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Hayabusa Sport Range Review

We take a look at the Hayabusa Sport 16oz Gloves in more detail to give you a better idea of this new range.

Before we look at this new range of gloves, the first thing that appeals about them is the combination of the relatively low price tag and the fact that they are made by Hayabusa, a company renowned for their quality.

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With this new Sport range, Hayabusa are pitching to those who mainly engage in boxing, kick boxing and other relevant combat sports as a form of exercise rather than competing.

With this in mind, they have decided to reduce the price in comparison to their other more technical lines of boxing gloves, such as the Ikusa and Tokushu.

From the labelling and marketing material we know that these gloves have been designed to be versatile and can be used for both bag work and sparring too.

Out of the bag, when you compare them with the higher priced offerings from Hayabusa, their shiny, glossy look gives them a less expensive feel when you compare them to the grainy, matted finish found on the material used for the Ikusa and Tokushu Gloves.

Having said that, they feel correctly weighted for a 16oz glove and also feel sturdy and well constructed, with no loose threads or stitches.

When worn, you will also notice that the Sport range do not use the Dual-X™ patented wrist closure system as used on the more expensive lines, but use a more standard Velcro wrist enclosure. While the Sport range may not offer the same high level of wrist support as a pair of Tokushu Gloves, the actual size of the wrist enclosure strap is nice and big and feels very supportive once the strap is in place.

The gloves are well padded too and comfortable to wear, they also feature some padding at the top of the strap enclosure at the base of the palm for added protection.

All in all, when you consider their price and the reputation that Hayabusa have for producing quality products, we think that these gloves would make an ideal choice for the combat sport fitness enthusiast. If you don’t feel like shelling out in excess of £70.00 for a more advanced and technical pair of gloves, but still want something of lasting quality then the Hayabusa Sport Range could well be the answer.

What is in your Kit Bag?

Take a look at  our check list of equipment and apparel that every serious MMA athlete should have at their disposal:

1 – A good quality Head Guard

An essential piece of equipment to ensure that you are protected as much as possible when sparring.

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Featured Product: Hayabusa Ikusa Head Guard

2 – Gum Shield

Another item on the list that is a must for sparring sessions. Protect your teeth, mouth and gums because no matter how careful you may be when sparring, accidents can happen, even when head guards are being worn.

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Featured Product: Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouthguard Black

3 – MMA Gloves

A pair of 4oz MMA Gloves will enable you to engage in sparring, pad work and leave your hands free enough to make the seamless transition to grappling, using the same weight of glove that you would use for competition.

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Featured Product: Hayabusa Tokushu 4oz MMA Gloves

4 – MMA Hybrid / Sparring Gloves

The heavier weighted 7oz MMA Hybrid, or MMA Sparring Gloves, are useful to have if you want to include some heavier sparring or pad work in to your training. The increased padding offers more protection for you and your training partner than the 4oz MMA Gloves, but their finger loop designs also keep the hands as free as possible for grappling too.

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Featured Product: PRO MMA 7oz MMA Sparring Gloves

5 – Hand Wraps

The humble hand wrap is essential for protecting your knuckles, hands and wrists when boxing sparring or hitting the heavy bag. You’ll always want to have a pair of these, literally to hand, if you’re planning on working on your boxing technique as they can be the difference between a good training session or causing some long term damage to your most valuable of weapons.

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Featured Product: Hayabusa 100% Premium Bamboo No Stretch Hand Wraps

6 – Boxing Gloves

As an MMA fighter, honing your stand up striking game, working on your stand up movement and foot work can be greatly improved by the quality of your boxing training. For this, you will need to make sure that you have the right gloves for the job. Any self respecting MMA kit bag will include good quality Boxing Sparring Gloves and Heavy Bag Gloves at the least.

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Featured Product: Hayabusa Sport 16oz Training Gloves Black

7 – Rash Guard

In the interest of comfort and hygiene, wearing a rash guard will reduce the chances of picking up skin infections on the mat as well keep your body as cool and as dry as possible. Due to the close contact nature and intensity of the training, you’l benefit from wearing a rash guard when running BJJ and grappling drills.

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Featured Product: Grips Athletics Short Sleeved Wasp Rashgaurd

8 – Compression Shorts & Cup

Whilst this may not be a kit bag essential for everyone, but there are those that prefer to wear tighter fitting compression style shorts, especially for vale tudo, grappling and wrestling training.

