Compression Socks for CrossFit: We Review the Best Brands

Compression socks are a common among crossfitters. However, how do you choose a pair? In this article we’ll cover the top characteristic to look for in a pair of compression socks for crossfit and then review some of the top compression socks to consider purchasing.

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Key features to look for in compression socks for crossfit

Reebok CrossFit compression socks

Rogue compression socks

Zensah compression socks

2XU compression socks

CEP compression socks

Compression socks for women versus men

First, let’s understand the purpose of compression socks. As outlined in this great article, compression socks are designed two have two main benefits: increased blood flow and decreased muscle vibration. These two benefits generally lead to improved recovery and decreased soreness. We all know that the demands of crossfit are tremendous, and therefore any edge we can get on recovery or soreness, will be jumped upon by many.

Here’s a great figure from 2XU outlining the key reasons to wear compression socks

And here’s a good video about how compression socks work:

What to look for in compression socks for crossfit

Now that we know the main reasons for using compression socks in crossfit, let’s consider the most important factors to consider when choosing a pair. They are:

1) Compression level.

After all, the whole point of a compression sock is to provide compression! And not all socks are made equal in this regard. In fact, many so-called compression socks do not provide adequate levels of compression, so it’s an important point to consider. You’ll also want to consider whether to choose graduated compression or constant compression.

2) Quality

CrossFit workouts are intense! We put out our gear through intense amounts of stress. And the last thing you want is for your compression socks to fall apart or deteriorate quickly. Therefore, it’s important to take quality into consideration when purchasing a pair.

3) Wicking

Wicking materials pull sweat and moisture away form the body, keeping you dry. Given the intensity of WODs and the amount of sweat generated, it’s a good bet to choose a pair of compression socks made from wicking fabric.

4) Style

Another consideration to keep in mind is the style. A viable alternative to the standard compression socks is to get a calf sleeve. This will generally provide enough compression on your core muscle (the calves) to get a full effect of compression. Using a calf sleeve will allow you to wear your normal socks underneath which is something a lot of people find beneficial.

So, now that we’ve covered the key characteristics to consider when purchasing a pair of compression socks, let’s go through some of our top picks.

Reebok CrossFit compression socks.

First off are Reebok CrossFit compression socks. Since these are the only socks licensed by CrossFit, they are the only ‘official’ CrossFit compression socks. That said, there are plenty of other brand compression socks that are suitable for use in crossfit, and we’ve featured a few of them below.

Check out the official Reebok CrossFit compression socks by clicking on the picture
Check out the official Reebok CrossFit compression socks by clicking on the picture

A key feature of Reebok’s CrossFit compression socks are the graduated compression. This means that the compression level is tightest in the lower part of the sock (near the foot) gradually becoming less tight as the sock moves up the leg.

The below diagram shows what graduation would look like in a full leg compression stocking. The below diagram demonstrates what graduation compression would look like on a full length stocking.

Graduated compression means that there is greatest compression at the bottom of the sock. Compression decreases as the sock moves up the leg.
Graduated compression means that there is greatest compression at the bottom of the sock. Compression decreases as the sock moves up the leg.

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Another great feature (and something unique to Reebok CrossFit compression socks) is that they have a padded front panel. This provides protection when doing deadlifts, rope climbs, or other movements where you can scrape your shins. I don’t think they’d give adequate protection if you misjudge your box jump though!

Notice the padded section on the shin. This provides additional protection from scraping during deadlifts or rope climbs.  Click on the picture to check them out.
Notice the padded section on the shin. This provides additional protection from scraping during deadlifts or rope climbs. Click on the picture to check them out.

They also have arch and ankle support which provides muscle stabilization during workouts. The best thing about these socks? The price! At only 16 dollars per pair, they’re actually one of the cheapest compression socks on the market. This is unusual, as generally Reebok CrossFit gear is more expensive than the non-crossfit brand equivalent.

They come in plenty of colors as well.

Rogue compression socks

When looking for any gear for CrossFit you can’t go past Rogue. They have their own branded compression socks, located here.

Check out Rogue’s compression socks by clicking on the picture
Check out Rogue’s compression socks by clicking on the picture

What makes these socks different is the fabric. They’re made from Olefin fibres, which are so light weight and fast drying that they retains less than .01% of their weight in moisture! Olefin also has special qualities that resist deteriation from chemicals and perspiration. A great little fact about Olefin is that it’s inventors won the Nobel Prize for it. This was in large part because of Olefin’s environmental impact: the manufacture of Olefin has a less negative environmental impact than alternatives and is easy to recycle.

The material is also anti-microbial, which means they won’t smell as much. An essential factor for socks you wear during a WOD!

These socks are actually made by Swiftwick, then branded with Rogue. So if you like the product features, but don’t like Rogue branding, you can check out the full range of Swiftwick compression socks on Amazon, here.

Zensah

With Zensah you can either go for the full compression socks, or for a calf compression sleeve.

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Click here or on the picture above to check out Zensah’s compression socks

If you dig around the internet, you’ll find that Zensah are one of the most highly recommended compression socks around, particularly by elite athletes. Zensah markets their compression socks as “ProGrade” and judging by the reviews, they are. In addition to the superior levels of compression, another core feature is the built-in arch support, which Zensah claims to assist your legs last longer during endurance runs. Another great feature of Zensah compression socks are that they come in many differing colors. If you want to make a statement at the box, then try bright green or argyle!

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Click here or on the pictures above to check out the Zensah compression socks

Even more popular than Zensa’s compression socks are the leg sleeves

They come in a wide range of colours, and are made from wicking and antimicrobial fabric. Just like compression socks, the compression sleeves provide superior compression, aiding athletic training and recovery. The main benefit of the sleeves is that you can wear them with normal socks. Potentially this means that you don’t have to wash them every time you use them, whereas you would need to wash your socks! A downside of the sleeves is that they don’t have the in-built arch support.

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Click here or on the pictures above to check out the Zensah leg sleeves on Amazon!

2XU compression socks

As is standard for compression socks, these socks are moisture wicking, and have very good compression levels. Reviewers tend to be very happy with these, and it has a 4.8/5 star rating on Amazon. The compression is ‘graduated’, what this means is that the compression is tightest around the feet and gradually become less tight as the sock moves up your leg. The model most useful for CrossFit are the Compression Race Sock. The features of the various types of 2XU compression socks are outlined in this table. Check them out by clicking here.

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CEP compression socks

Finally, we have the CEP compression socks.

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Similar, the 2XU socks, customers are very happy with these socks, giving them well over 4.5/5 on amazon.

One of the unique things that CEP has done is rigorous research on the benefits of their compression socks, including reduction in shin splints, calf craps, Achilles issues and pulled muscles. Below are the results of one such study showing the significant increase in lower leg blood circulation when wearing CEP compression socks.

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Studies show that CEP compression socks improve leg blood flow

One of the big differentiating factors is that CEP does not have graduated compression, but rather has compression all over the foot and lower leg. Some feel that it does not fit them anatomically as well as socks with graduated compression.

Crossfit compression socks for men versus women

Finally, let’s consider what men and women might look for in compression socks. The anatomy of a man’s leg is pretty much the same as a woman, so the sock structure itself is going to be the same. What differs is the design.

Women crossfitters might like to consider these pink or orange compression leg sleeves from Zensah.

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There are also some great patterns out there from some lesser known brands, such as Red Lion

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Click here or on the pictures to check them out on amazon

Summary

We’ve shown you the key characteristics to look for in compression socks for crossfit, as well as providing reviews of the top five brands. Let us know your experiences. Did we miss out on an important brand? Have you found compression socks useful for crossfit? Or are they more hype than function?

Dance Sneakers – top 6 features to look for when you buy

Dance sneakers are arguably the most important item of clothing a dancer can buy. This article outlines the 6 key features that define the best dance sneakers. Follow these guidelines and take your dancing to the next level.

Dance sneakers are athletic training shoes specially designed for the unique demands high intensity dancing can place in the feet. Some ballroom dancers wear dance sneakers for practice dance shoes instead of the typical ballroom dance pumps; some zumba instructors swear by them as critical zumba equipment and some men, women and kids choose to wear dance sneakers even for casual dancing.

Whatever your dance needs, there are a pair of dance sneakers to suit your feet and this article is going to show you what to look for when choosing the best dance sneakers and then take a look at some of the best dance sneakers on the market.

