In the past few years “compression wear” (a rash guard falls into this category) for athletes has been heavily researched. To avoid a bunch of statistics and charts, I can tell you that results show that the best BJJ rash guards out there are pretty damn awesome and provide many different benefits for athletes and fighters alike.
This has spurred companies and BJJ schools to constantly design newer, better and flashier rash guards for BJJ each year.
For this reason, I’ve compiled a list for you featuring only the very best BJJ rash guards you can find in 2018. I don’t want you to get lost in the avalanche of new products.
- Why You Should Wear A BJJ Rashguard
- Best Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards Reviews 2018
- Hayabusa Metaru 47 Rash Guard
- RVCA VA Reflect Rash Guard
- Hypnotik BJJ Rashguard
- Fuji Freestyle IBJJF Approved Ranked Short Sleeve Rash Guard
- Venum Challenger Rash Guard
- Newaza Turtleguard Ranked Rash Guard
- Samurai Panda Rash Guard
- Scramble Ranked Rash Guard V2.0
- Under Armour Men’s Alter Ego Compression Shirt
- Bad Boy Men’s Sphere Rash Guard
- Closing Thoughts
Before I present the recommendations, let’s discuss why you would want to wear a rash guard in the first place when you have a perfectly good bjj gi.
Why You Should Wear A BJJ Rashguard
The rash guard is typically worn under your gi, and helps with the following:
Apart from looking really cool rash guards and other compression wear are engineered to strategically compress your muscles, which in turn helps prevent injury and speed up muscle recovery.
They are made to “hug” areas of your upper body with softer tissue which are more likely to be worn and torn during intense workout sessions and sparring.
Studies show that a rash guard can greatly speed up recovery after a hard rolling session.
Rash guards are made with fabrics that absorb more sweat. With just a Gi you will find yourself re-tying it every round or so. You’ll sweat more, then touch yourself, and transfer that moisture to your hands.
Wet hands are not good for maintaining a good grip. A rash guard will help keep things dry.
Prevents Rashes (Duh!) & Burning
This is obvious but preventing mat burns and rashes is the biggest purpose of any good rash guard.
Whether you are rolling with or without a Gi it is very common to get burns from the friction that is created during an intense roll.
Gis are built to be strong and durable, and the stitching can often cause too much friction. They also tend to come loose and open, letting your opponent manipulate you during a roll.
Then you have your bare back on the mat, and can’t avoid the pain.
On the other hand, many BJJ practitioners say that a rash guard protects their chest hair from burns.
So, if you want to be safer from friction and more comfortable, wear a rash guard.
Bacteria & Hygiene
I’m sure your dojo is great and the mats are sparkling clean.
But it goes without saying that even the cleanest mat has been trampled on quite a bit and humans tend to transfer bacteria.
When you are gripping your opponent and Gis open up, you will inevitably make contact with their chest, legs, and back.
A rash guard can help keep that bacteria at bay.
Those are all the reasons why rash guards are awesome and why you should invest in one. If all of the above wasn’t enough, most rash guards look really cool.
Some say a rash guard makes you feel restricted, but that’s about it for negatives, and I think the benefits greatly out-weigh this “downfall”.
Now on to our list of the best BJJ rash guards for BJJ in 2018:
Best Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards Reviews 2018
Hayabusa Metaru 47 Rash Guard
- The Metaru 47 rash guard features AGTM Compression fabric for extra comfort and flexibility. The advanced stitching and fiber-fused graphics give it increased durability and prevent stretching and tearing.
- The rash guard also has a special anti-microbial technology built in, giving it an amazing anti-odor performance for the rash guard’s lifetime.
- The rash guard looks aggressive and clean, and comes in a number of color combinations.
- The rash guard is on the more expensive side.
RVCA VA Reflect Rash Guard
- The VA Reflect rash guard is an upgraded version of RVCA’s hugely popular VA Sport rash guard.
- It’s a fast-drying raglan long-sleeve rash guard and so, great for moisture absorption.
- The rash guard is also extremely durable featuring a slight mock-neck with flat lock seams.
- Wearers review that the rash guard has an amazingly comfortable fit.
- The design of the rash guard is rather plain with a simple VA logo across the chest. Not for those looking for a crazy, flashy rash guard.
Hypnotik BJJ Rashguard
- The design of the Hypnotik rash guard is amazing. It has cool logos and patches on the sleeves and a unique design.
- The rash guard uses a special anti-microbial technology to prevent bacteria and fungi.
- It is made of extremely resilient fabric and provides increased moisture control, wicking away sweat instantly. Custom fit Flatlock stitching makes the seams flexible and more durable.
