I know it’s odd, me posting on a Sunday, but there is a method to my madness, I swear.
So this has been happening more recently ever since I changed my twitter name from “thatclassybroad” to “SkirtontheMat” (huh, imagine that): companies that sell fight gear are following my account. Since I am not currently in the market to purchase any bjj gi’s and such (but of course wouldn’t mind a free sample…wink wink, nudge nudge) I took a look through the sites of two companies that started to follow me and this is what I think:
First up, Submission Fight Company (http://www.submissionfc.com/)
I’ve actually heard of these guys before but I have never tried their product. Their website is pretty easy to use, which is always a plus. On the front page they are currently promoting the “Hemp Sensation” gi, they sell replacement cords for gi pants, albeit pretty pricey, but hey, it’s nice to have that option.
Pros: they have an all right variety of product from kids gis to adult kimonos, and they apparently sell pants separately, which is nice.
Cons: Rash guard selection is pretty nil, especially if you are looking for a rash guard that can potentially work for an IBJJF event (aka, having your corresponding rank color on the shirt). Also a complaint about gi’s, but I’ll mention that toward the end.
Technically Sound Fight Gear (http://www.technicallysoundfightgear.com/)
They look brand new, or at least I hope they are due to their lack of product available. They seem all about the detailing, and I found myself staring and analyzing their design like I should analyze modern art instead of what I usually do – get angry and stomp away when it looks like it took less than a 1/2 hour to make (really? You got a piece of black sandpaper, drew what looks like cross between an F and a backwards 7, and it is now hanging as a piece of art?! GAH!) (true story, btw). They have two people in the middle of a jiu jitsu match, or fight, or whatever, in front of a pyramid, which I then began to theorize to mean that with a strong foundation you will achieve great heights and the pinnacle of performance?
See, I know how to read between the lines and stuff.
Pros: From what I can tell, they have some nice shirts and they talk a pretty good game. It’ll be interesting to check back in with them in about 6 months. But that’s the thing, they have a pretty limited selection, so we’ll see what happens.
I decided to intentionally post this on a Sunday where I will have the least amount of readers. Pretty mean of me, I know. But if anyone wants some prime real estate on this site they are going to have to offer something in return. I can’t generate income on this site, since I would then have to apply for a business privilege license (thanks, Philadelphia!), so it’ll have to be free samples of stuff for me to review during the week, when more readers visit my site.
Ah, and now for my complaint regarding gi manufacturers- I may be (read, probably) totally off about this, but it never seems lik anyone posts the dimensions of gi’s, for example:
I have a short torso, which is why I really like Atama Kimonos (http://www.atama-kimonos.com/) – they are crazy expensive, but their tops are long enough for competition, but not so long that they cover my butt to the point where it becomes an impediment. I just noticed they also have judo gi’s available, which would be interesting to test out.
If I could find something with comparable length of the Atama top at a much lower price, I would probably be convinced to cheat on my favorite gi company to try out a new product. But I never know, and would rather not shell out a hundred dollars to go through the trial and error of finding that out.
So, in closing, those are my thoughts to fighting clothing companies: send me samples, I will review them where they are more likely to be seen, someone offer some size dimensions, and Atama if you could send me free things I will continue to proclaim how much I love your gi’s.
If anyone is actually willing to take me up on this crazy proposition, contact me through my blogging email, thatclassybroad at gmail dot com, and we’ll work something out.
3 responses to “An Armchair Review of Two BJJ Clothing Companies: Submission Fight Co & Technically Sound”
Yeah, the hemp Sensation one looks interesting, mainly because it’s hemp. The only other company I can think of that has successfully sold a hemp gi is Datsusara, though that was 100% hemp. I’m not sure whether or not Submission FCs one is 100% hemp of a mixture with something else.
I very much like that Technically Sound offer their t-shirts in a range of bright colours. There is way too much black, grey and white from a lot of other BJJ shirt companies, so seeing some orange and green as a base colour is cool. 🙂
Have you ever tried Fenom, out of interest? They’re designed specifically for women and they offer the option of mix and match size jacket and pants.
Would it make some sense to get a new Gmail account with “skirtonthemat”, or something other than “thatclassybroad”? Or are we doing incremental change with the Twitter account being the first step?
probably a slow, but inevitable change