Key Features of Good Dance Sneakers

Whether they’re dance sneakers for men or women or dance shoes for kids, the perfect pair will have the following key features:

  1. Lightweight
  2. Breathable
  3. Arch support
  4. Reinforced Sole
  5. Traction
  6. Cushioning and Stability

Dance Sneakers Need to Be Lightweight

The last thing you need when you’re dancing is a heavy shoe weighing you down. The best dance sneakers are made of lightweight material that let your feet move freely while still providing adequate foot, heel and ankle support.

 

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These Bloch Women’s Boost dance sneakers are light weight. Click on the picture to purchase

Dance Sneakers Need to Be Breathable

Tearing up the dance floor, your feet are going to get hot. The best dance sneakers will incorporate light breathable fabric to keep your feet aerated and cool as well as controlling moisture to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters and other foot health complaints.

These Sansha Motion Dance Sneakers have a mesh upper that provide excellent breathability. Click on the picture to purchase
These Sansha Motion Dance Sneakers have a mesh upper that provide excellent breathability. Click on the picture to purchase

Dance Sneakers Need Good Arch Support

Your feet are under a great deal of pressure with every step you take so your shoes need to be able to support your arches. Different feet have different arch support needs just as every shoe offers different arch support solutions. Finding your right fit might take a bit of trial and error but your feet and your dance moves will thank you when you find the perfect pair. Arch support is especially important in dance with a lot of jumping or hopping like hip hop or Irish dancing.

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The Bloch Boost has built in arch support & elevation. Click on the picture to check them out on Zappos.

Dance Sneakers Need to Be Flexible

While you want your feet to be supported by your shoes, you still need some give in the shoe structure and an inflexible shoe will prevent a lot of foot action. The best flexible dance sneakers will also have a flexible sole. Flexibility is especially important in mixed step dancing activities like zumba or jazzercise.

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The Capezio Fierce has a split sole for extra flexibility. Click on the picture to check them out on Amazon.

Dance Sneakers Need Reinforced Soles

Unlike normal training sneakers, a good pair of dance sneakers will have special reinforcements in the sole. This is typically in the ball of the foot as a pivot point and in the heel. When wearing dance sneakers for dance practice for ballroom dancing or jazz, this reinforcement is particularly important.

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The Puma Soleil V2 have a special reinforced ‘pivot point’ in the forefoot. Click on the picture to check them out on Amazon.

Dance Sneakers Need Good Traction

Whatever style of dancing you’re doing, traction is important. Your dance sneakers need enough traction so you won’t slip, but also need to be smooth enough to allow your feet to glide properly as you step without grabbing on the floor.

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These Bloch Evolution dance sneakers have an optimal level of traction for dancing. Click on the picture to purchase.

Dance Sneakers Need Security and Support

While you don’t want your shoes to impede your dance steps by being inflexible, a good pair of dance sneakers will still need to provide enough cushioning to protect you from pressure and impact, and also enough support to keep your foot stable and prevent ankle injuries. This is especially important for dancing with a lot of side to side action like hip hop or mixed routines like zumba.

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The Ryka Tenacity sneakers have infused heel guidance that provides extra lateral support by securing the heel and guiding foot strike alignment. Click on the picture to check them out!

Now we know what makes the perfect pair of dance sneakers, let’s take a look at some of the best dance sneakers available in 2013.

The Best Dance Sneakers Reviewed

Bloch Boost

With a suede and synthetic mesh upper, the Bloch Boost is an incredibly lightweight dance sneaker for women that still maintains excellent cushioning and supportive stability. The Boost has exceptional built-in arch support and its unique lacing system provides optimum forefoot fit for excellent stability and comfort. The outsole is split for added flexibility and made of high density polyurethane with a reinforced air cushioned heel, making for durable yet cushioned sole with perfect traction for sliding. Available in black or pink.

Because of the unique design, Bloch recommends ordering the boost a half size larger than regular shoes, or a full size for wide feet.

Click on the picture to purchase the Bloch Boost
Click on the picture to purchase the Bloch Boost.

For men looking for a shoes with similar features of the Bloch Boost, the Bloch Evolution is a unisex dance sneaker. Like the Boost, the Evolution provides superior comfort and stability while still being an excellent lightweight, breathable and flexible shoe. The Evolution has the added benefit of toggle fasteners to help you get them on and off quickly.

Note that while this is a unisex dance shoe, the shoe is listed in women’s sizing.

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Click on the image to check out the Bloch Evolution. Dance Sneakers.

And the kids don’t have to miss out either. Bloch also makes dance sneakers for kids and these Bloch Boot Mesh sneakers for kids have all of the features that make the Bloch Evolution and the Bloch Boost such fantastic dance sneakers for adults. The Mesh Boots are available in pink and black and are available in both toddler and youth sizes.

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Click on the image to check out the Bloch Dance Boost Mech Sneaker for Kids on Amazon.

Pros – The Bloch Evolution, Boost and Boot Mesh all have superior arch support in a durable lightweight shoe.

Cons – Limited range of colours and designs. Smaller sizing can be difficult to fit some feet.

Sansha Motion Dance Sneaker

The Sansha Motion Dance is a brilliant choice for anyone looking for discount dance shoes. Although these are on the cheap side of the price scale, there is no sacrificing quality or style. With suede and mesh uppers, these shoes are super light and breathable and have decent cushioning and flexibility in the rubber split sole, which also has an air cushioned heel. There is moderate arch support, but it’s nowhere near as supportive as something like the Bloch Boost or Evolution above.

The Motion Dance are available in Black or red and black. They do tend to run short on size, so ensure to check the size charts before ordering or try a pair on.

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Click on the image to check out the Sansha Motions on Amazon.

Pros – Quality shoes at discount price

Cons – Short sizing. Little inherent arch support.

 Capezio Fierce Dansneaker

The fierce Dansneaker does indeed put out some fierce competition when it comes to the best dance sneaker. Capezio, as usual, matches high quality with a low price. These lightweight shoes are durable and breathable, built of tech-mesh and synthetic leather for the uppers and a hard wearing polyurethane outsole. The super flexible non-marking sole is a cleverly designed split system with special reinforced zones. The fierce also come with a special built in arch support.

These shoes are a medium width but run very short so ordering a half to a full size up from your street shoe size is recommended to find the right length.

The Capezio Fierce Dansneaker are available in black.

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Click on the image to check out the Capezio Fierce Dansneakers on Amazon.

Pros – Cheap. Good arch support.

Cons – Small sizing. Only available in black.

Ryka Tenacity 

Ryka’s Tenacity are a fashionable and functional dance sneaker for women.  The uppers are built of synthetic leather, mesh with high density foam that is not only breathable and light, but also stable. The lacing system together with the Velcro closures ensures a perfect fit from the toe right up to the ankle and the high tops ensure maximum ankle stability. The Tenacity feature a durable rubber, diamond shaped sole for perfect dance floor traction. They also have a special heel guidance reinforcement designed to guide foot strike alignment with maximum lateral support. This unique design however creates a slightly flared footbed that might take some getting used to. The Ryka Tenacity is available in a range of colors and designs including basic black, orange and pink and metallic silver and purple.

Note that the Tenacity are the upgraded model of the Ryka Downbeat.

Click on the image to check out the Ryka Tenacity on Amazon
Click on the image to check out the Ryka Tenacity on Amazon

Pros – unique heel and lateral support to guide footstrike

Cons – unique footbed design can be uncomfortable for some feet and may take some adjustment

Puma Janine Dance

Janine from Puma are a stylish pair of women’s dance sneakers that look great and offer outstanding performance. The uppers are leather and while this might not be the most breathable of fabrics, it is certainly durable and light with all of the forefoot flexibility you’ll need in a dance sneaker. The collar and tongue are lightly padded to stabilize the fit and comfort and the lace up front provides a secure fit. The rubber sole provides superior shock absorption across the entire footbed and is also reinforced with a unique pivot point. The pivot point reinforcement is particularly good for dance that uses a lot of toe pointing like Latin ballroom or jazz dancing.

Janine’s are available in a wide range of colours including grey and pick, white and teal and black and fluro purple.

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Click on the image to check out the Puma Janine dance sneakers on Amazon.

Pros – Unique reinforced pivot point sole

Cons – Leather uppers decrease breathability.

Fitting the right pair of dance sneakers to the right pair of feet is simple following these guidelines and recommendations, so whatever your dance moves there’s a pair of dance sneakers out there to lift your performance to new and exciting heights.

