This BJJ spats review discusses the best Jiu Jitsu spats options based on our experience purchasing and wearing each spats pants model.
Some of you reading this might be new to Jiu Jitsu and may be wondering what are spats?
BJJ spats, also known as grappling tights or compression pants, are a type of athletic gear that is designed to be worn during Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training or competition.
You can wear spats for no Gi Jiu Jitsu under your shorts for protection down your whole leg. You can also wear them under your BJJ Gi pants to protect your skin from chaffing.
In this review, we look at the following aspects of our top Jiu Jitsu spats choices:
- BJJ Spats material comfort, construction and durability
- Mobility during rolling
- Design options
This is the YouJiuJitsu team’s list of the best Jiu Jitsu spats on the market today. We compile the list by ordering the product and trying it out across the team and then give our no nonsense opinion.
BJJ spats are just one type of no Gi BJJ gear on the market. You will also need a BJJ rashguard, no Gi shorts, and other BJJ gear as well, depending on your injuries and current gear setup.
Alright, let’s get rollin’
Hawk Sports Mens Compression Pants
Price: starts at $13 USD
Color Options: black
- Good Fit
- High Quality
- Could Breath Better
Another day and another Hawk product review. These guys have made a solid name for themselves in the industry and the Hawk Sports Mens black spats didn’t disappoint. Overall they are very durable. We roll a lot here at YouJiuJitsu as you can imagine, so we put these BJJ mens spats through their paces to say the least. They grip well, which is helpful in transitions and set-ups and they are definitely a good fit that you won’t have to keep adjusting while you roll.
We ordered a number of them obviously, so a few of them didn’t hold up as well as others – but most of them did. One thing though is that these are best used as BJJ no Gi spats. With a Gi on it’s a bit suffocating due to their thickness, but these BJJ spats are great for no Gi and MMA Jiu Jitsu sessions. Overall though, the Hawk Sports Mens black spats made this list for a reason. All around they are a solid investment if you are looking for a good set of BJJ spats at a great price point.
ROAR MMA Sphere Compression Pants
Price: starts at $15 USD
Color Options: simple black
- Good Quality
- Breath Well
- Good Fit
- Not Unisex
The ROAR MMA no gi spats didn’t disappoint with the exception of the fact they are not unisex. The marketing is a bit misleading, these are definitely mens BJJ spats. So the ladies on our team found the extra space in the groin a little annoying, but overall they still used them to roll with good results. As long as you keep in mind that these are spats for men, then you’re all good. They definitely breathe well during long training sessions.
We have a couple of MMA guys on our crew as well and they put them through some hard sparring in MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling – they held up just fine. No complaints from the kickboxers about flexibility, sweating or uncomfortability after doing five, three minute rounds of sparring. Overall the ROAR MMA Sphere black spats are worth it. Recommended for sure.
O2TEE Mask Samurai Grappling Spats Compression Leggings Tights Pants
Price: starts at $29 USD
Color Options: br, ox, red, lion
- Multiple design choices
- Held up in training
- Could be more flexible
- Not enough 4-way stretch
These BJJ spats were a bit of a risk since they have basically no reviews, but we dove in anyway to give them a try. We ordered a couple of each style, some of the crew thought the designs were a bit cheesy, others didn’t really care. But hey, at least people wont think you’re just wearing the same pair of Jiu Jitsu spats everyday if you buy a few pairs. They are a little high on the polyester side and low on the 4-way stretch. So they aren’t the most flexible spats pants you are going to find out there. However, they aren’t the least either.
They held up fairly well across multiple rolling sessions, but weren’t the most comfortable fit for some of us. I don’t know that these would be well suited for competition, as they were a little rough in hard sparring across multiple martial arts. So these are probably best left for training sessions and maybe running. Not a bad buy, but not the best MMA spats as they aren’t terribly comfortable for kickboxing
Sanabul Core Compression Base Layer Workout Jiu Jitsu Spats Tights
Price: starts at $40 USD
Color Options: blue/black, red/black, white/black, gunmetal
- Breathes well
- Could use more color options
What’s not to like about the Sanabul Core grappling spats. We gave them a run for their money in multiple martial arts styles. In Jiu Jitsu rolling sessions they were overall comfortable and breathed very well. That’s likely a result of the Sanabul Brazilian Jiu Jitsu spats mixture of the polyester, nylon and 4-way stretch. Stitching is strong and doesn’t rub after long sessions on the mat either training or sparring.
On the MMA side, they were great for our wrestling heavy team mates and basically held up in every martial art in the gym. No irritation, no unraveling stitching and they fit well for all of us. They could probably be used as rash guard pants for surfing, running, yoga or really any sport out there. Great buy if you can spring for the extra coin.
BJJ Religion Basic Grappling Spats
Price: starts at $40 USD
- Breathe well enough
- Run long
- Only one color option
The BJJ Religion Basic grappling spats are exactly that – basic. So they are definitely not misleading in the marketing. These are more like Jiu Jitsu leggings really, even though that’s basically the same thing, there is a difference. They were fine with most of the team and held up as to be expected for BJJ spats in this price range. These are best kept to grappling and aren’t as good for striking martial arts.
