. They are measured in ounces, and vary between 12-16oz, based on size and level. Gloves weighing 12-14oz are often advised for novices who begin by studying shadow-boxing, bag work, and pad work. Once you move up to sparring, you will require heavier gloves that weigh 16oz, however, 14oz sparring gloves may work for smaller fighters.
- Fit - The fit of Muay Thai gloves will vary from brand to brand, simply because there is no set industry standard. That said, your gloves should not be too tight as they will become uncomfortable, and you risk cutting off adequate blood circulation. Likewise, they also shouldn’t fit too loosely, as you risk injury due to lack of support from the gloves. It is important to note, however, that some gloves may fit a little close upon purchase, but may expand over time and feel more comfortable the more you use them.
- Material - The most popular choice of material for boxing gloves is leather, whether synthetic or real leather. Real leather is however the preferred choice since it is naturally more durable than synthetic leather. So, while real leather is usually more expensive, overtime it may cost you less since it will last longer.
- Style - There are several styles of Muay Thai gloves available on the market. These vary in color and design and weigh pretty heavily on the importance scale for many fighters. Some fighters enjoy the traditional tribal designs with bright colors, while others love the more contemporary designs.
- Closure - Muay Thai Boxing gloves also have different closure styles. The most popular closure styles are Velcro and lace closures. Velcro straps are easy to remove and secure, while lace closure typically requires additional help from another person. Velcro straps are preferred for training, while lace closures are recommended for competitions.
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