Posted On:3/04/2011 5:33pm
It seems appropriate that I review the brand name that kicked my name off the title of this forum.
Nick, the head guy at Rupture Clothing, sent me a pair of their Signature blue/white MMA fight shorts to try out and review. Hereís that review.
First up is durability, the most important point to consider in any gear review. I have been wearing my shorts 2-3 times per week for the past 1Ĺ-2 years and machine washing and drying them between classes. And despite that constant abuse, they still look almost brand new. So big points here.
The shorts are thicker and softer than the Sprawls I have worn, making them feel more natural and comfortable. Everything is heavy-duty triple stitched and reinforced. They have a little pocket for a mouthguard and the split-seams so your legs can move freely for Muay Thai and flexible guard work, so they hit all the bells and whistles you get with the bigger MMA short brands.
Aesthetically, the design is a little plain but talking with the guy who created them, he admits that he purposefully steered away from the SO YOU WANNA BE A FIGHTA!!! style you get with brands like Tapout (spoiler: no camo and barbed wire) so you would be less embarrassed if you had to wear them outside the gym.
So far the only wear on the shorts is cosmetic and minor compared to the gaping holes Iíve had ripped in other shorts. For example, I washed them without closing the velcro fly and found out the rough side of velcro sticks to the stretch fabric inseam and it roughed up the elastic material when I yanked it off. But aside from that, all of the seams are still 100% intact and nothing is tearing or fraying.
What I really respect about Nick and Rupture are the lengths they have gone to keep their gear American-made and not use cheap, foreign labor. It is easy to get your logo slapped on generic gear coming out of Pakistan or China (I get spam about it all the time) so itís impressive that Rupture has managed to keep their fight short price down at a fair $30 without resorting to sweatshops. Talking with Nick, heís told me about all the trouble he goes through to find American suppliers and manufacturers for all their t-shirts, fight shorts and rashguards (the best Iíve even worn by the way, and thatís before their newest version, but thatís another review.) Youíve got to respect a company that puts principles above profit, especially these days.
Overall, Ruptureís fight shorts are top of the line and the best price-to-quality you can buy. Iíve been recommending them to people at my gym for a while now and Iím sure anyone reading this would be happy with them too. Support a good company and buy a pair.
Awesome fight shorts that arenít made in sweatshops.Theyíre half the price of Sprawls.You donít look like a Tapout douche bag.
Nothing reallyÖ I guess I wish they came in more colors and patterns.
TL;DR: Great fight shorts, get a pair, they are cheap and the company is cool.
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Posted On:3/05/2011 7:11am
This is all true. In fact I'd say the biggest shortcoming of the rupture shorts is their durability. I really want to buy another pair to support such a great company but my originals are in such good shape it would just be a waste of money. I can't wait for the next PSTi style shorts to come out so I can buy some more rupture product.
Posted On:3/05/2011 7:15am
Style: judo hiatus
Love the shorts and the rash guard.
Excellent products Nick.
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Posted On:3/05/2011 8:36am
Agreed. These shorts have stood up to a lot of punishment, and don't show any wear at all. They are are extremely comfortable as well. I just need the PTSi shorts to come out because doing a ton of squats and dead lifts have necessitated a size increase because, as my wife likes to point out, for the first time in my life I have a butt which makes them a little too snug now.
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