Hayabusa | Pros & Cons of The Tokushu Instep Shin Guards

The Pros & Cons of the Hayabusa Tokoshu Low Profile Instep Shin Guards

When it comes to training Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and MMA, I found the Hayabusa Tokushu Instep Shin Guards were good to use for training in those disciplines. However, these shin guards also have it’s cons though. But overall, they are still awesome! 

Since I had a good and bad experience with them, it came to my mind of wanting to share what they are with you all.

Pros & Cons of The Hayabusa Tokushu Low Profile Instep Shin Guards


Testing the Hayabusa Shin Guards

Good Protection

Whenever it came to practicing checking kicks during Muay Thai & Kickboxing class, I barely feel any pain. There are at times where I do, but it only happens when I don’t check properly. But, since these shin guards had excellent protection, I had no injuries. 

Hayabusa Shin Guards (Front)

They Don’t Slip Off

Since these shin guards are a slip-on type, it feels more secure around your shins. Comparing to the strapped up type of shin guards, they don’t slip off as easily whenever it comes to kicking during practice.

I noticed some of my training partners with strapped up shin guards would have to readjust them every time they slip off.

Hayabusa Shin Guards vs Strapped

Fast To Put On

Whenever I have to prepare to put my shin guards on for Muay Thai and Kickboxing class, I would be ready within about 20 to 30 seconds before class starts. Comparing to my training partners who have the strap on shin guards, it takes more than 30 seconds to get ready. 

Excellent For MMA

These shin guards are excellent for MMA classes. Whenever it comes to live wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu scenarios in MMA practice, my shin guards don’t slip off while grappling with my training partners. 

Therefore, I do not have to readjust them in the middle of live grappling rounds during practice.

Hayabusa Instep Shin Guards Usage

Long Lasting

The Hayabusa Instep Shin guards have lasted me for 3 years. They are still good to use until this day, but I decided to make a switch because it’s a pain for them to dry after use. Overall the condition of these shin guards is still in pretty good shape.

The material of the sleeve is a little worn out, but it does not affect my performance during training. 


When I bought these shin guards, I bought them on a Black Friday sale for $75 on the Hayabusa website. But, it’s unfortunate that Hayabusa doesn’t make these types of shin guards anymore. 

However, there are still some being sold at an affordable price on their website, as well as on Amazon and other fight merchandise web platforms.

If you want a decent quality pair of shin guards at an affordable price, this is the pair to get. But be careful of where you purchase them.


Guy finds something smelly

Stinks up Overtime

Since the Hayabusa Instep Shin Guards are a slip-on type, the material from it absorbs sweat. After 3 years of usage, the shin guards stink up overtime. Even though I clean and sanitize them, the built-up of old sweat still causes a funky smell. 

A Pain to Clean

It is a process cleaning these shin guards. Comparing to the Velcro type of shin guards, these take longer to clean because of the slip-on sleeve around it. 

Takes Long To Dry

After I finish cleaning & sanitizing them, they take about 24 hours to dry. Therefore, during the next day in practice, the shin guards are still a little wet during use. Comparing to the Velcro shin guards, it takes a couple of hours to dry since it does not have a slip-on sleeve around it. 


As you can see, the Hayabusa Tokoshu Low Profile Instep Shin Guards provide excellent support & protection when training MMA, Muay Thai & Kickboxing. You can also perform well while using these since it’s very comfortable fit. 

However, it’s unfortunate that the leg sleeve material absorbs sweat causing them to stink overtime & making it harder to clean. 

Hayabusa may not make these shin guards anymore. But in our opinion, it’s still considered one of their top pairs that they have made. 

If you have any more questions about the Hayabusa Low Profile Instep Shin Guards, please leave a comment or send a message.


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