Would you like to know what are the best-selling and most popular Muay Thai gloves? If you have read tonnes of review articles and still torn between the numerous choices available, I have a suggestion for you: buy the most popular model! Or models, if you wish. If tonnes of people are using these gloves, there must be something right about them.
But hold your horses!
Before you go click on the Amazon Best Sellers List for boxing gloves, there are a few things you should know. First off, the number 1 best selling glove model on the list is the Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves that are more suited for the Tae-Bo cardio class down at the fitness health center. You DO NOT want to wear those for your Muay Thai training unless you fancy wrecking your hands. They also look really uncool. The list is also populated with even more Everlast gloves, MMA gloves, and non-gloves, all of which just ain’t what you are looking for.
Over the numerous review articles that I have posted on the blog, I have covered roughly 20 different glove models. Most of them are great gear in their own right but they aren’t all necessarily well received by everyone. It’s fair to say that we all want to make each of our purchase count by buying the best possible every time. That feeling when you look forward to your online purchase only to be let down with a mediocre product when it reaches your hands, it sucks. Or to have it come apart within 3 months. That sucks too.
One thing I’ve observed from training is that everybody wears the gloves from a hand-full of brands. You will see these brands in my list below but you might already know which ones to expect. The reason is simple: these brands are great value for money, tried and tested, spread through word-of-mouth, and so even more people start to adopt them.
So to back my observation, I collated and looked through the past year’s worth of data from my Amazon affiliate account to see which gloves my readers have been buying. Lo and behold, pretty much what I had expected. It appears I have a group of discerning readers who have mostly made excellent choices in their purchase. No Everlasts! If you are looking to get gloves that are favored by the majority of Muay Thai practitioners, here is a list of the
Top 5 Most Popular Muay Thai Gloves
No. 1 Fairtex Muay Thai Boxing Gloves BGV-1
Not surprised at all. Coming in at number 1 is this premium Thai brand. If you look at the Amazon Best Sellers List (as of 28th July), you will find Twins ranking higher than Fairtex. However, taking into consideration that there are more Fairtex resellers on Amazon, the combined sales would surely find Fairtex with higher sales.
Fairtex’s popularity in the US market may have got to do with their prominence back in the 90s when they set up a few gyms in the country. But having said that, Fairtex gear is top-notch and well-deserving of their ranking here. I feel Fairtex is a great option for smaller-sized folks because the gloves are more streamlined in design and will not look out of proportion. Not the best gloves for sparring as they can be rather dense but for general training (bagwork and padwork), these are really great.
|– “I’m in love with these gloves! They’re less bulky feeling than others I’ve tried.“
– “They provide ample wrist support and keep a smaller profile than a lot of other gloves, which is perfect for muay thai.“
|Rating: (4.6 / 5)|
As a Top King fan, and frequent advocate of Top King products, I am happy to see my readers taking to the brand. That, or we all have similar taste! Top King gloves look good, and have excellent wrist support and overall hand protection. They do run a little snug compared to the others here, so they are my number choice for small hands. Ironically, they are the bulkiest-looking among the gloves here, despite their suitability for small hands in terms of fit. If you prefer gloves that fit a little snug, these will fit better than others.
|– “Been using these for a year. No signs of damage. Great gloves.“
– “They’re durable as a train.”
|Rating: (4.4 / 5)|
Twins Special Premium Leather Boxing Gloves BGVL-3
I was really expecting this to do better than Top King. If you looked around most Muay Thai gyms, I would bet my money on Twins being the most commonly used brand. Twins gloves have become almost synonymous with Muay Thai. If you are looking for a basic pair of gloves without the excessive decorative designs, it’s really hard to do any better than Twins. Really good foam padding, ideal for bagwork, lovely option as sparring gloves to protect both your hands and your partners’ beautiful face. In terms of actual Amazon sales, Twins rightfully does better than Top King. As for fitting, Twins are suitable for average-sized hands and look slightly smaller than Top King. If you find the BGVL-3 too bland, there is also the Twins Special Fancy Gloves (FBGV).
|– “they have more cushioning than other gloves I have used for Muay Thai and I highly recommend getting them.“
– “Comfy gloves for punching people in the face. Training partners almost enjoy getting hit as much as hit them, just kidding“
|Rating: (4.8 / 5)|
The Elite is Venum’s middle-tier gloves. The lower-tier Challenger model is actually a better seller on Amazon than the Elite but the latter seems to be the more popular option with the readers here. I have actually recommended both models before, but for different reasons. The Challenger is great for casual training, and comes with an affordable price tag (under $50). The Elite offers better quality over the Challenger, in terms of quality, support and padding. Personally, I would go with the Elite. The Challenger has pretty poor wrist support that is just really undesirable for training.
Whichever you choose, Venum is most well-known for their slick designs and they will get a lot of compliments.
|– “Aside from its aesthetics, these gloves are also super padded and protect my hands very well.“
– “My hands don’t hurt and the 12oz gloves allow me to have enough speed to get in a killer workout but also enough padding where I can hit as hard as I want.“
|Rating: (4.5 / 5)|
This is a bit of an underdog. It’s actually a very close fight between this and the Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis but based from data from the past year, RDX edged out by just a teeny weeny bit. Now I can’t tell you much about these gloves other than what I have read from reviews. I have never, ever, seen one of these in real life, so I can’t vouch for their quality. But these seem to be very popular back in UK where the company is based. If you do ever give these a try, please drop me a mail and let me know if they are as good a buy as they are made out to be.
|– ” Fit good and can’t feel anything when you punch plenty of cushion“
– “the comfort is top notch considering how sturdy they are and how solid the wrist support/hand protection is“
|Rating: (4.6 / 5)|
Well, there you have it. Other than RDX, I don’t think the list comes as much of a surprise for anyone. The top 3, especially, are the usual suspects. If you are absolutely clueless what gloves to go for, you really can’t go wrong with the gloves from this list. For a more comprehensive comparison of the top 3, you can find more information here. Have fun training.