Intro: As most of you have realized by now I have an obsession with gear: shorts, shirts, kimonos, pants, supplements, anything at all. You name it and I’ve tried it or know someone who has. Shortly after I was introduced to the Ranger gi by Modern Flow I realized that they also have a cool new backpack. As an owner of Origin’s Mundial backpack I wanted to give this one a try and see how they compared.
A very cursory look is all that’s needed to see that this backpack is built to take abuse. If you’re familiar with packs used in hiking or high-end messenger bags you’ll recognize a lot of the same features. There are compression straps all over the place, an extra side compartment and extra red webbing. The pack has padded shoulder straps, a sternum strap and padded waist straps all to make it more comfortable with heavy loads.
Over the last year X-Guard Brand has made a name for itself by producing high-quality gis at affordable prices (<$140 with shipping included). Something that doesn’t get as much attention is their offering of customized rashguards. X-Guard sublimates all of there own rashguards in house and were kind enough to send me one of their “Save 2nd Base” breast cancer awareness rashguards early last month. I liked the rashguard so much that I purchased another one shortly thereafter with my school logos on it. X-guard’s customized gear includes rashguards, board shorts and patches.
Per X-Guard Brand:
“At X-Guard Brand Fight Wear, we believe that fashion, quality, and performance go hand-in-hand. Our premium jiu jitsu kimonos, IBJJF approved rash guards, and fight shorts have been mat tested and are cage approved. We listen to our customers, read reviews, and participate in the sport which helps us continually push our Jiu-Jitsu / MMA fight wear to the next level.”
Early last month we reviewed the Hyperfly gi by DOorDie. Since that review was posted Xande Ribeiro, one of the faces of DOorDie, has been terrorizing competitors in competition winning gold at weight and absolute at the No-Gi Worlds last month. While slicing thru his competition Xande was sporting DOorDIE’s new fightshorts. The fightshorts are intended for stand-up and ground work. For the last two months I’ve been using and abusing them during training.
Per Do Or Die: Your battle will be here before you know it. It’s time to get yourself ready for combat and show the world you know what DO OR DIE is all about….YOU CAN’T TEACH HEART
LUTA is a unique fight wear company that focuses not only on innovative product design but also on their strong sense of social awareness and responsibility. As a company they share 50% of their profits with Fight for Peace International, an international organization that opens and runs academies combining boxing, martial arts as well as educational and personal development programs. The academies are in areas of the world where there are few opportunities for young people that don’t involve crime and violence. For this review LUTA sent their two most popular products: the MMA Performance rash guard and MMA fight shorts as well as their newest innovation the Laser Tech rash guard. My first introduction to LUTA was at BJJHQ when the MMA Performance rash guard was posted and promptly sold out. Luta offers rashguards, fight shorts, boxing training gear, and clothing.
From the LUTA website: Born in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Luta is a new fightwear and lifestyle clothing brand that brings together real fight performance, favela street style and a genuine social mission.
LUTA, Portuguese for fight, was founded for three reasons: 1st - There was a need for really advanced performance fightwear and trainingwear. 2nd - I wanted to pay homage to the positive energy in the favelas and the strength I’d witnessed training young champions there since 2000. 3rd - I wanted to support those young champions in communities that suffer from crime and violence, by providing Fight for Peace with a profit share in the company. Luke Dowdney
One last thing before the review. To celebrate LUTA's new US Website we've gotten a 25% off coupon code good for all purchases from the US shop! The code is: BJJVIP and will be valid until December 19th, 2012.
Hylete is a company that you may not be familiar with. Primarily marketed as a manufacturer of apparel for CrossFit athletes they offer a full line of products specifically designed for cross-training. These products include: training tees, shorts, compression gear, hoodies and socks. A lot of jiu-jiteiros use CF for their conditioning so why not take a look at some of the cool toys that they have?
Hylete’s Creed: train to push yourself both mentally and physically; compete to improve yourself, as well as those around you; and live to be healthy in mind, body and soul.
The vision: continuously create innovative performance cross-training apparel that captures the spirit of the cross-training hybrid athlete.
Redstar is a Canadian based gi company that has been focused on making high-quality gis for competitors of every size. Their flagship gi, the Stamp, is available in three colors (grey, white and navy blue) and nine different sizes. Redstar was one of the first gi companies to make gis specifically for the taller and leaner athlete and their experience really shows. Egor has recently expanded their lineup to include fight shorts, belts and t-shirts.
The Stamp is a lightweight, competition style gi consisting of a 450g pearl weave jacket and 12oz cotton pants. The collar is EVA foam filled and the “L” models are specially cut for a slimmer build and longer arms.
Tatami Fightwear was founded in the United Kingdom in 2009 and in three short years have become one of the premier brands for Brazilian jiu jitsu gis and submission grappling gear. Tatami has a reputation for putting out quality products at reasonable prices and are continually expanding their product line as the needs of their customers evolve.
Their latest additions include the Flex Rashguard and Atom Series of NoGi board shorts. The Atom shorts are available in Black/Yellow and Black/White with reinforced stitching and fully embroidered logos. The Flex rashguard, currently only in yellow/black but white/black will be available soon, is the same as the one worn recently by Pablo Popovitch (picture above in the short-sleeve version) at the IBJJF NoGi Pans and has features that I’ve never seen before in a rashguard.
Be sure to check out the full review for a 15% off promo code.
“Daddy, that’s what you wear when you wanna be fancy” Lilly Corley, kindergartener and BJJ fashion expert.
