Following the previous review of the Tokushu boxing gloves, we continue with a look their MMA gloves. Boasting similar technology and design concepts, their MMA gloves look just as promising!
- Developed from World-leading University research
- Patented Dual-X™ Wrist Closure generates ultimate wrist support for maximum power and injury prevention
- Y-Volar™ design keeps the glove tight to the hand for maximum stability and fit
- Maximizes punching power by removing energy leaks
- Exclusive Engineered Leather Vylar™ for unmatched performance and durability
- Unique Ecta™ Activated Carbonized Bamboo Lining for ultimate comfort a, thermo regulating properties and powerful deodorizing effects.
Like its bigger brother, the MMA gloves come in the same split colour design that gives it a sharp and striking look. The colour options are not as varied here though, coming in black/gray, white/gray, black/lavender or white/lavender.
The Hayabusa word logo is printed along the front lower edge of the glove, and a smaller set is printed on the wrist strap together with the 4oz marking. To finish it off, there’s the Hayabusa kanji embossed on the outside strap, as well as another word logo on the rubber tab of the inside strap. These follow the design elements of the boxing glove, and as mentioned, the embossed kanji is vulnerable to rubbing off.
That aside, the overall look of the MMA glove is clean and eye-catching, making it a smart-looking pair of gloves.
Form & Fit
The gloves come in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large, with Small in the lavender colours and the rest of the sizes in the gray colours. It seems that Hayabusa has moved away from the previously ambiguous S/M and L/XL sizing to provide a better fit.
Rocking a pair of Mediums, the gloves come on fairly snug to my surprise. The previous S/M iteration was a little large on me, and I was afraid that M would have the same problem. However, the glove design is tighter this time, with less loose space around. I can also tighten the wrist strap very snugly without any excess strap sticking out of the velcro patch.
Using a similar dual strap design to its older MMA gloves, Hayabusa has improved on the strap by shortening the strap length to reduce excess strap material from hanging out. A rubber tab with a ribbed underside is also present on the inner strap to make it easier to pull open. While the wrist closure system does its job well compared to single strap systems, I still feel that PunchTown’s strap system edges this one out by a slight margin in terms of ease of adjustment and strapping.
However, Hayabusa also has an open palm Y-volar design, which keeps the glove tight to the palm and prevents much shifting. The glove has also been improved such that there is no gap between the edge of the glove and the bottom of your palm when forming a closed fist.
Using these 4oz gloves for MMA drills and very light sparring, the gloves perform excellently for grappling and takedowns. The snug fit ensures that the glove stays well in place for the training, and the wrist support is great for an MMA glove. For most part, the gloves keep a slim profile and seldom get snagged or caught on something during grappling.
The engineered Vylar leather is soft and pliable making it easy to form a closed fist without having to break in the glove, which means that your hands don’t get tired out from glove resistance during grappling drills.
As usual, the gloves are great for drills but you might want to use their 7oz Hybrid gloves if you’re planning to drill ground and pound and other striking skills.
The MMA gloves cost USD $74.95 (SGD $94) on Budovideos which is $10 more than the previous iteration. If you’re considering between the two, I’d say the $10 is worth the jump to the newer gloves. Compared to other options out there, it’s on the pricier side, but still slightly cheaper than a full priced PunchTown.
The Tokushu MMA gloves perform up to and exceed the standards set by its predecessor, a game changing glove in its time. If you’re considering a pair of MMA gloves and have the budget, this is the one for you.