Danger Equipment Classic Thai Leather Boxing Gloves (16oz) Review
Started in 2004, Danger Equipment is a brand who produce high quality gear, made in Thailand and deliver to countries across the world, with a strong focus on Western martial arts communities. Their goal is to provide customers with the broadest selection of Martial Arts gear and apparel, the highest level of service and the most competitive prices. In the UK you can find their gear over at Danger Boxing Shop.
Danger Boxing Shop sent us a pair of these gloves to test out and provide our feedback for them.
About the gloves
The Classic Thai gloves are designed for all areas of training, with the intention of providing great protection during pad and bag work as well as sparring. They’re available in a few classic colours and they can brought in the standard 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 14oz and 16oz options. We’ve been testing out the real leather version, however the gloves are also available in Danger Equipment’s high quality Semi-leather.
Weight and distribution
I’ve been using the 16oz versions of these gloves, so there’s plenty of thick padding. These are well shaped gloves with the majority of the padding across the knuckles and back of the hand, but the gloves also have a thick wrist strap which supports the wrist and balances the glove nicely. The thumb on these is also well padded, as well as being fixed in place and tucked behind a thumb guard attached to the main body of the gloves.
The Danger Classic Thai gloves come in a variety of different options with up to 3 different colours. I’ve noticed I seem to be developing a strong black and red theme with my fight gear, and as soon as I saw the black gloves with the red cuff I’d pretty much made up my mind. The leather versions of these gloves seem to work best in mostly darker colours. If you want some of the brighter neon colours, you’ll have to look at the Semi-Leather versions of these gloves.
In terms of looks, these are exactly what you would expect from your ‘traditional’ Muay Thai glove, such as the Fairtex BGV1 or the Twins Special BGVL-3, but with the added visual appeal of the ‘Danger’ wordmark dashed across the back of the hand. Below this on the black section is the Danger Equipment ‘DE’ logo in white. Across the wrist strap is another ‘DE’ logo, this time in metallic gold, and the weight of the gloves. Finally on the inside of the wrist, where the strap is attached, is another white DE logo, labelling the gloves as ‘Genuine Leather’.
While most of Danger’s gear aims to be colourful and vibrant, these have a bit more of a toned down look, which works really well.
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After having already reviewed a number of Danger Equipment’s items and being impressed with the quality of their Semi-Leather, I was interested to see how these real leather gloves would compare. The quality is actually pretty good, and there are definitely a few small advantages to the real leather being used. The texture is just a little bit nicer to the touch, and the folds around the outside of the gloves are much neater too.
As with their other gloves, Danger have used multiple layers of shock absorbing padding for maximum protection, as well as a satin nylon lining to help repel moisture.
The shape and build is a bit like the Evolution Gloves we tested out recently, but the cuff is attached slightly differently and there is no breathable mesh on these ones. The built in grip bar helps make a natural fist. The thumb is well positioned, and is tucked well and shielded slightly by the padding of the knuckles prevent unwanted contact when punching.
Overall the craftsmanship on these gloves is pretty high quality. There is one loose end of a thread poking out, but nothing major, and after some serious training sessions it doesn’t look like any of the stitching is going to come loose. The leather is pulled tight over most of the glove, with the exception of the palm, where it folds over itself a little if you fasten the glove tightly, but nothing noticeable once you’re wearing them.
When first putting on these gloves they can be a little bit tight fitting, mainly because of the thick, soft inner padding of the gloves. After a few sessions they start to take shape and mold to your hand a bit more, but in terms of comfort though they’re pretty good right from the first time you slip your hands in.
The cuffs of these gloves are pretty thick. This is brilliant for your wrist stability and protection, however I’ve been finding it a little annoying to close. when pulling the strap across, the other edge of the cuff never seems to want to sit flat on my wrist, meaning it’s hard to get a really tight fit. That said, the fact that these gloves fit the hand so closely makes up for this anyway.
I’ve been testing these gloves for a while now in all my striking sessions and have been using them for bag work, training work, and sparring. I’ve personally preferred these gloves for sparring, especially when doing Muay Thai. The thick padding helps to absorb the impact of strikes when punching and blocking, and even when blocking a head kick, it does a great job at minimising the impact. The other thing I like about these is the finger flexibility, which makes clinching fairly easy. They arent the most flexible gloves in the world by any means (Sometimes the attached thumb is a little restrictive), but the leather palm seems to open up quite nicely.
At the moment these gloves are available from dangerboxingshop.com for $45.00 (with the Semi-leather versions the same price). This price is pretty mid-range in terms of Danger’s gloves, however when you compare it to other popular Thai brands, it’s much cheaper, with other brands often easily $20 more expensive.
Looking to buy these?
+ High quality materials
+ Large colour range
+ Great protection
– Thick cuff can be hard to secure tightly