Product Review: Hayabusa Pro (16oz) Sparring Gloves

Hayabusa Pro (16oz) Sparring Gloves

Reviewed By: Barry Laminack
November 12, 2011

Disclosure: This item was a comp. from Hayabusa

As Hayabusa week comes to a close we bring you our 4th and final review. This time around we’re taking a look at the Hayabusa Pro (16oz) Sparring Gloves. The last pair of gloves that I had never really fit well. They were kind of loose around my fingers and knuckles and the Velcro strap around my wrist did it’s job but still allowed for some movement at impact. A good 16 oz glove should not only protect your hands but also your sparring partners face. Lets see if these gloves are worth the $89.99 price tag.

Features (according to hayabusafightwear.com)

  • Authentic hand-crafted Mexican style design
  • Ergonomically designed for maximum striking power and precision
  • 100% premium leather and foam complex construction
  • Dual cross closure system for ultimate wrist support and stability
  • Suitable for all types of combat training

The feature list above is pretty accurate in relation to these gloves. However, there are a few things that are not mentioned, most notably the padding on the sides of the palms. It’s not the thickest part of the glove, but having a little extra padding to protect you when you’re blocking kicks or punches is a good thing.

The dual cross closure system provides outstanding wrist support comparable to lace up gloves. The only thing I didn’t like about this was when I really tightened them up the opening kind of bunched up near the palm. Otherwise the dual cross system works great and is one of the best parts of these gloves.

The foam in these gloves is really dense. It’s one of the first things I noticed about the gloves. For heavy bag work or pad work these are great. However, if you are going to use these gloves for sparring (like they are named) you may want to spend a couple of months softening them up, I’m sure your team mates will appreciate it.

If you’re like me and you use your gloves for boxing and kickboxing as well as bag work, you’ll find your clinch/plum work to be a bit difficult with these gloves because of the attached thumbs. That said, the gloves actually open and flex very well so even though you don’t get the separation with the thumbs like you would want, you can still get a decent plum.

[rating:4.5] 4.5 Stars

   


Quality The quality of these gloves is outstanding. They felt great for me when I put them on. My hand wrapped around the grip bar perfectly and the pocket that my fingers went it was really snug, just like I like it. I’ve had issues with my the tendon on my index finger on my right hand, but I hardly noticed it when I used these gloves (I wish I could say the same for my old gloves).The seams are sturdy and the leather feels soft but durable.

The Velcro is thick and really sticky. The only thing that doesn’t feel sturdy on these gloves is the elastic on the inside (bottom) Velcro strap. I’m not saying it isn’t sturdy because I haven’t had the gloves for long enough to say that, I’m just saying it feels a little flimsy, but it does it’s job well so I guess that’s all that matters.

[rating:4.0] 4 Stars

  


Value Value is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to these gloves. The reason I say that is that since the foam is so dense you probably won’t use these gloves for sparring right away (unless of course your sparring partner uses head gear, then you might be able to). So that said, would you pay $89.99 for some bag gloves? In this case, I would say yes.I do 90% bag work and only some sparring and I would not hesitate to pull the trigger on these gloves, even if it was just for sparring.

These gloves have almost every feature you could want in a no lace-up glove. The only thing missing on them, in my opinion, is a some padding round the heal of the palm.NOTE: I will considering revisitng this review if in a couple of months the gloves don’t soften up enough to take care of my partners during sparring, but I don’t anticipate that being an issue.

[rating:4] 4 Stars

      


Summary

All in all I really like these gloves. They feel good, they look good and the performed well during several sessions of back work. They fit snug like I like, thanks in part to a great dual strap Velcro system that locks the glove onto your wrists. The padding is firm so warn you training partners if you spar with them, otherwise if you have $90.00 to spend and you’re in the market for 16oz gloves, give these a look, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


PROS CONS
  • Great wrist protection
  • Snug fit
  • Wrist padding
  • Good looking glove
  • Very stiff (dense foam) takes extra time to break in
  • When tightened really tight the loop near the palm bunches up
  • No padding on the heel of the palm

Overall [rating:4.0] 4 Stars


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