Review: Aries Pro MMA Gloves Key points before the review: 1.) I will update through the months. This initial review is written Friday, July 30, 2010. 2.) Feel free to request other information bits or pictures of different angles or distance. This is fun for me, so providing detail is part of the fun. Features, Pricing, & Reasons for Buying The primary reason for my purchase was that Aries Fightgear (Ariesfightgear) got on the Sherdog forums and offered the gloves at $35 shipped. Since I was in the market for MMA training gloves I figured $35 wasn't a bad risk. I wanted the gloves for their thick injected mold foam (IMF) padding, the T-bar, and because they looked cool in the picture. My review will be tested against Aries description of the gloves, along with what I personally wanted from an MMA glove --things like comfort, style, longevity, and versatility. The gloves are $49.95 + $9ish S&H = near $60. Depending on the quality of Aries IMF the glove could last anywhere from a few months to a few years. This is the first of their creation, so there is no way to test longevity just yet. (Aries Pro MMA gloves) Aries describes the gloves as featuring: -Unique lateral grip across the palm (T-bar in my review), provides getter grip for punching power -Cross-directional under-strap, provides better wrist support -Single piece of IMF technology provides just enough density for bagwork, but padding for sparring -Top grade, soft tanned cowhide leather construction for durability and comfort -Soft stretchable inner lining for smooth and comfortable fit. -Enclosed leather edges throughout the glove to prevent any rough edges that cause abrasions. -Extended cuff design for additional wrist support. Ordering & Customer Service I ordered the gloves via phone and the lady on the other line was very friendly. One of the most important aspects of an investment for me is customer service. Ordering was hassle free due to the friendly service. A+ here: important aspect MET. Initial Impressions / Construction I got the gloves probably 6 days after my order. Not bad for free shipping. Aries packed them into a box with plenty of room (anyone else hate getting gear that's smashed into a box with barely enough room?). After opening the box up I took one look at the gloves and realized: these things are BIG. Compared to my UFC MMA gloves and my Title MMA gloves, the Aries looked like a huge boxing glove. Initially, I was worried that they'd be too big to roll with since they'd be like trying to spar with sockem boppers. Obviously bag/mitt work would be fine with such a thick layer of padding, but I didn't think pummeling and grappling would be too smooth. Read on to the training and protection section for how the glove did. Here they are compared to my 10oz Fairtex bag gloves I got my gloves in blue just because I thought they looked schnazzy. And the gloves do look schnazzy in person. I do have to make a complaint against the Aries logo: the yellow logo is already peeling at the corners. It's definitely not ink-injected into the glove, nor is it embroidered. The glove itself does feel like strong quality, but the logo started to slightly peel at the edges. It wasn't much, but definitely not something you want when you first pull your new gloves out of a box. This of course does not affect the performance of the glove, but it is a slight drawback.