I was looking into buying some thai boxing sparring equipment recently. I've heard some good things about "Windy" brand equipment. Also, i know that Bas Rutten is selling "Thunder" equipment on his site. And i've seen some of "Century's" equipment as well.
Anybody familiar with these brands? Any good suggestions as far as: gloves, instep pads, headgear goes?
For thai pads I have bought several different brands and nothing I've seen is as good as Fairtex. I've bought dozens of sets of their gloves also and like them. Just make sure you buy gloves that you can easily put on and take off by yourself with 1 simple slip on/ off motion. This is hugely helpfull when you need a quick drink between rounds, to take your mouthpiece out and put it back in, etc.
For headgear, I still havent found a brand that I really recommend. Maybe thats because I hate wearing it.
For NHB gloves I highly recommend Truth NHB gloves. You can get them at; www.txmma.com
However the forearm and hand protectors are better for NHB sparring from the website below, since you can work punches, forearms and elbows with them and it's just 1 piece.
Here is a places that I order some generic equipment that works very well. I buy their forearm and hand protectors, shin & instep guards (the white ones near the bottom), and knee protectors here. I'ev got about 20 sets of each. It is great stuff for clinch sparring and working strikes in all ranges, as they fit with elastic and are the slip on/ off type of equipment. When it's time to up the striking contact level in sparring just replace the forearm and hand protectors with boxing gloves and forearm protectors.