If you’re heading to the gym and renting out another man’s gloves, then you’re going to be putting your hands into a bacteria forest.
Not only that, but the gloves aren’t going to form any natural shape around your particular hand size. So it’s time to grab your own!
One of my early pairs of gloves was the Fairtex Microfibre BGV14 gloves in Solid Black. I thought I’d put together this Fairtex BGV14 review so that you can decide if they’re what you’re looking for, too.
If you’re considering grabbing this model for yourself, then keep on reading because by the end of this you’re going to understand the good and the bad things about these gloves after 6 months use.
Read on to learn a bit more about the brand, or you can just skip ahead to my personal review.
Is Fairtex a good brand?
Fairtex are a well established Asian sports brand that specialize in Muay Thai gloves. They offer a very competitive product range with value especially when compared against other similar brands in the global market. The quality of their products stand the test of time and wear.
Are Fairtex gloves good?
Whilst Fairtex gloves are not the pinnacle of premium gloves in the market, they do offer a very good balance of quality in materials and manufacturing whilst at a reasonable price range. They are considered a solid entry glove for many Muay Thai and Boxing enthusiasts, particularly across Asia.
Are Fairtex gloves good for boxing?
Fairtex gloves are typically specialized for Muay Thai training, but they do also have a smaller range that is suited towards boxing specialty. Either way, their gloves are generally very good entry options for a mix of training such as the heavy bag, pad work and even sparring.
Sometimes Muay Thai gloves can have a more flexible hand opening for the palm. This is so that in the fight, the Muay Thai fighter can grab and hold onto their opponent for attacks like knees or even in catching a leg strike.
With regular Boxing, there is mainly fist strikes to parry and avoid. The clinch element of boxing is not used to specifically hold parts of the opponent’s body, they usually just clinch for a moment to take a breath before a referee likely splits them up.
How can you tell if Fairtex gloves are real?
Fake versions of Fairtex gloves will usually be obvious by the lower quality materials used. The foam padding on the inside of the gloves will be softer and offer little to no resistance from squeezing. The outer material will also wear down very fast, unlike genuine Fairtex products.
With my own pair of Fairtex BGV14 for example, the gloves offer a ton of resistance when squeezed hard:
Both the inner foam and the surface material springs back completely to the original state without a problem, even after months of use.
Where are Fairtex gloves made?
Fairtex gloves are designed and manufactured in Thailand.
How long do Fairtex gloves last?
Most people find that Fairtex gloves last somewhere between 8-12 months. Duration can depend on frequency, and intensity of use as well as care after use. These gloves should be cleaned and thoroughly dried out between uses to prevent bacteria build up and breakdown of the foam.
Fairtex BGV14 gloves review after 6 months use
Based on what you would expect a pair of Fairtex gloves to last, which is perhaps a year, my Fairtex gloves are still in really great condition after 6 months use.
I think, in fact, they will continue to last me somewhere up to 16 months. When I hit the 12 month mark with these gloves, I will consider my options and purchase a new set of gloves that offer me what these gloves don’t.
The usual advice is to have one set of gloves for bag or pad work and another for sparring. With training you can go with a pair that are usually smaller in size and allow you to maximize your training precision. But with sparring, you have to consider a larger size mainly for the safety of your partner.
Picking the right size for Fairtex gloves
The size of gloves you use, and for which purpose, depends on your weight. For example, I weigh around 70 kg / 155 lbs. Let’s look at Fairtex sizing guide for gloves:
|Glove Size||Weight kg / lbs||Hand Circumference (in)|
|4 oz.||under 37 kg / 80 lbs||under 5.5″|
|6 oz.||under 37 kg / under 80 lbs||under 5.5″|
|8 oz.||37-50 kg / 80-112 lbs||5.5″-6.5″|
|10 oz.||50-60 kg / 112-132 lbs||6.5″-7.5″|
|12 oz.||60-75 kg / 132-165 lbs||7.5″-8.5″|
|14 oz.||75-86 kg / 165-190 lbs||8.5″-9.5″|
|16 oz.||86-92 kg / 190-205 lbs||8.5″-9.5″|
Taking into account the sizing chart by weight, I fall into the 12 oz gloves category. A pair of 12 oz gloves would be ideal for me to train with.
But I actually chose a 14 oz pair of Fairtex gloves. Why? Because I wanted to have gloves I could use for many options. I wanted to still be able to use the gloves for sparring, without feeling like a jackass for hitting people in the face with little padding on my gloves.
The standard for sparring glove size is pretty much always 16 oz, just ask any boxing coach. For the really big or heavy fighters, 18 oz is going to be mandatory.
It’s about protecting your sparring partners. You don’t get into the ring to hurt your partner, you get in there to test your skills and help each other improve. That’s the whole point.