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Featured Product: Shock Doctor Core Compression Shorts with Bio Flex Cup

9 – MMA Shorts

Due to specific design features, a good quality pair of MMA shorts will allow you to move as freely as possible without restriction, this is essential for such a dynamic sport like MMA where speed and movement are key features.

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Featured Product: Hayabusa Metaru Performance Shorts

10 – Shin Guards

It is common for Muay Thai and kick boxing drills to make up a significant part of your MMA training. Along with practising these and other disciplines that heavily feature kicking, it is important to make sure that your shins and ankles are protected as much as possible. For heavier contact sessions, you’ll want to have a pair of striking or thai shin guards to hand, these are thickly padded and have extra foot and ankle protection. For lighter contact sessions, where you want to include some ground work in to the session, you will need the lighter and smaller style grappling shin guards..

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Featured Product: Hayabusa Ikusa Shin Guards

What about the kit bag itself? A good mma kit or gym bag, will be large enough to carry your essentials and will often feature perforated or breathable material to help reduce bacteria build up and unpleasant odours. Such kit bags normally have compartments to help store and keep your dry and wet gear separate too.

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Featured Product: Bad Boy Champion Bag

 

What Weight Glove Should I Use? – Advice From Georges St Pierre

One of the most common questions that we get asked here at MMA Fightwear in relation to equipment is, “What size and weight glove should I use for sparring and bag work?”.

Check out the video below featuring Georges St Pierre and the Hayabusa™ Sport Doctor, Dr. Knight as he gives his advice on the best weight glove to choose, depending on the type of training your are practicing, your skill level and your weight.

GSP references the need to have different gloves for different types of training to help ensure the longevity of your equipment, as well discussing some of the features of the Tokushu Series Boxing Gloves in terms of the protection that they provide.

 

GRIPS Athletics™ Secret Weapon 2.0 BJJ Gi – Close Up

With the level of detail, quality of the stitching and the eye catching inner lining of the GRIPS Athletics™ Secret Weapon 2.0 BJJ Gi, we thought that it was only fair that we show you a few close up pictures so that you could better appreciate the design of this impressive Gi.

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GRIPS ATHLETICS SECRET WEAPON BJJ GI 2.0 BLACK – Lining Detail

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GRIPS ATHLETICS SECRET WEAPON BJJ GI 2.0 BLACK – Jacket Side Split Lining Reinforcement

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New Hayabusa Jiu Jitsu Gi Collection

We are now stocking the new Jiu Jitsu Gi collection from Hayabusa.

Check out our quick comparison below to help you decide which Gi is better for you.

In total there are three new Gi models available (each model is available in a variety of colours)

The three new models include;

1 –  Hayabusa Shinju Lightweight Pearl Weave Jiu Jitsu Gi

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Price: £105.00

Gi Weight: 450gsm

Colours Available: White & Blue

Key Features:

• 100-gsm lighter than regular Shinju Lightweight Jiu Jitsu Gi

Light weight, durable and tough.

• 11 oz. 100% Cotton Ripstop Pants

 

2 – Hayabusa Shinju Pearl Weave Jiu Jitsu Gi

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Price: £110.00

Gi Weight: 550gsm

Colours Available: White & Black

Key Features:

• Pearl-weave, one-piece construction and reinforcements for added strength.

• Stronger, more durable Gi built to withstand all types of training.

• 14oz Canvas Cotton Pants

 

3 – Hayabusa Goorudo Gold Weave Jiu Jitsu Gi

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Price: £115.00

Gi Weight: 550gsm

Colours Available: White, Blue & Black

Key Features:

• The strongest and most durable Gi of the new Hayabusa collection.

• 12oz Twill Cotton Pants

• The design features additional embroidered patches on the chest and lower back.

• ideal for competition use, combines the durability of a double weave and the breathability of a single weave Gi.

A Closer Look at the Hayabusa Kanpeki Elite Series 2.0 MMA Gloves

By no means a new product, we just felt that these particular gloves were due a little more exposure due to the fact they still remain one of the most impressive looking products ever released by Hayabusa.

In fact, everything in the Kanpeki Elite Series range from Hayabusa looks just as good, with their classic, vintage leather look combining the latest MMA sports equipment technology, surely there’s nothing to dislike.

