Hyabusa or Rival MMA Sparring gloves???

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  1. PistolPeteMMA

    PistolPeteMMA Yellow Belt

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    I can't decide which gloves to buy. I'm a huge fan of both companies and currently use the Rival boxing and MMA gloves, but have a Hyabusa headgear and shin pads. I like the idea that the Rival gloves have some thumb protection but the Hyabusa gear is just so top notch.

    Anyone have any pros or cons of either and which do you recommend?



    Thanks,
    Pete
     
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    BigCP84** There are no absolutes!

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    i would just recommend getting the fight gloves rather than the sparring version... that is all the guys in my area use for sparing and practicing anyway. When we get into heavy sparing we just use boxing gloves anyway.
     
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    Well, I really enjoy the MMA Sparring glove style, bc I can go hard standing and on the ground. Full 16oz gloves are just too bulky when rolling/MMA. It's so easy for your partner to control you via the glove.

    I've used a few different styles, but from what I hear the Haya's are your best bet.
     
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    I can't be sure, but I seem to recall Rashad Evans using the Rivals (or something with a similar design/colour scheme) during the countdown footage for the Rampage fight.
     
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    BigCP84** There are no absolutes!

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    As for the difference in companies, both are top notch. I have the Haya Fight MMA gloves and they are awesome! but I also have Rival boxing gloves and they are top notch, but I got those before anyone even heard of Haya so they are probly even better now. Both MMA sparring gloves are very similar in design (just checked) but I would go with the rival because if you order direct they are on sale right now for $30 off.
     
  6. risingD

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    I got the rival mma sparring gloves. they are pretty good I would get a pair
     
  7. grips

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    Anyone own both of these that can share padding thickness difference?
    If not....can the ones that have either let us know how thick the padding is...1", 1.5", etc
    Tha hayabusa seems thicker in padding, but it could just be picture illusion. let us know.

    RisingD...how you like the inside of the Rival? Seems they use a suede like material on the inside. Does hayabusa do the same or is it something different on the inside?
     
  8. PistolPeteMMA

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    One of my training partners uses the Rival sparring gloves and he loves them. However, I was at the UFC Fan Expo yesterday looking at the Hyabusa gloves and they looked and felt top notch. I'm sure I can't go wrong with either but would like some advice about pros and cons of each. I'm assuming that because they are both top notch companies that I can't go wrong with either.
     
  9. risingD

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    here are some pictures:


    inside:

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  10. grips

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    Tks for the pics risingD.
    Strange that the Rival website shows them with a light grey'ish inside whihc looked like suede type material to me.
    Plus they stated the following in the specs...
    "Tough engineered microfibre material cover for remarkable durability."
    I figured they were refering to the inside, but now I dont know whihc part is the "microfibre".
    Looking to be an old spec perhaps.

    risingD...how you find the inside material? Is it durable and comfortable?
    Also they state opver 1.5" padding...would you say it is only 1.5" or is it more?
    Could you take a quick measure perhaps?
     
  11. risingD

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    the inside is very comfortable and seems very durable (I ve been training with them for 4 months now and they still look "brand new")

    I dont have 1.5 at all

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    but I have to admit they are very big when wearing them
     
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    GSP uses them. since rival boxing is a canadian manufacturer
     
  14. grips

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    I saw they looked brand new to me too...4months and they seriously show zero wear.

    I am concerned about the thin padding. Looks like 1"-1.25" based on the pics. Cant be sure though due to camera angle.
    Seems a bit thin for sparring gloves wont you say? Protecting your sparring partner.
    Wonder how the Hayabusa' will compare in physical padding thickness....anyone?
     
  15. risingD

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    If you want I will take comparison photos with a better camera tomorrow. (compared to cell phones, mma fight gloves etc.)
    but in my opinion the gloves are pretty well padded.
     
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    i know for a fact that the fairtex training gloves are 1.5" over the knuckles, as that was the last batch i dissected before making our Kong mma training gloves.

    I would have to say the hayabusa's offer a bit less padding then the fairtex mma training gloves but i never bothered buying them to rip apart so i don't know for sure. However i can tell you that at my customers store when i was playing with the hayabusa's you caould feel your knuckles threw the padding when you punched your hand and this was something i didn't noticed with the fairtex mma training gloves.

    Never checked out the rivals so i can't comment on them. but i am curious how does the double finger loop on the rivals feel? compared to individual finger loops.
     
  18. risingD

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    it's a little bit weird but once you get used to it you will like it!
     
  19. grips

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    GFG...just checked out your Kongs'.
    2.25" for real? Wow...that is a ton.
    How did the Fairtex ones compare in thickness when you ripped them open during R&D?
     
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    actually we attempted to go to 2.5inches thick but our manufacturer cut alittle corner with the foam without telling us so we ended up with 2.25"
     

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