Sanabul Funk Strike Tie Dye 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves Review

Sanabul Funk Strike Tie Dye 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves Review [2022]

This is a review of the Sanabul Funk Strike Tie Dye 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves.

Martial arts training can be really fun, educative, and challenging. Another thing that martial arts training can be though, is dangerous.  The reason combat sports and most martial arts use gloves in almost all of their competitions, sparring sessions or demonstrations, is because striking is very dangerous both for the hand of the striker and the body of the receiver. 

This is why, after years of training several types of martial arts, I have become a vigorous critic of bad martial arts equipment. It is one thing to sell a low-quality notebook or something similar to that, however, selling people low-quality gloves can cost them their combat career or even health. I tried keeping myself in line with these strict standards in today’s review as well. 

I found the Sanabul Funk Strike Tie Dye 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves to be a great pair of gloves, may that be for sparring purposes or competitions. It has an amazing design (all different versions of them), a great build, and also comfort. It is an all-in-one, industry-standard option for anyone who is a bit more serious about training martial arts. 

In today’s review, I will discuss what makes this product a good product, what are some of the key features that add to its value, and also try to provide the reader with a general overview of the product, all aimed towards helping you find the best gloves for your purpose. 

If you are interested, and if you’re looking for a great pair of gloves for yourself or someone you know, read on for more!

Sanabul Funk Strike Tie Dye 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves Overview

Sanabul Funk Strike Tie Dye 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves
  • Skill. With Style. The Funk Strike Gloves, with exclusive non-leather construction, bring the toughness of the Sanabul name with something new: a throwback to a time when the greats had that little bit of extra magic in their game
  • Old School Look, New School Design: Behind the vibrant, fun colors is the same serious design that Sanabul has perfected over the years. Durasoft impact protection foam, secured hook and loop system, and performance grade non-leather construction
  • Good On The Feet, Good On The Ground: We designed the Hybrid 7oz gloves to work perfectly in all dimensions of MMA sparring. Snap your jabs, then hunt for submissions on the ground without having to change equipment

These gloves are hybrid gloves, which means they are perfect for cross-training, or even for training one specific martial art. The reason for this is that hybrid gloves are a combination of several different types of gloves, usually wrestling/grappling gloves and boxing gloves. 

In the case of the Sanabul Funk Strike Tie Dye 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves, they are a more boxing-oriented pair of hybrid gloves, which can be seen from the emphasis on a large knuckle-protection area. This makes it look somewhat like a standard karate glove design, though it isn’t exactly like a WKF-approved karate design. 

What makes these gloves stand out is, first of all, the design. Of course, quality and build are all important, more important than anything else when it comes to martial arts gloves, however, one of the most immediately apparent features of these gloves is the design. The “funky” design, which looks like different colored ink or some sort of bleach was thrown at the gloves, will surely steal all the looks when you step into the gym with these on. Aside from that, it is also a great product, with an excellent value-for-money-ratio and durability. 

Design and Looks

I don’t think anyone could write an honest review about these gloves without mentioning these gloves’ design first. As mentioned earlier, they have a really unique design that will definitely turn some heads in the gym. I personally think that straying away from the classic black-red-brown-blue-white theme of gloves is something to be praised and appreciated since this is an aspect of the combat glove business that isn’t experimented with or improved upon too much. 

And yes, you might ask: why is the design so important? Well, it is all about psychology. If you put on a high-quality pair of gloves, you will probably feel great about yourself and you will have a lot of fun when training, however, when you put on something as unique and aesthetically pleasing as these gloves, you will feel like an absolute king/queen. Of course, the design isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are in for something more unique, you should definitely consider these gloves.


Although these gloves are more striking-oriented than your average hybrid or MMA gloves, they are still great for cross-training. If we are being honest, most MMA fights have a lot more striking than grappling, even if many fights are often finished on the ground, so it makes sense that Sanabul decided to focus a little bit more on the striking aspect of a hybrid design. 

Regardless of the striking-based design, these gloves are still amazing for cross-training and implementing things like Jiu-Jitsu or wrestling into your training repertoire, since the palm and fingers of your hand are almost completely free to move around and to be used as if you were wearing nothing. 

This way you can enjoy the benefits that various different martial arts can provide without having to buy multiple gloves. You can also compete in amateur to mid-range MMA competitions using these gloves in many places, so it really can turn into a long-term investment for your combat career. 

High-quality Protection

The protective layer of this Sanabul product is made of gel-infused foam, which makes it highly shock-absorbent. Martial arts training can easily take a toll on your joints and bones, however, with the right equipment, such as these gloves, you can minimize the damage you take, without having to reduce the power of your strikes. 

The way the Sanabul advertising team phrased it is: “Get every ounce of power from your punches, without paying for it tomorrow!”, which is a great way to summarize the importance of having a pair of gloves that protects the hands properly. 

Pros and Cons

  • Durability
  • Style and aesthetics
  • Multifunctionality
  • Safety
  • Protection
  • the design doesn’t suit everyone’s tastes

Our Verdict

At the end of the day, nothing can really be said about these gloves that is negative. It is a well-designed, multifunctional pair of gloves, with extra emphasis placed on the design and the looks, which is a really important factor in my book. You can get a great pair of gloves at a low price nowadays in any store almost, but you can’t often find ones that are unique as well. 
If you would like to check out the design of these gloves and perhaps would also be interested in purchasing them.

Vladimir Vladisavljevic has been training in the art of kickboxing for over seven years, holds a Taekwondo black belt, and has a master's degree in sports and physical education. He's also a huge mixed martial arts fan. He's a big deal in Bulgaria as a mixed martial arts commentator, analyst, and podcaster.
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Vladimir Vladisavljevic