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Marte

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Are the boardshorts you can get at pacsun etc pretty much the same as mma boardshorts? Are the regular boardshorts good enough for MMA/grappling??
 
Are the boardshorts you can get at pacsun etc pretty much the same as mma boardshorts? Are the regular boardshorts good enough for MMA/grappling??

Yeah, anything made by Billabong, DC, Volcom, etc. are going to be just as good for grappling, and better quality overall. You'll find the good stuff usually retails for about $50 though, which is more than MMA shorts run a lot of times. Also, board shorts don't have flex panels, or grip crotches, or split seams or anything. I prefer boardshorts because they are usually slightly heavier in weight and better quality, with none of the elastic waistband crap. Can't stand elastic waitbands and huge velcro closure systems, which are totally unnecessary.
 
Yeah, anything made by Billabong, DC, Volcom, etc. are going to be just as good for grappling, and better quality overall. You'll find the good stuff usually retails for about $50 though, which is more than MMA shorts run a lot of times. Also, board shorts don't have flex panels, or grip crotches, or split seams or anything. I prefer boardshorts because they are usually slightly heavier in weight and better quality, with none of the elastic waistband crap. Can't stand elastic waitbands and huge velcro closure systems, which are totally unnecessary.

I disagree. Some of my MMA shorts are better quality than my boardshorts. Especially when you start factoring things like Stretch panels and split seams. High Quality MMA shorts are up in the $50 range.

Marte, What size waist do you have? I know a few manufactures that make shorts as small as 26.
 
Yeah, anything made by Billabong, DC, Volcom, etc. are going to be just as good for grappling, and better quality overall. You'll find the good stuff usually retails for about $50 though, which is more than MMA shorts run a lot of times. Also, board shorts don't have flex panels, or grip crotches, or split seams or anything. I prefer boardshorts because they are usually slightly heavier in weight and better quality, with none of the elastic waistband crap. Can't stand elastic waitbands and huge velcro closure systems, which are totally unnecessary.

do not listen to this guy. I have several pairs of hurley and volcom boardshorts and while they are nice they certainly do not hold up nearly as well as boardshorts such as clinch gear or sprawls that were specifically designed for grappling and muay thai. Regular boardshorts are NOT tripple stitched anywhere (you must have triple stitching in the crotch area if you are going to grapple), do not have stretch panels anywhere (like he said). If you can afford $50 for good normal boardshorts then throw it down and get something like this

Clinch Gear Classic Black MMA Fight Shorts

SPRAWL V-Flex XT Competition Logos
 
Well the price is not a problem. Im a girl and i think its hard to find mma gear i like, either its for men or its damn freaking pink!!

the clinch gear's i linked above come in size 26, that is very small. I am sure if you e-mail erin crecy from the clinch ger website he can tell you what that would be in womens sizes. I find clinch gear's to run a little small anyhow. I just wrote a review of them here, it might help you out. http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f67/mega-gear-review-776335/
 
Im probably like a 28 in men shorts. Thanks for the urls you guys gave me, ill check them out!

Btw; do you guys know any stores in Chicago that sells mma gear? I like to try on before i buy..
 
that is a problem for anyone not in Cali trying to buy gear. I don't know of any place in the Chicago area. Pretty much anyone you deal with will accept returns and let you exchange for a different size. I know sprawl, triumph united and clinch gear do this all the time.
 
Yeah, thats what i thought. Really sucks. I guess ill just order online then :)

Thanks guys!
 
I have one more question and i dont feel like starting more threads for just a smiple question.

Are grappling shin guards just as good as regular shin guards for stand ups?
I think im going to buy Tapouts grappling shin guards; Tapout MMA Grappling Shin Guards
 
what do you mean by regular shin guards? Any shin guards that you use for striking should be padded. Those tapouts will work......they are just fugly as hell:D
 
I mean theres a difference between grappling shin guards and regular ones cuz the grappling ones are like pull ons, while regular are more like step ins. Look at the back, the regular ones have just two straps while grappling is more fitted i guess, so theyll stay on.. Lol am i making any sense at all?
 
they will both work. The slip ons are slightly less shock absorbent in my experience. Do you plan on doing the bulk of the kicking or are you going to be doing a lot of checking or just normal striking where you will need to do both?
 
Im going to use them for sparring, so that would be both.

Edit; and grappling of course.
 
I have grappling shin guards but i do straight MT with them as well. They will work fine if you get a good pair.

I have these:
MMA Amateur Grappling Shin-Instep Guards from Combatsports.com

and they work perfectly. Of course if i was going straight MT and against some heavy hitters id probably get a pair of straight sparring windy or twins insteps.

If your not going to be cross checking advanced muay thai guys and if your going to be bringing it to the ground the grappling shin guards work fine.
 
Yeah, anything made by Billabong, DC, Volcom, etc. are going to be just as good for grappling, and better quality overall. You'll find the good stuff usually retails for about $50 though, which is more than MMA shorts run a lot of times. Also, board shorts don't have flex panels, or grip crotches, or split seams or anything. I prefer boardshorts because they are usually slightly heavier in weight and better quality, with none of the elastic waistband crap. Can't stand elastic waitbands and huge velcro closure systems, which are totally unnecessary.

You forgot about Nogi.
Welcome to Nōgi Industries

Marte: try out the Nogi shorts, they're not pink, they stretch, no split seams or any dumb stuff. They come in a 28 and fit about like a 28. Lightweight and they last; I've had mine around 3 years, best you can get from America.
 
yea anything like those tapouts or the link bill gave will work fine.
 
do not listen to this guy. I have several pairs of hurley and volcom boardshorts and while they are nice they certainly do not hold up nearly as well as boardshorts such as clinch gear or sprawls that were specifically designed for grappling and muay thai. Regular boardshorts are NOT tripple stitched anywhere (you must have triple stitching in the crotch area if you are going to grapple), do not have stretch panels anywhere (like he said). If you can afford $50 for good normal boardshorts then throw it down and get something like this

Clinch Gear Classic Black MMA Fight Shorts

SPRAWL V-Flex XT Competition Logos
 
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