- Wearers report the fit and seams can be a little too tight. Yet it’s a little pricier than other equally good rash guards.
Fuji Freestyle IBJJF Approved Ranked Short Sleeve Rash Guard
- Okay, I’m a sucker for anything Japanese, so the “Japanese-like” design of this rash guard is a huge winner.
- On quality, the rash guard has reinforced stitching, made of an anti-microbial fabric and is approved for no-Gi competitions.
- The rash guard also comes in a few different color combinations and has a wide range of different sizes, up to 3XL, for bigger fighters.
- You can also match your rash guard to your rank, as it’s available in white, blue, purple, brown, and black.
- Short sleeves aren’t for everyone, so search for Fuji long-sleeve rash guards if this isn’t your thing.
Venum Challenger Rash Guard
- The rash guard features compression fiber technology which improves blood flow and muscle recovery.
- The fabric is equipped with an anti-odor technology and infused with microfibers, making the rash guard extremely durable.
- The graphics are sublimated so they won’t peel off and, Venum’s badass snake on the rash guard’s chest make the design awesome.
- Silicone bands have been embedded around the waist to stop the rash guard riding up your abdominal area and the fabric is engineered to draw moisture away from your skin.
- That’s Venum technology for you, definitely one of the best jiu jitsu rash guards!
- Even for Venum standards, the rash guard is very small and doesn’t fit well.
- I recommend ordering a size bigger and reading a few BJJ rash guard reviews before placing an order. If you can, try it on before purchasing.
Newaza Turtleguard Ranked Rash Guard
- Advanced moisture wicking technology.
- Features flexible and durable Flatlock seams.
- It’s a sublimated full color rash guard.
- Like the Fuji rash guard comes in colors to match your rank.
- … It’s the coolest design ever!
Personally, even if the quality wasn’t great, I would still buy this rash guard simply for the design. Everyone loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and now you can fight dressed as one.
- Wearers have said the fitting chart is all wrong and an extra-large fits like a medium would.
- Read up on BJJ rash guard reviews before purchasing.
Samurai Panda Rash Guard
- Tatami, makers of the popular Gorilla Chess rash guard, the Thinking Money rash guard, and many other animal-themed rash guards, have brought us the Samurai Panda rash guard.
- The design is beautiful and fun, and great for fans of Kung Fu Panda. The color scheme features red, yellow and brown, with the Tamami logo on the back and sleeves.
- The quality is on par with all Tatami products. The whole rash guard is sublimated which prevents the graphics from peeling or fading, making the rash guard last.
- The rash guard also features Flatlock flexible seams.
- The artwork was made by Chris Evans, the artist who makes all of Tamami’s animal-themed rash guards.
- The rash guard isn’t known to fit well and, like all of Tatami’s animal-themed rash guards is quite expensive.
Scramble Ranked Rash Guard V2.0
- The Scramble Ranked rash guard is made from a moisture wicking polyester blend and features a mix of internal and external stitching for increased durability and comfort.
- The rash guard has a very appealing, plain look to it, and comes in rank colors.
- The rash guard is high quality, however, lacks many of the innovative features of rash guards of the same price.
Under Armour Men’s Alter Ego Compression Shirt
- Okay, so I have focused on rash guards as opposed to compression shirts as I feel the latter is much better for BJJ. However, this specific one by Under Armour is an exception you shouldn’t overlook.
- The shirt offers a moisture transport system that wicks sweat away, the latest anti-odor technology and 4-way stretch fabric for increased mobility.
- Plus, it features the superhero logos of Spiderman, Superman, Captain America or Batman!
- 6-way fabric is better and sturdier for BJJ.
Bad Boy Men’s Sphere Rash Guard
- This great rash guard by Bad Boy features a rubber grip in the bottom seam which prevents it from rolling up and a stay-cool mesh panel in the back to keep you cool and let the rash guard breathe during training.
- Reinforced stitching offers increased durability and reflective panels allow outdoor training.
- The rash guard is quite expensive, and as you’ve seen on this list, there are cheaper, equally high-quality rash guards out there.
So there you have it, those are my picks for the best BJJ rash guards this year.
As I always recommend, be a smart shopper and research all your favorites before choosing and ordering.
If you want a rash guard that isn’t on the list make sure the quality is on point, the design won’t peel, and that it’s meant to be used in BJJ.
Take it easy!
My name’s Mark. I’m super excited you’re here, because every visitor of Goodbye.ninja makes +1 member to the family of Martial Arts.