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Hayabusa Haburi Compression + Exoforge Armored Cup Review

Introduction

These babies first made their appearance on Mayhem Miller, and now they're here for review! Part of the Haburi compression line, Hayabusa has released a set of compression shorts, pants and cup system for those who want some falcon branded protection for their precious. Read on for the low-down.

Official Specs:

Haburi Compression line

  • Ultra-soft Thermawick™ fabric enhances muscle performance and makes these the most comfortable compression shorts and pants
  • Integrated Guardlock™ waistband and cuffs prevent shifting
  • Integrated pocket to perfectly stabilize Hayabusa’s ExoForged™ Armored Cup

Exoforge Armored Cup

  • Lightweight performance grade thermopolymer construction
  • Precision flex-zones for unbelievable comfort
  • Anatomically cast copolymer contour prevents shifting
  • Unique vented architecture for unmatched breathability
  • 100% impenetrable groin protection
  • Universal fit

Aesthetics

The compression shorts and pants come in a single colour - black. Like most Hayabusa products, they look pretty sharp right out of the bag, thanks to the easily recognisable falcon design and kanji. That said, there's nothing too fancy here, just the Hayabusa word logo along the waistband for both the shorts and pants.

The shorts features the Hayabusa word logo in sublimated print down the left thigh, and right smack across the butt behind. The kanji is splashed down the right hamstring.  Simple, but striking.

The pants looks a little duller in comparison due to the length, so the design elements are more spaced out. The falcon is sublimated on the left shin, while the Hayabusa word logo is down the right calf.

As for the cup, it comes in two colours from what I've seen. Mine's the black and red version, while Budovideos has the black and grey version. Personally, I prefer the black/red variant, but that's just my taste. Besides, no one will be admiring the aesthetics of your cup under normal circumstances...

Form & Fit

Given my height of 169cm and 63kg, I went for a small size on both shorts and pants.

I'll say upfront that I don't usually wear compression wear, while my rashwear are mainly to prevent mat burns rather than enhance muscle performance, so I'm not sure how tight these are supposed to be. But in any case, both shorts and pants are not terribly tight on me, and are in fact slightly loose just below the waistband and butt area for me. From a compression perspective, these may not be working as well for me.

That said, I've mentioned before in previous reviews that Hayabusa gear seem to be made for slightly muscular and wider built guys, and it seems to come across in the compression gear as well. The shorts while a little loose on the areas mentioned, are pretty snug on my thighs thanks to the elastic band at the shorts cuff. The shorts cuff actually comes up almost mid-thigh for me, which makes it a little uncomfortable because of the elastic. I have to stretch the material a bit to lower the cuff position. I suspect this would work better for shorter guys.

Similar to the shorts, the pants comes up a little short for me too, about 3 fingers above my ankle. I have to pull the cuff down lower to get a more comfortable length. The elastic band helps a little to keep it at the stretched length, so it's still manageable. Again, this further reinforces my suspicion that it would work better for shorter guys.

As for the cup, despite its 'universal fit' tag, it feels a tad big for my junk. Again, my benchmark for comparison isn't that many, but I have a Ring to Cage compression short and cup system, and the cup can fit into the Exoforge cup. That said, the R2C cup is supposedly smaller than usual. I also have a Spider Guard cup that matches the Exoforge in height and width, though the Exoforge has more depth for your junk. What's for sure is that it won't be too small for you.

How do they fit together? The cup is inserted into the pocket of the compression shorts or pants and the velcro strap closes the pocket to keep it there. The pocket is somewhat smaller than the cup, so the cup stretches the material when inserted, preventing the cup from shifting within the pocket. Since it's a compression short, the idea is that the short will hug your body, and thus the cup should hug your nuts too. Unfortunately for me, the slight looseness mentioned earlier prevents the cup from being too snug on me. This would probably work better on someone who fits the shorts better.

Functionality

Both compression shorts and pants work well in gi and no-gi environments as well as stand-up sparring. I have no mobility issues, and they wick away moisture well enough. What I do like about them is the 'Guardlock' feature they have, which is essentially small threads of rubber-like material woven on the waistband and cuffs. This helps to provide grip and prevent the waistband and cuffs from shifting around. In grappling, it makes it much less likely for the shorts to be pulled down or the pants to roll up at the cuffs.

