What are the Best Gloves in the Market Today?

Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis, Hands Down.

 

Canada-based technical clothing and equipment brand Hayabusa has always been at the forefront of providing the most reliable gear for today’s combat sports athletes. This point is highlighted by the Dual-X velcro closure straps they pioneered for their gloves, a wrist support feature that has since been integrated into the latest generation of official UFC fight gloves.

In 2012, the company introduced its revolutionary Tokushu series, boasting of its patented hand and wrist protection technologies and crack-resistant engineered leather, which gear reviews hailed as the gold standard for striking gloves at the time.

Fast-forward to 2015, Hayabusa came out with Tokushu Regenesis, a rework of the original series to address user concerns from the 2012 line. Simply put, these gloves are as close to perfect as they can be.

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Quality over aesthetics. Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis striking gloves come in limited colors: 10oz – Blue, Purple; 12oz – Lime Green; 14oz – Orange; 16oz – White, Red, Black; 16oz+ – Grey

In this article, we look at the features that make Tokushu Regenesis leagues above its competitors.

Dual-X Wrist Closure and Fusion Splinting

Wrist straps should not be meant to just keep your gloves from flying off your hands. Compared to single velcro wrist closures, Hayabusa’s patented Dual-X wrist closure system maximizes wrist support to prevent injuries.

The brand’s Fusion Splinting technology is a feature introduced with the Tokushu line. Reinforced material is integrated into the gloves’ carpal area (indicated by the area of the glove with a line down the middle) to prevent unwanted flexing and twisting of the hands, particularly when throwing hooks and uppercuts.

Together with the Dual-X wrist closure system, the Tokushu Regenesis has been shown to provide up to 99.7% perfect hand and wrist alignment.

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Vylar-2 Engineered Leather

It’s not uncommon for boxing brands to claim that their gloves are made with genuine leather, only to crack within a few months’ use. The current line of Hayabusa uses Vylar-2 engineered leather, which is a re-up of their engineered leather 2012 and before.

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How good is Hayabusa’s engineered leather in terms of longevity? We recently had a client who inquired about purchasing a pair of Tokushu Regenesis gloves. He told us that he bought a pair of Tokushu originals since 2012, and decided on buying a new pair after four years of regular use. “Is it still good?” we asked. “Very, that’s why I’m buying the same thing.” His word; not ours.

AG Inner Fabric

The worst thing you could do to your gloves is to wash them. Moisture absolutely destroys the leather and the padding underneath it. That said, letting your gloves air out and dry may still leave a nasty, sweaty stench with prolonged use.

The Tokushu Regenesis is built with silver-lined inner fabric, which has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties. Compared to the original line’s bamboo lining (which is known to be moisture-wicking as well), the anti-microbial properties of silver ensure that microbes are killed off when you let your gloves rest in open air.

Above and beyond its anti-microbial and anti-odor properties, the AG inner fabric has also been shown to have superior thermo-regulating effects, allowing your gloves to stay cooler longer.

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Ergonomic SweatX Thumb Piece

Perhaps the most significant revamp for the Tokushu Regenesis is its thumb piece. Users complained of stubbed thumbs as the original Tokushu gloves did not allow enough ‘wiggle’ room for the thumb to clinch and rest.

The current Regenesis addressed this issue by providing a wider thumb piece for the thumb to work; they also used a softer microfiber suede material to maximize comfort for your thumbs. This SweatX material also improves ventilation and absorbs perspiration, which combined with the AG inner fabric allows you to work longer, harder.

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When people ask me what gloves to buy, I always ask whether they’re beginners or they’re in it for the long-term. If you’re the latter, then by all means, invest in your primary equipment. The Hayabusa brand is synonymous to quality. (As a grappling enthusiast, I prefer Hayabusa fightshorts over any other brand.) With regards to their striking gloves, the Tokushu Regenesis is the new gold standard.

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John Hudson Go is the Editor-in-Chief of MMA Philippines.

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