Summary : Great slim design with thick, quadruple-layered padding and less bulky than some other brands. Comfortable and durable.
Sandee muay Thai has been around since 1977 and is one of the longest running combat sports brands in operation. Their muay Thai gear has a good reputation in Thailand and around the world. The large Sandee muay Thai pads are a nice product in their range of Thai boxing equipment, here’s a little review in case you’re on the hunt for some new Thai pads.
The pads I’m reviewing here are the “large extra thick Thai pads”, not to be confused with the “curved” or “small” pads which are different products. I may do a review of those at a later date.
Sandee Thai Pads Manufacturer’s Info
- Premium grade cow hide leather outer shell
- 4 layers of cloth-fibre webbing latex inner foam
- Hook & loop velcro closure
- Double stitched
- Hand-made in Thailand
A Pad Man’s Perspective
Anyone who holds pads for several rounds a day will tell you it can be quite an exhausting task, especially if you hold for big-hitters.
For me, a slightly narrower and shorter pad is advantageous, which is why I’ve found these pretty handy. Although the Sandee pads area large size and fairly thick, they are shorter than most Thai pads and slightly more narrow than say the Twins pads. I’ve found I can be a lot more mobile than with other brands due to less weight and less bulk on my arms which makes for faster movements.
Velcro fastening with hook & loop closure is the preferred fastening mechanism, in my opinion. The buckles tend to get loose over time and can end up scratching the Thai boxer if the pads aren’t replaced. Not only that, the velcro straps are a lot quicker and easier and getting the Thai pads on and off.
A Thai Boxer’s Perspective
Even when I first bought the pads, they didn’t feel like rocks to hit and I still got a good “crack” when the leather of the gloves met the pads. The finish on the pads is more of a matt effect than a shiny effect as with the Twins Thai pads.
Kicks, knees and elbows also feel good, and the slimline design makes it easier to block, cover and palm the pads for a more realistic pad session.
Great pads in every way. I must say, I prefer these to Twins now that I’ve been using them for a while. I picked these up for £99.99 on Fight Equipment UK, which is a decent price when compared to other sites (including the Sandee website). You’ll pay a similar price for the Twins Thai pads and slightly more for Yokkao pads.Follow MuayThaiScholar