Zumba Pants: three things you need to know before you buy cargos, capris, or leggings

As a Zumba instructor, I can tell you that the pants you wear to class matter. In particular, there are three characteristics you need to look out for when selecting a pair of pants for Zumba – whether they be cargoes, capris or leggings.

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  1. Fabric/Comfort: Zumba classes are high energy exercise and you’ll probably be sweating much more than you’re used to. You want to choose something that is made from a comfortable fabric. Cotton is comfortable in general and some do choose this type of material. However, I’d generally avoid cotton sweat pants because the baggy sweats will hold all the moisture . This can lead to skin irritation and one of the worst feelings… feeling chilled mid-way through your work out. The best fabric to look for in clothing to wear to your Zumba class, is one that is light weight , moisture-wicking, a breathable. Fabric with these properties will be sure to absorb all the sweat , and allow you to perform all your movements with ease and comfort, keeping you as dry as possible. Synthetics or a blend are great choices. There are a number of fitness companies marketing their brand of “keep cool”. Look for a 70/30 mix or even higher. No fabric will keep you from sweating, but the synthetics will not hold the moisture , resulting in you being kept drier and feeling more comfortable.
The Zumba Soft-N-Stretch Cargo Pants are made from a moisture wicking synthetic blend. Click on the image to check them out on Amazon.
The Zumba Soft-N-Stretch Cargo Pants are made from a moisture wicking synthetic blend. Click on the image to check them out on Amazon.

2. Stretch and Flexibility: This is mainly for aesthetics. While baggy pants, such as sweats, may give you enough room for movement, they’re not a great look for Zumba. Well fitting, stretch clothing is a much better look and feel for salsa and those hip accenting moves. Avoid any overly large or baggy fitting clothes in general as they will get in the way while executing the twists and turns that are a part of all our Zumba classes. Leggings such as these from Baleaf are a great option for Zumba and are made from a breathable, synthetic nylon/spandex blend.

Click on the image to check out the Baleaf workout leggings on Amazon.
Click on the image to check out the Baleaf workout leggings on Amazon


3. Washing: Always consider the material and ability to wash them frequently. The pants you wear to Zumba will get sweaty and will need to be washed often. You want them to hold up to repeated washing , and be made from fabric that doesn’t bleed out its bright pink or red each time. If you want pants that hold up to lots of washings, the Zumba Fitness brand is one of my top choices. With the multiple classes I teach daily, mine are washed regularly and hold up surprisingly well. Just be sure to hang dry the pants to reduce shrinkage.

Click on the image to check out the Zumba Feelin' It Samba Pants on Amazon.
Click on the image to check out the Zumba Feelin’ It Samba Pants on Amazon.

Ok, so now we have given you the general idea of what to consider when searching for the perfect pair of bottoms for your class. Here are my top pics for the best cargo’s, capris, and leggings for your next Zumba class:

The very best Cargos for Zumba

Lets start with the well known and true Zumba Cargo. That would be either the Zumba Highliter or Zumba Fusion pants. Both are great choices as far as cargo’s go. The Zumba Cargo’s are popular for more than a few reasons. They are lightweight , flexible , easy to wash, and their neon colors (such as blue or pink) do not fade. In addition the nylon fabric is quick to dry…eliminating that wet , chilled feeling that can come with sweat pants.

Zumba Cut Me Loose Cargo Pants.  These come  in a variety of colors, including some great bright colors. They have stylish belted look and the desirable tassels for “shakin it”.

Click on the image to check out the Zumba Cut Me Loose cargo pants on Amazon.
Click on the image to check out the Zumba Cut Me Loose cargo pants on Amazon.

Zumba Hilighter Cargo’s also come in many colors: neon blues, yellows, mutli-color, and also black or white. Instead of a belted look, these cargo’s feature a fold-over optional band…the youthful crowd can fold theres to have a low rise look , while those who are more mature and prefer stomach coverage can leave the band up. Lightweight and nylon, these are made from a great non-stick fabric (which you’ll appreciate during those sweaty classes) and are quick drying to eliminate feeling chilled on the way home from classes.

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The best part of either of these cargos’s are that their length is adjustable. Nylon cords make it easy to adjust length, even turning the pants into capris if feeling extremely warm during class.

Note: Unfortunately this style is no longer available. 

Capris for Zumba

If you prefer capris, then there are multiple choices for you to pick from. Legging type capris can be form fitting and slimming, and quick drying too. There are many colors to choose from – black, red, or even patterned – so there will be no problem making that complete outfit match up.  Zumba’s Orbit Cargo Capri is an excellent choice. 

Check out the Orbit Cargo Capris on Amazon
Check out the Orbit Cargo Capris on Amazon

If you don’t want cargo capris, there are many other options to go for.  For example, these RBX draw sting capris pants are sweat-wicking and light weight — excellent for Zumba.   Look for brands with nylon material and that are on  looser side. Also look out for straps or ribbons to get that look Zumba look. You will find all colors, including white, black , purple, red, blue etc.  Choose something that feel like  you’re in the latest music video when your Zumba instructor puts in one of the current pop songs into the playlist!

Click on the image to check out the RBX Capris on Amazon
Click on the image to check out the RBX Capris on Amazon

Leggings for Zumba

Leggings are a great choice for those of us that do not want to feel any “jiggle” when we shake in class. With a great fit, you wont feel like your pants are bagging midway through the hour. Choose state of the art fabrics, such as Supplex or a spandex mix. Cotton might feel comfortable at first, but will hold moisture from the get go and you will probably feel like you’re sitting in a pool of water after class..not a great feeling, trust me I know!

These leggings are black but have a bright band to waken up the look. Stylish to wear into a store for errand before class too make these a great choice . Zumba Fitness has many options of leggings, both capris and full pant length.

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Amazon has a great range of leggings for Zumba

The Zumba Retro Look

Some of us just want to have a throw-back time. Head bands, leg warmers are seen often, and pants are no exception. Here’s a great example of some super cute, retro feel Zumba pants with an awesome pattern.

Click on the image to check out these retro leggings on Amazon
Click on the image to check out these retro leggings on Amazon

Or maybe a hip one piece fitness suit like this sports jumpsuit, with pink and white detailing is the choice for you.. dance it out looking and feeling like your doing a little ’80s workout !!

Click on the image to check out this one piece Zumba outfit on Amazon!
Click on the image to check out this one piece Zumba outfit on Amazon!

Whatever you prefer – Capri’s, Leggings, Cargos or that retro look – there are a pair of Zumba pants for you. Just remember to make sure the fit is comfortable, flexible and breathable. Make sure your choice is washable, and then have fun picking the style and the color choices you prefer. I like to mix it up…lime green on top, pink on bottom or black on top with red bottoms.  Or wait, was that white on top and purple bottoms…too many choices to limit oneself..mix it up and have fun!

Best CrossFit Shirts – We Review the Top 5!

CrossFit shirts are undoubtedly one of the the most popular items of CrossFit clothing out there. Whether it be a shirt with a funny design that show off at your box (CrossFit gym) or a high performance shirt that assists you maximise your WOD, shirts are a must buy item of any serious CrossFitter. However, sometimes the task can be a bit daunting. There are so many companies, shirts, fabrics and designs out there that it can get overwhelming to sift through them all. In this article, we’ll show you some of the best shirts for Crossfit out there, to help you on your way,

There are certain key features to look for in shirts for Crossfit. Those features include breathability, durability, and comfort. There are also extra features you may be interested in, such as fast drying material, or a lightweight material to prevent heaviness. Let’s face it, you get very sweaty during a WOD, and fast trying and lightweight material can often make a big difference.

Don’t think you have to spend a fortune to get high quality, durable CrossFit shirts either, because that’s not the case. Shop at the right stores and you can find the best CrossFit shirts at very cheap prices.

Rogue Fitness Froning Eagle Shirt

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Click here or on the picture above to purchase!

If you know much about CrossFit then you’ll know that Rich Froning is THE number one CrossFitter and arguably the fittest person in the world. He teamed up with Rogue to design and create a range of great CrossFit clothing, including this shirt. The shirt is more than just great on the eyes. This product has one of the coolest CrossFit shirt designs, making you look super stylish, but there’s much more to it than that. This is a great option for CrossFit clothing for men, or women, as a short sleeve athletic unisex shirt. It’s also made made lightweight, breathable material, which allows you to easily move around during your WOD.

