A few months ago the lovely people at the Verbal Tap Podcast ran an ADCC sweepstake event on Facebook. The good news was that I won! Although I have to give credit to Beatriz Mesquita as she did the hard work – I’d just been drawn her name! As a result, I got to receive a rashguard from the lovely people at Mat Therapy which as always I’m reviewing for you!
I don’t expect many of my readers to be aware of Mat Therapy which is great as I love introducing my readers to smaller companies that support the sport (especially female friendly ones). They are a relatively small company based in Los Angeles, USA and are a BJJ apparel brand, events organiser, and podcaster. They aren’t exclusively for women but are female-led which has ensured a strong female focus to the brand. As a company, they strongly believe that:
“we don’t just train in the sport of jiu-jitsuu, we join a culture and live a lifestyle that revolves around the mats. We go there for exercise, to socialize, to test ourselves and grow. When we step on the mats we leave the world behind and focus on the roll before us.”
I was delighted to get hold of this rashguard mainly due to its design. You may have guessed from the pictures that this rashguard is a slight homage to a certain female DC comic book character, and I admit I might have span round on the spot the first time I tried on (just to make my hubby laugh-of course!)
In terms of technical specification, the top is nylon lycra and has reinforced stitching in all the places you’d expect on the sides and the underarms.
The collar and waist are both nicely seamed and overlocked stitched. The design is full sublimated (so no rubbing off on the mat!) and the company logos are actually quite discreet with Mat Therapy only featuring on the forearms.
The rashguard is available in XS-XL sizes and there is a reasonably detailed size chart on their site. I ordered a Large rashguard mainly due to like my rashguards a little looser -, particularly around the shoulders. On arrival, it fitted really well loose but not too loose, but to help guide readers I’m a UK size 12.
I’ll be honest I was a little worried regarding the V neck of this rashguard. Like many female grapplers, I’m not exactly blessed in that department (or sacrificed them to the BJJ Gods depending on your viewpoint). But I didn’t want to wear anything that may make myself or my male training partners feel awkward. All I can say you can tell this a female-focused company as the “v” was deep enough to be flattering but also shallow enough to be completely secure!
In terms of performance, I found it a really comfortable and flattering rashguard to wear. It’s long enough in the body to fit comfortably and not ride up. After some heavy rolling it washed really well and at present, after several training sessions (under the gi) there are no signs of bobbling. Overall this is a great rashguard and I am really pleased with it and definitely would purchase one again from them. It’s definitely a rash guard to consider for your collection.
The rashguard is currently available from the Mat Therapy website for $55. They do ship internationally (usually $15 shipping) so there isn’t any reason my readers won’t be able to get hold of one. So if you want something a bit more wonder/warrior, women/princess then this might be the rashguard for you.
Although if you don’t want to purchase their apparel I do strongly recommend you still check out their site and particularly their podcasts available on all major channels including youtube