Hayabusa is a brand who have very quickly managed to become synonymous with style & quality in both their clothing and equipment range. This is one of their two offerings in the MMA competition glove market and is quite a different design to the excellent Fairtex MMA glove. One thing that immediately stands out with this glove is the style, its good looks will definitely score points with the fashion conscious MMA market. This MMA glove is available in both black and white versions with the red piping and distinctive Hayabusa branding. The attention to detail is good with finger cuffs and wrist straps well covered to avoid scratches and cuts whilst fighting or training. The knuckle area is rounded and I think this is generally well designed to maximise comfort and it would be fair to say they have achieved a very nice fitting glove.
In terms of protection the padding tapers off more than it does on the Fairtex FGV17 over the finger area which will afford a little less protection over the actual fingers but the padding is good over the all important knuckle area so this I think is all down to your striking style. The interesting bit starts when you turn to the palm area which has what Hayabusa call a Y-Volar™ design which is essentially a little strap that crosses the palm allowing the maneuverability of a completely open palm but preventing the glove moving around which I think is a nice touch. The Thumb is left completely free which is definitely of an advantage to the grappler as opposed to the additional padding afforded in the Fairtex over the thumb which would more suit a more striking based proponent.
The only real beef I have with this glove is the quality of the leather which is certainly a lower grade than say the Fairtex. The label describes the glove as 65% leather which I assume discounts the areas which are not leather at all such as the Velcro straps, they have a little bit of a plastic feel to them but this should not really take away from the fact they are essentially a good piece of kit.
All in all this is a very good MMA glove and ties next to the Fairtex FG17 for this months’ crown.
Build Quality 7/10 Style 9/10 Design 9/10 Comfort 9/10 Value 7/10
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