Muay Thai Gloves


    Muay Thai gloves are a key component of any training bag. Their cuff length, shape and outer hand protective bar typically distinguish them from boxing gloves. Ideally, you will have several pairs for different types of training. For example, 10oz or 12oz for hitting bags & pads and 14oz or 16oz for sparring.

    The shape and distribution of padding differs between brands, even when they are the same weight. For example, Fairtex gloves usually have a short cuff and very compact padding. While Primo Fightwear gloves have a longer cuff and a wider dispersion of padding (like a hybrid Muay Thai/ Boxing glove). This is important to keep in mind as you may come to prefer a particular type of glove for bag & pad work, and another for sparring.

    Whichever you choose, regular cleaning and maintenance is key for longevity. Our guide on cleaning your gloves can help you keep your Muay Thai gloves fresh and durable for longer.

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    Muay Thai Gloves FAQs

    Unlike other guides, we don’t recommend basing glove size simply on bodyweight as this disregards hand size and the need to balance conditioning with safety. Instead, for bag & pad work, we recommend 10/12oz by default (6-8oz for children). As this enables you to condition your hands and wrists through fast & powerful strikes, while maintaining a decent amount of protection. Yet these may be too large for smaller hands. In which case you can size down. The opposite goes for larger hands.

    For sparring, we always recommend at least 16oz. This weight helps you minimise risk of injury to yourself and training partners.  Yet this is where bodyweight does play a factor. While you shouldn’t really go below 16oz for sparring, if your classed as heavyweight or above, you may want to go 18oz or above.

    Besides size, it comes down to what type of training you will use them for and personal preference. Bag mitts and lace-ups are useful for focused pad & bag workouts. Lace-ups can also be good for sparring as they more closely simulate a competition. However, getting a partner/coach to lace-up your gloves all the time can be difficult. Therefore, hook-and-loop enclosures are always a good way to go.

    After considering this, you can choose your Muay Thai gloves based on personal preferences. Colours, designs and shapes are different across gloves and brands, so it’s worth comparing a variety to be sure.

    Muay Thai gloves are unisex, so there is no specific size for women. It comes down to your hand size and what you will be using them for. We recommend getting a pair of 10/12oz for bag and pad work. When coupled with 4.5m hand wraps, they should make a good fit for most women (and men). For sparring, 16oz is best. However, if you find they are too loose around the wrist, consider 16oz lace-ups. These can be drawn tighter making a better fit for smaller hands.

    Muay Thai gloves are measured in ounces. 1 ounce is 28.3495 grams. All gloves will come with a weight specification and it's usually marked on the palm side of the cuff. The weight corresponds to the whole weight of the glove - cuff, padding, leather etc..

    Expect variance when buying handmade gloves, as no two pairs are the same. For example, you may buy a 16oz pair of gloves and one of which may weigh 16oz exactly, while the other weighs 16.5 oz. This isn't an issue when overweight, but it can be if they are underweight (i.e. state they are 16oz but actually weigh 12oz). This is only really an issue with poor quality gloves. All the brands we stock work diligently to ensure accurate weights and measures. You can easily measure them on a scale.

    Muay Thai gloves differ in several ways from boxing gloves. Firstly, their padding is spread throughout the glove, rather than concentrated around the knuckles. This provides protection to the back of the hand when defending strikes, especially kicks and elbows.

    Secondly, most brands have short wrist cuffs on their Muay Thai gloves. This is to help the gloves flex when clinching.

    Finally, Muay Thai gloves have a padded bar on the inside of the palm at the outer edge. This helps protect your hands when defending and catching kicks.

    If you are susceptible to wrist pain when boxing, firstly, you need to take extra care when wrapping your hands. Use 4.5 or 5m wraps that are tightly secured. Secondly, you should get gloves that have a longer cuff. The Emblem range from Primo Fightwear caters especially for this. Finally, you should work to build strength in your wrists and ensure proper recovery between training sessions. Although not medical advice, our guide on looking after your hands and wrists can help.

    Unless you only hit bags and pads, 2 pairs is the minimum. One pair for bag & pad work, another for sparring. The bag & pad pair can be lighter weights - 10/12oz for example. The sparring pair should be at least 16oz.

    The different weights are suited to the training type. Pad and bag work is more focused on speed, accuracy, power and conditioning. Sparring is about execution, movement and testing yourself, all while being safe.

    Whether it's technical light sparring or hard, competition prep sparring, protection is key for both you and your partners. You need to have the right size gloves and a full set of protective gear.

    16oz is the minimum for sparring. If you're preparing for competition, you may spar some rounds with the weight that you'll fight in. Ideally, you will have a dedicated set of gloves for sparring. This is important for their longevity as well as to the benefit of your partner. After all, no-one wants to be hit in the face with gloves that have just hit old pads or been on the floor.