Hayabusa T3 Boxing Glove Review

Written by Alistair Knight | 27 April 2021

Hayabusa T3 Boxing glove review with multiple illustrations of the gloves features

This is the complete review of Hayabusas T3 boxing glove.

In this review, I’m going to break down the following:

First thing’s first, what is the…

Price: How Much do Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves Cost?

Boxing gloves with a price tag labelled at £199

The Hayabusa T3 boxing gloves are expensive (starting from £99/$120) in comparison to other high-quality training gloves. And…

The T3s should be expensive because they have what many other gloves on the market do not have:

Great padding and great wrist support.

Yes, hand wraps play a big part in your wrist stability, but the combination of both good gloves and good hand wraps is twice as effective. So you might be thinking:

Why does some extra padding and wrist support make these gloves really expensive?

Because a protective glove will allow you to sink your knuckles into your heavy bag nicely without risk of injury…

Summary: The standard Hayabusa boxing T3 boxing glove starts at £99/$120 and… are priced this high because the T3s offers supreme wrist support and additional foam padding. Buy on Amazon here.

Now, what is it about Hayabusa that is getting so many people talking about them? Let me reveal the answer below…

Advantages and Disadvantages of the T3 Boxing Gloves?

Advantages

  • Lightweight: Despite having four layers of thick foam for your protection, the T3 boxing gloves are not impacted by the extra weight. Instead, they feel as light as a feather which is a great advantage during the later rounds when your arms are tired.
  • Supreme padding and protection: As we mentioned in the point above, these gloves come with four layers of thick foam which makes them really compact and gives you the ability to sink your punches into your heavy bag without injuring your hands.
  • Wrist support: The T3s have 4 interlocking splints which means the gloves will not bend at the wrist like a lot of other gloves on the market do. Interestingly, there are also two interlocking straps, and Hayabusa is the only company with a license to manufacture these straps. Both the interlocking straps and splints give you hand and wrist protection similar to lace-up gloves.
  • Attached thumb for sweat wiping: We can all agree that sweat in your eye is a pain in the ass when it comes to training, and Hayabusa realized this common issue and added an absorbent thumb which does the job nicely.
  • Engineered leather material: I love how they are working with Universities in order to find a glove with the best material. The T3s are made with an outer Vylar leather (non-animal leather) which is apparently “the most resistant material available”. What I’d like to see however is evidence of how this is the “most resistant material” and why the T3s are less expensive than Hayabusas other gloves made from full-grain Italian leather such as the T3 LX glove…
  • Easy refund policy: If you have any issues with the gloves you can return them within 45 days where you’ll receive a quick exchange or refund (with a tiny fee). However, if you’re international to the US, your custom duties/sales tax will not be refunded which is why I recommend getting them from Amazon if you’re outside of the US (you’ll still be entitled to Amazon’s 30-day refund policy).

Disadvantages

  • Small hand compartment: People with big hands find these gloves to be too small. If you have big hands, I instead recommend getting the EVO boxing gloves which you can find on Amazon here.
  • Pricing: The T3s are expensive because of their padding, wrist protection, and branding. But they are worth it for those of us who train a lot and need the best we can get.
  • It is tough to get used to (in the beginning): There have been many complaints about how the straps take forever to put on and off.
  • These gloves are not cheap: The T3s start in the hundreds so I’d recommend getting them if you want to box for a long time or every day (or both).
  • The T3s can overheat: From my research, I found that the T3s can overheat. But this is common for any material you wear on your hands. For example, when I wear my hand wraps for 10 minutes and take them off after shadowboxing, my hands are always sweaty and hot. Since you should always be wearing hand wraps (with any pair of boxing gloves on), your hands with inevitably become hot.

I’ve touched upon the padding and durability of these gloves, but are the four layers of foam padding all that separate these gloves from their competitors? Find out below…

The T3s Durability | Or: How Long Do These Gloves Last?

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Durability is how much something can withstand wear and tear so the question is: Is the Hayabusa T3 boxing glove long-lasting?

