Most Popular Muay Thai Gloves (2019 Guide)

Updated on 7 January 2019

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 the same few 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 (2018) 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

Fairtex Muay Thai Boxing Gloves BGV1 Size : 10 12 14 16 oz. Training Sparring All Purpose Gloves for Kick Boxing MMA K1 (Solid Black, 16 oz)
  • Ergonomically engineered with a unique contoured and tight-fit hand compartment designed to provide a secure and snug fit.
  • Constructed of premium leather with the Fairtex foam system for excellent hand and knuckle protection and shock disbursement.
  • Genuine leather gloves with vectro straps.
  • All-purpose boxing gloves and Tight fit design.
  • Handmade in Thailand. Size: 8 - 16 oz.

Not surprised at all. Coming in at number 1 is this premium Thai brand. 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. (The Fairtex gyms have all pulled out.) 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.

User Feedback
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.

>> Click here to purchase Fairtex BGV-1 at Amazon Now << 


No.2 Twins Special Premium Leather Boxing Gloves BGVL-3

Twins Special Leather Boxing Gloves - BGVL-3 - w/Velcro Wrist Strap (Black, 16oz)
  • Experience for yourself why Twins Special Boxing Gloves are widely considered the best boxing gloves in the world. Made in Thailand at the Twins Special factory, these leather boxing gloves are crafted from the finest materials and constructed with care to endure through years of use in the toughest Muay Thai, Boxing, and MMA gyms in the world.
  • Inside the boxing glove, high-quality multilayer foam protects your hand from impact. The foam is skillfully shaped to best support your hand while you are punching.
  • For sparring, training, and competition, our top-selling Velcro Boxing Gloves provide excellent wrist support and hand protection. You will find Twins Special Velcro Boxing Gloves in the best training places, because experienced trainers trust Twins Special quality.
  • The Twins Special Velcro Boxing Glove comes in several different sizes. In Thailand, the 6 oz boxing gloves, 8 oz boxing gloves, and 10 oz boxing gloves are often used for competition bouts. For high-impact training and sparring, Thai boxers will wear 12 oz boxing gloves, 14 oz boxing gloves, 16 oz boxing gloves, and 18 oz box gloves.
  • The padded wrist of the boxing glove, with its integrated Velcro-wrist strap, helps hold the wrist steady and guard against impact from kicks and punches The high-quality Velcro used by Twins Special in the wrist-strap of their Velcro Boxing Gloves will maintain its value for years.

Again, no surprise with Twins Special coming at number 2. 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. If you find the BGVL-3 too bland, there is also the  Twins Special Fancy Gloves (FBGV).

User Feedback
– “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

>> Click here to purchase Twins BGVL-3 at Amazon now<< 


No.3 Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves

Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves for Men & Women - Black/Red, 16oz
  • 4 layer foam structure that doesn’t require break in. Designed to deliver the best performance for bag work and sparring.
  • DUAL-X closure system provides lace-like fit. Best in class wrist support delivered by the 4 interlocking splints at the back of the hand.
  • Hand crafted with top of the line engineered leather delivers superior crack, abrasion and tear resistance.
  • Wipe away sweat with our unique fabric thumb.
  • Our professional boxing gloves are perfect to use as boxing training gloves, kickboxing gloves, heavy bag gloves and sparring. Color variations include Black & blue, white & black, black & grey, and black & red boxing gloves.

Hayabusa rebooted their classic Tokushu Regenesis line last year and released the T3 series. It looks like fans are taking to the brand despite its premium price tag. Like the past model, the T3 gloves boast a number of nifty “engineered” features like dual wrist straps (for better support), anti-microbial inner lining, and improved ventilation. In terms of looks, the T3 looks more updated than the top 2. The fit is a bit smaller compared to most on the list and not as flexible in opening up, which makes them less than ideal in clinching. Overall, great as boxing gloves but not so great as Muay Thai gloves.

User Feedback
– “ I spent a long time going through reviews and looking at higher end gloves before taking the leap on the T3s, and I couldn’t be happier.
– “They have great wrist support, aren’t too hot, and fit my hands well. They also don’t retain the smell from the inevitable sweat that comes when using proper boxing gloves. Very happy with these.”

>> Click here to purchase Hayabusa T3 at Amazon now<< 


No. 4 Venum Elite Boxing Gloves

Venum Elite Boxing Gloves, Black, 16 oz
  • Triple Density foam
  • Strengthened seams for long lasting quality
  • Reinforced palm for maximum impact absorption
  • 100% full attached thumb for a better injury prevention

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.

User Feedback
– “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.

>> Click here to purchase Venum Elite at Amazon now<< 


No. 5 Yokkao Muay Thai Boxing Gloves

Yokkao Matrix Breathable Muay Thai Boxing Glove - Black, Red, Blue, White, Yellow, Green, Grey,
  • Brand New collection release - High quality premium cowhide leather
  • Long lasting shock-absorbing foam
  • Handcrafted by Thai professionals in Thailand
  • Attached thumb for added support
  • Doublestiched seams for extra reinforcement with Hook and loop closure

As a Yokkao fan, I am happy to see my readers taking to the brand. It seems like we all have good taste! Yokkao gloves are outstanding in terms of designs, and at the same time, have excellent overall hand protection that surpasses a number of its competitors on this list. There are obvious favorites like Monster and Vintage collections but even with its basic Matrix line, the real leather gloves come in trendy solid colors that you don’t see anywhere else. The brand started its own Amazon store last year but it’s definitely getting noticed by Amazon users. With new designs coming out for the season, and increasing exposure, I won’t be surprised they go up a few spots on the chart over time.

User Feedback
– “I highly recommend their gloves for hitting the bag, sparring or professional fights.
– “The fit to these gloves are amazing. No air pockets between my knuckles and the inside layer. They needed minimal break in time.

>> Click here to purchase Yokkao Matrix at Amazon Now << 


Conclusion

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.

Chok dee!

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