Fairtex BGV1 vs King KNG-KPBGV-132: A Comparison.

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  1. shera

    shera Brown Belt

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    There's a reason why the Thais call the Fairtex gloves the "Rolls Royce" of Muay Thai gloves. They use a higher quality leather than Twins, Rajas, etc. and the workmanship is top notch. The finished product looks like a work of art. This is an extremely durable glove and after many years of use, shows no degradation or shifting of the inside material despite being an all-purpose glove. I had mine for 3 years and use it for padwork/bagwork, and sparring. Why did I bother buying Kings then? Because the 16oz Fairtex is a bit big and even with 180" wraps on and it gets uncomfortable at times since I have to keep a tighter grip on the glove to keep it from shifting leading to hand fatigue. The King fits my hand better and the wrist can be adjusted because of the elastic before the velcro enclosure.

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    16oz Fairtex, 12oz King, deformed 14oz Everlast glove.

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    One thing worth noticing is that the inside of the cuff on the Fairtex is also leather and note the double stitching, whereas the King is fabric inside and has single stitching. The Everlast glove's lining came off after a few months use so doesn't bother mentioning.

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    In sum: Fairtex is a higher quality glove but just doesn't fit me well. However fit is a very individual thing. I'm 5'6" and 150lbs so my fingers are short and stumpy and better suited for the King glove which is worn by the smaller K-1 fighters in K-1 MAX. FYI, for the regular K-1 (i.e. heavyweights) the official glove is Twins. Note how the insular Japanese organization picked the Thai gloves over Japan's own brands (Hayabusa, Triumph, etc.)
     
  2. shera

    shera Brown Belt

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    And for the people who ask if there's any connection between King and Twins, here's your answer:

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    flip it over and...
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  3. Mumrik

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    Those are both North American brands though, aren't they?
    Japans top brand would be Winning...


    Thanks for the review!
     
  4. 72Chambers

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    Correct, Hayabusa is a Canadian brand with a Japanese name, not sure about triumph though.

    Thanks for the review shera.
     
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    Hmm... never heard the rolls royce thing. Fairtex are my least favorite gloves of all I've used. When I got mine the leather did feel super soft though, but I think my rajas have held up better.

    Maybe it's the fit that was an issue. I'd always bang my thumbs with my fairtex gloves. Felt they kept my thumbs in a weird position. Good review
     
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    i got the exact same pairs of gloves and i must say i love KING the best.
     
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    The Fairtex BGV-1 are the best fitting gloves I've worn.

    I wear Winnings for sparring but still prefer the Fairtex for fit.
     
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    Hey Shera,

    Curious about how well your king's are holding up, specifically the elastic closure system. Thanks!
     
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    great review man, i can't wait for my my custom BGV1's to finally come in next week!
     
  10. KMT62

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    Fairtex still are the top brand in Thailand. I used many pair of fairtex gloves in my gym.
     
  11. shera

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    *edit* meant for another thread
     
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    gonna buy that king gloves...
     

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