"Victory Athletics" is relatively new brand on the MMA gear market. They seek to bring great design and durability at affordable prices. Their new Victory Air Thai Pads are the latest piece of equipment to hit store shelves, promising a lot for relatively little. I was able to grab a pair of these and bring them to my neighborhood gym to test them with some serious strikers.
These slim Thai pads feature an attractive black and white design on the back and a big red target in the center of the side where you hit it (no excuses if you cannot hit a target that big staring back at you). They're lightweight, making them versatile for both speed drills and power drills. However, just because they do not weigh much does not mean they are not durable.
The pads have a slight curve on them to make it better to kick and punch, and they work especially well with elbows and knees. The multi-layered soft padding was pliable but extremely strong, almost like memory foam in how it took the impact and dispersed it through the pad, instead of causing any discomfort to the holder. A velcro hook and loop closure secure the pads to the user's forearms, and it has a nice cushion underneath that, adding more comfort for the person taking all the punishment. This also keeps the Thai pads in the proper position during training, and none of the testers had to do much jostling around to get their pads back in place during their rounds.
The feeders who held said the pads felt great to hold, with the impact being absorbed very well with practically no pressure on their elbows from the strikes. The strikers enjoyed the big red target, making it easy to see and keeping them on point. Aside from that, the padding did a great job no matter which end you were, and they were equally comfortable to wear or hit. The material on the outside also deals with sweat reasonably well, although not quite as well as a higher quality of leather would, so be aware of how damp your pads get as you use them to prevent any slips.
You can order the "Victory Athletics" Victory Air Thai Pads for $85 on their official website, and is a good price for a solid pair of Thai Pads that you can take a lot of use. Thai Pads are never cheap, but these are a much more affordable option that deliver above and beyond what you would expect from a brand that is meant for beginners. Good for newcomers, great for experienced veterans, these Thai pads are a very budget-friendly piece of equipment that are worth a try.