Review from a big, picky SOB
I'm a big guy. I'm tall (6'4") and stocky (225lbs). As a result, I have a hard time finding gear that a) fits me and b) lasts more than a month.
When trying to find the right rashguard, I have to contend with my height. Most rashguards will roll up because they are short and don't cover my ass. If I get a size larger than normal to get some extra length, it won't be a true compression top and the fabric will bunch. I blame my genes; "thanks ancestors".
Other issues are related to materials and quality of craftsmanship. I have compression rashguards from Everlast, Protec, Under Armor, Champion, and a couple no names. I have also worn a Body Glove rash guard and a cycling top as well. All of them have suffered from one or more issues: the material is too flimsy/thin, the length is too short, and/or the cuff stiching has come unravelled. On one of them, the stitching issue crept up after the FIRST FREAKING WASH.
The Rupture rashguard does not have these problems.
The length allows me to pull it down over my ass. When you wear it along with a pair of compression underwear, it will stay in place there will be no wedgies (cotton underwear will 'ride high' as with any longer rashguard).
EVERY seam on the Rupture rashguard is either flat-seam stiched or triple stiched. Over the course of the last 4 days, it has been washed 6 times. There has been no lifting of the stiches nor any fraying.
The material allows for a LOT of movement with little noticeable resistance. The blend of materials makes it a bit thicker than others, but amount of stretch is MORE than my thinner flimsy tops.
I have worn it under my gi without issues. Because it is snug, nobody has grabbed a handful of the material when grabbing my collar. Without a gi, I haven't had issues escape submissions; there was no binding against the skin as is common with some materials.
Without a doubt, this is the highest quality rashguard I have ever worn. I'm going to order 2 more so that I don't have to do the laundry as much (I'm lazy but an obsessively sanitary freak).
Rupture Fight Shorts
As with the rashguard, my frame makes buying shorts an exercise in frustration.
For standard jeans, my waist is a true 35" but my ass/thighs require a VERY loose/relaxed cut 36" or 38". The legs are great for kicking power but make shopping a major pain in the ass (ugh, no pun intended). Needless to say, the fit of shorts when training is incredibly important: if my shorts bind *anywhere*, they will tear (due to my size). At the same time, I can't wear a 38" fight short because the waist would be too loose.
After my wife turned me on to 'stretchy clothing,' it has been a prerequisite in all of my pants/shorts purchases. Until now, I've been 'stretchy' wearing board shorts that I've collected over the years. Some are 38" which don't bind, but I'm lucky if I make it through an entire training session without flashing everyone when they fall to my ankles. Some are 36" waists which are tight around the hips and emphasize the cup I'm wearing, creating a vey awkward scene ("Yes, it is a cup. Not a cod piece. Damnit I hate these shorts").
The 36" Rupture fight shorts fit me perfectly.
I wore them over the past 4 days to 4 no gi classes, 1 sparring class, and when running 3 miles (just for the hell of it).
There was absolutely no binding when kicking. The stretch material provided a LOT of give; I can work in more head kicks without fear of my shorts stopping me short, causing my kick to be caught and me to be dumped on my face.
The mouthpiece pocket is a nice touch, as well as the cotton drawsting and velcro enclosure. It actually felt like I was wearing a piece of technology. That makes the geek in me smile.
I tried on shorts from Tapout, Sprawl, and Warrior as well. There were some good things about each of them, but they just didn't as high of quality (material and craftsmanship) as the Rupture shorts.
For $40, I don't think you can find a better pair of fight shorts. Even further, you might not be able to find a better pair of shorts for $20 more.