The Golden Gear Belly Pad is handcrafted from 100% buffalo leather for maximum durability. The pad is filled with a strong performance foam complex for the safety of the person wearing it and comfort for the fists and shins of the person striking it. The secure closure system in the back keeps pads firmly in place, and are the right size to ensure that the person hitting it does not miss and lose a toenail on the back.
The pad is made of black leather, with the front stomach target being red with the Golden Gear logo on it, and the smaller side targets colored white with the logo in red. The design itself is attractive and will blend in nicely with your other gear, but the bird logo will definitely pop and make a statement, and works very well with this particular product.
Our testers, who tried both wearing and attacking it, had very positive things to say about the item. The only apparent drawback was the size of the targets, which seem to be a bit smaller than other pads. This was not necessarily a negative though, as the testers all agreed that this was not a belly pad for noobs, but one for more experienced strikers who are capable of aiming for smaller targets. In other words, this is a product made for more serious and seasoned fighters and coaches. The different people who wore it were also surprised how snug and well-fitting it was as well, considering that the first glance makes it look very front heavy. In reality, it’s a very well-balanced product with a solid design.
This streamlined belly pad also allowed the coaches to maneuver easier, while still absorbing the blows and not having the coaches feel any impact other than a pushing force from the strike. The most important aspect of any protective gear is how it disperses impact, and this belly pad is top notch when it comes to that. The padding in the targets is firm but pliable, making it a pleasure to keep beating on your coaches. Everyone liked hitting the pad and felt good doing it, even considering that the item was new and not broken in yet. With the way this pad is constructed, it appears it should remain very firm and flexible for a good period of time.
Overall, our reviewers loved both wearing and hitting this pad, which is rare to have both since very few people enjoy taking repeated kicks to the kidneys. You can order the “Golden Gear” Belly Pad direct from the company’s website for $100. It’s a pricier belly pad in some ways, but not by much, and is definitely one that will last you a very long time, so you are paying for that lengthy duration. The pad comes in both medium and large sizes, and is designed with competitors and fighters in mind. Definitely worth throwing some cash at if you are training seriously, or are a coach looking for some gear that will last you a good long while.