Sometimes, it is hard to get an accurate feel for a product when they are viewed online, so we’ve decided to get a few a close up pictures taken of the Kanpeki Elite Series 2.0 MMA Gloves to show just how good these gloves actually look and feel.

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(Embossed Hayabusa Logo – Wrist Strap Detail) 

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(Embossed Hayabusa Logo – Inside Wrist Strap Detail) 

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(Embossed Kanji Detail)

The above images really show off the quality of the Full Grain Premium Leather used to create these MMA Gloves, as well as the attention to detail of the embossed Hayabusa Logo’s and Hayabusa Kanji.

Features

Don’t be fooled by the vintage looking exterior of these gloves, there’s nothing primitive about their features or use of the latest patented Hayabusa innovations.

Dual-X™ Closure System

The images below show the same Dual-X™ Closure System as used on the Hayabusa Tokushu Series MMA Gloves. We’ve already praised this particular feature in a previous blog post about the Tokushu Series MMA Gloves, but to sum up in short, this closure system offers extremely effective hand and wrist support and provides such a snug fit that you may not have experienced before with any previous pair of MMA Gloves that you have owned.

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(Outer & Inner Velcro Strap)

 

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(Inner Velcro Strap – Rubberised Tab)

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(Outer and Inner Strap Detail)

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Again, this particular design feature can been seen on the Tokushu Series MMA Gloves, and we feel that it does it’s job in adding to the secure fit and minimising of unwanted shift for the wearer of the gloves very well indeed.

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(Y-Volar Design Detail)

Overall Quality of Finish 

As you would expect from any premium Hayabusa product, the quality of stitching and finishing inside and out on these gloves is second to none.

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(Stitching Detail)

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(Inner Palm Stitching Detail)

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(Inner Padding Detail)

Just a final word about these gloves that no amount of images could ever do justice is their smell! As soon as you get them out of the bag you instantly notice that genuine quality leather smell!

Hayabusa 16oz Gloves Comparison

We often get asked about the differences between the various ranges of Hayabusa Gloves, so we thought it would be useful to do a side by side comparison review for you of their Ikusa™Tokushu™ and Kanpeki Elite™ 2.0 Series 16oz Gloves.

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If you are familiar with Hayabusa products, you will know that they have many features listed in their product specifications. For quick reference we have listed the features that you will find in the three ranges of gloves that we are looking at here.

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Beneath this table you will be able to get a brief breakdown of what the functions of some of the listed features are too.

Common Features

• (A) Dual-X™ Closure system

One common feature that we have mentioned in previous blog posts is the use of the effective Dual-X™ Closure system that is featured across all three ranges. So whatever your budget or taste, if you choose any glove from the Ikusa™, Tokushu™ or Kanpeki Elite™ Series, you are ensured piece of mind a secure fit from this innovative patented Hayabusa velcro closure system.

Basically this closure system, developed by Hayabusa, uses multiple velcro straps secured at various points on the wrist area of the glove to make sure that you can tighten the gloves in place in a way that is as good as anything we’ve ever seen on any pair of gloves.

Click here to see the Official Hayabusa Dual-X™ Closure system video for more information.

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• Quality of Finishing

When comparing the quality of stitching and finishing, it is clear that Hayabusa pay close attention to detail with respect to this. Upon close inspection it obvious that all three ranges have been finished to a high standard.

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• (B) Ecta™ Bamboo Lining

All three ranges are made with the exclusive Hayabusa Ecta™ bamboo lining which is said to provide “thermoregulating” and “deodorising properties” and provide “extreme comfort”.

When you put any of these gloves you will notice straight away, just how soft and comfortable the lining is.

• (C) Deltra-EG™

The Ikusa™, Tokushu™ and Kanpeki Elite™ 2.0 Series all feature another Hayabusa trademarked development called Deltra-EG™ Technology. This scientifically tested foam inner core boasts such qualities as “recovering instantly from strikes”, being able to “flawlessly manipulate impact energy” to “provide superior protection”.

Click here to see the Official Hayabusa Deltra-EG™ Closure system video

Varying Features

• (D) Fusion Splinting™

By comparing the three styles of gloves side by side, you can see that the Ikusa appear to be more simplistic in terms of their design and construction.

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The Fusion Splinting™ design highlighted by the  panelling and stitching pattern is the most obvious difference that separates both the Tokushu™ and Kanpeki Elite™ Series from the Ikusa™.

