Fairtex HB6 6ft Muay Thai Banana Bag Review
Fairtex are a popular manufacturer of fight equipment, dominantly focused on Muay Thai. The company is based in Thailand and is widely popular, both there and internationally. 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 bag
The banana bag is a staple of muay thai and kickboxing training, allowing you to throw your full arsenal of punches and kicks on a single piece of equipment. Fairtex’s banana bag is one of several different punch bags that the brand sell, including the teardrop and uppercut bags that we’ve already reviewed. You have the option to buy this bag either empty or filled.
Unlike some of the other fairtex punch bags you can get hold of a banana bag in multiple colours; the traditionally Fairtex black as well as blue, yellow, green and red. They still stick to the same design, a simple ‘Fairtex; printed down the length of the bag and the Fairtex logo stitched at the top.
Like several of their other bags Fairtex have moved away from using real leather to create the banana bag, instead opting to use their artificial Syntek Leather, and an extra durable nylon lining to prevent tearing.
Fairtex are known for their high quality craftsmanship, hand making the majority of their equipment in their factory in Thailand. It doesn’t specifically say on the website that this bag was handmade, but it would be out of the ordinary for Fairtex not to hand make a product. Either way, one of the bags I tested out was hanging in a Thai gym, and had been there for a while, and still looked in good condition; no noticeable tears, no noticeable stitching issues just some damage to the Syntek leather in places. Overall the craftsmanship on the bag appears to live up to the reputation of quality that Fairtex have become known for.
Overall the banana bag was very comfortable to use, firm but not excessive it lets to hammer in heavy kicks and punches without worrying about hurting yourself, and provides sturdy feedback so you can feel yourself digging in with a strike. However, as with most bags, over time the stuffing slides down and gets harder at the bottom of the bag, which starts to make low kicks more painful, and I think the length of the bag (6 foot) makes it even more of an issue for this product.
A filled bag will set you back £185, while an unfilled one will cost you £130. I’d consider this a reasonable price for a bag like this, you can train all techniques on it, making it ideal if you’re only able to get a single punch bag, and the quality of the product means you’ll be able to get your money’s worth out of it over its lifetime.
Looking to buy these?
+ Very Durable
+ Versatile training tool
+ Available in several colours
– Stuffing slides down over time