Check out this great video of Rich Froning showing off some Rogue’s fantastic collection.

 

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable, affordable

Cons: Lack of color selection

Nike Element Half-Zip

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Click here or on the picture above to purchase!

This fashionable long-sleeved top has a lot to offer. Whether you’re working out indoors or outdoors, this zip-up CrossFit shirt is comfortable, maintains an ideal body temperature, and allows for maximum movement during all your workouts. With a stand collar and half-zip closure at the front, it’s not only chic and stylish, but also easy to get on and off. It’s one of the best CrossFit womens shirts to wear alone, or to use as a layering piece. Another great feature if this shirt is that it has reflective elements which helps to increase visibility in low-light conditions. That means if your WODing at night and it involves a run outside the box, you’ll be safe from any passing cars!

If you’re shopping for CrossFit clothes for women and workout regularly, it’s ideal to find a machine washable shirt, to make it easy to launder. This authentic CrossFit shirt is machine washable and is also available in a wide array of colors.

 

Pros: Excellent color selection, machine washable

Cons: High cost

 

Amazon Get Low Ladies T-Shirt

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Click here or on the picture above to purchase

If you’re more interested in funny or cute CrossFit T shirts,this is one of the top picks. We all know that when doing squats, snatches, or clean and jerks, it’s all about GETTING LOW! You can keep yourself motivated and keep pushing harder with this “Get Low” T-shirt, one of the best custom CrossFit shirts you’ll find. It’s a very comfortable, fitted T-shirt that lets you show off your personality when you head to your next workout. If you’re looking for cool T shirts for women, this pre-shrunk, quality t-shirt makes an ideal choice. Amazon has a lot of crossfit t shirts, with some great phrases and sayings, so even if you don’t like this particular t shirt, make sure to check out the other t shirts on offer.

Pros: Various sizes available, low cost

Cons: No color selection

Reebok EasyTone Double Layer Tank

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Click here or on the picture above to purchase

If you want to get performance and style in one, the EasyTone Double Layer Tank from Reebok is the perfect pick. Made of a lightweight poly/cotton mix, the fabric of this shirt is soft and breathable, perfect for any WOD. Whether you’re doing push-ups, jerks, or kettle bell swings, this breathable wicking fabric will help you reach your next PR. Available in a bright, bold fuchsia shade, it provides a stylish, feminine look that makes you stand out from the crowd. It also offers some unique features that differentiate it from the rest of the CrossFit sportswear out there, namely its inner poly spandex layer which features resistance technology, to keep you dry and sweat-free for hours. Moisture is kept away from your skin, so you stay comfortable and dry, and can focus on making the most of each and every workout session.

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable, low cost

Cons: Lack of size and color options

Jaco Women’s Training Jacket

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This training jacket by Jaco really packs a punch. With a cool shirt design and the ultimate in style, along with a great price, it’s not one you want to miss out on. With attractive features including a branded zipper pull, fleeced face lining, and a back notch to conform to your shape, it fits your body like a glove. This quality CrossFit clothing is perfect for indoor or outdoor workouts and is easy to get on. It’s ideal for an outdoor WOD during those colder winter months, or simply to throw on afterwards to help cool down. This white CrossFit shirt is warm and durable, but not heavy at all.

There are even pockets to keep small items during your workout. Machine washable, it’s simple to throw in the laundry after a sweaty workout. If you want to make the most of your workouts but stay comfortable and stylish at the same time, this Jaco long-sleeved hoodie works wonders. It’s also surprisingly affordable which is always a nice bonus.

Pros: Reasonable cost, durable, high quality

Cons: Lack of available sizes

Conclusion: where to buy the best CrossFit shirts…

Shopping for the best CrossFit shirts doesn’t have to be a huge challenge you need to face. These are some of the best options on the market today, but above all you need to make sure you choose the right type of shirt for your body type.

  • For a great design with light weight, breathable fabric, you can’t go wrong with Rogue’s Froning t-shirt
  • For women, you’ll need shirts that are specially designed for your body. These shirts have the same functionality as the men’s shirts, but are better suited for your body and fit more comfortably, such as the Reebok EasyTone tank. An added benefit off this sleeveless shirt is that it facilitates maximum range of motion, which will help you with your double-unders, pull-ups and rope climbs.
  • For those looking for funny crossfit t-shirts, have a look at the many shirts available on Amazon, such as the featured Get Low shirt.

Zumba Clothing for Sale – We Review the Best Places to Buy!

If you’re looking for a great place to buy quality Zumba clothing for sale, read our review and get some helpful, easy to follow tips and you can do just that. Find out where you can get the Zumba clothing you want, for the best deals.

Zumba is a popular type of group exercise, one that’s quickly gaining in popularity around the world. This type of workout is a great alternative to the traditional fitness programs you’re probably used to, because it keeps you up and moving. You don’t get bored with the same old routine, because it’s always new and exciting. The moves are fun and energetic, so you actually enjoy yourself while you’re working out. At the same time, you’re getting an effective cardiovascular workout that helps you burn fat and gain lean muscle mass. You can get in the best shape of your life, but before you get started with Zumba, it’s important to get the right gear.

Shopping for Zumba clothing and gear can be challenging if you’re just getting started, but there are a few stores in particular you can shop at to find a great selection at a reasonable price. Once you learn more about each and how one stands out from the other, it becomes much easier to see why these stores are considered as being the best of the best.

 

Store 1: Zappos

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The Zappos store is known for shoes and purses, especially through their online shop. but this is a company that also offers a huge lineup of Zumbawear. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, the husband or even the kids, you can find everything you need in the Zappos collection of Zumbawear. You can go in person to one of their stores, or do all of your shopping online. This is an ideal option if you work long hours, or work strange hours and don’t seem to ever make it home on time to make it to the store before it closes.
Pros: Kids selection offered, easy to navigate site, stylish and trendy pieces
Cons: Some expensive pieces
Rating: 4/5

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Click on the pictures above to check out some of the great range of Zumba gear on Zappos

Store 2: Reebok

Reebok is a household name amongst fitness enthusiasts. They’ve seen the trend in dance fitness, including Zumba, and have launched their own line of clothing. Some of the highlights include the Dance UR Lead and Fitnisrush dance sneakers, which are perfect for Zumba, and other types of dance aerobics. They come in a great range of colors and styes, including funky mid-cut version!

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v44385_01They also have a great range of dance apparel, including legwarmers (perfect for those retro zumba parties!), leggings, and the cargos that are famous amongst Zumba dancers. The cargo are pants are a personal favourite. They’re lightweight and comfortable, allowing for a great range of motion while dancing. The Knit tie waistband is super cute, and I love the way Reebok has made mad them in contrasting colors. As usual, the pants are made with Reebok’s patented PlayDry technology, which wicks away the moisture from your body during the workout, ensuring your comfortable throughout.

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Check out this video about Reebok’s new dance collection

 

Store 3: eBay

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eBay makes shopping for Zumba clothing fast and easy. There are various different stores offering Zumba clothing for sale, but there are always a few that stand out. One is the 760GlobalzFitness store, which offers a wealth of different items for Zumba. From a hip scarf to cargo workout pants, you can find everything you need here. The prices are very reasonable and the store is easy to navigate through.
Although they do offer a fairly large selection of items, many of the listings are of the same items, so you may not find it to offer as varied a selection as you’re looking for.

The verdict

Pros: Decent selection, easy to navigate store
Cons: Multiple listings of same items, new stock listed infrequently
Rating: 2/5

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eBay has a widge range of zumba gear. Click on the pictures above to check them out .

Store 4: Amazon

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Amazon has one of the best marketplaces to check out if you’re looking for Zumbawear. You know you want to feel comfortable for the duration of your workout, but also look stylish and pretty. On Amazon, you can shop and find quality items that are actually going to last you, and which are available for a decent price.
Amazon is a good place to head if you’re looking for Zumbawear, like a pair of cargo pants from Beyond the Barre. They understand that everyone is different, and they are always there to help out in regards to sizing and style, no matter what the case. Amazon makes it easy to search and find what you need, and to complete your purchase. They are always adding new items to their inventory, so if you check back regularly you can find new, stylish pieces that you adore.

The verdict

Pros: Large selection, easy to navigate site, well-known and trustworthy site, affordable prices
Cons: Limited sizes available
Rating: 3/5

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Click on the pictures above to check out some of the Zumba products available on Amazon!

