CSS rotate making links unclickable unless double clicking

I can’t seem to find the issue that is causing my links to only be clicked on the white portion. It’s a “3D” button by that, I mean it is a link with CSS rotate transitions. I’m not able to find any solutions so I’m looking for some help!

Here’s the codepen link.


        <li><a href="index.html" data-hover="Home">Home</a>
        <li><a href="plans.html" class="current" data-hover="Plans">Plans</a>
        <li><a href="#" data-hover="Forums">Forums</a>
        <li><a href="team.html" data-hover="Team">Team</a>


* {
    box-sizing: border-box;

nav {
    background: #e9e9e9;
    margin: -1rem 0rem;
    z-index: 0;

nav ul {
    list-style: none;

nav ul li {
    display: inline-block;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    font-size: 1.5rem;
    letter-spacing: 0.05rem;

nav ul li a {
    display: inline-block;
    padding: 1rem;
    color: #000;
    text-decoration: none;
    transition: transform 0.3s ease 0s;
    transform-origin: 50% 0px 0px;
    transform-style: preserve-3d;

    nav ul li a.current {
    color: #ffc400;

nav ul li a: hover {
    background: #e9e9e9;
    color: #000;
    transform: rotateX(90deg) translateY(-22px);

    nav ul li a::before {
    position: absolute;
    top: 100%;
    left: 0px;
    width: 100%;
    padding: 4px 0px;
    text-align: center;
    line-height: 50px;
    background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% #ffc400;
    color: #FFF;
    content: attr(data-hover);
    transition: #ffc400 0.3s ease 0s;
    transform: rotateX(-90 deg);
    transform -origin: 50% 0px 0px;

Source: css3

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