Fairtex BGV9 Review – Should You Own It?

My Fairtex Bgv9 Review

Fairtex BGV9 is one of the popular models of BGV series and as you may know, there are a lot of boxing gloves of BGV series because people just loved training with them over the years.

According to my research and experience, Fairtex BGV9 suits most people’s needs and it is actually many fighters’ favorite pair and below I will explain the details why this is the case. There is also another quality which makes this pair quite a solid choice for people who likes their hands to be “fresh” at the end of their workouts.

There are also some disadvantages of training with this pair and you can also read this at the end of Fairtex BGV9 review.

Fairtex Muay Thai Boxing Gloves BGV9 Review

Fairtex BGV9 reviewProtection: 9.4 / 10.0

Training Quality: 9.3 / 10.0

Durability: 9.4 / 10.0

Comfort: 10.0 / 10.0

Cost Efficiency: 9.1 / 10.0

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According to my knowledge, Fairtex BGV9 is one of the hardest pair on the market, if not the hardest. In addition to that, it is a quality one which is really hard and this actually brings some serious advantages.

When the leather is really hard, it has defects less than usual. So while punching a heavy bag or mitts, which were made of really hard and sturdy cover materials, Fairtex BGV9 just has fewer defects. As you may have experienced that soft pairs like Ringside Apex feel like it can tear apart in any second while punching a bag and the foam actually can. However, you will not have issues like this with this pair.

This pair also has hard padding and it basically delivers the shock throughout the pair however the padding does not move much. As you may know, Fairtex Gloves generally have really hard padding and BGV9 is one of them. When the padding is like this, it lasts more.

Another cool fact is that while punching a bag, thanks to the hard padding you can hear a clear “pop” so you can tell whether you are punching right or not. And many starters will find this useful. Also, the padding does not get soften with time and it does not lose its quality. So after 1-2 years, you will still be able to hear that, however, as you can guess it will not be clear and high as your first day of training.

So the leather does not get much deformation during heavy bag training and in addition to this, the padding is perfect for bigger impacts and protects your hands well. So shortly, Fairtex BGV9 is ideal for heavy bag training and mitts.

Considering these there is no surprise that Fairtex BGV9 can last 3+ years.

This pair has an attached thumb and while making a punch it makes sure that your thumb is not in a weird position.

Craftsmanship: This is another handmade pair by Fairtex and it also has quite good stitching which basically never gets bad feedback. I seriously don’t know anyone who has complained about the stitching or the construction and considering that I live in Thailand and know a lot of serious fighters who use Fairtex it is a huge plus.

Also when you have a look at the picture you can easily realize that this glove is crafted with care. The inner part is not bulky yet it is solid so while you are making a punch you lose less energy and you can use this extra energy for your next punch!

Boxers generally use this pair for bag workouts which makes a lot of sense. Imagine that your knuckles are sore or have a small injury. The padding barely moves and the stiff padding surely protects hands and the gloves are not heavy so it actually does not affect training performance like many other pairs which have lots of padding. Sure these other pairs, which have a lot of foam, can and will protect your hand. But when this is the case these gloves have heavier weights and obviously, you punch slower. Basically, you do everything slower with these other pairs which have lots of padding. However, you don’t have this issue with Fairtex BGV9 and you can continue having a good punching experience without any downsides. Is not this just awesome?

Alright, hard padding and cover material have a lot of advantages which many people including I just love but it also has some disadvantages as well.

This pair is a training type pair however if you punch your sparring partner with it, he or she may never spar with you again. Because as you may have read this above, this pair is just too hard for sparring and should not be used. Even the most protective headgear may not protect your partner well. This is the first disadvantage.

The second one is the long break in period. You need at least a couple of weeks to break in this pair and this is longer than many other pairs on the market. The reasons are obviously the hard padding and cover material. The padding will not feel “normal” after a couple of weeks however training with it regularly definitely helps with the shortening of this period. You will also see that the cover material softens after a couple of sessions however it will be still quite hard.

Protection: The padding delivers the impact so well that your knuckles do not feel a thing while you are punching. It has a medium size velcro closure and it just has enough length for providing firm support and it is not bulky at the same time.

