Yea, I see where your coming from. I'm sure custom gear had got to be a huge PIA for the makers simply because everyone wants their cake and eat it too. I would have more realistic expectations, so 15-16 ounces doesn't bother me a bit. What does bother me is a bad design, like something that's easy to hit or boxy, which obviously wouldn't be the case if I base it on a successful design. I am a bit more particular with the gloves however. I think it's just personal preference though, and honestly, it bothers me more when the indivual gloves are different weights. Like a 14 ounce left glove and a 15.5 ounce right glove. Having a pair of gloves where both weighed 17 ounces or something wouldn't bother me as much. I forgot that the Adidas mitts are praised. Their shoes are obviously awesome too. I really feel they are a hit or miss type thing. I view Adidas as the Ringside of Europe with done successful design and some not so much. I think they also have a more European take on boxing gloves, such as only the striking surface being leather and using mostly IMF. IMF seems to be huge over there. I do agree that the forum has shifted away from IMF, but research as of now shows that IMF is safer because of the manufacturing process. I was told by a manufacturer that sometimes if layered foam isn't glued right or poorly done energy transfer can slip through flaws like that and cause unnecessary shock to your joints and what not creating a problem over time. I still prefer leather, but one of the pair of Adidas gloves in my gym are in my top 5 sparring gloves of all time. I'm not even kidding with that. They are some of the best and friendliest gloves to spar with. I think they are called the Adidas Super Sparring gloves. Another plus with Adidas is they have been consistently on weight for me, but I have moved away from the brand overall. Do you have the Adidas mitts?