Boon Sport Muay Thai Boxing Gloves Review

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Updated 27 July 2019: Updated price and review after one year of usage.

For the third of my in-depth gloves review, I have picked Bangkok-based brand, Boon Sport. While the company isn’t quite as prominent as its competitors, it is a hit with serious Muay Thai fans everywhere in the world.

Boon’s back-to-basics gear designs seem to have struck a chord with many fighters and trainers.

About Boon Sport

The Bangkok-based Muay Thai brand was founded in 2002 by Australian entrepreneur, Scott Marr together with his wife, Su.

The brand’s name translates to mean “making merit” or “doing good” in Thai language and culture. In fact, Scott is big on giving back to the Muay Thai community by sponsoring many small gyms in Thailand. And Boon does this without tooting its own horn.

The company has come quite a long way since its humble beginnings. Today, Boon is one of the most trusted Muay Thai brands in the world known for top-quality fight gear and reputable custom shorts service.

The company is modest-sized with around 30 employees and its products are all handmade at 2 factories located in central Bangkok.

Boon Sport may not be as prominent as its competitors like Fairtex, Top King or Yokkao. But for Muay Thai enthusiasts, pro fighters and gym trainers who are serious about the sport, Boon is a brand that they know they can count on.

Boon Sport Gloves Review

Boon Sport relies on little more than a dedication to gear making and word-of-mouth to get to where they are today. No flash, no splash.

For the longest time, they had a small range of premium leather gloves decked in no-frills basic colors like black, white and a signature-brown.

They recently added a new velcro boxing gloves model, featuring a shorter cuff but in the same leather as their flagship line. I was fortunate to be among the first to try out the new velcro gloves.

This review will be based on my experience with the BGN black (model no. BGNBK) as seen above.


I love the fit. These gloves have a compact hand compartment, which is excellent fit for smaller hands and wrists like mine. Not the tightest I have used but the fit is snug in a comfortable way.

I didn’t even need to break into the gloves and these were ready for prime-time action on the first day of usage. First impression was great and after a session in the gym, I could already see these as my regular training gloves.

Given that these are real leather, the breathability is excellent and well-ventilated. Your hands don’t heat up like in synthetic leather gloves. Lovely.

Physical Size
boon vs twins gloves

Based on the comparisons above, you can see that the gloves are almost identical in shape and size to Twins Special. Boon BGNs are wide like most regular Muay Thai gloves in the market which tend to look bulkier than the more streamlined traditional boxing gloves. Nothing out of the ordinary, so this isn’t a major issue for most folks.


Very well-balanced padding on the gloves. Not top-heavy and hence you get protection from the knuckles all the way to the back of the hands.

There’s also a single layer of padding around the wrists. My gloves are 12oz and obviously not suitable for sparring, but in heavier weights like 14oz or 16oz, I have no doubt that these BGNs will function perfectly.

Compared to the flagship Boon model, these BGNs have shorter/narrower hook-and-loop strap. The longer cuffs in the previous model lend to exceptional stability. However, the wrist support is ample here with enough flexibility for clinch training.

boon gloves review

As far as I know, Boon has always had a good reputation for the durability of their gloves. With the local-sourced leather and excellent stitching, I figure these would last for quite a while. I’ve had these for a few weeks and so far, so good. (Check back in 6 months to see how these hold up)

Edit: After a year of regular usage (I train with these twice a week), they have held up well and remain in my regular rotation. Padding is still in good shape, as is the leather and stitching. These have lived up to all my expectations and I highly recommend them.


Now, you either love the brand’s basic gear design or you would stay far, far away. Boon doesn’t pride itself on the prettiest designs and there isn’t a fancy line like in other brands.

However, these are the perfect gloves for folks who only want to work on their skills without posting photos of themselves posing in the gym on their Instagram every other day.

I’m a very visual person and style is always a factor when I buy my gear. But these are really growing on me and I’m actually starting to dig the 2-tone design.The white version looks clean and slick too. (See cover image as worn by Swedish fighter, Linnea Arnevall)


These retail for $95 on the Boon website which is comparable to the other major Thai brands. If you are anywhere in Bangkok, head over to the factory outlet at On Nut where a pair will set you back for slightly lower than the online retail price.

These are real leather gloves so it’s a reasonable price for what they’re worth.

Boon Sport Retro Shorts

I thought I would give these shorts a special mention, since they are getting quite popular.

I own a pair of these (pictured above and customized with the crossbones) and I have to say they are the lightest, and among the most comfortable Muay Thai shorts I own (and I own a lot of shorts!).

It’s no surprise for me when the folks at Boon told me that the retro shorts are among their bestselling products. The shorts come in 17 different colors including 2 trendy camo print choices.

If you are looking to customize your shorts completely, the retro shorts will make the perfect canvas to go wild with your creativity and design skills. Highly recommended!

Purchasing Boon Sport Products

The brand -finally- launched their online shop this year and you now have access to their complete stock wherever you are. I have personally used the website and it has been a pleasant process.

If you are in Bangkok, it is still recommended to check out the shop in person as you get to try out the gear before you pay. Friendly goods and even friendlier staff awaits at the store located in On Nut (near the BTS station). 

>> Click here to purchase Boon Sport New Velcro Gloves <<

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16 thoughts on “Boon Sport Muay Thai Boxing Gloves Review”

  1. How would the fit on these compare to Yokkao’s?
    Loving the fit of Yokkao, but interested in these as well so I would love to know how you liked them.

    • Hi Andy! Overall, Yokkao has a snugger fit as it has thicker foam padding.
      I do like the fit on these Boon gloves especially for padwork, these feel really good.

    • Hi Johnny,
      In terms of physical size, Boon are similar to Twins as you can see in the photos in the review. They are bigger than Fairtex which has the smallest silhouette among all Thai brands. Hope that helps!

  2. Kay, I read your Boon Sports review and am considering the 12 or 14 oz version. I’m a 53 yrs old male, 5’5, 160. I use boxing / Muay Thai with other sports 5 days a week to keep in shape. I don’t spar very often. I have small hand (men’s medium cadet), so do you feel these would be the best choice? I could only a couple pairs left on amazon that ship to my US address in the Midwest. Thanks for your advice.

  3. Bought a pair of Boons a while ago
    Now my whole set up is evolved around Boon
    I love everything about my boons, and you would have to try hard to convince me to buy another brand next time

    I have the 16oz, and a pair of bag gloves

    • Hi Jack,

      yes, definitely can be used for heavy bag. I have thin hands and these fit good on me with wraps.

      Hope that answers your questions

  4. Went today to outlet and bought so much shit. Got a free shirt. ? Gloves,3 pairs of shorts and some shirts. My favorite brand. Great store. Great customer service. Workers were more than helpful. Highly recommend

  5. These are the best , i have a 12oz pair for like three years , the padding is no good anymore but the inside is still intact , so i can still use them , i also have a 14 oz pair for like 2 years and these are still in very good shape , padding to , and these are mexican style gloves with a longer cuff , good for boxing.

    Now i ordered the last 16oz pair that was available on amazon in the eu , for 83€ , like they were priced years ago , now they are 90$ on the Boon site and 110 € in eu that used to be 60$ and 85€ , thats how it goes with quality product.

    • Hi Jonasevich! Thank you for leaving a comment about your experience and updating us on the price. I didn’t realise the price has gone up on the online store as I usually visit the store in Bangkok. But you are right about the quality of Boon gloves. Mine is going into two years and still doing well.


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