Summary : Small and light. Extremely comfortable and very maneuverable.
I have to say, I wasn’t expecting much from the Fightlab Thai pads. Fightlab aren’t what you would call “top tier” muay Thai brands like Twins, Fairtex, Boon, Top King or Yokkao, but these pads are the best pads I’ve used – bar none.
I selected the small size pads. The reason for this is because they are lighter, more maneuverable and allow for quicker drills. Not to mention the reduced workload when holding pads for several athletes – especially when holding for big-hitters.
As you can see, the Fightlab Thai pads have a pad which runs right the way through the velcro closure to protect the forearms of the pad holder. For me, this isn’t even optional – it’s essential! It really absorbs the kicks. Normally, I have to wrap my forearms up to protect them from kicks, but I can hold for a few students and still be pain-free at the end of it.
As mentioned, these pads are super-light and drawing blocks or forcing your fighter to move and counter.
As a boxer, the pads feel good to strike too. Very absorbent, even when brand new.
The stitching and general quality looks good. They’re made in Thailand from cow hide leather and feature a slight curve in the length of the pad.
My only concern with these pads is that the face of the pad is quite flat, so there may be a risk of sagging when the pad is struck month after month, and may reduce the longevity. Normally, new pads bulge to reduce the sagging effect after time, but the Fightlab pads don’t seem to.
I’ve used them for a few months now and they don’t seem to have sagged much so maybe I’m worrying about nothing. I’ll continue to use them and update the post if necessary.
To sum up, though, great set of pads in terms of holding and striking.Follow MuayThaiScholar