When it comes to a real amateur or professional scored fight, then sure you can throw on your snug and lighter gloves and really snap peoples’ heads off with your god-given weapons.
But at the time I was buying this pair of gloves, I wanted to have an all-rounder pair that I could use for all needs. These did fit the bill for that.
How is the sizing fit for Fairtex gloves?
As I picked a larger size for wanting to use the gloves for sparring as well, the sizing for me has been OK but not perfect. It’s partially my own fault, as I think these gloves would have been a lot better in the 12 oz size.
If you are like me and could jump between a couple of sizes, then think about what you are mainly going to be using them for.
In hindsight I probably would have gone for the more snug fit in the 12 oz gloves, because most of my training has been working with a coach on the pads or on the bag in my own time.
My sparring sessions have been light and mainly skills focused (foot work, reaction and countering) rather than trying to beat my partner down.
So whilst it’s not agreeable with the size standard to use for sparring, I’m a calm character and am not getting in the ring to take anyones head off and would have been fine with a pair of 12 oz gloves.
That said, you can really tell when someone is bopping you on the nose in a smaller pair of gloves. Sometimes you can notice the size difference and sometimes how much easier it is for them to get around or through your guard (in between your hands) to sneak a hit on your chin. Let me tell you, it is annoying as hell.
If you plan to go heavy in a sparring session at all, then don’t be a jerk and make sure to get appropriate glove size. You should consider 16 oz first, and only if you’re considerably smaller / lighter then think about 14 oz gloves.
If you’re just looking for a pair of gloves for improving your striking in in class like on the bag or in pad work, then you’ll definitely want to use the size chart I added above to get as snug fit as possible.
A better comfortable fit is going to equal more protection for your hands.
Because my gloves are slightly bigger than I need and Fairtex gloves don’t have the most advanced strapping or tightening system it results in too much space inside the glove. So I can end up having less feel for my strikes which give me some thumb troubles and pretty recurring scuffs on my knuckles. At this point I have scarred knuckles from it.
Don’t be like me, learn from my mistakes here. Pick your goal before you pick your size.
What is the strapping like for the Fairtex gloves?
My Fairtex BGV14 has a single wide velcro strapping around the wrist. Because I have a size that is slightly bigger than necessary, it drops further along my forearm than I would like.
With the single strapping dropping slightly past my wrist, I end up with a bit less wrist support. It’s really important to get the right size so that a simple strapping system like this goes around your wrist firmly.
If you make strikes with poor technique (we all do it from time to time) and your wrist bends too much, it can hurt immediately and cause stress in the wrist. Over time that’s going to cause injuries that you want to avoid as much as you can.
The strapping is simple but it is good quality velcro and well made that hasn’t lost any of its grip since I first bought them. There’s enough fuzzy reaching around the wrist strapping section of the glove that I can secure it very tight if I want to.
Of course, you don’t want to strap your gloves so tight that you cut off any blood circulation, because you’ll just end up with less responsive and tingly hands. That is uncomfortable and eventually can be painful.
Make sure to wrap your hands the right way and tighten with the strap firmly.
Do the materials stand the test of time and use?
These gloves have a micofibre exterior. The material is specifically designed to be as durable as leather, but without some of the negatives like the natural ageing that leather has and the moisture absorption.
These micofibre materials seem to resist water a lot better than other gloves. Droplets of water like sweat just bounce off the outside and makes it pretty easy to keep them clean and longer lasting.
The inside of the gloves are some kind of polyester which again resists moisture pretty well. If you’re wearing handwraps properly, then you’ll absorb a lot of your own sweat into the cloth, rather than into the gloves. The inner material has also been free of rips and tears so far for me.
From the overall look and feel of the gloves, you can tell that Fairtex know what they are doing when manufacturing gloves. They are neatly made and follow a classic Muay Thai design.
Are they comfortable?
The BGV14 are generally pretty comfortable gloves. The sizing I have, which is slightly larger in the 14 oz, provides a lot of room in the hand. I don’t have very large hands, so to me they feel pretty spacious.
Sometimes, though, that’s not a good thing. The extra space can mean that my hand is moving around inside the glove a little bit more than I’d like, resulting in a few more mishaps with less accuracy or scuffs on my skin because of the movement between the hand wraps and the glove.
One thing that can be frustrating and uncomfortable is how my thumb is positioned in the glove. For me, the thumb space is too wide and creates an unnatural position for my hand. It’s a bit more like holding a hook hand than an actual fist.
To get the fist, I have to squeeze my hand pretty tight. It causes fatigue in the hand.
I try to push my hands deep into the glove to be as snug as possible and after a long session I find that my thumb also gets irritated at the tip around the nail. It pushes into the edge of the inside where there is a bit of stitching, I can feel it rubbing away at my thumb and it can get pretty irritating.
