RDX Boxing Gloves Review

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I have featured RDX boxing gloves on a few of my boxing gloves recommendation lists. It’s time to take deep dive into learning about the UK brand and how their boxing gloves measure up against its competitors. 

My review will be based on the RDX F7 Ego boxing gloves. It is the brand’s bestseller and is designed especially for Muay Thai training.

For the TL;DR crowd, let’s address the most important question on your mind before we get into the specifics:

Are RDX Boxing Gloves Good?

RDX offers over 30 different boxing glove models from standard hook-and-loop (velcro) to lace-ups and synthetic leather to a few real leather options. 

What gets it going for RDX boxing gloves is the price factor which is the company’s primary focus. RDX’s mission is to offer an alternative to “American, Japanese and Mexican combat sports brands that were too expensive for the average Brit”.

Overall, RDX boxing gloves are decent vegan-friendly, entry-level boxing gloves at under $50 which is a great price point. The overall quality is better than competitors in the budget section including the lower-end Venum models (which I reviewed here), Everlasts, and Sanabul Essentials.   

If you want an in-depth review of RDX F7 Ego Boxing gloves regarding the fit, quality and protection, please read on. Let’s see how well they compare against the established Thai brands.

RDX Boxing Gloves for Training Muay Thai Maya Hide Leather Mitts for Fighting, Kickboxing, Sparring EGO Gloves for Punch Bag, Focus Pads, Thai Pad, Grappling Dummy and Double End Ball Punching
  • Maya Hide leather construction makes RDX boxing gloves stubbornly durable and long-lasting. Ego gloves stands undisputed victor of the all-inclusive, hard-hitting, training and working out. Material is resistant to cracks, tear or splits
  • Extra thick padding protects your hands and attached thumb. Highly dense padding is implacable for athletes indulged into Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and contact sports.
  • Extra-long Quick EZ Hook-and-Loop offers superior wrist-support and a comfortable fit. The strap allows for a bit more wrist movement, and keeps your wrists aligned while striking.
  • S.P.P technology provides natural airing and decreases sweat while you train. Perforated holes in the palm helps in shrinking unpleasant aroma and keeps your palms dry and comfortable.
  • Quadro-Dome technology is far too effective than the layered-foam conventional boxing gloves, this technology seeks to provide eventual protection. It assists in natural alignment when striking, maintains stable wrist and thumb position.


About RDX Sports

rdx boxing gloves

We can learn a lot about a company’s products by learning its history as we gain an insight on their key focus. 

RDX Sports is a combat sports and fitness brand founded in Manchester, UK in 1999. The brand offers training gear primarily targeted at the price-conscious and mainstream fitness community. The company focuses on e-commerce, so their products are easily available in the UK and the US. 

RDX manufactures the whole range of combat sports training gear, equipment and apparel. RDX gear is designed in the UK but primarily manufactured in Pakistan as far as I know. This is the main factor that helps to keep costs and prices low.

Pakistan has a long history of manufacturing fight gear and the quality is reasonable but certainly not comparable to makers in Mexico and Thailand.

The brand sponsors a small team of mixed martial artists and fitness influencers. The sponsored team includes Tony Ferguson (former UFC champion), Mike Chandler (former Bellator champion), Martyn Ford (bodybuilder and actor) and Lyndon Arthur (English boxer).


RDX Boxing Gloves Review

rdx boxing gloves

RDX offers a wide range of boxing gloves from higher-end lace-ups to thumbless bag gloves . I will focus on their bestselling RDX F7 Ego Boxing Gloves for the purpose of this review. The F7 Ego gloves are designed for Muay Thai and kickboxing training according to the description on Amazon.

Protection

Let’s start by talking about what matters the most. Boxing gloves are designed and purchased primarily for safety by providing protection for the wearer. 

RDX does a great job at using highly-effective marketing terms for their gear-making technology. “Polygonal Fusion Mold”, “Max-Shock Equilibrium Foam”, “Calibrated Impact Diffusion Sheet”, “Infused Shock Dispersion Sheet”, and “SpongeX”. 

Fancy names for what is essentially just foam padding and sponge. I have to give the copywriters credit for coming up with their terms.

Sarcasm aside, the RDX gloves are actually really well-padded. They are not as well-padded as most of the Thai gloves but come with enough padding for sufficient protection. 

If you are a heavy puncher, I would not recommend these as sparring gloves. The padding is not quite as cushy and would sting your partner’s face when they land.

Fit

Fit is another important factor to consider because boxing gloves from different brands fit differently.

RDX gloves have a snug compartment that is more suited for narrow hands. A number of reviewers commented that they don’t fit very well for long fingers and can be uncomfortable on a long/big thumb. 

I have small hands and these fit me snugly but I would not imagine the same level of comfort if you have big, strong manly hands. They also have a stiff grip and take quite a while to break in.

Wrist Support

Muay Thai gloves typically allow for some flexibility around the wrists to facilitate clinching but wrist support should never be compromised. Wrist support is an important feature especially for beginners. A good support and stability will help to minimize stress and injuries. 

RDX does well in this aspect with a nice wrist support that outperforms competitors in the same (pricing) class. 

The cuffs are longer than your usual Muay Thai gloves and a little closer to Mexican-style boxing gloves. This design gives it more wrist stability. The extra-long velcro straps also do a great job on providing stability for a solid fit and support. 

Durability

We have established that RDX likes to use fancy marketing terms. They do this for the leather that they use on the gloves. If you were wondering, “Maya Hide leather” is simply faux or synthetic leather. 

