Fairtex Laced Sides Muaythai Shorts Review
Fairtex really don’t need an introduction in Muay Thai circles, they’re one of the best known Thailand based brands, shipping products worldwide, ranging from gloves to shorts and including pads and heavy bags. Originally founded in the 1970s, Fairtex have a long history of producing top quality, handmade equipment, endorsed by many gyms across the world.
About the item
The shorts I had to review were from the selection of laced style shorts that Fairtex offer, as the name suggests they have two rows of lace running down the side of the legs, which is designed to let you loosen or tighten the shorts depending on your preference. They come in a range of colours, including black, orange, red, blue and white.
I love the look of these shorts, the first thing you notice about these is ‘Fairtex’ written across the front – in the case of the black pair it’s in white with a thin gold rose hatch lace across the front. Down the side of the legs there’s two white stripes, bordered with gold, with the black lace running down them, alternating sides to make a pleasing cross pattern. Finished off with an 8 strip elastic waist band they offer a snug fit that’s comfortable throughout the session.
Materials and Craftsmanship
The materials of these shorts are top notch, Fairtex have used satin, one of the most popular materials for boxing shorts. This means they’re wonderfully comfortable and loose, and allow for great range of movement during sessions. The shorts have been made in Thailand, and they’ve done a very good job. The stitching is all very neat, and I’ve searched all over them and found a single loose stitch, which considering they’ve been through several months of training shows how durable they are.
I would go so far as to say that these Fairtex laced shorts are the most comfortable pair I own. The embroidered Fairtex logo on the front was very stiff to begin with, but now that has been broken in, they’re brilliantly flexible. I do find that the lace isn’t all that useful though, but rather just for the visual appeal, but that’s because the shorts seem just as flexible with the lace tightened as it does with the lace left loose. For those of you who use your Thai shorts for running you should know that whilst these shorts are comfortable to run long distances in, the ends of the laces can get annoying, and as per most Muay Thai shorts they don’t have any form of pocket for putting keys or a phone.
These shorts are on the expensive end of the spectrum at £44.99, but I would say for the quality of the shorts they’re well worth the price. We would recommend these for people who have been training Muay Thai a bit longer, mostly because the added cost means you want to be sure you’ll stick to the sport before you buy them!
+ High quality materials
+ Adjustable leg lengths
– Reasonably expensive
– Not best suited for running
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