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Stvfetterly 09-19-2007 08:03 AM

Reccomendations for some gear?
Hi all,

I've recently started taking Muay Thai (twice a week) and BJJ (twice a week) at a local gym. They sell a bunch of stuff at the gym, but I'm kinda broke and the stuff they sell is kinda expensive. I'm looking for recommendations on the following:

1. Decent gloves (preferably 16 ounce) for sparring, bag workouts, etc. I'm getting tired of using the gross sweaty communal gloves at the gym.
2. Decent head protector. I don't know anything about these really, so anyone have suggestions?
3. Decent cup . . . I used to use a regular hockey one when I was doing Taekwondo, but it was always uncomfortable and rubbing. I assume that there are better ones for martial arts?

I've got a pair of shin guards and a decent mouth guard from my Taekwondo days so I'm good on that front. Thanks for any help!

zderekv 09-19-2007 09:11 AM

as far as a cup goes, i would recommend a pair of compression shorts with built in cup, although compression shorts are love 'em or hate 'em - i just happen to think that they're more comfortable than a hockey jock.

buy your own gloves - it's not sanitary to use something that others are sweating in on a daily basis. if you're on a buget you can't go wrong with everlast or title. get gloves with velcro for training because you'll need to get them on and off without wasting too much class time. you can pick a pair up for $30 or less if you look around. i will say that my 16oz everlast are a bit on the large size so unless you have big hands i would recommend trying a pair on before you buy them. you can get everlast at sports authority, modell's, or just about any other sproting goods chain store.

wish i could give some words of advice on headgear but we don't use it.

Nosbig 09-19-2007 11:34 AM

What's your price range for gloves, headgear, and cup?

Stvfetterly 09-19-2007 01:03 PM

I'm of the mind that it's better to spend more initially, and get something that will last than buy crap several times . . . so I guess $80 gloves, $80 headgear, and maybe $40 dollars for a cup . . . something like that? Cheaper is better though . . .

Nosbig 09-19-2007 02:21 PM

IMF Tech™ Training Gloves - Elastic Cuff at
These are some of the nicest gloves you can get, everyone I know who has used them loves them especially for sparring because they are so soft on your hands and your opponent, and they're good on the bag, pads and whatever else.

I would suggest getting the free catalog first, because in the catalogs their are sometimes better deals, I have seen the imf tech gloves in the link for as low as $65.

I don't know alot about headgear and groin guards but and (ringsides mma brand of gear) should have whatever your looking for. I would get the catalogs first though.

Onganju 09-19-2007 07:31 PM


Originally Posted by Stvfetterly
I'm of the mind that it's better to spend more initially, and get something that will last than buy crap several times . . . so I guess $80 gloves, $80 headgear, and maybe $40 dollars for a cup . . . something like that? Cheaper is better though . . .

Sometimes that's true, but if you're just starting out the extra cash may not help. If you're looking solely for function and durability, you can get away with getting suitable equipment on the cheap. Let me suggest a few things:

Top Contender Super Soft Training Gloves are the pair that I use when training. At 16oz of weight they are a great "all purpose" glove. I've had mine for around 9 months, and have been putting them through the paces constantly since April, twice a week. I got mine on sale for only $19.99, and they still look brand new. If anything at all, they're a great second pair for sparring (I've got an extra set I keep around for that exact reason). Regardless of what gloves you get a hold of, if you have a few spare bucks you don't mind spending get a hold of a set of Glove Dogs. These go a long way between your gloves being pleasently useable or keeping them stowed away because they smell like your grandpa's slippers.

As far as cup goes, you can get a standard cup and supporter from any local sporting goods store. It probably won't cost you more than $20 either. I use this here: the Shock Doctor Compression Shorts with Flex Cup. This is probably the best setup for cup both striking and grappling. The compression shorts are a must when grappling, as your testicles won't play ping-pong against the inside of your thighs when you get thrown or slammed. The shorts take a minute to get used to, but the whole package is easy and no-worry from that point. I've got to get a second one as a spare when the first is in the laundry.

As far as headgear goes, I have a set of Everlast Headgear that I got from a Big 5 a few years back. It's similar to this headgear here. The headgear that I've been eyballing for my next set (the finish on the old set is coming off) is either this here or this here. The liner makes a real difference in longer sparring sessions (headgear can be freakin' suffocating when soaking wet), and the fact that the first one can be machine washed is always a plus.

If I look around, I think some of the items are listed cheaper in my current Ringside catalog. Let me know if you're interested as it can save you a few bucks.

whiplash 09-19-2007 11:27 PM

gloves - KOfightgear gloves, great quality, all leather, awesome customer service... Highest Quality Mixed Martial Arts Equipment for Less - KO Fightgear.. 29.99 with free shipping when i bought it.. might be 34.99 now still with free shipping

headgear - - Pound for pound the world's best headgear, i got mine for 29.99 or something like that off the Ringside Boxing - World class Boxing Gloves, Punching Bags, and Boxing Equipment at discount prices website.. order your mouthpiece from there too to save on shipping

cup - go for a windy steel cup.

Stvfetterly 09-20-2007 03:56 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone . . . just one more question. How do the sizes for boxing headgear work? As far as I know I have a pretty big head, how do I know what size to get?

Onganju 09-20-2007 05:08 PM

Luckily I was able to try mine on before I bought it. You might want to call in when you order. That way you can ask the customer service person how the sizing is done. They'll probably ask you to take a measurement of your dome, so you might want to get a hold of a tailor's measuring tape.

I'll poke around to see if there are some sizing guides on-line. If I find any, I'll post it up. For now, I got to get to work!

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