Seven Fightgear is a new and upcoming MMA brand that seems to be coming out with a full line of martial arts gear. I first heard of it from Martial Arts Supplies and received a pair of their Thai boxing gloves for review.
The pair of gloves I was sent comes in white, accented by grey piping. This gives it a nice, clean look, and a break from the usual darker coloured gloves. Near the wrist is a bunch of hieroglyphic-like symbols that form part of the design element, as well as their word logo seven. A slight departure again from other designs I’ve seen, which is always a nice touch.
On the wrist strap is a seven patch that is sewed on, breaking the white/grey scheme of the glove. Nothing special there, but it adds a little flavour to the overall design of the glove. Definitely a good a looking glove if you fancy something simple and elegant looking.
Form & Fit
The gloves come in 14oz, 160z and 18oz. With my 14oz pair, I was surprised to find it being a little too tight in the hand compartment at first. The tightness comes from a narrower width between the backhand and palm, while the height of the glove between the ridge to the blade of the hand remains roomy. The net result is a snug fitting glove that allows for larger/wider hands to fit, but at the expense of some initial discomfort to break in the gloves. After several sessions, the gloves do ease up somewhat on the tightness. The same can be said of the thumb compartment which runs a little tight.
With most of my gloves, the inner lining runs all the way up to the wrist area, but for the Seven gloves, the lining stops short and uses leather around the inner wrist area instead. I’ve yet to notice any real difference from that, but it’s just something to highlight for those who are interested. The lining itself is pretty standard fare, and works well enough in terms of comfort.
The glove uses a single strap system, which loses it some points in an environment where dual straps are increasingly common. That said, the strap itself works just fine, and the tight hand compartment makes up for it in terms of providing a snug fit. The leather itself is soft and pliable out of the bag.
From initial impressoins, the gloves feel better for padwork and bag work. While the foam is somewhat soft and springy, it feels rather compacted when striking, thus feeling a little ‘hard’. As such, I wouldn’t recommend it for sparring. While the glove profile may not be as compact as Hayabusa’s new Tokushu gloves, it is still less pillowy than the average Thai glove.
The gloves do not shift much during training, and handwraps will only make the fit tighter. It is reasonably breathable, with 5 breathing holes at the palm. The thumb compartment is connected to the main one with a leather tab, and will not open much for clinch work. Seven does have a separate line of Thai gloves though.
Construction for the gloves are excellent, with no loose or crooked stitches to be seen.
Priced at USD $74.99 (SGD $94) on Martial Arts Supplies, the gloves are placed competitively below the price point of many other branded gloves. While it lacks the bells and whistles of other pricier gloves, it does its job well as a functional glove at a more affordable price, without the cheap quality and protection issues that lower-tier gloves usually have.
The Seven boxing gloves are a good and affordable basic entry gloves from the company. If you’re looking for something functional on a budget, the Seven may be worth considering.
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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