Combat Sports Max Strike MMA Gloves
- Relatively Cheap
- The Strap System is good
- Good amount of comfort
- Open plam design
- Excellent for sparring and bag work
- Good for grappling
- Stitching needs improvement
- Won't be allowed in some MMA competitions
When sparring with MMA gloves, you often increase the amount of wear they accumulate. If you are on a tight budget that may raise some concerns as good MMA gloves don’t always come cheap. This is why some brands out there specialize in creating cheaper products that are an excellent bang for the buck and can withstand enough wear and tear for the investment to be worth it. In this Combat Sports Max Strike MMA Gloves review I will go through some of their key features and show you what they are good for and where they aren’t as good as the rest of their competition.
Let’s jump straight into this review now and see what sets these gloves apart from the rest…
Overview & Features
I always start with the comfort of the glove and its design. There isn’t much to say about the design here but I have a few things to say about the comfort.
Design and Comfort
The design here is nothing special and doesn’t really stand out too much. Still, there is more under the cover. For the price these gloves come, there is some serious competition, in the face of gloves like the Venum Challenger MMA Gloves. While to some it would be a no-brainer to opt for these rather than the Venums, it might be a good idea to save 10-20$ if you are planning on sparring and doing bag work with these gloves.
They are around 7 oz in terms of volume and are very comfortable on your hand. There is a two inch thick padding on top of the glove which makes them ideal for light bag work and sparring with a partner. The thumb guard is comfortable as well and has a split padding on top of your thumb which allows for more flexibility when grappling, for example.
The palm is fully opened which allows for good skin on skin contact while grappling. Even so, I’d opt for a smaller glove when taking it to the ground.
As I pointed out, the padding is fairly concentrated at the top of the glove, making it quite bulky upfront. Your sparring partner will thank you for that, as well as your knuckles but it might render the glove unfit for many official competitions as it is way bigger than conventional 4 or 5 oz MMA gloves.
The padding itself holds well against the test of time and doesn’t break up (at least not during the first year). If you want another glove from the same company which has a lot less padding and is quite cheaper, I suggest checking out the Combat Sports FG3S Pro Style MMA Gloves.
Materials and Durability
The leather of these gloves is yet another aspect that is surprisingly durable. It won’t dry out or crack up no matter how you treat it. Still, placing them in a well-ventilated area after a heavy workout will be great. After all, sweat is the number one thing that damages your gear and the less you have it on your gloves, shin guards, and other accessories, the less they will be damaged over time.
The stitches are okay but I’ve seen people who complain about them coming loose after a few months of training. That isn’t something shocking, though, as most brands haven’t yet mastered the art of properly stitching up a glove.
The Strap System
The strap here is average with a basic hook and loop system. The Velcro usually stops holding up well after the first year which is a good indication that it is time to change the gloves. If you don’t use them quite often, though, it might hold up for quite some more time.
The system is wide enough to nicely wrap your wrist and keep it in place during your training.
What Are They Good For?
These gloves excel in a single field – sparring. Whether you are sparring striking only or mixing things up with grappling, this glove will provide adequate support with a good amount of comfort both when you’re up and when you are grappling on the ground.
These gloves are also not too bad for doing bag work. I’d opt for a proper boxing glove if I am doing that, though.
There are three sizes here, which are:
- Extra Large
The company doesn’t provide much information about any of those, so it might be best if you check them out in a local store before buying.
In terms of weight, they have a good amount of weight up front which adds some resistance while you are hitting and will help you improve your accuracy and punching endurance.
The price on these gloves is a little high in my opinion, even though they are still considered a budget option. For a not such a high-end brand I’d be a little more conservative with the pricing, but these are the top of the line gloves from Combat Sports so you know you are getting their best product. The brand also offers a huge variety of other kickboxing and MMA products, including far cheaper (and smaller in size) gloves that are suitable for competition.
Combat Sports Max Strike Gloves Vs. Brace Master Heavy Bag Gloves
The Brace Master MMA gloves present a very unique offer that is quite tempting, especially when you compare them with a far more expensive glove such as the Max Strike. They are very well-padded ad have great wrist and thumb support, similar to the Combat Sports glove. Still, they usually won’t last you as much time, especially so if you use them every day for things like sparring or bag work.
This is where the Max Strike Glove truly shines at. It is great at the heavy bag and will outlast most other cheaper brands. That is why people opt for it and even though you pay 2 or 3 times the price of the Brace Master glove, it is well worth the investment. However, if you are on a tight budget, the cheaper gloves are always a good place to start since they will provide adequate protection and decent comfort for a fraction of the cost. If something happens to them, you won’t regret it much, since buying a new pair won’t cost an arm and a leg.
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Advantages & Disadvantages
- Relatively cheap
- The strap system is good
- Padding is adequate
- Open palm design
- Good thumb support
- Good for sparring
- The stitching needs some improvements
- Aren’t allowed in most MMA competitions
The MMA Central Rating:
As a whole, the Combat Sports Max Strike MMA Gloves aren’t your flashy Hayabusa, Venum, or Everlast gloves but are decent enough for the everyday fighter who wants something that will stand the test of time. The deal they offer in terms of pricing is also quite appealing, considering they will last you almost as much as some more expensive models out there. In conclusion, if you are looking for gloves to spar with and do some bag work, these have to be on your shortlist.