Shock Doctor Power Compression Short with BioFlex Cup
I purchased the Shock Doctor Compression shorts approximately two months ago, as an alternative to the standard jock-strap style groin guard I used previously:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2.../jockstrap.jpg and it's predecessor, a bulkier boxing groin guard:
The shorts come in two colors: black or white. The pouch in which the cup sits is secured by velcro.
Caveat: predominantly, my training consists of grappling rather than striking (judo/Freestyle/Submission wrestling). because of this, I can only really offer a perspective on the equipment in relation to it's usefulness in a grappling environment.
The Shock Doctors (hereafter referred to as SDs) are remarkably comfortable. Compared to the bulkier groin guard, they are less restrictive of your hip mobility, and the bioflex cup is far more comfortable against your abdomen than the jock strap, due to the softer gel rim.
They are durable, having stood up to frequent use in the two months I've had them (minimum of four hard sessions per week), and they still appear virtually new. Workmanship is good, particularly the stitching.
Protection levels are arguably higher than the jock strap, as the cup itself is equally firm, but sits more comfortably/appropriately.
They are also very secure, the cup sits in a stable, comfortable position, and the shorts are tight enough to feel secure, but not tight enough to feel constrictive. t
The price is reasonable - they retail for around US$29.99 from MMAWarehouse.com. I purchased mine for a little more (around AUD$40) from a local retailer, and am still satisfied with the value for money.
None really. What you see is what you get.
I assume that any of the alternative compression short/groin guard combos available on the market would be very much equivalent in terms of fit and funciton. It is after all, a pretty straightforward design. As stated above what you see is what you get. In this case, you get a solid, comfortable piece of protective equipment at a reasonable price.
I have recommended the shorts to several people I train with, and will no doubt purchase a second pair in the near future.