Top 5 Best Muay Thai Gloves for Striking 2016

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Muay Thai is a brutal striking art that many MMA fighters practice. Muay Thai is similar to kickboxing but has its own rule set allowing clinching, elbows, and knees. If you want to learn how to develop deadly striking power and general toughness, you’ll practice Muay Thai. When training Muay Thai you can use regular boxing, however there are many gloves designed for the sport. Some of the best Muay Thai gloves come from Thailand. In Thailand they often use smaller gloves in competition, 10 – 12oz. However if you want a pair of gloves you can use for all around training you may want to stick with the 16oz. Most boxing gloves are 16 ounces and they are best for all around training including bag work and sparring. Some fighters prefer smaller gloves to closer match the lighter MMA gloves they use in competition. A good pair of Muay Thai gloves should last you for many years of training. I have used many different brands and styles of Muay Thai gloves as well as kickboxing and boxing gloves. There are a few things to consider when purchasing gloves, and you want to make sure you get something that fits your needs. There is no point in spending over $100 on the best Muay Thai gloves if you are just beginning and you are on a budget.

5 Best Muay Thai Gloves

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I like these gloves because they are made out of real cowhide leather. They are tough and made to last a long time. Their is a lot of strategic foam padding that helps make these gloves solid for Muay Thai and MMA training. They offer some ventilation in the palm with plenty of foam padding to help with impact. The gloves have a hook and loop strap which helps it stay secure on your hand.

These gloves come in a few different colors and sizes. I like these gloves for heavy training on the bag or when I’m doing a lot of pad work. They work great for sparring and I use them almost every time I spar. You can get the gloves for about $70 which is reasonable for a pair of gloves that could last you many years. The 16oz gloves are better for general training.

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Twins Special Muay Thai Gloves

Twins Special Muay Thai GlovesIf you are looking for some quality Muay Thai gear from Thailand, Twins Special has got you covered. They are one of the biggest names in the sport of Muay Thai, and they have been making quality gear for years. I got my first pair of Twins gloves a few years ago and I have been a fan of the brand ever since. These gloves are made out of cowskin leather and they provide excellent padding.

These gloves are imported from Thailand and are made of genuine leather. They come in one color but multiple sizes. These gloves offer a velcro strap to help keep a secure fit. I like these gloves for heavy days of sparring and general heavy bag work. You can get these authentic Thai gloves for under $80 and they are made to last a while.

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Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves

Venum Challenger glovesOne of the top brand names in MMA gear is Venum. They make plenty of quality gear for striking and grappling and their Challenger 2.0 series has given us a lot of excellent gear pieces. These Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing gloves are an excellent pair of striking gloves. I have always enjoyed MMA gloves by Venum, and their Boxing gloves are great too.

These gloves come in about 5 different colors and you can get them in different sizes. The 16oz gloves are great for all around training and can be purchased for around $50. These gloves have a velcro strap to help keep the gloves secure. I like these mainly for technical pad work or some sparring. Check out some other pieces from the Challenger 2.0 series.

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Fighting Sports S2 Gel Power Sparring Gloves

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If you’ve ever used gear by Fighting Sports then you know they make quality stuff. These gloves are definitely one of the nicer pieces I have found as far as Muay Thai gloves go. These are made out of a premium quality leather which you notice the second you touch them. These gloves are very durable and were handcrafted in Thailand.

You can get these Fighting Sports Muay Thai gloves in a couple different colors as well as a few different glove weights. You can get these authenticĀ  leather gloves for around $120. I like the the wrap around hook and loop strap these offer for better support. If you are looking for gloves that are great for sparring, bag, and pad work these are a great choice.

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Hayabusa Tokushu Gloves

Hayabusa Muay Thai glovesIf you said Hayabusa was one of the top brands in MMA gear, you’d probably be right. Hayabusa offers high end combat gear products and their products are used by some of the greatest fighters in the world. The Hayabusa Tokushu gloves are a great example of quality. These gloves have a very sleek design with a comfortable fit.

These gloves come in several different color schemes and a few different sizes. The gloves are designed to take heavy impact and keep your hands protected when training. They offer a hook and loop strap to help keep the gloves secure. I really like the way these gloves feel on my hand right when I put them on, and after a few rounds of some heavy training. Hayabusa makes some of the best Muay Thai gloves in many different styles.

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Hayabusa Muay Thai 16oz GlovesHayabusa Muay Thai Gloves

If you are looking for a really great pair of Muay Thai gloves, check out this pair by Hayabusa. These gloves are nice and padded like any 16oz glove, but they are also very flexible which is great for clinch work. These gloves are able to withstand a lot of of heavy striking while keeping your hands and wrists safe.

These gloves are a classic Thai design and they offer a full elastic wrist wrap. These gloves are very durable and can be purchased for around $90. They come in a cool black and gold Thai inspired design which features a tiger on the glove. If you are going for a cool Thai design these are some of the best Muay Thai gloves.

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Muay Thai for MMA Training

Practicing Muay Thai can offer many benefits to your MMA training. Sure there are many different styles of kickboxing that are good, but none of them focus on power as much as Muay Thai. If you can incorporate the Power and Toughness of Muay Thai into your MMA training you are going to notice a difference. Even if you’ve been practicing another form of kickboxing for your whole life, you could still improve your game with some Muay Thai techniques. Always be sure to wrap your hands before doing any heavy training. Don’t rely on the support strap of your gloves to keep your wrists safe. Even the best Muay Thai gloves won’t keep you completely protected.

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Owner of evolvedMMA.com. I am a Certified Personal Trainer who trains Mixed Martial Arts. I review any and everything. I sometimes bet on fights!
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