That said, some people might not find the shorts version too comfortable if you're not used to an elastic on your thigh area. It's less noticeable on the pants version since the elastic is more on the shin bone than muscle.

The material feels like a slightly thicker version of their rashguard material, retaining all the properties you'd be familiar with if you have a Hayabusa rashguard. They are cooling enough that I do not feel stuffy wearing them under a gi, although I did notice their presence initially due to the slightly stiffer and thicker nature of the material. This soon goes away after rolling around for a bit.

While I've worn the cup for both grappling and sparring, it's not exactly the most comfortable experience due to it being bigger than what I'm used to, especially on the width. Can't close my legs as well, if you get my drift. That said, it offers good protection for both grappling and stand-up, and even with my imperfect fit, it still doesn't shift much. I didn't take any direct hits in the groin with these, but it absorbed the occasional glancing blow with no problems at all.

Affordability

The Haburi Compression shorts sells for USD $49.95 (SGD $62) while the pants is USD $69.95 (SGD $87) on Budovideos. Unfortunately, they do not come with the Exoforge cup, which is sold separately for USD $24.95 (SGD $31). For the price of the Exoforge, you could probably get a Shock Doctor compression short with cup.

That said, Hayabusa has always commanded a premium price. It'd be good if Hayabusa could consider a bundle package for those who'd like to get a set.

Conclusion

The new compression line is a neat addition to round-off Hayabusa's offering, but the fit will be more suitable for the stockier built. If you can afford to fork out the moolah, the shorts are one cool pair to rock.

Disclaimer

All comments in the review are my own personal opinion. Prices provided in brackets are merely for reference and are based on exchange rates at the time of writing.

If you like this review and found it helpful, please post a comment or let the company or retailer know too. Should you decide to purchase them online, you might want to consult the online buying guide for advice.

Comments (9) Trackbacks (1)
  1. hey ! thanks for that review !
    i would like to know if the hayabusa cup is flexible like the spider guard or stiff like the shock doctor ones. i couldn’t find that information anywhere. but i think it’s an important attribute.
    bye

    • Ah yes, that’s a good point to raise. I’ve not used a shock doctor, so I can’t say in relation to it, but definitely stiffer than the spider guard. It does not compress downwards, but it can flex somewhat on the sides. So in theory it should be able to take hard frontal shocks while still being able to accommodate some movement during grappling/sparring without feeling like a block of wood.

  2. i got the shock doctor and i like their durability but i really hate to squeeze my testis etc into the way to small cup. who is able to get all his stuff in ? kids ? and the spider guards are too soft, they don’t deliver the promised protection. especially slow compression (like s.o. falls down on you and hits with the knee) and side impacts don’t get stopped well.
    space like spiders + stiffness with flex edges = ordered today.
    thank you !

  3. hey !
    the cup is nice. you might feel the lower site of the cup on your insight thighs, but therefore you dont have compressed balls. i think its comfortable in stand up and rolling. i didn’t had to absorb a groin shot yet though i feel its protecting well !
    Flexibility: SpiderG > ShockD > Hayab
    Protection: ShockD > Haya > SpiderG
    Comfort: Haya > ShockD > Spider
    Space: Spider > Haya > ShockD

    If you sum that up, cups are nearly the same, with different strengths and weaknesses. my favor in training is the haya, in competition i’D prefer the shockD.

    Grüße John

  4. Just wondered whether the shorts can be used as fight shorts or whether they are only intended to be used and a base layer?

    • You could use it as a pair of fight shorts I guess, but only if you’re comfortable wearing just those on the outside.

  5. Year old thread but thought Id share. 5-10,185#, size 32 waist, ordered medium. Shorts fit exactly as they should, but when the cup is inserted, it actually pulls the material of the shorts away from the genitals, and everything falls out. Incredibly disappointed given the cost. Frankly those base model shock dr with jock strap does a better job of actually keeping the cup pressed to the groin. I agree the shock dr does not have enough room, but this Hayabusa pulling away and up renders it useless. Might try wearing jock over it so i dont feel like i completely wasted 75$


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