Store 5: Activewear

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The Activewear USA store is another top pick. They offer some of the most stylish Zumbawear, from fitted tank tops to spandex pants. With Zumba, you have a lot more freedom in terms of what you can wear for your workouts, so it’s nice to have a decent selection to pick from. Their pieces are available in a wide range of colors and styles.

The website makes it easy to browse though the huge selection, and you can sort the items by style and price. You can also see a page offering listings of all the new items, so you can check back regularly and know where to look to find all of the pieces that are new and exciting. Even though the quality of their items is top notch, the prices are surprisingly low. You can purchase an entire Zumba outfit, and get all the accessories you want to go along with it, without having to spend a fortune doing so.

The Verdict

Pros: Wide range of colors and styles, stylish pieces, easy to navigate site
Cons: Limited number of brands offered, some more expensive items, limited sizes available
Rating: 4/5

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Activewear USA have a great range of Zunba clothing, as seen in the picture above. Click on the pictures above to check them out!!

The verdict

Pros: Quality items, low prices, wide range of sizes
Cons: Limited selection, difficult to navigate site
Rating: 3/5

Conclusion

Having the right Zumba gear makes all the difference in your overall experience. Find clothes that fit you well, fitted to the body but not so tight that they make you uncomfortable. These are just a few of the available companies offering Zumbawear, so take time to shop around, figure out what is available to you and make the right choice. Once you find the right Zumba clothing for sale, you can start making the most of your Zumba workouts.

Discount Yoga Clothes-We Review the Best Online Stores

It is tough to find well made, affordably priced yoga wear so today let us shop around for you as we review the best online stores to find discount yoga clothes!

When looking for yoga apparel women are generally seeking a few things.

  1. Comfort—the clothes HAVE to more with my body, no chafing or rubbing.
  2. Fit—the clothes need to have a great cut and keep everything in place.
  3. Quality—I want to know if the fabric is well made and appears like it will hold up well.
  4. Style-because of course you have to look cute and often these clothes will take me out to run errands as well.
  5. Price point—needs to be reasonably priced so she can look good and still stay on budget.

Shopping for yoga clothes online is certainly challenging but you can find some great, cheap yoga apparel online. Because it is difficult to assess comfort, fit, and quality online it is important to pay close attention to reviews, the fabric and fit guide, as well as the stores return policy. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of shopping at some prominent online yoga clothing retailers.

Discount Yoga Clothing Shop 1: Manduka

 

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Click here or on the picture above to go to Manduka’s website!

Pricepoint: Tops $38 and up. No bottoms available.

Pros:

  • Commitment to eco-friendly yoga clothing and products.

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Eco-friendly tops like this tank demonstrate commitment to earth conscious habits.

  • Lots of other yoga supplies like cushions, yoga towels, mats, bags, and water bottles.

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Manduka has a great variety of yoga bags, like the one above, to use during your practice.

  • Tanks and t-shirts look stylish, soft, and comfy.

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Comfy tees like this one abound on Manduka.com!

  • Fabric is said to be lightweight and breathable.

Cons:

  • Not a lot of selection in the yoga clothing line.
  • Only offers Manudka brand clothing (no other brands are offered)
  • $10 restocking fee for returns.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Discount Yoga Clothing Store 2: activewearusa

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Click here or on the picture above to check out activewearusa’s great range of discount yoga gear!

Pricepoint: Tops $29 and up. Pants $50 and up.

Pros:

  • Lots of options comfortable and stylish yoga apparel options—30 plus brands available in their yoga line including Jala, Prana, and Anjali.

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This Prana Quinn Chakra Top is an example of just one of the many yoga tops available at Activewearusa. Check it out by clicking here or on the picture above!

  • It has a wide range of other active wear (running, hiking, dance, cycling) making it a one stop shop for online fitness clothing.

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You can also get running gear like these tights at ActivewearUSA!

  • There are a lot of products available with moisture wicking fabric is available, which is great for hot yoga!
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These capris are perfect for hot yoga!

  • Positive reviews on many items of clothing.
  • 60 day return policy for unused items.
  • 100% Price Guarantee—they will match online price of same item from any other online retailer!

Cons:

  • While the wide range is a great aspect of activewearusa, there are so many options that picking yoga wear could become overwhelming for some.
  • Be sure to check the sizing information as fit varies from item to item.

Rating: 5 out of 5 – TOP PICK!

Discount Yoga Clothing Store 3: Barefoot Yoga

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Click here or on the picture above to check out the Barefoot Yoga store.

Price point: Tops $40 and up. Pants $51 and up.

Pros:

  • Eco friendly fabrics such as organic cotton and hemp products.
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These leggings are gorgeous and earth friendly

  • Selection focuses on two well known and respected brands: Prana and OmGirl lines.

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These bright tanks from Omgirl will liven up your yoga wardrobe!

  • 30 Day return policy in resalable condition.
  • Cool colors and printed bottoms.
  • Shop includes yoga accessories: mats, blocks, rugs and other props.

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Jazz up your yoga and keep flyaways at bay while practicing yoga with these cute headbands!

Cons:

  • Not as wide of a selection of yoga clothes as some of the other retailers.
  • No fit guides to assess clothing or a lot of clothing reviews.

Rating 3 out of 5.

Discount Yoga Clothing Store 4: Asana Green

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Click here or on the picture above to check out Asana Green’s yoga store.

Price point: Tops $40 and up. Pants $50 and up.

Pros:

  • 12 brands of clothing including Green Apple Active, Anjali, and Verve.

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These Microflare yoga pants are comfy, cheap, and stylish!

  • Earth friendly materials used in clothing—always a plus!

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Check out this hip tank made of 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled poly!

  • The sight overall had a very hip and calming feel about it. Clearly someone who lives and breathes yoga – and and inside of the yoga studio – runs this site.

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Asana Green is a relaxing shopping experience.

  • Full Money back guarantee within 60 days and no hassle return policy (as long as tags are on and clothing has not been washed or worn.

Cons:

  • Most tops were cotton and lycra or poly blends; so they are stretchy but not moisture wicking for more intense yoga sessions.
  • Not quite the full variety of some of the larger stores.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Discount Yoga Clothing Store 5: The Y Catalog

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Click here or on the picture above to go to the Y Catalogue store.

Pricepoint: Tops $22 and up. Pants $50 and up.

Pros:

  • Lowest entry price for tops from the traditional online shops.
  • Especially cute colors and designs in their tanks, camis and bras.
  • 30 well-known yoga brands available.
  • They have some great deals such as buy 2 products and get 30% off and free shipping on all orders.
    1.5% of their total sales are donated to charity. You can feel extra good about shopping here!
  • Helpful sizing chart on some clothing items.
  • Cons:
    There don’t appear to be any reviews on their website it can be hard to know if anything is unusual about the fit and quality either positive or negative.

Rating: 4/5

Discount Yoga Clothing Store 6: Ebay

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Click here or on the picture above to see eBay’s selection of yoga clothing.

Pricepoint: Varies.

Pros:

  • You can get deeply discounted name brand clothing.
  • You can buy yoga clothing in lots, getting more for your money!

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Tanks, and Camis, and Pants—Oh my! Click here or on the picture above to check them out!

  • Some new pieces of yoga wear are also available.
  • You can look for hard to find Lululemon or other discontinued pieces.

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Lululemon for $30? Yes please! Click here or on the picture to purchase!

Cons:

  • Many clothing items are gently used.
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Pieces may be pre-owned when you buy from E-Bay, but if you don’t mind this, then you can find some great bargains! Click here to check it out!

  • There are no guarantees on how worn pieces may be or what condition you could buy them in.
  • There are also no return policies. If the item is of inferior quality or doesn’t fit properly you are stuck with it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Discount Yoga Clothing Store 7: Amazon

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Click here or on the picture above to check on Amazon’s selection of discount Yoga Clothing!

Pricepoint: Varies.

Pros:

  • You can find sometimes find cheaper prices for tops and bottoms. A Prana tank was recently selling for $26 on Amazon; the same tank at some of the other traditional online retailers was priced between $50-$60.
Great yoga tanks can be found for a steal on Amazon.com!
Great yoga tanks can be found for a steal on Amazon.com!

Amazon reviews are always a helpful and informative about size, fit, comfort, quality, and durability of pieces.

