MMA Gloves, Product Reviews — May 25, 2019 at 11:52 am

Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki Hybrid 7oz Kickboxing and MMA Gloves Review

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Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki Hybrid MMA Gloves

8.8

Comfort

8.5/10

Durability

9.0/10

Protection

9.0/10

Strap System

9.5/10

Price To Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent comfort
  • Very good for sparring
  • Ideal for bag work
  • Premium materials
  • Great longevity
  • Strap system is class-leading
  • Wear and tear over time is minimal

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Not great for grappling
  • Won't be allowed by most MMA organizations

Hayabusa is one of the most premium MMA brands out there. It has a wide gear range that goes from shin protectors to MMA gloves and apparel. I wanted to review their Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki Hybrid 7oz MMA Glove for a long time now just to showcase how much of a difference the premium price tag makes.

Key Takeaway:

Thanks to its unique X-shaped palm design and premium materials, the T3 Kanpeki is second to none feeling-wise. It wraps around your hand nicely and provides a premium feel and great training support. All that comes with an equally premium price tag, though, which is also its biggest disadvantage. That price tag can be somewhat justified by the longevity of the materials, stitching, and glove as a whole but if you really want the Kanpeki it might be a good choice to wait it out until it is slightly discounted. To check some of the best deals on these gloves click here…

For more of my thoughts on some of the best MMA gloves on today’s market, head over to my Full Buyer’s Guide!

brown glove

Overview & Features

In theory, this is a well-rounded glove that is marketed to be able to do it all – strike, grapple, take down your opponent, work on the heavy bag. In reality, that isn’t necessarily the case. Being a 7oz glove it will never be comfortable for grappling, no matter how good of a fit it is for your hand. It will just get in your way, especially if you are doing a lot of hand transitions and things like chokes or leg locks.

Let’s start with the overall design and the comfort the Kanpeki brings to the table now…

Design and Comfort

open palmThe Hayabusa T3 is a very unique glove mainly due to its construction. It is one of the few models out there that features the so-called “X palm design” which references the shape of the glove materials and stitching in your palm. It provides for a far more steady fit of the glove on the hand. It also adds stability when you are grappling with it or are in a Thai clinch. Usually, gloves shift to one side mainly due to the lack of palm support but that wouldn’t be the case with this premium glove.

The most notable comfort feature of this glove is that you can go round after round with it without putting too much strain on your hand and wrist. The bigger volume of the glove and the padding protect your opponent as well, which is important when you are training for an upcoming fight.

Padding

The padding here is superior to most 4 and 5 oz MMA gloves mainly due to the fact that it is way more (7 oz). That excludes the glove from the list of allowed glove sizes for most organizations but makes it ideal for training purposes. It manages to keep the MMA glove feel but by having far more padding on top of your wrist and in front of your knuckles.

That same padding also makes the Kanpeki one of the best gloves out there for heavy bag work. Normally, I would recommend a 12-14 oz boxing glove for any type of bag work, but this glove right here does an impressive job at keeping the MMA glove feel and protect your hand at the same time.

The disadvantage of having that much padding on such a glove is the fact that it will get in the way when you take your opponent down. It will take some time getting used to it and you ultimately will but I’d rather grapple with a smaller glove.

The good thing is that Hayabusa also offers a smaller 4oz MMA glove from the T3 Kanpeki line of products which is also a bit cheaper for those of you who want a smaller glove.

Materials and Durability

man with gloves

Everything from the full grain leather to the stitching here is as good as it gets. The gloves experience little to no wear and tear over time and I have a few training partners that have had these gloves for over two years now and they have held against the test of time quite well. Granted, they have been used for bag work a lot which drains the life out of any glove but were still usable and the padding was holding alright.

Still, you shouldn’t worry about any stitches coming loose or the strap system losing its grip over time, as this just doesn’t happen with Hayabusa products.

The Strap System

strap

These gloves feature the latest strapping technology by Hayabusa which is a unique support system that has two parts. The first is a smaller strap which you put around your wrist and the second strap is the main support that goes around your wrist and the glove. That way it protects and keeps your wrist safe no matter the situation.

It also is very durable and even after countless training sessions these gloves hold up really well. In all honesty, the price here is high but the longevity is also a few times the one of the cheaper alternatives, meaning you are getting the value out of this purchase no matter how expensive it is.

What Are They Good For?

Due to their big size, these gloves won’t be ideal for competing and they will most likely be prohibited by the organization. Most MMA organizations allow 4 or 5 oz gloves only and in the worst cases they don’t even allow you using your own for objectivity’s sake.

These gloves really excel in sparring, bag work, and overall training. They won’t be great for grappling, as I’ve already pointed out a few times.

Sizingsizes

There are four glove sizes withing the K3 Kapneki MMA Gloves line. They are:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large

MMA gloves usually come in three sizes but Hayabusa is a global brand that really doesn’t have a target market so they have to cover more grounds with their sizing. You can see how to choose the correct size by the diagram I’ve given you on the right.

As I always say, make sure you choose one size larger if you are planning on using hand straps beneath your gloves.

Depending on the size you get, the gloves have a different weight but my overall impression is that they are far lighter even than some 5 oz gloves (0.300 pounds for the M model) which is both good and bad. Most people like to have some weight to their training gloves as this builds speed and power in the punches.

Price

Like I pointed out, the price here might be the biggest disadvantage. These are one of the most expensive MMA gloves on the market today but there is a good reason for that. Everything in these gloves screams quality and they will outlast pretty much any other glove you can get for less money.

If a good deal is what you are after, I suggest checking out my Combat Sports FG3S MMA Gloves review. There I go over a more budget option that will be great for anyone on a tight budget.

Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki Vs. Hayabusa T3 Hybrid 7oz Gloves

two models

The T3 Kanpeki is basically the premium version of the standard T3 Hybrid gloves. This means that you are paying a little extra for having that premium line which has a few benefits. The full-grain leather is superior to the microfiber vegan leather that the standard T3 gloves have. Still, both of those leathers are very durable.

The lining and seams of both gloves are the same, meaning they are both equally durable in that department.

Looks-wise the standard series gloves have 7 colors you can pick from, whereas the Kanpeki has only one and that is the iconic Hayabusa leathery brown.

Price-wise it is logical that the Kanpeki line is quite more expensive but other than that these gloves share a lot of similarities – strapping system, X-shaped palm design, finger holes, padding, sizes, etc.

You can check out the Standard T3 Hybrid Gloves by clicking here!

Let’s take a look at some of the most important pros and cons of the T3 Kapneki gloves now…

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Excellent comfort
  • Very good for sparring
  • Ideal for bag work
  • Premium materials
  • Great longevity
  • The strap system is class-leading
  • Wear and tear over time is minimal

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Not great for grappling
  • Won’t be allowed by most MMA organizations

Final Words

The MMA Central Rating: (5/5)

Even if it isn’t the ideal all-in-one model, the Hayabusa T3 Kanpeki 7oz Hybrid MMA glove is one of the best models if you want to do bag work and regularly spar with opponents. It has industry-leading materials and longevity and will provide the needed comfort and protection but you won’t be able to use it in most competitions due to its size. If you are willing to put up with the premium price tag, this will be an excellent addition to your MMA gear.