42 y/o Dad needs an all around Glove/Gear

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by mattkeeler, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. mattkeeler

    mattkeeler White Belt

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    Hi all,

    A little background. I'm a 42 year old firefighter who, after watching my 8 year old start MMA training, decided that I could totally take 1/2 the guys coming into the adult class when I was picking him up. So I decided to join. Needless to say, it only took ONE class to debunk that myth. However, I did learn much about my fighting knowledge, which is to say, I had none. I realized quickly (and humbly), that I knew nothing really on how to punch or defend myself (and more importantly, my family). After doing this for 6 months, mainly BJJ (entering my first NAGA No-Gi in a month), I have also come to really enjoy sparring with the MUCH younger guys on my gym's fight team, and heavy bag workouts that I get.

    That said, the time has come for me to purchase my own gear, as using shit lying around my gym isnt something that I am thrilled about doing. This site has been great as there is info everywhere regarding gear. However, it is VERY overwhelming. Which is why I am looking for some direction. My wife was going to buy me a complete Hayabusa set for xmas. But after reading several threads on here for more than a week, I get the sense that while its some good quality gear, it is pricey (which it is) and that just as good quality can be had for much less. That said, I am looking for some help in choosing a good 16oz glove that can be used for sparring AND bag work. I know that this is not ideal, but I do not see the need nor the justification for multiple gloves. I have look at R2C, Title, Rival, Reevo, and said hayabusa, but just dont know which ones to get. Since price is a factor (piecing together gloves, headgear, shin guards, and new MMA gloves), I'd like to keep the price around $70.

    Thanks in advance to all that provide their input!
     
  2. Taskmaster99

    Taskmaster99 Brown Belt

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    Check out KO Fightgear. Some of the best quality equipment at prices that wont burn a hole in your pocket. I have a few pairs of the gloves and love them. Also went on to purchase the headgear and shin guards. Plus Neil is a great person to deal with.

    http://kofightgear.com/
     
  3. SkribbLe

    SkribbLe Orange Belt

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    My gym won't even allow us to spar in gloves you use on a heavybag. I would check if your gym allows that.

    The purpose for having two separate gloves is because the heavybag literally kills the padding on the gloves. You'd be hitting your sparring partner with bricks.

    Ko fight gear for gloves
     
  4. Minowafanatic

    Minowafanatic Black Belt

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    Get two KOFG gloves, 12oz for bagwork and 16oz for sparring

    That's $80 altogether and they're good quality.

    You don't need any other suggestions TS. Taskmaster solved the thread

    that's a pretty bizarre gym tbh
     
  5. SkribbLe

    SkribbLe Orange Belt

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    How is it bizarre? That's how it was in every boxing gym I've been to. Don't use the gloves you spar with on the bag, unless it needs breaking in period of course.
     
  6. shihtzu

    shihtzu Purple Belt

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    Well, in the country where I reside most of the guys (even those very huge) use 10 oz. for sparring. Moreover they use the same 10 oz. gloves for mitts and pads. They would use them for a heavy bag too, but coaches here do not recommend using normal gloves on a heavy bag, but using "bag gloves" only (I mean those tiny bag mitts almost nobody sensible uses) and they think you are an idiot if you use standart 10oz.+ gloves on a bag because "they are not made for this purpose" as they say. Also they usually insist so nobody uses over 10 oz. (even not 12 oz.) for sparring "because you must train in the same kind of gloves that you fight".
    Not a joke...
     
  7. GHVA226

    GHVA226 Green Belt

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    Same here...My coach will not allow gloves that have been used on the bag in the ring. Sometimes an a***hole gets away with it though.
     
  8. mattkeeler

    mattkeeler White Belt

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    Thanks guys for the input. Our gym does not have a policy regarding different gloves, and I dont know if thats good or bad. Either way, I will def check out KO fightgear. Im getting too old for this shit.
     
  9. cms9690

    cms9690 Green Belt

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    I just picked up a pair of Fairtex MMA Sparring gloves, I'm fairly pleased with them. They usually retail for $80'ish but combatsports.com offers them for $30'ish.

    So, if you're looking for an MMA glove that is fairly padded, that is where I would suggest to go.

    But, most people on here seem to really love their KOFG gloves, so that's probably a great choice as well!
     
  10. mattkeeler

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    Thanks! I'll def check those out!
     
  11. Blair Dennett

    Blair Dennett Purple Belt Professional Fighter

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    For $70 I'd go with some Ringside IMF tech, or CSI IMF training gloves (Ringside and CSI are the same company).

    As others have said, it's not ideal to use one pair of gloves for both sparring and bag work, but the IMF padding wont break down for a LONG time (especially if you are a beginner and not packing a lot of heat in your punches yet).

    The IMF padding is suitable for all around training in your case.
     
  12. Ice 9 Cobra

    Ice 9 Cobra Black Belt

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    If time isn't an issue, just pick up stuff slowly on mmahq
     
  13. mattkeeler

    mattkeeler White Belt

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    Thank you!
     
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    mattkeeler White Belt

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    How do the Ringside IMF compare to the R2C MIM gloves?
     
  15. Blair Dennett

    Blair Dennett Purple Belt Professional Fighter

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    Some people prefer one over the other, most people find them to be similar.

    I've used both and much prefer the Ringside because it seems better constructed, has a nicer lining and the padding is a little softer which I personally prefer for training.

    As Ice 9 suggested, MMAHQ often has great deals on gear and from time to time the R2C do appear on there for a good price.
     
  16. mattkeeler

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    Thanks Blair. I'm looking to move on these quick, so hopefully MMAHQ will have some soon!
     
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    Emenence White Belt

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    You really can't go wrong with kofightgear gloves. They have great customer service as well.
     
  19. ToonKing

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    It's the same in my gym and it's ok by me. 10oz gloves for sparring is fine if you're not going all out. We use 10oz for sparring but rarely do hard sparring.

    Also, the "little" bag gloves are the ones that teach you form and technique and strengthen your hand on the heavy bag. You can really hurt your wrist with a 16oz glove on the heavy bag.
     
  20. shihtzu

    shihtzu Purple Belt

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    It's a valid argument. However with respect I do not want to spar with a 250 pounds guy who is wearing cheap 10 oz. gloves. Never.
    Of course using small gloves on bag hypothetically might give some sense, but if it is a purely a technical light workout and moreover it is still absurd telling "normal gloves are not made for this purpose" (like people here in local gyms say). By the way, not less easily you can hurt your wrist (and not only wrist) in the mentioned bag mitts on a heavy bag. Very easily.
     

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