There are times when we take ourselves (a little too) seriously and then there are times when we just want to have fun. Hell, there may even be times when an impromptu roll may break out in the middle of a black tie dinner. For those of you that have ever found themselves in either of the latter two situations here’s a rashguard for you, the BJJ Lifestyles’ Tuxedo Rashguard. Conveniently offered in traditional black, blue, powder blue, orange and with or without cumber bun. With so many options surely you can find just the right rashguard for your next formal event (if it’s good enough for Brian Wilson it’s good enough for me).
BJJ Lifestyles is the company that is responsible for the BJJ rank belts that can be worn with jeans as well as a full line of t-shirts, hoodies and other clothing. Be sure to get out the full review for a 15% off coupon code.
Spending an abundance amount of time practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu comes with its share of many hurdles throughout the journey. One of the biggest opponents athletes must contend with is a faction of skin diseases consisting of Staph, Ring Worm, and Impetigo that are sure to cause serious damage to those that come in contact with it.
Aspiring to provide a strong defense to this dilemma is the Athletic Natural Care product known as “GI Soap”. Taking his tragic experience of dealing with the issue creator Marcel Oliveira envisioned a product for helping out the grappling community.
“All products are made in small quantities so that we are sure that you will get the highest quality product without having to reach too deep into your pockets,“ Oliveira said. "We want to give back to the community and help out where we can, as well as helping our athletes progress.”
The products come in the form of a 5oz Soap Bar and 8 oz Body Wash all created with mixing ingredients of tea trea oils, Olive oils, Coconuts oils and other elements to form an all-natural product capable keeping one healthy and most importantly staying in consistent action on the mat.
Never afraid of testing the waters in being innovative the Origin BJJ Corporation has undoubtedly pushed the envelope when it comes to the creation of their BJJ products. Once again displaying their willingness to go outside the box their latest masterpiece "Origin Mundial Technical Backpack” is the ultimate carrier suited for the avid BJJ player.
With a long standing longevity as a member in the BJJ community for over creator Peter Roberts has had his share of many travels around the world as a grappler. Seeking to assist his fellow BJJ players in making their trips less strenuous the Mundial Backpack covers all the essentials to assist a grappler’s expedition to their training or competition destination.
When buying the perfect travel bag three main components must be taken into account which consists of size, construction, and most importantly capabilities. The Origin backpack main functions cover these very important areas.
Although extremely large in length size which fits for a larger/taller person (I’m 5’6 -135 ponds) The Origin Backpack has the capacity of fitting all of life’s and BJJ necessities in one pack. The main compartment is one of the biggest sectors ever seen from any travel bag. After a brief experiment it was found that the Origin Mundial Technical Backpackis capable of fitting three kimonos and ton of other loose items in one space. This feature not only allows an unlimited amount of storage but also serves as the perfect plane travel item capable of beating those lousy luggage fees dished out by the airlines.
Editor's note: This is a repost of the blog Mapping my BJJ Journey by Matthew Corley. Thank you to Matthew for permission to repost. I hope this helps our lanky lean grapplers, not that they need any help. :)
At 6’4” and 195lb I have a real hard time finding kimonos that fit me correctly. If they’re the right size in the body, the arms and legs are 4 inches too short. When the arms are the right length the rest of the kimono fits like a moomoo. We’re in a sport with weight classes and one that tends to favor those with long limbs and lean athletic builds. So why is it so hard to find a quality gi that fits when you’re tall and lean?
This list is intended at a resource to help you find companies that made kimonos that will (hopefully) fit you better. The methods that I’ve used are straightforward. Using Aesopian’s gi survey as a starting point. I looked at each company website and their sizing charts to determine if they offer kimonos to accommodate those of us that a more lanky than the average person.
I am not including reviews for any gis (other than Aesopian’s excellent survey) at this time because I haven’t used the vast majority of the gis. I’ll be doing reviews for BJJ Legends and they will be included in subsequent posts so keep an eye out for them. I am only including brands that specifically include sizing for the tall and skinny guy. There are several brands that are cut to be more suitable for someone with a slim build but without actually trying a gi on I wouldn’t be able to give good information.
I wanted to talk about the awesomeness of X-Guard. As I said, I’ve been working on creating a patch for my own gi and my buddy Dave introduced me to this company — according to him, they make great kimonos, are fantastic people and do custom patch/rashguard work. So I drew up a design and worked on it painstakingly for a couple of months. Still, it doesn’t look like anything Meerkatsu puts together (and that’s OK with me); it’s a little rough around the edges but it’s what I wanted.
I put my order in for a couple of patches, waited a couple of days and sent an email to make sure things were all received and my gear was getting built. Here’s what I found out: Elmer, the owner of the company, is a REALLY nice guy. He called me personally to make sure I was confident in my order; to talk about the sublimation process; to talk about my experience with another gi company (see my post on Pans if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and to offer his condolences. He did not have an air of superiority; didn’t trash talk a competitor; was very honorable in how he dealt with me and really put my mind at ease.
Skull, Angel Wings, and other dark image insignias seem to be the theme choice of today’s MMA clothing line genre. With so many simplistic styles to choose from it puts the buyer at a standstill when picking a favorite brand. One company hoping to break away from this cycle is Oregon based clothing company STAYONFLUX. Created in 2011, STAYONFLUX is a brand that proudly represents for the hard working people with its message of staying positive, focused, and never giving during the arduous pursuit of accomplishing your vision.
Aspiring to outshine the competition, from their fight shorts to their stylish urbane designed shirts, STAYONFLUX brings a different yet unique style to MMA fight wear, providing the user with the ability to not only brandish a new cutting edge appeal but also a motivation inspiration.