Quality trumps cost in boxing gloves

The Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki training gloves are innovative, sleek and offer protection in areas where competition often seems to fail. These gloves are designed to keep the user in the fight instead of constantly having to spend minutes taking gloves off and putting them back on mid-training.

The T3 Kanpeki gloves were voted the best gloves by Men’s Health Magazine in 2019 for many reasons, but the main reasons being convenience and quality. The attention to detail from Hayabusa really shines through when using these gloves in training properly for long amounts of time.

The T3 Kanpeki gloves were voted the best gloves by Men’s Health Magazine in 2019. (Photo from Hayabusafight.com)

The big features of the T3 Kanpeki gloves are built in splints to offer superior wrist protection, multi-layer foam knuckle protection, double velcro wrist laces and a patch of soft fabric on the thumb of the gloves to wipe sweat away. These features are what set Hayabusa out from the rest of the competition and why I spent $139 on a pair instead of continuing to use the gloves I already owned.

The main competitor to the Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki gloves are the Everlast Elite Pro style gloves. These are the most consumer accessible gloves due to Everlast being a massively recognized fighting brand being sold at multiple retail chains across the world.

The primary features of the Everlast Elite Pro style gloves are the $49.99 price, the breathable material around the palm of the glove and the accessibility. The Everlast gloves are not bad, but the T3 Kanpeki gloves offer so many simple yet genius features that make the Everlast gloves look cheap.

The Everlast gloves I own lasted for the first four sessions I used them before the inside lining started to come apart and the gloves became nearly unwearable. I also injured my wrist slightly while uppercutting against a standard heavy bag, which was almost expected due to the minimal wrist support and gel knuckle protection instead of foam.

The Everlast Elite Pro gloves are more accessible because of their affordability. (Photo from Everlast.com)

While the injury was user error due to inexperience, the T3 Kanpeki gloves would have prevented an injury like the one I suffered and is why these gloves are recommended for all types of fighters. Beginners should have these gloves to protect themselves when learning, intermediate fighters should have them for the convenient features that will keep them training for a longer time and experienced fighters should have these gloves because of the high quality materials used.

Having used the Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki gloves for about two and a half months, I do not mind the price tag as much. It makes more sense to spend the extra $90 on a high quality product that will last longer rather than spend $50 for an accessible and familiar product with cheap build quality and poor durability.

When in use, the T3 Kanpeki gloves make jabs feel crisp, uppercuts are precise, hooks are powerful and thanks to the perfect fit double lace system, the gloves do not feel loose on the user offering more mobility when slipping and ducking. The sweat patch was also a very convenient feature to have on the gloves, allowing me to keep my gloves on for a much longer amount of time and therefore improving my endurance in training.

Having trained with both the T3 Kanpeki gloves and the Elite Pro style gloves in many capacities over the last 10 months, the verdict is clear. The Hayabusa product is far superior to anything on the market currently and will receive a 4.8 out of 5 from me due to the durability, design and powerful feeling they offer when in use.

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