Harley K Reply to on 3 August 2016
|For mid-level, high quality boxing gloves, you'd be hard pressed to look beyond a solid pair of twins special (unless you want to go a step further and invest in a pair of grants or cleto reyes but they will set you back a WEDGE).
First of all the look. I bought these in a unique black and luminous green and I feel really proud of them when I take them out and use them at my muay thai gym. Brand new, you can smell the quality of the leather and it is a supple, sturdy leather, oozing high-quality.I bought the 16oz as I'm quite a big lad and they looked bigger then the 16oz lonsdales I used previously (which I would NOT recommend whatsoever). This is obviously great for guarding, blocking and parrying, but trying to penetrate tight gaps quickly can sometimes be harder then it should be. In this case, I would recommend the 14oz' as they are marginally smaller and more penetrative but of course, you'll be less protected when guarding. The padding on the front of the glove is significant and straight and your hands feel like they're being hugged by clouds when your punching. The wrist strap is massive and as the glove itself sits quite low on the arm, your wrist feels locked into place, crucial when hooking or throwing uppercuts.
Next the feel and use of the gloves. One thing you must realise - they are TIGHT when you first put them on, even without wraps. Don't let this sway, in fact you should have faith that these are a sign of a great quality glove. The place for the thumb is a great place to be and feels SO secure, giving you the most amazing confidence in striking with full commitment and force. The fact that the wrist straps lie so low on the arm does wonders for the support of your whole fist and protects you when throwing power punches and combos.
I can't speak highly enough about this glove. I'm going to Thailand next year (where these gloves are made) and I'm going to buy a couple more pairs because I love them so much. If your on the fence when choosing your next set of boxing gloves, you can't go wrong with a decent set of twins.