Originally Posted by mixedmajik
@bubkus Not really a fan of no real thumb compartment of gloves and they dont have 10oz sizes available (at the time that I clicked the link)...curious as to the second half of your post though...it seems that 2oz's does make a difference doesn't it...because by your logic heavyweights shouldn't bother using 10oz and should just use 8 like they used to in the old days...and by the same logic it would make no difference if lightweights fought with 10oz gloves instead of 8...and we see how difficult it makes it for some guys (ala Mayweather going to fight de la hoya...even mayweather against cotto to be honest) to fight in those bigger gloves...2oz's seems more significant than I feel you give credit for...and like I'll mention to Minow...if I already have 12oz...I'd like to try something new...just to experiment and see if its a better fit for my style...if not...I still have 12 oz's here waiting for me although a little beat up.
The open thumb was one of the selling points for me, as they allow you to make a proper fist as opposed to having your thumbs at the side just hanging out there.
For fight gloves, yeah, they can make a difference. On the bags, though? I don't think it's as big of an issue, in my admittedly limited experience. Perhaps I'm wrong, but that's my opinion.
As for why some are adopting leather substitutes? Perhaps for customers who have moral issue with using animal products (Vegetarians, Vegans, etc.). Maybe to see if there is a superior material out there, or something more cost effective without sacrificing performance. I don't know.
That's one thing that got me, what do vegan fighters like Jake Shields or Mac Danzig do with the overall lack of high-quality synthetic/"ethical" equipment? What do they do about fight night, where leather gloves are required?