For a glove to be long-lasting it needs to be:

  • Made from strong materials
  • Molded, stitched, and prepared by the best craftsman
  • And rigorously designed and tested for ultimate greatness because:

“Greatness is possible but perfection is not” Ray Dalio

Is the T3 boxing glove made from strong materials?

The standard T3 boxing glove is made from an outer layer mixture of microfiber vegan leather.

The reason why Hayabusa have chosen microfiber vegan leather (known as Vylar – or – their trademark VYLAR®-2)  is due to Hayabusas funded research at the University of Cincinnati which identified what the best material was to use.

Hayabusa claimed:

“With flexibility and surface resistance (abrasion), to tear and split protection, Vylar showed superior results”.

I couldn’t find any evidence to back this up – so it would be good to see how Hayabusa tested the material but for now, we can only go along with their claim.

Is the T3 moulded, stitched, and prepared by the best craftsman?

The T3s are handcrafted by a team of experts who make the gloves by hand using the latest technology and machines.

Is the T3 rigorously designed and tested?

From my research, the T3 boxing glove is rigorously designed and tested due to two reasons:

First: Hayabusa has a warehouse in Las Vegas, Nevada where they always ensure every glove is of the highest quality before shipment.

Second: The company funds researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Cincinnati where experts are tasked with designing and testing the highest quality gloves.

Hayabusas research has led to the discovery of Vylar, an animal-free material that performs better against a “genuine leather” glove which many other gloves are made of.

These reasons give Hayabusa the upper hand against their opponents and allow them to deliver high-quality, durable boxing gloves time and again.

The T3s Protection | Or: Will These Gloves Protect My Hand/Wrist?

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Protection is defined as something that protects you from something, like a mat cushioning a gymnast from a fail.

So do these T3 boxing gloves protect your hands and wrists from the surface you’re striking?

While I don’t have personal experience using the T3 boxing gloves, the research I’ve found online shows that these gloves do protect your hands and wrists. For example:

Fighters have said “these gloves do not hurt my hand or wrists after a session” and “I usually get a feeling of pain in my wrist and knuckles at the end of a training session but the T3 boxing gloves were really protective”.

From my research, the majority of people said the T3’s felt very “compact” and “comfortable” to use which is probably due to the protective design the T3s have.

Many boxing gloves claim to have good wrist support and many gloves claim to have good padding.

And they are right, they are good. But they are not great like Hayabusas T3s.

First – let’s talk about the T3s wrist support:

Hayabusa is the only company in the world with permission to make a glove with a unique closure system. So often:

People ask the question:

Internet: “Should I get a pair of lace-up gloves or a pair of velcro gloves?”

And to that I say:

Me: “Get a pair of Hayabusa T3 Velcro Boxing Gloves”

Why? 

Because these aren’t your typical velcro gloves.

The T3 glove is made up of four interlocking splints which make you feel like you’re wearing lace-ups.

This is because you are basically unable to move your wrists at all. Exactly what you want in a boxing glove.

Some people complain that the T3s are too difficult to put on and off, and while they are right… if you compare putting the T3s on to putting a pair of lace-ups on, the T3s are much better!

Note: If you are a Kickboxer/Muay Thai fighter I wouldn’t recommend getting these gloves because you will struggle to clinch your opponent due to the stiff wrists. Instead, I’d recommend checking out the Twins Special BGVL-3.

Lastly – let’s talk about the T3s padding:

The majority of high-priced gloves on the market are made with three layers of foam padding. But here’s the thing:

Thanks to Hayabusas research into thickness, layerings, and foam properties, the T3s don’t just come with three layers of standard foam…

The T3s come with four layers of Crush Zone™ foam!

illustration of four classic red boxing gloves

The reasoning behind this is simple:

  1. These are training gloves
  2. The goal of training is to protect yourself as much as possible
  3. The T3s give you that protection whether you’re striking a heavy bag or your sparring partner

Now, while durability and protection are essential for a great pair of boxing gloves, it’s just as crucial to have a pair of gloves that are comfortable…

The T3s Comfort | Or: Do These Gloves Fit and Feel Good?