The Fusion Splinting™ design is of course more than just a visual feature, it is actually an innovative development from Hayabusa to help increase hand and wrist protection and to ensure the correct hand alignment for the wearer of the glove.

Click here to see the Official Hayabusa Fusion Splinting™ video for more information.

• Engineered Leather, (E) Vylar™ and Genuine Leather

A further notable difference between the three styles is the material used to make the gloves.

• The Ikusa™ Series uses an Engineered Leather material that feels soft yet durable.

• The Tokushu™ Series uses another kind of Engineered Leather called Vylar™. This rigorously tested material has been put through it’s paces by Hayabusa and boasts hard wearing and resistant to damage properties.

Click here to see the Official Hayabusa Vylar™ video for more information.

• The Kanpeki Elite™ 2.0 Series uses a Full Grain Premium Leather material. The quality of the leather is evident as soon as you get these gloves out of the bag. The natural, distressed of look of this premium grade material gives the Kanpeki Elite™ Series a timeless classic look.

• Breathable Glove Palms

From the photo’s below, you will also notice that both the Tokushu™ and Kanpeki Elite™ Gloves have a breathable mesh material constructed in to the palm areas. This differs to the Ikusa Glove palm, that has adopted a more traditional full covered palm with air holes.

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Final Comparison Overview

The Hayabusa Ikusa Series Gloves are a comfortable, well made glove that feature the excellent Hayabusa Dual-X™ Closure system and have all of the hallmarks of a quality made product that you would expect from this premium brand.

If you are in the market for something new and fancy spending a little more on a quality pair of sparring gloves, but are not quite ready to go all out for the Tokushu™ or Kanpeki Elite™ Series Gloves, then the Ikusa™ Series 16oz Gloves are certainly an excellent alternative.

With the Tokushu™ and Kanpeki Elite™ Series, you are paying the extra amount due to the standard of engineered leather and genuine leather used respectively on these premium lines. In addition to this, both of the afore mentioned ranges utilise the Hayabusa Fusion Splinting™ Technology for a more advanced level of hand and wrist protection too. With this in mind, you will be investing in the hours of research and testing that Hayabusa have carried out in order to develop this innovative technology.

New Hayabusa Metaru Performance Shorts – “Out of the Bag” Review

As the Official UK & European Distributor for Hayabusa, we are always excited to get our hands on their latest products as soon as they come in to us.

With the design of the Hayabusa Metaru Rashguards proving to be a massive success, we couldn’t wait to see how the similar design would be applied to the new Hayabusa Metaru Performance Shorts.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

• The new Hayabusa Metaru Performance Shorts have been billed as being tough and durable, but without compromising on comfort. Straight out of the bag, you can feel how light these shorts are, but at the same time, how strong the material is. In addition to this, the finishing and stitching on the shorts was immaculate inside and out and looked very secure.

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STRETCH PANELS & SPLIT SEAMS

• If you know your Hayabusa Fight Shorts, then the Stretch Fabric crotch area (shown below) and Side Split Seams will need no explanation. For those of you not so familiar with such features, the Stretch Fabric, is just what it says in the name, a tough Spandex / Polyester fabric used to provide extra mobility and reduce restriction of movement for the wearer of the short.

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• The Side Split Seams (shown below), perform a similar function with regards to helping to aid mobility and reduced and kind of manoeuvrability restrictions. If you are not used to recent Hayabusa Fight Shorts, then you may notice that the Side Split Seams are finished slightly higher in to the side of the leg than some other brands, helping to give more freedom of movement.

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VELCRO ENCLOSURE SYSTEM

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• The Velcro Enclosure system (shown above) looks as secure as ever, utilising multiple Velcro panels and is backed up the Hayabusa Innovative Tie System. You will see from the close up image that these shorts use a special kind of velcro panel that will not stick to the drawstring lace.

 

HAYABUSA INNOVATIVE TIE SYSTEM

• The Innovative Tie System (shown below) uses a single, tough and durable drawstring that has been looped around the waist. The longer end is then brought across and behind the front of the waistband and looped through an eyelet which also sits behind the Velcro Enclosure System.

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• We know from previous Hayabusa Fight Shorts that use this kind of tie system that it really works to help secure the shorts in place extremely well, eliminating the issue of snapping the drawstring and losing it within the waistband.

