Me and a guy i used to workout w/used to take time out every once in awhile to spar in our regular clothings.... This might seem ridiculous, but the reason we did this was to see how our gear affected what he did and how well we did it. Example i am a big mover, wether sparring or in a real fight; i circle alot..move in and out alot..along w/head and upperbody movement....etc. But when we sparred in normal gear and i was wearing these really cool boots i loved, i was not able to circle as fluidly or move out and in as quickly; i had to depend on angles/upperbody/headmovement to slip/avoid punches and i had to use my hands/arms much more intelligently to pick/block/deflect shots. Mainly cus i could not move around as much. My friend realize certain kicks he used did not work w/certain pants, certain shoes as far as footing...etc... it was just sobering to see how what u wore affected what u could, would do; i think it really helped me, in that i tailor what i do in sprring to what i can do in real life regardless of what i am wearing.. i mean in certain cases changes have to be made.. what about u guys..