Founded in 1958 in Bangkok, Thailand, Fairtex is an exporter and manufacturer of combat equipment and clothes for Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) industry.
Their factories are located in Thailand, and it has official distributors of more than 50 countries worldwide.
Their brand and quality are internationally known, and our equipment is used by many well-known organizations in this industry such as K-1, WBC Muay Thai, WEC, Elite XC, Strikeforce, Legend FC, Martial Combat, Pancrase, The Contender, Thai Fight, etc.
In 2008, the brand received the MMA gloves Award at World MMA Awards.
This review will focus on the BGV1 model.
The BGV1 is the flagship product of Fairtex. Available in 10, 12, 14, and 16 oz. It is made with premium leather and Velcro straps, which makes it easy to wear and undo the gears. It also comes with a pair of elastic cotton hand wraps.
As the flagship glove, BGV1’s are available in many different colors. On the outside, you will immediately notice the brand name and logo on top.
Also on top is a small circular embroidered stamp which reads “Handmade in Thailand."
The same brand name can also be seen on the Velcro strap, which also contains a belt indicating the glove size.
Some gears just use color and brand logo only to stand out, which will appeal to both amateur and professional boxers.
The interior is made with the lining and stitches in the right places. Once you fit them in, you will also notice the comfort it gives to the skin.
However, one feature which not everyone may like is the leather lining on the inside.
The padding is the brand’s signature three-layered foam system, which is stated to be excellent at shock dispersion, which seemed to do a pretty good job.
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The Fairtex Muay Thai gears are smaller than the typical boxing gears. The 16 oz gears feel more like 14 oz.
This means these gloves are suitable for hammering punches through a loosely held guard.
One disadvantage of this size issue is that you have to be extra mindful and have a tight guard of yourself.
Since these gloves are small, your opponent's punches will slip through if you are not vigilant.
Some boxers are not particular about the size of the Fairtex gears. However, it may mean less defensive protection.
Generally, Muay Thai gears are designed differently from the usual boxing gears. For instance, the padding distribution for Muay Thai gears is more concentrated on the top.
Also, as mentioned earlier, these gears are made of premium leather.
Unlike most sparring gears which are made pillow-y and soft, levers feel solid rock. This will result in a massive impact to your opponents when they are hit.
The rough feel makes these gears more suitable for bagging routines rather than sparring.
Another difference which you will notice is that the gears do not have much padding past the wrist area.
This may mean that you will not have much protection when you use these as a shell during sparring.
However, this design is made as such to allow you to use your fist to grip a bit for clinch work and gives you more edge inc controlling your opponent.
Another difference of the BGV1 compared to other typical boxing gears is that it does not contain a grip bar.
This may be an issue for other but note that this is a Muay Thai glove, hence it is easier to clinch your opponent without the grip bar.
The brand highlights the fact that its gears are handmade. Some people that handmade gloves may not be as durable as traditional boxing gears, or that they are of inferior quality. Apparently, this is not true for the Fairtex gears.
Because they are indeed handmade, the stitches in these gears are deliberately made clean on all areas.
You will notice that the leather folds at the edges around the fist. This is one indicator of high-quality boxing gears.
The thumb compartment and the back of the fist are both attached to the body of the gears, making them sturdier.
Needless to say, since these gears are made of premium leather materials, they are expected to last longer, given they are given the proper care.
The use of synthetic leather may be an issue of durability, but regarding support, it is a good thing. Because the gears are made of synthetic, they are relatively easier to clean and maintain.
Their gears also have distinct features which makes maintenance a whole lot easier.
Breathable mesh palm
The BGV1 is designed with a ventilated palm. These features allow the air to flow through for maximum comfort.
They also keep your hands cool and comfortable during your boxing workout.
So if you are a boxer who gets sweaty hand pretty quickly, this is good for you.
Boxing gears which do not have proper ventilation tend to smell bad easily as sweat and moisture are trapped inside.
It is also harder to clean and dry up a glove that is not adequately ventilated, which should be the top priority after each boxing session.