This tank is getting great reviews on Amazon!
This tank is getting great reviews on Amazon!

 

Cons:

  • You may or may not find your favorite piece again for the same price.
  • Some pieces were priced similarly to the more traditional online yoga clothing retailers.
    Not returns/exchanges on clothes.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Conclusion

There certainly are a lot of options for the yogi girl that wants to score a great deal on her yoga gear without sacrificing style, durability, comfort, or name brand options. Take a little time to shop around and you will definitely find quality discount yoga clothes from online stores.

Cheap MMA Shorts – Where to Buy Them

Cheap MMA shorts can be hard to come by if you don’t know where to start looking. For a lot of retailers, cheap MMA shorts can also mean low quality MMA shorts but there are a few places where you can pick up high quality MMA training shorts at a fraction of the cost. In this article we’re rounding up the best places to buy cheap MMA shorts, showing you what to look for when choosing your next pair of fight shorts without having to sacrifice quality for cost.

Different Styles of MMA Shorts

MMA is a unique sport so you’re going to need to choose the right pair of training shorts to ensure you get the most out of your game, matching the right pair of shorts to the style of mixed martial arts you’re doing. Muay Thai, Jujitsu and Krav Maga are some common MMA disciplines, each with their own specific gear needs. Muay Thai involves a lot of high kicking leg work so a good pair of Muay Thai shorts, for example will need to have loose, wide fitting legs with an elastic waistband to ensure maximum mobility and secure comfort. The ground based wrestling style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu means that the right pair of Jiu Jitsu grappling shorts will also need to provide a good range of movement and a comfortable fit, but needs a tighter and longer leg, and typically have drawstring and Velcro closures to keep them in place. Krav Maga pants are a different beast completely, with a lot of Krav Maga fighters opting for long, heavy duty pants. Some MMA fighters will opt for a tighter fit style of heavy duty shorts, called fight shorts which are good for high impact sports with a lot of grappling action. Other fighters might prefer a looser style of MMA board shorts which are good for hybrid style MMA fighting and popular in ultimate fighting. Tight fitting compression shorts are also a popular choice either on their own or worn under looser shorts. Girls too will have different needs in MMA shorts to the boys, with women’s MMA shorts often having a more contoured fit around the hips area and a shorter leg, where men’s shorts will typically have more room in the front, a longer waist to crutch area and a straighter and longer leg. Whatever your specific needs for your MMA fighting, there are a few basic characteristics a good pair of MMA shorts will need:

  • Flexibility – a lot of shorts are made of either four way stretch or two way stretch fabric, some with slits along the side of the legs to ensure maximum leg mobility.

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  • Fast Drying – Working up a sweat, you’re going to need a pair of shorts that have good moisture control so opt for a polyester style fabric, preferably with some form of microbial property to help you stay dry and prevent chafing.

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  • Secure and Comfortable Fit – Whether it’s rolling, grappling, or kicking, mixed martial arts involves a range of high impact movement so you’re going to need a pair of training shorts that will stay in place securely but still be comfortable. A good pair of fight shorts will combine a drawstring and Velcro closure, though some will also have elasticated waist bands.

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  • Safety – MMA fighters should avoid shorts that have any kind of metal fastenings or loose flapping parts for their own safety and the safety of their opponents. For safety reasons, a lot of fighters also prefer shorts without external pockets.

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So, now we know what to look for when buying the right pair of MMA shorts, let’s take a look at the best places online to buy cheap MMA shorts, keeping all of these quality factors in mind while checking out the best discounts and prices.

Jaco Clothing

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jaco-hybrid-training-short-300x300Jaco Clothing is your place to go if you’re looking for a wide selection of hybrid training gear with some really good discounts. Jaco stocks their own brand of MMA shorts for men as well as women’s fight gear. Jaco’s popular hybrid fight shorts have a 4 way stretch, sweat wicking fabric and also feature an innovative waist tightening system that uses a drawstring with a back compression panel to ensure a tight and secure waist with a relaxed and comfortable fit around the leg. For the girls, Jaco offers two main styles of MMA shorts: a shorter compression style that can be worn under looser shorts or on their own, as well as a longer style of capris tights. Bothjaco-women-compression-shorts-300x300 styles are made of durable and flexible, moisture control fabric.
The Jaco store does have regular clearance center with impressive discounts on some items, though cheap MMA shorts aren’t always on sale so for shorts specifically, you’ll have to keep an eye on their clearance range. At regular price, you can pick up a pair of men’s fight shorts for $54.99, and only $24.99 for the women’s compression shorts which already makes them both cheaper than a lot of other brands.

Pros– High quality hybrid fight gear with styles for both men and women, good value even at full price.

Cons– Shorts aren’t always discounted

 

MMA Outlet

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venum-fight-shorts-300x273MMA Outlet stock an impressive array of men’s MMA gear and youth MMA shorts, but MMA Outlet doesn’t stock MMA shorts for women. They stock a good range of popular brands including Venum, Combat, Hayabusa, Clinch Gear, and Contract Killer, and have one of the best ranges of clearance items around. MMA Outlet has great discounts on fight shorts so when you’re looking for cheap MMA shorts, you’ll be sure to find something worth a look. At the time of writing, they’re offering impressive discounts on a range of top end MMA fight shorts, including Venum and Clinch and also giving away free shipping on some orders.

Pros – A wide range of top end brands regularly on sale, with good deals and free shipping offers

Cons – Don’t stock MMA gear from women

Performance MMA

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Performance MMA sells a full range of MMA apparel for men and women as well as youth MMA gear, stocking all of the popular brands including Warrior, Affliction, Triumph, Headrush, Sprawl and others with a good range of sizes and designs. Most of the shorts in the Performance MMA range are in the board short style – with
tap-out-board-shortslooser fitting legs and Velcro drawstring waists – though they do stock a range of compression shorts. Performance MMA has a well stocked clearance range but cheap MMA shorts are sometimes few and far between, with most of their specials on MMA shirts, MMA gloves and other fight gear. There are a few pairs of discounted shorts. At the time of writing, Performance MMA has 50% off some styles of Tapout brand board shorts, and are selling Jaco brand fight shorts with a 40% discount.

Pros – great range of brands and sizes, when shorts are on special, good savings.

Cons – cheap MMA shorts are often hard to come by with most discounts on other MMA gear

MMA Overload

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MMA Overload has one of the best ranges of MMA gear online with a huge range of top brands like Dethrone, Ecko, Tap Out, Affliction, Headrush, Venum and heaps more. They stock a wide selection of fight shorts and compression shorts for guys and girls and have some serious discounts for anyone looking for good quality cheap MMA shorts. MMA Overload currently have a great discount on
bad-boy-fight-shorts Bad Boy Legacy Fight shorts – a popular option for MMA shorts with durable but lightweight 4-way stretch polyester, triple stitched seams and a Velcro waist – on sale for $39.99 from $64.99. Customers in the US get free shipping on any order over $125

Pros – A massive range of MMA gear with regular specials on fight shorts with shipping discounts

Cons – Only US customers are eligible for shipping discounts

Kombat Gear

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kombat-gear-custom-muay-thai-shorts-177x300Kombat Gear is your place to go for custom MMA shorts. Designing your own custom fight shorts using Kombat Gear’s innovative online software is super easy. Just pick the type of shorts you’re after, select your colors and styles, choose from a selection of cool graphics of add your own custom text or stick to a blank MMA shorts design and you’re good to go. Kombat Gear offers custom made Muay Thai shorts as well as boxing trunks and K1 trunks, all with the same customizing options. If you’re not looking to design your own fight shorts, Kombat Gear also sells their own range of ready made MMA shorts and Muay Thai gear. Designing your own custom MMA shorts isn’t as expensive as you might think, with a custom pair of Muay Thai shorts going for around $40. Kombat Gear is also currently offering a free upgrade to premium shipping services on all orders.

Pros – excellent range of custom design options at a good price

Cons – a limited range of MMA training shorts styles

Rev Gear

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The RevGear brand Spartan Pro fight shorts (RRP $49.99) are one of the most popular pair of MMA shorts going around. They have a super light two way stretch polyester fabric with antimicrobial agents, tough reinforced stitching and a 5” side slit, and come in a range of colors and designs. It’s not often you’ll see these exact shorts on sale, but RevGear does have a good range of regularly rotating discounts on shorts, with some gear at wholesale prices. At the time of writing, RevGear have good deals on cheap Krav Maga pants, offering around 35% off the full price. RevGear also sells cheap Muay Thai shorts for men and women, even when they’re not on sale for only $29.99.