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When I tried these gloves on for the first time the first thing I found was… the wrist strap was tricky to get used to.

I looked online and could see many people having the same problem. For example, one online reviewer said:

“These gloves can be tough to get on and off fast when doing my circuit training. I am getting used to it though and they are protecting my wrists well.”

The inner padding can also be “slightly tough to get used to”.

I looked online again and found reviews of people experiencing the same thing. For example:

“Very, very stiff gloves. This will take a lot of time to break in. But all in all, I’m happy”.

But it’s not like Hayabusa didn’t know about this, as they said themselves:

“These gloves are just like a new pair of jeans, the more you use them, the more comfortable they get. We find they break in after 10 to 15 sessions”.

I’m sure they will feel comfortable for you too.

Now, here is a common question people always ask:

What Size Boxing Gloves Should You Wear?

Here is what Hayabusa recommend:

Size chart showing 8-10 ounces for training and 14 to 16 ounces for sparring or competition

Children: 8oz

But what if you are tied between two sizes?

Always get the size up, you will be able to return them whether you buy them on Amazon here or on Hayabusas store here.

Here is what professional UFC champion, George St-Pierre has to say about Hayabusas glove size:

“If you weigh over 145lbs, 16oz gloves are best for sparring because you don’t want to hurt your sparring partner”.

“When you’re hitting the bags/pads, I like to use 10-12oz gloves because it is faster and I don’t want to wear down my sparring gloves”.

The T3s Appearance | Or: Will I Look Great With These Gloves?

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Let’s face it, although looks shouldn’t matter to us, we all want to look good in front of our friends.

Why?

Because human beings judge one other from the outside (unfortunately), and when you look good you can relax and feel comfortable.

These gloves look great because of:

  • The combination of detail: The T3s have one color (of your choice) located within the inner hand compartment (something most companies ignore) and… the same color is present on the face of the glove. This color combination (with the carbon fiber effect) makes it look like your gloves are a living machine about to cause some chaos.
  • The stitching: The T3s stitching looks perfect and with my research online I couldn’t find a single bad review about the stitching.
  • The multiple color options: Each year, the Hayabusa team are creating more and more colors due to their popularity. The T3 boxing gloves currently have over fifteen different color options!
  • The logo: In previous gloves (such as the Regenesis), Hayabusa put a massive and less attractive logo on the knuckle area of the glove. It was as though you were sponsoring the company! Fortunately, the brand listened to their customers well and the logo is now much smaller and does not take up the entire space of the glove.

The T3s Cleaning | Or: How Much Cleaning Is Involved With These Gloves?

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We all know that cleaning is important. But…

How much cleaning do you have to do with the T3 boxing glove?

Answer: Not a lot.

This is because these (as well as all of Hayabusas gloves) come with an antimicrobial silver lining technology (known as XT2®) which prevents bacteria growth.

If your gloves weren’t bacteria resistant they would start to smell really bad, which is true in the case of many other gloves.

The result of having bacteria-resistant gloves means you don’t have to replace your gloves as often. However…

This doesn’t mean you should simply throw your gloves in your gym bag after your training session.

A damp, dark, and dirty place is where bacteria multiplies, and these gloves are not 100% bacteria resistant.

All you need to do is keep your boxing gloves separate from your gym bag and air them out after every session by opening the straps completely.

To further protect your gloves from smelling, many fighters have found the inexpensive Sports Glove Deodouriser to work like magic.

Where can you buy the Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves From?

You can purchase the Hayabusa T3 Boxing gloves on Amazon here, Hayabusas’ US website here, or their UK website here.

You will also be able to find Hayabusa boxing gloves in physical stores across your state/country.

The best way to find out if the store have the T3’s in stock is by calling them.

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Alistair Knight

Alistair Knight is an amateur athlete in boxing and the founder of Healthy Principles. He spends most of his time practising and learning more about boxing to ensure you get the best experience-based and evidence-based insights to learn. Learn more about Alistair Knight