This post is no ways a post to be an ultimate claim to an ultimate guide., but its my insight into equipment that may or may not help you to make a decision about the equipment you may purchase. I will do my upmost to be objective about the brands I mention.
Fairtex have a pedigree for quality. This is compounded by them only earning some money a few years ago from their Fairtex product. I've been an adovacte of Fairtex for many years and having trained personally at their camps in Thailand I can personally say that the quality they have in their brand has not changed in the service in their camps, whilst a bit commercial its still quality.
I’ve personally used the BGV1. Perhaps it is op-tune moment to tell you a little about me. I started training pretty young. I initially started in Ju-Jitsu then moved to Muay Thai when I was 14 years, I took control of purchasing for Master Sken when I was around 22 years and whilst I learnt a little bit about quality of products this did not come full circle until I came to Thailand and learnt properly about how stuff is made.
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