I've said it in the past, and I will say it again - buying gear for MMA training can be a difficult experience. The multitude of options and prices can be disorienting. Here, I once again hope to help guide you through some purchasing with my latest gear review, this time focused on shorts. And be sure to check out my previous reviews on the basics, and on Bad Boy Boxing Gloves.
For the first year of training, I had your basic mesh athletic shorts. Nothing MMA or combat sports specific, nothing fancy. Recently, I upgraded to the Bad Boy Legacy Shorts (the Black-Red design if you really must know).
Here's the interesting thing about shorts: in my opinion the one quality that primarily makes a pair of shorts good for training is that when you're training, you pay absolutely no attention to them. And in that respect, these Bad Boy Legacy Shorts are a winner. My old shorts were mostly fine, but at times they became a bit constricting, particularly when working with a cup and throwing high kicks. At those times, the standard mesh shorts could become a bit tight and uncomfortable.
With the new Bad Boy pair, none of that happens. They fit perfectly, give plenty of room to move, and don't get in the way. I never think about them for a moment when I am working, and that is just what I want. They're also ridiculously comfortable, which is a nice plus. Apparently they are made of "a charcoaled bamboo Fourth Dimension four-way stretch fabric with ultra light construction and durable triple stitched seams." I don't know what that means, but it's mighty comfy.
That ridiculous degree of specificity is what makes these shorts stand-out. They have a ton of little details that make them good, like an interlocking velcro waistband and this little rubbery side to the drawstring that both keeps them in place when they're tied, but also keeps them from getting torn on the velcro when you wash them. Small details, but they add up.
Shorts can be a bit pricey. These are $69.99, which is pretty much in line with quality shorts. And it's one of those products where you can really see where your money has gone. I've been using them for over a month now both sparring and training Muay Thai and no-gi Jiu Jitsu and they show absolutely no sign of wear and tear nor have ever given me any troubles.
Do you need a pair of shorts like this if you're just starting out? No. But when you are ready to upgrade and get a solid all-purpose pair of shorts, you can't go wrong with the Bad Boy Legacy Shorts. A definite recommendation from me.
Next time - headgear.
As always, I'm curious to hear your opinion. What do you look for in a pair of MMA shorts? What experiences have you had?
And now - the legal fine print. I received this item for review purposes and did not pay for it. Bad Boy is also a sponsor of Bloody Elbow Radio. This does not affect my review in any way.