With summer now firmly here and with most of us training in sweat boxes with
no windows (easily the best gyms), it's the time that most of us look towards a
short sleeved rash guard. With that in mind, I decided to give you my review of
the Tatami X Gawakoto Verses Rash guard!
I'll be honest, I absolutely love the deign of this! I've always
had a soft spot for Samurai and this image of a face off between modern and
traditional is superb. As it is a hand drawn design, one of the things that can
sometimes be lost is the detail and quality when printed. This
is absolutely not the case here.
With the main design being on the front with artist logos on the back, the
sleeves are a basic black with yellow stitching and Tatami Fightwear logos on
Construction and quality.
When it comes to rash guards for No-Gi, you need a tough one. They get
pulled, twisted, rubbed and get washed a million times (I hope, don't be THAT
guy at the gym). Because of this the quality needs to be brilliant. Things like
fading of the design, loose stitching, tears and stretching are all common with
cheaper rash guards.
I'm pleased to say that there are non of these issues with the Tatami rash
guard. I must have washed this hundreds of times over the last few months as
this has been my 'go to' rash guard when training in the Gi due to thew
light weight material and short sleeves (duh!). Non of the design has
faded at all and not a stitch is out of place. It also has not shrank despite
me tumble drying it on a few occasions so that it is ready for training. Top
This is where the rash guard falls down. It did not improve my performance
when rolling at all...
Ok, so that probably not the rash guards fault.
The rash guard was just fine when rolling and drilling. However I will say
that because of the stretchy nature of the guard it sometimes got caught in
hands and feet. I bought a medium (I'm normally a medium or a
small depending on brand), but if I was to get another I would get a
small. The guard was also slightly baggy for me, however that may be my bad
size choice and not the fit of the rash guard.
Even with this stretch, the rash guard always returned back to its size and
didn't warp at all. The design also stayed in one piece due to the
design being printed IN the material rather than on top of it (again a sign of
a good rash guard).
I would buy this rash guard. It is one of the better rash guards I own.
However I would pay more attention to the measurement guide on the site or
possibly have tried on a friends first. Since most grapplers are a
weird shape (broad shoulders and thick necks, slim waists), it pays to make
sure you get the right size.
I'm sure that the guys at Tatami would have swapped it if I had asked, I
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