Maya Hide doesn’t quite measure up to real leather in terms of quality and feel. It has the typical faux leather smell and doesn’t look as premium compared to real cowhide leather. However, I would like to commend the high-quality stitching. 

I believe these gloves will stand up to regular light- or moderate-intensity training. Just don’t expect these to last as long as your Thai or Mexican gloves.

Breathability

Unfortunately, synthetic leather is not as breathable compared to real leather. Many fight brands circumvent this by incorporating mesh palm. RDX has this feature on some of its other gloves but has instead opted for perforated holes on the F7. 

This is more of a concern for those of you with sweaty palms. Poor breathability causes your hands to sweat more easily. It can also lead to glove stench easily and especially if you don’t make an extra effort to dry out the gloves after training.

Aesthetics

I would say that aesthetic design is not one of their biggest strengths but I’m sure some of you will dispute that. Aesthetics can be quite subjective. 

There is nothing outstanding in the designs. Very basic work that can be done by a design student. If you prefer something simple, then RDX is the right brand for you. 

Price

This is where the RDX F7 boxing gloves shine. They are priced at just $45.99 on Amazon which is much cheaper than real leather options from Muay Thai brands like Fairtex or Yokkao. 

You do get faux leather and lower quality at this price range. but the overall quality is a notch above budget options from other brands like Sanabul Essentials and Elite Sports.

Verdict

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RDX Boxing Gloves for Training Muay Thai Maya Hide Leather Mitts for Fighting, Kickboxing, Sparring EGO Gloves for Punch Bag, Focus Pads, Thai Pad, Grappling Dummy and Double End Ball Punching
  • Maya Hide leather construction makes RDX boxing gloves stubbornly durable and long-lasting. Ego gloves stands undisputed victor of the all-inclusive, hard-hitting, training and working out. Material is resistant to cracks, tear or splits
  • Extra thick padding protects your hands and attached thumb. Highly dense padding is implacable for athletes indulged into Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and contact sports.
  • Extra-long Quick EZ Hook-and-Loop offers superior wrist-support and a comfortable fit. The strap allows for a bit more wrist movement, and keeps your wrists aligned while striking.
  • S.P.P technology provides natural airing and decreases sweat while you train. Perforated holes in the palm helps in shrinking unpleasant aroma and keeps your palms dry and comfortable.
  • Quadro-Dome technology is far too effective than the layered-foam conventional boxing gloves, this technology seeks to provide eventual protection. It assists in natural alignment when striking, maintains stable wrist and thumb position.

In conclusion, I recommend RDX boxing gloves for beginners or light to moderate training considering the pricing and quality. If you train 1-2 hours of real Muay Thai daily or 3-4 times a week, these will not go very far. I would also not encourage substituting your Thai gloves with these especially if you are looking to spar with them. 

Average Rating (674 reviewers): 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Editor’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)


Other RDX Boxing Gloves Models

Besides the F7 Ego, RDX offers many alternatives to choose from. You can choose from high-end competition-level gloves, real leather sparring gloves and other Vegan-friendly synthetic leather options. 

S4 Sparring Gloves (Real Leather)
RDX Boxing Gloves for Training Muay Thai Cowhide Leather Mitts for Sparring, Kickboxing Fighting Great for Heavy Punch Bag, Focus Pads, Grappling Dummy and Speed Ball Punching
  • RDX boxing gloves are manufactured with sturdy Cow Hide leather for unbreakable resiliency. Genuine leather confirms the pair of gloves resists wear and tear for a significant span of time while offering unmatched performance. Ideal for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Sparring and more
  • Max-shock foam padding protects your hands effectively without conceding any power. It uniformly dispenses the force across the surface of the gloves.
  • TAKKA closure system is comfortable, protective and supports the wrists. Advanced strap design provides non-slip grip, it permits you to take them on and off in flashes. It helps in appropriate wrist alignment. Hence you feel extra control behind each strike.
  • Tactically placed natural airing holes in the palm decreases sweat while you train. The air ventilation shrinks unpleasant aroma. The sufficient air flow confirm that hands remain dry and odor less.
  • EVA-Lution foam slabs in the palm traps and disperses force for total hand protection. These slabs works double-time to pad the hand and redistribute shock across the glove.

If you want real leather gloves without breaking the bank, this is the best option from RDX. The S4 gloves are made using cowhide leather and are priced just slightly above $70. Compared to the F7, these have better protection, durability, and wrist support. If you are adamant on getting RDX gloves, pay a bit more and get these instead.

Nero Training Gloves (Vegan Friendly)

RDX Boxing Gloves for Training Muay Thai Maya Hide Leather Gloves for Sparring, Kickboxing, Fighting, Punch Bags, Double End Speed Ball Focus Pads Punching
  • Manufactured with Maya Hide ConvEX Skin Combat Leather, these NERO SERIES boxing gloves are comfortable, protective and versatile for an MMA fighter who wants it all.
  • Sparring gloves are layered with EVA padding for optimum shock absorbency and X-FOAM inside the palm area cushions stray shots that may land on the palm.
  • Quadro-Dome technology offer resilience and correct fist form maintains stable wrist and thumb position. Ideal for sparring, to mitts, to bag work.
  • Strategically placed nylon mesh delivers maximum ventilation and breathability. Mesh design with aerated perforations help in keeping the hands dry. It further shrinks unpleasant aroma.
  • Quick-EZ hook-and-loop strap wraps around for an easy and convenient fit. With firm support there is never a concern or risk for imbalanced wrist alignment.

This is another Vegan-friendly option from RDX. You can expect the same-ish price, quality and protection like the F7. The key difference other than the look is the use of mesh instead of perforated holes. This offers much better breathability and is something to consider if you have sweaty palms.

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