Pros – Superior Quality MMA fight gear with a wide selection of styles

Cons– The best and most popular gear isn’t often on sale

 

The Verdict

Whatever your MMA fighting style, whatever MMA training shorts you’re after, these stores will have something to offer you without breaking your budget.

  • If you’re after cheap MMA shorts you can use for a variety of sports and hybrid training, head to Jaco for both men’s and women’s gear.
  • For high quality men’s MMA shorts, Jaco is also a great choice.
  • Performance MMA is the best stop for a variety of cheap MMA gear, and you’ll even find some discounts on Jaco shorts that may not be on sale in Jaco’s own site. MMA Overload is the best place to find cheap MMA shorts from a range of popular brands as well as good shipping discounts.
  • For custom MMA shorts head to Kombat Gear

There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a good pair of MMA shorts. With plenty of options available in a range of styles and sizes, you’ll be able to pick up a high quality pair of cheap MMA shorts from any of these outlets.

Cheap MMA Gear – We Review the Best Stores!

When you’re looking to buy cheap MMA gear online you’ll not only be on the lookout for the lowest prices and the best discounts but you’re also looking for the best quality gear, and let’s face it, an awesome design is also a big part of the decision. In this article, we review the best online stores for MMA gear looking at the best selections, the most popular brands and the biggest discounts so you can the get best deals on your MMA clothing and fighting gear without compromising on quality.

Store 1: Jaco Clothing

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Jaco is a well respected brand with comfortable and reliable designs. Their online store stocks a wide selection of their own MMA apparel and fight gear for both men and women. Their fighting gear uses durable, moisture controlling polyester stretch fabric that fits perfectly to ensure your comfort and maximum maneuverability. Jaco also have range of cotton t-shirts for ultimate comfort as well as their innovative bamboo rayon tees that offer all the comfort of a cotton t-shirt with added durability and stretch as well as sweat wicking technology that helps keep you dry and cool.

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The Jaco shop has genuinely cheap prices on range of discount MMA clothing from fight shorts and compression shorts to cheap t-shirts, training jackets and hoodies, and they also stock a variety of other MMA gear and accessories including hats, guards and groin protection. There are also bundled discount deals for fighters looking to pick up a few products at once without having to spend up big.

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Pros: Jaco’s high quality hybrid gear can be used in a variety of sports, and their site offers great savings on bulk discounts.

Cons: Some of Jaco’s designs can be a little too basic for fighter’s looking for clothes with more visual impact, and their range of protective gear isn’t huge.

Store 2: MMA Overload

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MMA Overload offers a massive range of cheap fighting gear from a huge range of popular brands including, Hayabusa, Dethrone, Tap Out, Affliction, Headrush, Venum and heaps more. Anything you need for mixed martial arts, MMA Overload has it. They stock a wide selection of fighting shorts and compression shorts for guys and girls, short and long sleeve rash guard shirts for your ultimate protection and comfort while you fight, and also a full range of cotton tees and walkout shirts from heaps of different MMA sponsors

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Keep yourself safe with MMA Overload’s choice of protective equipment, with elbow and knee pads, groin protection, shin guards, mouth guards and a full range of gloves. There’s also a good selection of hats, hoodies, bags, belt buckles and everything else you need to get out there and look good while you’re doing it. Check them out here!

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MMA Overload not only has one of the biggest ranges of fighting gear and MMA fashion, they also have some of the best prices on MMA sale items. They have a huge range of discount t-shirts, some going at less than half their regular price, and there’s also massive savings to be made on discount hoodies and track jackets, hats, bags, rash guards, cheap fight shorts, discount training and sparring gloves, head gear, shields, pads, shin guards and heaps more sales. To top it all off, MMA Overload also offers sweet shipping deals with free shipping on all US orders over $125. Check it out by clicking here!

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Pros: MMA Overload has a seriously impressive range of fight clothing and gear with genuine sales specials and a free shipping deal.
Cons: Not a lot of top end brands or much of the more popular gear makes it into their clearance items.

Store 3: Rev Gear

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Revgear manufacture their own brand of clothing and accessories, specialising in MMA gear and also offering a range of gear for Muay Thai, jujitsu, kickboxing, krav maga, boxing, karate and other martial arts as well as general gym and workout gear. The Revgear online store stocks the full range of Revgear MMA fighting gear and they’re also now stocking Triumph and Bad Boy MMA apparel and gear. Revgear is one of the most respected brands for MMA gear – their tough Spartan Pro fight shorts in particular, with their reinforced light weight, two way stretch antimicrobial polyester fabric, always get top ratings.
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Revgear stock men’s and women’s gear as well as kids’ clothing. They sell wholesale cages, rings, floor mats and other gym equipment as well as fitness DVDs and training manuals. Check them out here!

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While Revgear doesn’t quite compare to some of the bigger outlets on their range of cheap MMA clothes and accessories, they do sell quality stock for a range of fighting needs and have a small but regular line of clearance items. If you’re looking for wholesale equipment, especially the larger stuff, Revgear are definitely worth a look.

Pros: Revgear provide a great range of pro equipment for gyms and schools with great wholesale discounts.
Cons: Not as big a range as some of the larger shops, especially on sale items.

MMA Outlet

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MMA Outlet has a decent range of fighting apparel and accessories that will keep you looking good while ensuring your ultimate performance. They stock a good range of popular brands including Affliction, Combat, Jaco, Clinch Gear, and Contract Killer for men and kids but they don’t stock MMA gear for women. MMA outlet stocks the standard MMA fight clothing – fight shorts, rash guards and grappling tights – as well as t-shirts, hoodies, hats, MMA shoes and gym bags. They don’t have a massive range of clothing but things improve in the accessories and equipment department, with a great stock of protective gear, a full range of gloves, headgear, punching bags, mats, pads and shields as well as a number of sports medicine straps and icing pads for treating injuries.

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MMA Outlet has a reasonable selection of regularly updated sale items. At the moment, grappling tights, cheap fight shorts, t-shirts and accessories including gloves and headgear are being offered with really good discounts, some things less than half price. MMA Outlet also does free shipping for orders over $49 for US customers and most orders have a same day turn around on shipping.

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Caption: MMA has excellent deals on grappling tights and other gear.

Pros: MMA Outlet has a fantastic range of fight accessories and protective gear and a great free shipping offer.
Cons: They don’t have a huge range of clothing in general and besides one line of Gis, MMA Outlet doesn’t carry fight gear for women.

Performance MMA

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Performance MMA has an enormous array of MMA clothing and accessories, stocking all the major brands including Venom, Affliction, Headrush, Hayabusa and heaps of others. They stock a full range of fight clothing for men and women as well as kid’s MMA gear, and they have a great range of protective gear as well as fashion accessories. Performance MMA is also one of the few outlets that stock compression shorts and sports bras for women, so girls in particular should definitely check out this site.

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Caption: Performance MMA have a great range of MMA underwear for women. Check them out!

Performance MMA also has a massive range of MMA sale items in their clearance pages with good discounts on everything from hats and hoodies, cheap MMA shorts and a fantastic variety of cheap MMA t-shirts. They’re also currently running a special promotion, offering 15% of all Venum Amazonia fight shorts, gloves, headgear and shin guards. Any US order over $99 qualifies for free shipping!

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Caption: Performance MMA have a huge range of cheap MMA gear at special sale prices. Check them out! by clicking the pictures above!

Pros: Performance MMA has one of the best ranges of fight gear for women in any store.
Cons: Besides their range of t-shirts, Performance MMA doesn’t offer a huge range of specials on high end brand name fight gear.

 

Muay Thai Stuff

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For anyone after cheap Muay Thai clothing and accessories, make Muay Thai Stuff your first stop. They have an impressive range of quality Muay Thai gear and accessories, stocking everything from Muay Thai shorts, gloves, hand wraps, guards and t-shirts from all the popular brands including, Tuff, Raja Boxing and Kombat Gear. They also sell Muay Thai training and competition DVDs.

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Muay Thai Stuff has some terrific sale deals with a great range of discount Muay Thai designer shirts and Muay Thai shorts, some discounted up to 70% off!!

They’re also currently giving away free Tuff t-shirts with orders over $150

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Caption: Muay Thai Stuff have a great range of discounted items for up to 70% off! Check them out by clicking the picture above.

