A Guide to Choosing The Best Muay Thai Gloves

By Elite Sports on

Whether you are new to the martial arts world or a competent Muay Thai boxer, the first thing you need to understand is that you should have a fine pair of Muay Thai gloves for training efficiently. While training in Muay Thai, you learn how to strike with fists, elbows, knees, and shins, where the shins usually take years of beating to reach a point where they become your strongest body part. Muay Thai punches are the first thing you learn in this ancient sport and for competent training, you need proper fist protection. This is why one of the first gears that instructors suggest their fighters to get is a top-notch pair of gloves. There are innumerable glove models you could find in the market but all those are not up to the mark. To find the right glove, you need some detailed analysis of the glove material, weight, size, color, and style. Don’t just go for the best-reviewed glove because that pair of the glove may not be the right fit for you; the gloves could be too light for sparring or too heavy for those long training sessions. Here, you will get to know about the difference between boxing and Muay Thai gloves and about a list of apex Muay Thai gloves for you to make the best purchase possible.

What sets Muay Thai gloves apart from regular boxing gloves?

When you look at Muay Thai gloves, you may feel a great deal of similarity with boxing gloves at first glance, but a closer look will yield products that are entirely different. One major difference between the two gloves is based on how Boxing and Thai Boxing gloves are down to the use of the palm. While boxing, you use palm only for parrying the opponent’s shots, but in Muay Thai, the fighters need the ability to grab and clinch, as well as catching and holding kicks with the hands. Therefore, Muay Thai gloves are much more flexible giving you the option to open your hands in them for better grip and grab. These features are especially noticeable with gloves offered by Elite Sports. Boxing gloves, on the other hand, are rigid and fairly rounded at the fingers to help make a more natural fist.

Here are the best of the bunch Muay Thai gloves for you to make your purchase count:

Elite Sports Star Series Black/Black Muay Thai Gloves:

These Muay Thai gloves are constructed from polyurethane leather which makes them incredibly durable and highly functional for the purpose. The best quality Muay Thai gloves are ultra-lightweight, in addition to, having a cooling mesh in the palm section to make it exceptionally breathable. Moreover, these Muay Thai sparring gloves also have features like sweat-wicking and anti-odor which make them immensely comfortable. Besides all these qualities, the Muay Thai gloves of Elites Sports come with triple-density gel impact protection foam and a secure Velcro wrist closure system with a leather wrist strap to enhance your wrist protection. Furthermore, these best performance gloves have a great design and perfect color scheme that every Muay Thai fighter loves. You can comfortably use these resilient gloves for heavy bag workouts, sparring, Kickboxing, and mitt work. Talking about the size, these Muay Thai gloves have a perfect size for kids, youth, men, and women. You will be flabbergasted to learn the affordable price of such a high tech, all-purpose Muay Thai glove.

 

TECH SPECS

FABRIC

Durability, Lightweight, Resilient

PROTECTION FOAM

Triple Density Gel, Unbeatable Shock Absorption

ANTIMICROBIAL INNER LINNING

Sweat-wicking, Anti-Odor

PALM DESIGN

Perfect Grip, Comfort

COMFORTABLE AND SECURE

Double Velcro Wrist Closure

 

Elite Sports Star Series Black/White Muay Thai Gloves:

Second on the list of top Muay Thai gloves is Elite Sports Star Series Black/White Muay Thai Gloves. These gloves are manufactured from hunky-dory PU leather which makes these gloves highly durable and unbeatable shock absorber. Furthermore, there is a cooling mesh in the palm section which gives these gloves breathable quality. The design of these Muay Thai gloves is tailored in a way to enhance the functionality. The fabric used is ultra-lightweight which makes them even more suitable for that clenched fist position. Moreover, when we talk about protection capability, these gloves are just on top-of-the-line. There is a triple-density gel impact protection foam and a secure velcro wrist closure system with a leather wrist strap to ensure your wrist protection and comfort. The pre-curved anatomic hand design of these best quality Muay Thai gloves offers a close, comfortable fit, making it easy to work with knots and hardware, yet still providing hand protection when operating. These all-purpose traditional Muay Thai gloves are constructed in the U.S. and the company conducts serious testing for quality control, this is why you will see the customers of Elite Sports always satisfied with the products they buy from here.

 

TECH SPECS

FABRIC

Highly durability, resilient, and lightweight

PROTECTION

Triple Density Gel, Double Velcro Wrist Closure, Unbeatable Shock Absorption

ANTIMICROBIAL INNER LINNING

Sweat-wicking, Anti-odor

PALM DESIGN

Comfortable  grip

SIZE

All sizes are available to serve children, adults, men, and women martial artists.