The irritation can be off-putting when you are trying to have a good training session.
I’ve developed less of a strong fist approach to using these gloves. Usually when boxing you would try to keep your hands loose so you don’t clench up, because clenching up makes you much less responsive on defense but also harms your speed on the offense.
And normally you’d tighten your fist upon impact and aim to have a strong straight angle across your wrist all the way to your knuckles making the contact. But seeing as I have a fair bit of discomfort at the end of the thumb, I don’t tighten my fist as much as I should.
So I am probably losing a bit of power on the end of my strikes and maybe even causing more injury to my hands.
These problems could be completely different per person depending on your hand size and the glove size you get. But it is something to keep in mind that if you’re looking for a perfect comfort and it’s really important for you, then going for something more premium is probably a good idea.
Do they look good?
I think my particular Solid Black variant of the BGV14 gloves look great. I don’t think they’re going to win any awards, but they are slick and clean.
Whether they’re nice to look at is a personal opinion. I’m glad they have options that aren’t the “showman” type as I prefer plain colors. I also don’t want a color so vibrant that it’s easier to see where the hit is about to come from!
Fairtex always offer a pretty wide range of color options as well as more unique designs, so they suit everyones taste both for men and women.
Would I recommend them?
I’ve put together this handy table to rate a lot of the specifications about the Fairtex BGV14SB gloves, this should help you understand how I rate them on base stats:
|Color||4/5||My solid black gloves are sleek. Plus they have lots of other options, though I don’t love them all.|
|Style||4/5||The branding is never over-the-top and they do look very clean when wearing. My coach even commented “They look good bro.”|
|Materials||4/5||The microfibre outer material is as durable as leather, but with less natural degrading over time.|
|Sizing||3/5||Partly my own fault about choosing size, but my 14 oz could still feel better if the strapping was better and the inside offered more snug fit.|
|Feel||3/5||They feel pretty good to hit with, but the thumb feels a bit forced wide and results in some annoying thumb hits and discomfort.|
|Bag work||4/5||They have a very generous inner foam that is very resistant. You can go very hard on the bag and feel secure.|
|Pad work||3/5||All depends on getting the right fit, but a more snug fit I think would help with accuracy gains that are necessary for improving on the pads.|
|Sparring||4/5||These gloves are actually combining some of the BGV6 sparring model with extra padding, making them good for sparring. Even my 14 oz felt light enough but good size for improving in the fight.|
I’ve had the Fairtex BGV14 for 6 months+ and have had great success with them. They’ve lasted really well in that time as they still look like new gloves. I’ve taken good care of them by cleaning them after every use and then putting them to dry as best as possible, so that’s likely helped a lot.
In terms of value, Fairtex is one of the best bang for buck on the market. The BGV14 are aligned with that, because I paid a reasonable price for these gloves which are really lasting a long time having used them multiple times a week for the past 6 months or more.
The micofibre material is impressive as it doesn’t crease like leather and stays springy. The inner foam seems to have not lost any of its integrity, either, as the material forms back into its base shape easily and knowing how it feels from a lot of bag work.
I would recommend these gloves as a great starter or beginner pair. They are also an affordable option for anyone who just wants a second pair of gloves just for sparring, as these fit the bill for it.
In buying the BGV14 gloves you’re getting a good quality, long lasting (with care) pair of gloves suitable for both Boxing and Muay Thai. They also are coming from a very well respected, well-reviewed, brand in Fairtex so you can be confident about what you’re getting.
Where to buy the Fairtex BGV14 boxing gloves
I bought my Fairtex BGV14 gloves from my local MMA gym. You can ask what your local gym or sport store has available, many in the USA and globally will stock Fairtex gloves. Or you can get speedy delivery by buying online, like through Amazon.
The gloves I personally own and reviewed in this article are the Solid Black version. I like to think that I look Batman-esque wearing them:
But Fairtex gloves are never limited by style and this same version comes in a variety of colors.
These classic mild yellow version look pretty rad if you’re a bit more classic Robin style:
Or if you’re looking for something a bit different, these paint drip version is also great for the Joker’s among you:
Whatever style you’re into, there’s a variety of options.
It’s always exciting grabbing your first pair of gloves and these gloves will be great for your first set. It’s also great to grab a highly functional second pair like these BGV14 gloves for other uses like working hard on the heavy bag or just for sparring.
Ultimately, you can’t go far wrong with these gloves. They should last you up to a year quite easily if you take care of them and they won’t age badly like leather gloves sometimes would.
If you are looking for the perfect comfort fit, though, my experience would be to cough up more money and get a more premium brand. If a budget option is exactly what you are looking for, then they are ideal.