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ArmorFit Monster MMA/Muay Thai Gloves Review

Introduction

ArmorFit is a relatively new gear brand that currently has MMA gloves and headgear in its line. Interesting thing is, they're MMA gloves are designed to accomodate Muay Thai training as well, so that there won't be a need to change gloves in between. How well does that actually work? We'll see.

Official Specs:

  • Double-Fastening Structure Featuring Our Exclusive Perfec-Fit™ Hammer-Fist Padded Strap
  • Flexible! No Restriction Between Opening Glove to Grab and Making a Fist
  • Hammer-Fist Area is Perfectly Padded to Aid in Safer Sparring
  • Added Padding to Ridge-Hand Area and Outer Thumb
  • Padded Mid-Knuckles to Avoid Cuts in Sparring

Aesthetics

The gloves come in two colours, red and blue, while they have a thicker version that comes in black. The aesthetics itself is pretty simple, no fancy logos or prints like most of the MMA gloves that we're used to. There's only a plain ArmorFit logo across the strap and that's it.

For the neat freaks out there, the glove might look a little messy due to the paddings at the hammer fist and ridge hand areas, which give the impression that they are kinda tacked on. That's not to say it affects the functionality of the gloves in any way, they offer great protection, but the pieces of leather sticking out at the edges does take awhile to get used to.

Form & Fit

The gloves come in Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large, with a measurement chart as well.

According to the measurements I was somewhere between small and Medium, and was originally considering a small. However, I eventually went up to Medium following advice from Aaron of MMAHQ/martialartssupplies. Fortunately that I did too, the Medium fit just right, being slightly snug around the fingers. Small might have been too tight.

For most part, the piping is soft and the leather is very pliable, making the gloves comfortable to wear right out of the box. There was something poking my little finger at the piping of one glove, but it went away after some adjustment and training time. The website suggests that you fold the glove in the shape of a fist and put a weight on it for about 15-30 minutes to break it in as there's a seam in the knuckle padding. However, I missed that the first time and simply softened the glove by squeezing it together multiple times from various angles. Even then, the gloves were still very comfortable to wear and formed a fist easily.

The gloves use a dual strap system consisting of a larger main strap and a smaller tightening strap, somewhat reminiscent of the Punch Town gloves. However, there are some important differences. Due to the design of the glove, the smaller strap is connected not just to the side of the glove, but also runs from the same piece that forms the palm padding. What this results in is a snug adjustment of the palm and wrist area when tightening the strap. No more gaping holes between the side of the glove and the palm. In fact, the palm is partially covered by the palm padding, providing a molding fit that results in very little shifting of the glove even when hitting the pads hard.

The larger strap adjusts the glove around the wrist area, giving some degree of wrist support and straps on the glove more securely. Since the two straps tighten on slightly different areas, I was able to wear the gloves snugly with and without handwraps, without having the gloves feel overly tight or loose  in either case. Excellent strap design in my opinion. My only doubt is whether the smaller strap will last long term use and abuse due to the small velcro strip that might wear out over time.

Functionality

Now the first time I saw these gloves online, I remember thinking how huge the thing looked. The Monster moniker didn't help. In person though, they really look less bulky and more handy. They are still larger than the average MMA glove though, so I guess it still fits the Monster description. The gloves are touted as MMA/Muay Thai gloves to replace boxing gloves, so I was keen to see how they'd perform, especially on the Muay Thai aspect. MMA gloves are generally not what I'd use for hard pad work for Muay Thai, but I thought I'd give this a go anyway. The padding comes in at 1 inches thick for the normal version, which is what I use in this review, but there's a thicker version that is 1.5 inches on the knuckle padding.

I was recovering from wrist injuries going into class, so while I usually don't wrap my hands, I did have handwraps on my right hand in this case (yes, odd I know). The gloves fit well on both hands wrapped and unwrapped, with barely any shifting. In fact, I was planning to take things easy on the bag due to my wrists, but I gradually felt confident enough to wail on the bags. The gloves performed well during padwork as well, providing adequate knuckle and wrist protection.

For most part my wrists felt protected, allowing me to increase my power to my strikes than what I'd normally do with MMA type gloves. However,the knuckle protection still doesn't quite feel like regular gloves, as I can feel some of the impact coming through, though nothing to cause pain. Good for those who want some feedback I guess. At the end of the session, I did get some abrasion on my right knuckles, though these could well be due to the wraps rather than the gloves.

The glove is unique for its padding,  thanks to the extra ridge hand, hammer fist and palm padding locations, as well as the extended finger protection. This all provides for an amazing piece of armor indeed, and provides great levels of protection on the bag when working hammerfists during ground and pound for example. Unfortunately, I was not able to put it through the paces of actual MMA sparring work, which leaves me unable to comment on the practicality and efficacy of the design in this respect.

However, I must say that the profile of the glove itself is an improvement of the typical hybrid sparring MMA gloves which are generally bulkier on the knuckle thickness, which might make it smoother for pummeling and grappling work. I still would not do anything more than light sparring with these gloves though.

Affordability

The gloves cost USD $59.99 on Martial Arts Supplies for both the regular and the thick ones. The price falls within the mid to high range of MMA gloves but is still fairly affordable in my books if you're looking for a good pair of MMA and stand-up gloves.

Conclusion

The ArmorFit Monster MMA/Muay Thai gloves are an excellent entry into the MMA glove market. Those looking for a good value no-frills MMA glove that can definitely consider getting a pair of these!

Disclaimer
All comments in the review are my own personal opinion. Prices provided in brackets are merely for reference and are based on exchange rates at the time of writing.

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  1. I love the Pride look of these gloves. Doubt I would pay 60 bucks for them, but having padding on hammerfists really changes the game in sparring.

  2. These are the best gloves on the market. They offer full protection. They are light yet sturdy. Yes, they are expensive, but worth every penny. Get them, you will never want to use any other gloves again.


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