 

Elite Sports Star Series Black/Blue Muay Thai Gloves:

As Muay Thai is a fighting sport that involves so much hand strikes, so shielding our hands from injuries is of great significance. These Elite Sports Muay Thai gloves are best to serve this purpose. These are my third pair of gloves from the U.S. based company. The gloves are constructed from fine quality artificial leather that makes these Muay Thai gloves long-lasting and resilient. Also, the triple-density gel impact protection foam and secure velcro wrist closure system provide firm safety for knuckles to the back of the hands and through to the wrists. The design of these Muay Thai gloves is such that you can comfortably make a proper fist in the gloves which is something that is overlooked by many beginners. Furthermore, a cooling mesh in the palm section makes these gloves exceptionally breathable and lightweight. Talking about the size and fit of these gloves, I would say these gloves have a perfect fit for the people of all ages and weight categories. You can use these affordable gloves for heavy bag workouts, sparring, Kickboxing, and mitt work. Lastly, the wrist support of these gloves is better than most brands I have tried and these gloves offer a lot of stability but just enough that it doesn’t hinder clinching.

 

TECH SPECS

FABRIC

Highly durability, resilient, and lightweight

PROTECTION

Triple density gel, double velcro wrist closure for unbeatable shock absorption

ANTIMICROBIAL INNER LINNING

Sweat-wicking, Anti-odor, and breathable

PALM DESIGN

Comfy  grip

SIZE

Available in every size range

Elite Sports Star Series Black/Gold Muay Thai Gloves:

Elite Sports is arguably one of the most popular Muay Thai brands right now in the U.S.A., Australia, and Europe. The premium PU leather gloves of Elite Sports are favored by everyone from casual gym-goers to martial arts instructors to professional Muay Thai fighters alike. These gloves are just indestructible and durable for practicing in this high impact sport. The high tech Muay Thai gloves are ultra-lightweight and resilient. To make these gloves eminently protected and comfortable, a triple-density gel impact protection foam and secure velcro wrist closure system is used. Also, a cooling mesh in the palm section gives these Muay Thai gloves quality of breathability and sweat-wicking. The color scheme of these gloves is just awesome and to facilitate you in selecting the right fit, a very digestible size chart is mentioned on the website of Elite Sports.

 

TECH SPECS

FABRIC

Durable, Lightweight, Resilient

PROTECTION FOAM

Triple Density Gel, Unbeatable Shock Absorption

ANTIMICROBIAL INNER LINNING

Sweat-wicking, Anti-Odor, and Breathable

PALM DESIGN

Perfect Grip, Comfort

USAGE

All-Purpose Gloves for heavy bag workouts, sparring, Kickboxing, and mitt work

 

Elite Sports Star Series Black/Red Muay Thai Gloves:

Another popular Muay Thai choice that you will see often in the martial arts gym is Elite Sports Star Series Black/Red. The PU leather used in the artifact of these best pairs of gloves offers invincible protection and high durability. These all-purpose Traditional Muay Thai gloves have bold and distinct aesthetics which make them my favorites. Additionally, these gloves are very light-weight and the cooling mesh used in the palm section makes them sweat-wicking and anti-odor. These gloves are a true fit for all; children, youth, men, women, and older adults. You will be surprised to know that you can have these high tech gloves at a very affordable price.  

 

TECH SPECS

FABRIC

Extremely Lightweight, Durable, Resilient

PROTECTION FOAM

Triple Density Gel, Unbeatable Shock Absorption

ANTIMICROBIAL INNER LINNING

Sweat-wicking, and Breathable

PALM DESIGN

Ideal Grip

COMFORTABLE AND SECURE

Double Velcro Wrist Closure

How we have ranked the best Muay Thai boxing gloves?

The parameters that we considered while ranking these Muay Thai gloves include: Size, Quality, Price Vs. Value.

Size:

Glove size is measured in ounces (OZ). The size of the glove mainly depends on the weight of the fighter. If you are a beginner, you should buy gloves between 12-14OZ because, at that level, you will do only shadow boxing, heavy bag work, and pad work. These practices require heavier gloves to offer more protection due to having more padding. Most people own at least 2 pairs of gloves which are used separately for different purposes; general training and sparring. Furthermore, wearing the right fit is really important, and different brands have a different fit. We have ranked those gloves which have the best reviews about the size and glove fitting.

 

Here is a chart to guide you on size,

 

Size                               Weight (lbs)                          Weight (kg)

10 OZ                            101 - 120 lbs                          46 - 54 kg

12 OZ                            121 - 150 lbs                          55 - 68 kg

14 OZ                            151 - 180 lbs                          69 - 82 kg

16 OZ                            181 - lbs & up                         83 kg & up

Quality and cost:

The quality of the gloves is also of paramount importance. Before buying gloves, make sure that pair of gloves worth your investment. The gloves which are durable, reliable, and comfortable provides value against the money you spend. You can buy some cheap gloves in the beginning but once you leap into the ring, you should have a fine pair of gloves. The gloves we mentioned before offer the best value for your hard-earned money.

 

If you desire to learn more about Muay Thai and the gear you use in this ideal sport, read on the following articles:

EFFECTIVE WAYS WHICH MUAY THAI FIGHTERS CAN IMPROVE THEIR STRIKING GAME

MUAY THAI TRAINING, FINDING THE STYLE THAT IS TRUE TO YOU

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT KIND OF BOXING GLOVES

EXPLAINING THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUAY THAI FIGHTING