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Sanabul 'Amazon's Best Seller' Essential Gel Boxing/Kickboxing Gloves review + Hayabusa comparison

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

As many of you know, I love martial arts and I love teaching kickboxing. I've taught in both 1on1 personal training and group fitness settings. I get asked a lot about product recommendations so I wanted to share a quick review about the most popular pair of kickboxing gloves you can on Amazon. Hope you enjoy it! - Irene


The Sanabul gloves are tagged as the "Best Seller" on Amazon, so NASM-certified personal trainer Irene reviews how we feel about these kickboxing gloves after having gone through many pairs of these gloves.

The 'Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Kickboxing Punching Bag Gloves' are described by the company on their Amazon storefront as: "professional gear at entry level affordability", "hands snug and protected inside", "tested by pros, created for you from UFC champions like Michael Bisping, to pro boxers like Mike Lee", "engineered leather construction". The gloves come in 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 14oz, and 16oz.

You can also buy these gloves on their own website and they're currently listed as 'Essential Gel Boxing Kickboxing Training Gloves' which is a slightly different naming convention than

on Amazon.

Their key selling point is the $ price range between $20-$30 for the entry tier gloves, which is very inexpensive. Is it worth the price? We compare these gloves to a name brand Hayabusa which is known for their boxing gloves and quality. The Hayabusa gloves range from $49 for the lowest tier but most are in the $80 range and go up to $229. We found the Hayabusa's to have better wrist support, better product quality consistency, and breathability. I'm also a fan of

Things we like about the Sanabul gloves: inexpensive, great to use if you're not sure if you want to commit to the sport yet, a good choice to use if you want an extra pair for friends or clients who aren't committed. I definitely recommend buying your own gloves vs. using communal gloves if you're not sure how sanitary the communal gloves are.

Things we recommend: definitely wearing hand wraps underneath the glove as there isn't much wrist support if you're using these for heavy bags or any harder striking.

I purchased the orange color because it was the least expensive option and color didn't matter much to me. I used these at the muay thai kickboxing gym and have used them in instruction with clients.

If you'd like to support the channel and our product reviews by purchasing these gloves through our Amazon link, we'd really appreciate it!

The lower budget Sanabul option:

And a higher budget glove options that I also really like (this direct link is showing the 10oz for some reason but I usually recommend 12oz as a standard size to get for an all-around glove to use):

I highly recommend getting wrist wraps for your own safety and protection too: I don't have strong feelings about the brands but this one is a little bit softer in terms of the material as some people like a softer material when wrapping. Wash these in a laundry bag that's zipped up or they can get tangled easily!

These are the Thai pads I like using for partner work: I'll make a more in-depth post in the future about the pads and how to use them.


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