BJJ Headgear Suggestions

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  1. Grassshoppa

    Grassshoppa Purple Belt

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    I know there have been other threads about this, but I'm hoping no one will mind that I post another because I'd like to see what people are using currently. I need some suggestions for headgear.

    One of my ears has become a little swollen, swore, and filled with some liquid so I started wearing headgear. I picked up some Asics Gel headgear from Sports Authority. The only problem is the chinstrap isn't really a chinstrap, it goes under the chin and can be uncomfortable. So, a couple questions...

    1) Anyone wear headgear? What do you use or find the most comfortable?

    2) Do I need to see my doctor or a specialist and have the swollen part of my ear drained so it doesn't turn into cauli? I don't want cauli which is why I've started to wear headgear.

    3) I have a full head of hair and want to keep it that way. I know this is a strange question, but has anyone heard of headgear rubbing a bald spot on your head?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. SuperSuperRambo

    SuperSuperRambo Senior Moderator Senior Moderator

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    Get it drained NOW. Wait more than a week and it's probably there forever, unless you want to get plastic surgery to fix it.

    Just find s brand that is soft on the outside so it doesn't annoy your training partners. Test it out, see if it stays put, and no it won't pull out your hair.
     
  3. dza76wutang

    dza76wutang Black Belt

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    1.) I wear head gear, I wear the Brute Quad model, in my opinion it is the best BJJ head gear available.

    2.) Depends on the size of the hematoma. I had one the size of a golf ball and I opted to get it surgically corrected by an ENT specialist. If it is small, protecting it with head gear for a while will reduce SOME of the swelling and scarring. Just be honest with yourself, if you look in the mirror and you don't like it/can't bear it, go to an ENT.

    3.) When I have hair, it will burrow a "part" in my hair, like parting your hair to the side, but I haven't noticed it rubbing off any patches of hair. Chances are, you're just not wearing it enough for it to rub the hair off like that. It also shouldn't move very much in theory.
     
  4. Rozzy

    Rozzy White Belt

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    Cliff Keen e58. Get it. It's used by the best.
     
  5. Rozzy

    Rozzy White Belt

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    Oh yeah...and btw...GET THAT SHIT DRAINED!
     
  6. sb413197

    sb413197 Red Belt

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    I use the brute quad III. Read about headgear for awhile and this was the one that seemed to be the most BJJ friendly. They really do work very well - low profile, don't slip (although I tie them very tight), and can hear through them. They're very smooth and flat and actually makes it easier to slip out of triangles I call them my "anti triangle headgear" hehe. Started wearing them when the ears were getting sore and were getting some hardish areas in them and haven't stopped since, ears don't hurt any more. I have 2 pairs so I wash them with my gi.

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  7. KGB256

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    Matman soft headgear give good protection, relatively low profile, they are durable, machine washable, you can hear through them, not too hot, and they are relatively comfortable for training partners. IIRC mine were like $35, which was much cheaper than my previous Cliff Keen headgear.
     
  8. Knock Out Ned

    Knock Out Ned el mero mero

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    The Best=Cliff Keen Signature
     
  9. KGB256

    KGB256 Purple Belt

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    Those slip a lot, too easy to grab, and they are kind of rough on a training partner in clashes or pressure/friction situations. I do a lot of arm triangles, so my headgear need to be nice and soft.
     
  10. Knock Out Ned

    Knock Out Ned el mero mero

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    They are soft. They are made out of soft mat material. I can drive the side if my head into my opponent's head without hurting my training partner. Mine never slip and nobody grabs them either.

    Also, they are mat material and rubber. You can wash and dry them in seconds and they never get smelly.
     
  11. KGB256

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    I had a couple complaints when I wore them. Your mileage may vary.
     

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