Martial arts training can be an expensive sport. Other than gym memberships, there are often gear and equipment to buy that can all add up to a substantial amount. Premium gear comes with premium prices. So if you are looking for affordable, good quality Muay Thai or mixed martial arts training gear, look no further than Elite Sports.
About Elite Sports
Elite Sports is a California-based fight brand that offers a complete range of mma and fitness training gear, equipment and apparel. Founded by veterans in the mma scene, the company is an up-and-coming fight brand that’s clocked 16 months in the industry. The company is taking off quickly, with a sizeable following in the North American continent. The brand currently sponsors about 100 fighters in different discipline and continues to be active in promoting different combat sports.
Elite Sports prides itself on offering the best bang for the buck, with high-quality fight gear at reasonable prices. You can find everything from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gis, boxing gloves, Karate belts, wrestling singlets, rash guards, mma shin pads, gym bags, and miscellaneous training accessories. Whatever you are looking for, there’s a good chance you will find them at Elite Sports and with a great price to boot.
Elite Sports Product Review
Here are my unbiased reviews of some of the Elite Sports products, most of which I have personally tried and tested.
Plus points first. The first thing that really stands out for these training gloves other than their affordability is the the mesh palm ventilation along with anti-microbial lining. This combination really helps to reduce odour build-up as it improves ventilation for a cooler wear while the lining prevents the accumulation of odour-causing bacteria.
Next, you get the stretchable cuff design which really helps to secure the gloves around the wrists and accommodate different wrist sizes. This is a great design for people with skinny wrists and makes you wonder why other brands haven’t thought of it sooner.
One thing to note about these gloves is that they are built with a heavy top similar to boxing gloves. That’s to say that the padding is concentrated mainly over the knuckles area which makes them ideal gloves for hand-heavy fighters. The padding over the thumb and the back of the hand is lacking so I would not recommend them as Muay Thai sparring gloves (light sparring would be fine). Nice roomy compartment for average to bigger hands, easy to put on and take off even with handwraps on. I’ve had these for a couple of months now and they are holding up well. Do check back and see how the gloves fare in terms of durability. But these would be good starters for anyone just getting into Muay Thai or doing the sport on a more casual basis. They have served me well and I appreciate the padding when working on the heavy bags or doing proper boxing classes.
|– “ Anyone looking to get great gloves without breaking the bank, I highly recommend these..“
– “ My favorite features are the Maya fabric and the antimicrobial lining which keep my gloves smell free. no more stinking training bag.“
|Rating: (4.5 / 5)|
Dimensions: 20″ x 9″ x 11″ (Medium) or 23″ x 11″ x 12″ (Large)
This for me, is one of Elite Sports’ best product in their extensive product range and one of the best gym bags around.
I have the bag in size Medium so I will give my review based on that. As I train only in Muay Thai and boxing, I feel that Medium is just the right size for my set up of gloves, shin guards, shorts, For those who want to squeeze in a couple more items like a BJJ Gi or an extra pair of gloves, I would recommend upsizing to a large. Otherwise, here’s my usual gym set-up which fits nicely into the bag.
First, the bag is made using military-grade heavy duty Cordura fabric. It is durable and tear-resistant so you could be stuck with this bag for a while. Not that it’s a bad thing because it has tonnes of nifty pockets and separate compartments for shoes, gear, and your smelly workout clothes. Best of all, the shoulder strap is retractable and voila! Your shoulder bag transforms into a backpack with backpack straps (duh). And all at an amazing price point!
The Cordura shell does not offer as much breathability as mesh bags would but I guess it’s a compromise to be made. The bag itself is pretty lightweight especially if you use it as a backpack. If your equipment have a tendency to stink up, you might want to consider the next product on the list.
|– “This gym bag is phenomenal! Perfect for someone like me who trains 4-5 times a week.“
– “The ultimate gym bag.“
|Rating: (4.8 / 5)|
Dimensions: 23″ x 11″ x 13″ (Large)
Elite Sports has outdone itself with the new Ventilated Mesh gym bag. (Almost) Everything you want in a martial arts gym bag is here in one package. Compartments, big-ass bag for all your gear, mesh material for ultimate ventilation, it’s all here. This bag is great especially for someone who trains a variety of combat sports at a mma gym. It’s got enough room for Muay Thai gear and BJJ Gi and then some left.
My only gripe is the shape of the bag which is a rather dull cuboid. In that aspect, the Warrior Series gym bag (above) looks more stylish and contemporary. That’s just me. The overall aesthetics are cool though, simple yet effective. You can’t really go wrong with a deep black. Most important of all, the price is hard to beat.
|– “The best gym bag on the market for sure. Very light, keep my gi from smelling and hit. Lot of room and pockets. Also very very durable, the zipper slides very smooth. Thanks Elite sports.“
– “Heavy Duty design on the bag with lots of compartments and rugged zippers.“
|Rating: (4.8 / 5)|
While some people train without hand wraps, I personally think they are essentials and always highly recommend wearing them. Elite Sports hand wraps do what they do, with a semi-elastic tension that provides adequate stability and support. My personal take is that the fabric is a little too thin for my own preference. This reduces the amount of stability which I find crucial particularly for beginners. I personally think they can do better than this but I know of people who like the thin fabric so it’s something for your consideration.
|– “Well I’ve been absolutely amazed at the quality of their products. These hand wraps are nice. They are the 180. I love to use then when working the heavy bag.“
– “Not impressed. Better than Everlast. There are better wraps.“
|Rating: (4.2 / 5)|
Elite Sports has exceeded my expectations, considering the prices that I paid. They may not be top-of-the-line but in terms of quality, they really aren’t too far off. The variety of products is a plus point for those hoping to get completely geared up with the same brand. They are bound to have something for everyone. Elite Sports is definitely a fight brand worth checking out for beginners and seasoned fighters alike. I would love to hear your experience using Elite Sports products.