 

INNER GRIP WAISTBAND

• The Inner Grip Waistband (shown below) is another feature that has been used on this particular short, and as you can see from the image, the many small rubber dimples that line the waistband provide an effective gripping system that will help to minimise unwanted movement and shift.

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DESIGN & FINSIH

• The actual design and use of the similar pattern as seen on the Hayabusa Metaru Rashguards (shown below) is quite subtle, so those of you in favour of more understated designs will be a big fan of these shorts.

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• Some of close up images above show you the pattern in more detail and help you to get a better impression of the look of these shorts. The sublimated printing is of a very high standard and is very crisp and clear. The designs are fused within the fabric fibres to make them very hard wearing.

• Overall the new Hayabusa Metaru Performance Shorts are highly impressive and are a great example of what you would expect from a premium level fight short. They feel tough and durable, yet light weight enough to be comfortable.

• With their additional features to assist with manoeuvrability and maintaining a secure fit, these shorts really do tick all the boxes in terms of being more than up to the job, plus they use the ultra cool Metaru honeycomb pattern and design, so they look as good as they feel too!

Out of the Bag Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars!

Grips Athletics Diablo Fight Shorts – Review

The “Out of the Bag” Review
Grips Athletics Diablo Fight Shorts  – Blue Cage

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As with any new product that we get in here at MMA Fightwear, one of the first things that we like to do is get it out of the bag and give it a good quality check to make sure it looks up to scratch.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS 

Our overall first impression of the; Grips Athletics Diablo Fight Shorts  – Blue Cage colour, were that good that we thought we would share them with you.

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• The Diablo Fight Shorts were light weight, but felt well made and solidly constructed. We also liked the faded “Blue Cage” print and embroidered Grips Logo on these shorts too.

VELCRO ENCLOSURE & WAISTBAND

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• One of the first things that we looked at on these Fight Shorts, was the velcro enclosure system and waist area.

• Fight Shorts can often use different enclosure systems and we are always keen to see how different products approach this, because if it’s done right it can make a huge difference to the overall comfort and performance of a Fight Short.

• First impressions were good, the enclosure system seemed very secure yet not overly complicated or bulky.

• The Safe Lock™ system used on these shorts is made up of a main front velcro panel, beneath which reveals a further two layers of velcro panelling that are secured further by having the drawstring run through the bottom panel to allow you to tighten the waist further if needed.

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• We were also impressed by the style of velcro panelling, as it did not stick to the Jacquard Foam Lace drawstring, something that can be annoying when trying to tie and untie other shorts when it occurs.

• The Silicon Waist Band lining was also of a high standard and we think this will provide excellent grip when compared to other Fight Shorts that have employed this feature.

STRETCH PANELS & SPLIT SEAMS

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• The Front and Back Anatomical Flex Panels used on these Fight Shorts certainly appear to give them a great deal of flexibility and give.

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• The way that these panels have been integrated in to the Fight Shorts is also done to an extremely high standard, with neat finishing and strong stitching evident in the way they have been constructed.

• To further aid manoeuvrability for the wearer, these Fight Shorts also feature the now common Inside Leg Spandex Stretch Panels and Side Split Seams.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

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• In addition to the durable, sleek looking waist enclosure system and stretch panel features, there are also a lot of nice little attention to detail touches to these Fight Shorts that show the level of thought that has gone in to their creation.

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• The High Definition Digital Printing looks as crisp and hard wearing as anything that we have seen, also the embossed Grips Athletics Logo on the end of the draw string is a nice touch too. As we were admiring the quality of the stitching on the outside and inside of these Fight Shorts, we noticed the Integrated Inner Gum Shield Pocket which we feel is a cool addition to these impressive Fight Shorts.

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• The quality of the Anti Bacterial, Anti Odour, Quick Drying and Breathable properties of these Fight Shorts are features that can only be proved over time after a few uses. However, it is good to see that Grips Athletics are in tune with the expectations of the more discerning fightwear customer, by including such properties in their technical specifications for this product.

• For their price range, after an initial inspection, we don’t have a bad word to say against these Fight Shorts. Impeccably constructed and finished, they offer all of the features that you would expect from a high end Fight Short and give the more expensive alternatives a good run for their money when compared side by side. As you would expect from a product ‘Styled in Italy’ we think their understated design and attention to detail is pretty impressive too.

Out of the Bag Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars