Hayabusa Shin Guards Review – The Complete Guide

Reviews of all Hayabusa Shin Guards

Hayabusa Shin Guards are wildly popular because these shin guards have at least good quality and honestly I think that Hayabusa makes a good job of advertising the products. With that, you can actually find a good quality shin guard for every need! There is a grappling, pure striking style and there are also shin guards which can provide both of these training types. I also did many of my MMA training (punching bags and grappling dummies) sessions with one of them.

In this Hayabusa Shin Guards Review, you can find the overviews, my research, and experiences as well. Shin guards below also have sizing information on product pages.


Hayabusa T3 Striking Shin Guards Review

Hayabusa Shin Guards ReviewProtection Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

Training Quality: 9.7 / 10.0

Durability: 9.9 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.1 / 10.0

Company: Hayabusa

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Exclusive Features

  • Really good quality padding
  • Lasts a long time
  • Ideal for striking
  • Ergonomic design and great fitting rate
  • One of the most quality striking shin guards!
  • Looks cool

Hayabusa T3 is crafted for your shin and it actually fits your contours perfectly. As you may know, many shin guards feel “unnatural” and can hurt you. With that, Hayabusa T3 stays in place while you are blocking your partner or striking.

The padding gets amazing feedback from a myriad of forums and posts (Sherdog). Considering these I can easily say that you won’t feel so sore after your MMA, Muay Thai sessions and your soft tissue is definitely safer with Hayabusa T3.

Thanks to the material quality and design, it is not bulky and it is light. With that, the padding delivers the shock in a small area. So what does this quality provide for you? First of all, when you kick, this provides more momentum and improves your overall kicking power. With that, the absorption finishes quickly and this is really important for striking style shin guards since the padding will be ready for next strike. Thanks to that, you can get longer durability and better training performance.

Even though it is light, considering the feedback the padding protects your shin and instep while you are kicking as powerful as you can. It has hook and loop closure and it is a dual style which again gets good feedback from many people on forums.

Also, the white model looks absolutely amazing and if you are interested, have a closer look at Hayabusa T3 Striking Shin Guards. When you go to that page, you can also find information about sizing as well and you can actually choose all Hayabusa Shin Guards according to it.

As a final note, it is also used by many professional MMA fighters during their regular training sessions without any sponsorship!


Hayabusa Kanpeki Elite 2.0 Grappling Shin Guards

Hayabusa Kanpeki Elite 2.0 Grappling Shin Guards ReviewProtection Rating: 9.6 / 10.0

Training Quality (Grappling): 9.9 / 10.0

Durability: 10.0 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.6 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 8.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Really good quality and sturdy leather
  • Very ergonomic design and great fitting rate
  • Good air flow
  • Hand-designed
  • My all-time favorite grappling shin guards!

Hayabusa Kanpeki Elite 2.0 is the only shin guards on this list which I have experiences with.

My Experiences

Safety: The inner part is soft and has a lot of padding. So why this is important for you? While you are doing ground work on MMA mats, your knees have constant punishment. This basically helps with the protection of your knees during your sessions.

If you followed me on social media (g+, Facebook) or my site, you would have known that I just love Kanpeki series and these include Hayabusa Kanpeki MMA Gloves and shin guards as well. While I was doing grappling, it did not slide, not even once. Also, I generally feel pain in my instep after striking or grappling sessions however I rarely felt pain with this shin guard. This is one of the most important reasons why it is my favorite since many shin guards just suck about it.

Training Performance and Comfort: It is hand designed and provides good coverage. The design is very ergonomic. Thanks to this design, while you are sparring it does not restrict your movements and even though you wear shin guards, you can basically do every technique. Considering my amazing experiences with Hayabusa Kanpeki Elite during grappling sessions, I can suggest anyone, who do grappling, get their own Hayabusa Kanpeki Shin Guards! With that, as almost any other Hayabusa products, this one has the latest technology for comfort and air-flow. My shins sweated less with Kanpeki and as I mentioned above, it did not slide and wicked the moisture quite fast. If I have to compare it with other shin guards, I can say that it provided the second best comfort which I have ever had.

I did not use it until it is useless however according to my research you can easily expect to use it for more than 2 years. One thing to note that full grain leather won’t get rough spots for a really long time so you don’t hurt your sparring partner with your Kanpeki shin guards. Because as you may know rough spots can cause cuts.

Aesthetics: Well, I just love the classic look of this shin guard and if you love the classic look like I do you can give it a shot.

As a final note, you can see this shin guard in almost every commercial MMA or Muay Thai gym.


Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis Striking

Protection Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

Training Quality: 9.2 / 10.0

Durability: 9.0 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.4 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.5 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Good quality leather
  • Good padding quality
  • Ergonomic design
  • Straps for a better fit
  • One of the most popular shin guards

Hayabusa Tokushu is arguably the most popular shin guards on the market. Literally, you can find a review on every website and source. Also, many Muay Thai gyms offer this shin guard to their students for striking sessions.

However why it is so popular? First of all, this one also provides an ergonomic design and while you are kicking a grappling dummy or a heavy bag, straps provide a more secure fit. I also feel more secure when my shin guards have straps. It may be just a mental effect but it is what it is. With that, the design is actually the same as T3 and provides really good training performance as well. However, the difference between T3 and Tokushu Regenesis is that T3 has slightly better leather quality but other than that these are same!