If you’re looking to buy Muay Thai gear in bulk, Muay Thai Stuff also have great wholesale offers with savings of up to 62% when you buy multiple items.

Pros: Muay Thai Stuff have an excellent range of Muay Thai equipment and clothing with some hard to beat special prices.
Cons: They only stock Muay Thai specific gear, and their website is a little cluttered and could be easier to navigate with a better design.

eBay

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If you’re looking for cheap MMA gear, then don’t forget to check out eBay. A quick search for MMA gear will bring you anything you need – everything from fight shorts and compression shorts and other combat clothing to MMA fashion and a full range of MMA training gear.

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Caption: Ebay has a great selection of compression shorts. Click the picture above to check them out!

It’s not only the range of stuff available on eBay but there’s also really amazing deals, even on brand new stuff and you can find all of the top brands including Hayabusa, Venom, Dethrone, Tap Out and heaps of others. Discount MMA gear on eBay is being sold both from the one off private sellers and there’s also few different specialised MMA eBay stores including MMA Playground, MMA One Stop Shop, and Dr. Knock-Out’s Fight Gear

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Prices will vary depending on who you’re buying from and where you’re shipping to, but check around the different sellers for what you’re after and compare their prices. You’ll typically end up spending a lot less than you would in a regular store for the exact same gear.

Pros: Seriously good discounts are available through eBay, even on brand new top range fight gear.
Cons: If you’re after something really specific, it can sometimes be a bit hard to find or availability could be scarce.

 

Amazon

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Amazon is another excellent place to find cheap MMA gear online. With all of the major MMA brands covered, Amazon stocks just about all the discount MMA fight gear you’ll ever need with everything from the usual fight shorts and compression shorts, rash guards, and t-shirts and other cheap MMA clothing, to a whole range of fight equipment and accessories.

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The great thing about shopping on Amazon isn’t just the range and savings that are there for the taking, but it’s the best place online to find product reviews for MMA gear. Just about every product has been rated and reviewed by fighters who’ve bought and used those very items so you can be assured you’ll be buying the products you’re after with the quality you expect. Amazon offers some good shipping discounts too, so don’t forget to check if your purchase qualifies for extra savings.

Pros: Amazon is an excellent source of customer reviews so you can get a good idea of the quality of the gear you’re interested in.
Cons: Shipping can take a while depending on where you live.

 

The verdict

If you’re looking for amazing prices on quality fight gear then these eight stores are just what you need, each with a wide selection of the most popular and respected MMA brands all offering really competitive discounts and offers. Each shop we’ve visited here has its own unique benefits.

If you’re looking for a good range of hybrid fight gear, then check out Jaco;

For anyone looking for cool MMA fashions as well a practical fight gear then MMA Overload is your place to go;

If you’re after MMA equipment and accessories more than clothes, then MMA Outlet is your best shot here;

Women looking for fight gear and in particular bras and shorts will want to head over to Performance MMA, and these guys also have one of the best free shipping specials here;

Gym owners or anyone looking for bigger pro-equipment at wholesale prices will do well with Revgear;

If Muay Thai is more your thing you won’t get much better than Muay Thai Stuff;

Ebay is the place to go for huge discounts on top range items if you’re seriously bargain hunting;

and if you’d like to know what other fighter’s think of a product you’re about to buy, then Amazon’s customer reviews sections are hard to top. So, go on and get into the action knowing that you’re wearing the best cheap MMA gear and haven’t sacrificed quality for cost.

Muay Thai Shorts – How to Select the Right Pair

This article outlines the top 4 qualities to look for in a pair of Muay Thai shorts, so you can get the most out of your fighting and training. Besides from gloves, pads and other protective gear, getting the best pair of Muay Thai shorts should be your top priority.

Get a pair of Muay Thai shorts that look great!

Let’s face it, a big part of choosing any clothing is how it looks. And that’s how many of the big Muay Thai brands differentiate themselves – on their design. Whether you’re going for Fairtex, Raja, Kombat or Twins, the designs are going to be one of the key factors.

A great innovation in Muay Thai shorts, and kick boxing gear in general, are custom designs. For example, Kombat have a whole system available where you get to select your shorts style, your color, the graphics, the text, and then also the ‘poo’ which is the borders and trim on the sides. It’s definitely worth checking it out. As an aside, you can also make customized boxing trunks and k1 trunk.

Check out this screen shot

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Check them out here or click on the picture above

Even if you don’t want to go for a customized design, there are plenty of great pre-made designs to choose from. Whether you like black or gold, flames or authentic Thai lettering, you’re bound to find a design that suits your tastes.

Here a few examples of some great designs out there.

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Flames are a popular design feature of muay thai shorts. Notice the thai lettering as well, which is another popular element which provide an air of authenticity.

Check them out here, or by clicking the picture above.

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Similar to the other pair shown, this pair also has Thai lettering. Solid colors are a great choice, with the white waist band and blue body working well together.

Click here or on the picture above to purchase!

 

Choose Thai boxing shorts that are comfortable and offer maximum mobility

Whether you’re having a professional fight in a stadium or your training at the gym, you’re going to want shorts that offer you the maximum range of motion. When you’re kicking and kneeing you don’t want to be restricted by your shorts! In line with this, sizing is very important. Each brand tends to have slightly different sizing, so it’s important that you look at their own sizing guide before buying. The best Muay Thai shorts will also have several other important features for comfort and mobility.

1) Slits on the legs of the shorts. This will enable you to have a greater range of motion. Be sure to check for this as not all shorts have them.

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Notice the leg slits in the picture above, which provides greater mobility for leg movements.

Click here or on the picture to purchase!

2) Smaller shorts. You may also want to go for a smaller/shorter pair of kick boxing shorts. You can see in this video of Mike Zambidis (or ‘Iron Mike’) that he’s wearing a shorter type of Muay Thai shorts than his opponent. It may be more similar to a K-1 style of shorts than the traditional Muay Thai short. It’s a great match as well, so well worth watching! I won’t tell you who wins.

 

3) Light weight material. This is generally a given as almost all Thai kickboxing shorts are made from light weight satin. However, it’s still something to be aware of.

4) Wide short legs. This will further increase your mobility so you can exercise the range of kicks and moves needed for Muay Thai.

5) Elastic waistband. Again, this is pretty standard, but good to be aware of this feature. Having an elastic waistband is going to give you more flexibility in the sizing and will ensure that it will stay in place when you’re moving. You can see that all the pictures of Muay Thai shorts above have elastic waistbands.

Make the correct decision on quality versus price when deciding on a pair of kick boxing shorts

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when purchasing a pair of kick boxing shorts is how much to spend versus what quality you get. There are many very cheap pairs of shorts out there, with mmastuff.com even having a whole listing of shorts for 10 dollars! Many people are happy with them. However, I’ve heard many stories where people buy cheap Muay Thai shorts and they rip on the first kick, they fall apart after just a couple of washes, or the threading gets stuck on the Velcro of their gloves. These are all results of low quality craftsmanship. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for when purchasing Muay Thai boxing shorts.

Then again, there are some great sales around, so make sure you look around. MuayThaiStuff.com frequently has shorts up to 50-60% off, so you can get some very good quality shorts for cheap. The online market place for Muay Thai gear and equipment is only going to get more and more competitive, so expect to see some great prices in 2013!

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This is a pair of shorts for only $10. Muaythaistuff has some great value items with this one being discounted by 66%! Click here or on the picture above to check out further.

Summary

So to wrap up, there are three major aspects to consider when purchasing a pair of Muay Thai shorts. 1) Look for a design that you love. There’s so many designs, colors, patterns and graphics out there that you might as well pick something that really appeals to you. Don’t forget the custom designs, too! 2) Make sure you buy shorts that have maximum mobility and comfort. Three simple things you can do to ensure optimal movement is to get shorts with lightweight (usually satin) fabric, make sure there are wide leg holes, and also ideally, look for something with a side slit, although that it not essential. Finally, make sure you check the sizing chart before you buy! It’s not fun when you buy a pair of shorts online and they don’t fit well! 3) Make sure you make the right trade-off between quality and price. There are a lot of very inexpensive or cheap Muay Thai shorts out there. However, they can be low quality, tearing or just falling apart quickly. Generally, you can go buy the rule that you get what you pay for. Though there are some great sales out there where you can get high quality Muay Thai shorts for a very low price.