Here’s a list of all the MMA gear that I use when training. The factors I consider when purchasing MMA gear is efficiency, durability, and pricing. I first look at the price, durability and then brand when purchasing the MMA gear. I did not include my jiujitsu gi, socks and wrestling shoes.
I have gone through a few good brand duffle bags such as Adidas and Nike. The previous duffle bags that I have used were efficient but somewhat uncomfortable carrying around. As for the Under Armour Storm Undeniable Backpack Duffle, I can easily carry it around as a backpack or with the sling. All the training gear that I use (even with my wrestling shoes, gi and belt) fits perfectly and separately into this bag; the big pocket for the shoes is a big plus. On the other hand, I believe other fighters prefer bigger duffle bags. As for myself, I prefer a somewhat compact and an easy-to-commute-with bag.
As for boxing gloves, I believe the Everlast Prime Boxing Gloves are efficient. It can sometimes be annoying when latching on. These boxing gloves feel nice and cool, it feels like my hands are not “suffocating”. The Twins Special MMA Training Gloves are pricey but I believe the quality of these MMA training gloves is worth it. In my opinion, the Twins MMA training gloves are good and safe for MMA sparring. It’s safer and has more “cushion” for the training partner when punched. As for the TITLE MMA Performance Gel Bag Gloves, I believe these gloves are good when you’re actually rolling (jiujitsu) with punches. I chose these gloves because it felt the most “realistic” in simulating for a fight. It’s also good to use while grappling and wrestling. Simulating an MMA fight is most important while sparring, but I also believe in the safety and prevention of injury in training and before an actual match.
The Everlast Flexcool Handwraps make your hands feel light and cool when used. The only negative aspect I have to say about these wraps is the velcro. The quality of the velcro will not last as long as you expect it. If you still want the original handwraps, the Everlast Professional Hand Wraps are the way to go in regards to pricing, branding and quality.
Knee Pad & Shinguards
I have used the ASICS Unisex Wrestling Knee Pads for quite some time; many years actually. I haven’t had any issues with these knee pads at all. The only reason why I use these knee pads is to prevent rug burn and have a somewhat safety “cushion” for clashing knees while sparring. I’ve never really used any fancy looking shinguards before. The Isami Shinguards are most comfortable for me because it’s easy to fold and carry around in my bag. It’s also easy to wash: just throw it in the laundry and let it dry afterwards.
Headgear, Mouthguard Case & Mouthguard
As for the headgear, I believe the full face sparring headgear is best for injury prevention. Other fighters will have their own preference of using a different type of headgear. For the mouthguard case, I have used the Shock Doctor Mouthguard Case for many years because it’s easy to wash and clean. And last, although it can be pricey, I believe it’s best to actually visit a dentist to mold and customize your own mouthguard. Since it can be expensive, another option would be to buy a recommended and reliable brand: Shurfit Mouthguard.
Boxerjock, Cup & Compression Shorts
When it comes to training, I’ve always used the Under Armour Boxerjock. The quality of the mesh and anti-order technology is great. In my opinion, other fighters prefer having compression shorts with the cup but the Shock Doctor Core Supporter BioFlex Cup is vented which doesn’t feel so hot, tight and “suffocating” when worn. I chose the Tesla Men’s Compression Shorts because of the design and low cost.
Rashguard & Vaseline
I bought the RVCA Rashguard many years ago and to this day the quality has been great. Last but not least, the Vaseline is always important to have to prevent minor cuts on the face while sparring.
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