When it is the case you basically get less durability period (5, 6 months) but you pay less as well. With that, you get the same incredible training performance!

As you may know, the marketing of this shin guard is made well and this is another reason why it is really popular.

Also, it is fair to say that Hayabusa Tokushu Regenesis is a safe choice and you simply can’t go wrong with it.

You can see the size selections on the product page. Also, you can check the unboxing video of this amazing guard.


Hayabusa Ikusa Shin Guards

an overview Hayabusa Ikusa Shin GuardsProtection Rating: 8.8 / 10.0

Training Quality: 8.5 / 10.0

Durability: 8.7 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.2 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.4 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Decent quality leather
  • Good padding quality
  • Do the job just fine
  • Suitable for grappling and striking
  • Fits well
  • Easy on your wallet!

Hayabusa Ikusa has a decent design. It is nothing fancy or super-ergonomic but it has good coverage and protection is definitely above average. With that, it is a bit bulkier than other shin guards and even though it is suitable for grappling and striking you just can’t get incredible ground work training performance like the grappling shin guards above (Kanpeki). With that, it is still decent. And the cool thing is that Ikusa has the exact same padding so while you are striking you get top-notch protection and you get the same striking quality which is just superb!

Lastly, in my opinion, it is the most quality shin guard in this price range and seriously you get more than what you pay for. If you are interested, check out the most recent price.

You can use it for years (1-2) without any defect.


Final Thoughts

I am sure that above you can find shin guards for your need and budget! With that, if you are looking for a top-notch striking shin guard which looks cool, then I strongly recommend you get your own Hayabusa T3. In my opinion, it is also fairly priced.

About the Brand: Hayabusa produces the best MMA shin guards on the market and you can find a shin guard for every training type (sparring, pure striking) from Hayabusa and all of the shin guards have at least decent quality and some are even top-notch. With that, many of them are also used in Muay Thai and it is one of the most popular brands even in Thailand! Well, at least I see them constantly in Bangkok.

Why Should You Go with Hayabusa Shin Guards? First of all, these don’t slow you down much while you are kicking and the design just helps with fitting a lot. Whether a shin guard is expensive or not craftsmanship of these is always superb and I know the fact that once you wear Hayabusa in your training sessions, you will probably get your next shin guards from Hayabusa again. As a final note, the inner lining constructions of these are generally the same and considering my experiences it is quite good.

I really hope that you enjoyed reading my review and experiences. If you need any further information about a specific Hayabusa Shin Guard model, please leave a comment below.

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12 thoughts on “Hayabusa Shin Guards Review – The Complete Guide”

  1. Last week I watched a video on my brother’s mobile. I was surprised to see my elder brother practicing boxing. So this stimulated something in me to re-start my training in TaiChi and Wushu (which I stopped 14 years ago). This blog of yours is urging me to do some Thai Boxing as well. Thanks for this great post.
    Do you think that I can use the guards in Wushu as well?

    1. Well, I am glad you will start ; ) I actually don’t have much knowledge about Taichi but I just did a research. According to it, you need shin guards which have an ergonomic design. Also, you need to check the leather quality as well. So according to these, Kanpeki Elite satisfies everything for TaiChi.

  2. Hey Furkan,
    Great and informative article. I have been thinking about starting MMA training this year. My instructor said I would need all of the equipment to start. Do you recommend these for a beginner?

  3. I appreciate that you featured a number of shin guards to choose from. It seems that there are a lot of styles available for whatever your need is.

    My son is in the market for shin guards and I am going to send him a link to this article. I think he and anyone in the market for shin guards will find your information very helpful.


    1. I listed many Hayabusa Shin Guards, which have at least decent quality, here and I am currently using another model. I will update the writing after I train with it at least a few months.

      I am glad to help.

  4. Sounds like from your review this offers everything one would need to perform the actions required. The kick to a shin or knee definitely gets ones attention and the need for protection would absolutely be right up there.

    Very informative review. I do thank you for your information.

    How did you discover this product?

    1. Yeah, the design of Tokushu is good. It stays in its place even you kick heavily and protects your bones. And the cool thing is that Hayabusa Tokushu offers incredible velcro closure. Literally, you need to check it out.

      Well, this brand’s shin guards do not need any discovery as you can see that in every gym and on many sites’ best seller lists. There are countless perfect reviews online as well.

  5. Great Article on giving information of each shin guard’s quality and info. I might join an MMA gym very soon and will definitely look into buying these type of shin guards for my workouts. I do have some experience in Boxing, but MMA is something i have had in mind for a while back. Thanks for this great post.

    1. Well, I hope you will have good trainers who can help your transition go smoother. You should especially be careful while learning footwork and positioning as your opponents’ reach is longer.

  6. Furkan,
    I like how you state that the Hayabusa Kanpeki Elite 2.0 has good padding on the inside to protect your knees. After a time on the mat your body will love you for it.
    My cousin is into this style of sport for total body workout. I will let him know about this article.

    1. You don’t feel the shock most of the time with Kanpeki while you are rolling on mats. It absorbs it before it gets to your knees.

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