Comfort: It has quite big air channels and like any other Fairtex Gloves which are made in Thailand, Fairtex BGV9 is also quite good for providing comfort. The lining basically wicks the moisture quite fast and gets rid of the excess moisture so your gloves will not get heavier. This is also good for punching performance and helps you have better and faster sessions.

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How about Quality Price Ratio?

If you read my other reviews of the brand, I did not give good ratings for the cost efficiency. However, this pair lasts more than them thus it deserves a better rating than them. (B+)

Even though you can’t use Fairtex BGV9 for sparring and it has a long break in period, this pair is amazing for pads and bag workouts. With that being said Fairtex BGV9 also has a really good reputation among the boxing community.

In this Fairtex BGV9 review, I wrote down all the details about this pair, the advantages, and the disadvantages. However, if you have anything to add, ask or share, just leave a comment below.

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26 thoughts on “Fairtex BGV9 Review – Should You Own It?”

  1. Hi Furkan,
    I was looking into Fairtex BGV14 review. I am glad I ran into your review. Lots of great info in the post. Thanks for sharing this.

    I like the good and bad you mention in the article. And most importantly it is in my budget. I definitely try it out.

    All the best in producing more such products review in the coming days ahead.


    1. Man, this is one of the mid-level boxing gloves and it will be a good boxing buddy for a couple of years. It basically will have fewer defects than the Fairtex Gloves and you will realize that the padding is quite sturdy and hard just after a punch.

  2. Hello,
    I have been working out my nephew and he wants to get into boxing. He is 15 years old, so would these be a good buy for him? His birthday is coming up soon and these might be the present I’ve been looking for. This post was packed with helpful information I can use when I buy him some. Again great post, and thanks for the insight.

    1. It is all around a good pair. At first, the stiff lining can bother him but other than this, this glove is alright. Just be careful with the size but other than you don’t have anything to worry about.

      When he sees this, I am sure that he will be really pleased. Well, I know I would : )

  3. Hi Furkan- Great post and really honest as well
    I enjoy watching boxing and martial arts and I am going to refer this link to some friends who are involved in the sport so thank you

    1. I love watching them and I know many people, who don’t even practice any martial art at all, follows everything about them.

      I would appreciate it, Vicki.

  4. These sound like they are a great quality glove. Thanks for the thorough and objective review. Information like this is what people need in order to make a good, informed decision!

    1. Yeah, it is preferred a lot and it seems like the company also sells BGV9 a lot as I see many different design and colors in gyms. And I am glad you found the review useful Lynee.

  5. Hi Furkan!

    I’m a martial artist looking for a light weight glove. Is there anything you can recommend? Let me know. I am finding it hard to find exactly the right fit. Great post btw!

    1. Hi, this depends on the oz. which you are using. If the oz. is higher it has more weight. But there are some gloves which have lighter construction and these have lighter weights. If you are talking about that, you can check out my Cleto Reyes Boxing Gloves Review. This is a puncher’s glove and has a good padding distribution to punch hard.

  6. Hi Furkan.
    I am not a martial artist but love to work out on the bag. I found your blog very informative and found a couple of answers why my knuckles always hurt after a good workout. I will definitely try to get hold of a pair of BGV 9 gloves or a set with similar characteristics. I will also share this info with my friends.
    Looking forward for your next review.

    1. Hi, this depends on the oz. which you are using. If the oz. is higher it has more weight. But there are some gloves which have lighter construction and these have lighter weights. If you are talking about that, you can check out my Cleto Reyes Boxing Gloves Review. This is a puncher’s glove and has a good padding distribution to punch hard.

  7. Hello,
    Thank you for a very thorough review! the reference to protection vs weight was very interesting to me. I did not realize that the more protective a glove, the more it weighted but I guess it made sense.
    Your review was very informative and will help people make an educated purchase based on solid facts.

    1. Well, it is not always the case. There are some padding types, which have a lower density, offers more protection. This is also valid for some padding types which have multiple layers. So read the reviews and you can decide according to it.

  8. I do not practice any Martial Arts and I have to confess I like the way you broke down the detail of the Fairtex BGV9, I came across this gloves from one of my friend who trains Kick Box since I do not have interest on it I just ignored. It is pity that my friend does not understand English I could have shared this article with him.
    Anyway thanks for sharing, there are tons of people that love it, this may help them out.

  9. Interesting review thanks. My partner is considering getting into boxing as a few of his friends started a few months ago and are loving it. I’ll be sure to show them this review.

    1. Definitely recommend it as it has stiff and protective padding. It definitely feels different than the other gloves. It can be a bit rough on hands but nonetheless, it is protective enough for wrists and knuckles.

  10. A good quality pair of boxing gloves is a must for sure when engaging in this sport. I learnt this the hard way when I sprained my thumb whilst using a really old cheap pair once and it still hurts me now sometimes.
    I love boxercise for weight loss and all round fitness so I guess I should invest in a pair of my own instead of the smelly sweaty ones in the gym. Are there any specific gloves for women that are good?

    1. Thumbs get hurt a lot as many pairs don’t have the necessary qualities to protect it. Gloves’ tip maybe lack of padding or good design.
      Boxercise is extremely useful when it comes to losing fat. Your arms may feel really sore after a session but it is worth it. Check out BGV16 of the same brand.

  11. I am looking to buy my first pair of Gloves.
    I tried a 14 ounce TWINS and Hayabusa T3, but they were slightly too small.
    The 16 ounce versions fitted me better.
    My height is 6’3 and 78kg here.
    Lighter makes the punches faster, but I am scared I will buy them too small.
    Should I take the 16 ounce for this Fairtex BGV9 as well?

    I will be focussing on bag work 9/10 times, and sparring for the future.
    So I will buy other gloves for that.
    For bag work they are perfect gloves?

    1. Man Fairtex sizes run a bit smaller than the others. I have never used Twins but I am familiar with the fitting of Hayabusa. So yeah, 16 oz. will be a better choice for you.
      You will also punch others in the future and they don’t even let you in the ring with 14 oz. gloves.
      So first go buy 16 oz. Fairtex BGV9 and punch the bag a month or so. After that, if it does not feel right and have gap more than it should after a month come back here and comment here again. And I guide you according to your circumstance.

  12. Hey I tried the 16oz BGV9.
    Enough room. Probably can go with a 14oz.
    Does the room around the arm gets tighter compared to a 16oz model?
    I have bit to much room around the arm and wrist area atm.
    If it does become tighter with a lighter model, 14oz will be perfect!

    1. Hi Jeroen,
      It does not but you can always wrap your hands twice so there will be less room. This also affects the arm part as well.
      I am glad my recommendations worked out. Man, if you have more questions or anything just find relevant writing on my site and we can talk there.

  13. I’ve been using a pair of RDX 16oz training gloves for the last while. Although I like them, they make my heavy bag swing like mad. I have a cheap pair of entry level gloves that are 12oz, and although they clearly won’t last, they seem to be better for bag work because the bag doesn’t go quite as out of control. I’m looking to upgrade to a higher quality glove that I can use for all-around training, but primarily for bag work, and this model came highly recommended. I was hoping to keep my new gloves to 14oz or lower, but a lot of 14oz gloves are just too small for me. So…with all of that in mind: Do you agree that the BGV9s are the right glove for me? Is the hand compartment large enough for me to go with a 14oz (if I’m a larger man)? And if I need a 16oz, do you think that the construction of this glove is better suited to bag work and might not lead to the crazy swinging of my heavy bag? Thanks so much for your time. This was a great review.

    1. Thanks for the nice words man. When you wear RDX, it is expected that the heavy bag swings more because the padding delivers the shock at a high rate which can cause protection issues in the future.
      BGV 9 is a great choice for bag work though leather is denser than the other gloves. So if you will spar you will need to throw less powerful punches than usual. However, Fairtex tends to run smaller and you may need to buy a bigger size. Also, the padding reduces the delivered power so I expect the heavy bag would swing less.

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