OK, I'm about to get back into a more serious training situation, and I need training gloves and shin guards. My first thought was to go with Ringside, since I have a pair of Super Bag Gloves that have been rock-solid for me. However, I figured I should take a look at some other brands. #1 on my list is Fairtex, since I'm going to be training MT and they're known for MT gear. But I've heard good stuff about Windy, too. Both of those could be considered expensive - $70 to $90 for training gloves and $60 for shin guards. Then we have Ringside and Top Contender brands, gear that is much more moderately priced - we're talking $45 to $60 for training gloves and $40 for shin guards. How big is the difference in quality between these brands? I am not really price sensitive when it comes to protecting my hands, since I use them to make a living. But at the same time, I'm not interested in paying more money for the same stuff. Dropping $90 on Fairtex gloves is OK...unless the $49 Top Contender gloves are exactly the same, in which case dropping $90 is just dumb. Is there anyone here who has done some training with all these different brands of gloves who can tell me what the difference really is between them? If it's all the same stuff, I'm going for the less expensive gear, but experience tells me that you usually do get what you pay for. edit: NOTE: I need MMA/grappling gloves, too. I'm considering Fairtex, Truth, Ouano, and Ringside for those.