Some of us felt they run a little long causing them to bunch up around the ankle, which was a bit annoying but not really a huge deal. Again, the name says it all basic grappling spats. Jiu Jitsu practitioners that are serious, training for a tournament or professional grappling/Jiu Jitsu match may want to use these in light training sessions. Still, not a bad buy.
Fuji Baseline Grappling Spats V2
Price: starts at $50 USD
- Some didn’t like the waist band
We all know Fuji makes great products, so you will see a few of them on this list – for good reason. They know what they are doing when it comes to BJJ spats, that is for certain. The Fuji Baseline grappling spats don’t disappoint. If you are a fan of not being a walking billboard for a company or don’t like flashy designs, these Jiu Jitsu spats are for you. Minimalist, straight forward and durable. These black spats are great for pretty much any martial art.
They are light, yet tough. So they are great for wearing under your Gi and rolling. However, some of the crew didn’t like the waist band. The MMA grappling heavy members of our team found them to be perfect for tough training over long periods. The Muay Thai crew gave them a thumbs up, even though they aren’t a big fan of MMA spats in general. But these definitely meet the mark when it comes to an all purpose pair of spats pants.
Fuji Electric Grappling Black Spats
Price: starts at $55 USD
- Good fit
- Nice design
- Nice length
- Could breathe better
- Material isn’t as comfortable as other BJJ spats
These BJJ spats for men are similar to the Fuji Baseline, only with a little more flare and a slightly different waistband. Pretty straight forward pair of BJJ spats that get the job done when you are doing long training sessions on the mat. The flatlock seams are fairly comfortable and these Jiu Jitsu spats seem like they will hold up through rigorous training and sparring. The length is good as well. Not as good for kickboxing or MMA though.
Some of us felt they didn’t breathe well enough, probably because they are mostly polyester. These definitely aren’t cheap BJJ spats, and they don’t really feel cheap either. The material is also just a matter of preference at the end of the day. We’d say they aren’t a bad choice to have in your closet to break out on laundry day.
Fuji Mount Spats
Price: starts at $60 USD
Color Options: blue, red, grey, green
- Well designed
- Breathe well
- They don’t come in pink
- Look like a Power Ranger wearing them
The Fuji Mount BJJ spats are a bit better designed than the electric – even though they are made of the same material. The fit is good and they feel comfortable, however keep in mind that the sizes run a touch to small. After several sessions of regular training, some of us teaching classes and others training for upcoming matches, they definitely did their part as training spats for BJJ. Spats need to be flexible, durable, have a good fit, breathe well and also protect you from rashes – these are good on all of those levels.
The MMA crew liked them as well and some of them are training fights, so they were pushing these spat pants to the limit in hard sparring. They reported back that they held up surprisingly well in full MMA training and remained comfortable. Fuji continues to impress with their Jiu Jitsu spats as far as we are concerned. If you have the budget, the Fuji Mount BJJ spats are worth the purchase.
Fuji Special Ops Grappling Spats Black
Price: starts at $60 USD
Color Options: black
- Sizes are correct
- Only comes in black
The Fuji Special Ops grappling spats are pretty much what you would expect from the name and a Fuji product. These are no frills when it comes to design. Functional, durable and the size is actually on point with these BJJ spats. BJJ practitioners often don’t need anything flashy, just something to wear under the Gi so they can train longer in the gym. These Jiu Jitsu spats fit the bill for all of that.
After several sessions both Gi and no Gi, everyone seemed to think these are quite comfortable and will stand the test of time. On the MMA spats side, they seemed to feel the same and reported back that they put them through our usual rigorous hard sparring tests and all was well. When it comes to Jiu Jitsu rash guards and spats, these are a great pair to have in your gym bag for sure.
Hayabusa Geo Jiu Jitsu Compression Spats
Price: starts at $79 USD
Color Options: blue, grey, red
- No restrictive
- Great design
- Could be susceptible to wear and tear on the knee area
- Sizing issues
If you have spent any amount of time in the martial arts world, then you most certainly know the name Hayabusa. From kickboxing and MMA to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this company is top quality. So it was only natural for the YouJiuJitsu team to give these BJJ spats a thorough test – and they don’t disappoint for the most part. You can roll hard with these beauties on and they will hold up.
As MMA spats though, the team gave mixed reviews with some of the more wrestling heavy guys feeling like they probably won’t stand the test of time on the knee areas – as well as sizing issues. The design is definitely good and the color choices are nice as well. They breathe well and aren’t restrictive which makes for a great rolling session. Overall, It’s Hayabusa and is as good as the rest of their products. Worth the purchase for high end BJJ spats.
How to Choose Your Best BJJ Spats
When choosing the best BJJ spats for you, there are number of factors that you need to keep in mind:
This may be an unfortunate reality for some practitioners when choosing womens or mens spats. BJJ can be an expensive endeavor and is definitely a rabbit hole. One thing to keep in mind is that you want to have at least a few sets of spats or BJJ leggings as they are sometimes called. So you don’t want to spend your whole budget on a single pair of high dollar BJJ spats. There are plenty of mid range options that will do the trick and you want to have a number of pairs in the closet.
Comfort is an absolute must when it comes to Jiu Jitsu spats. Mens and womens spats have to be comfortable in order to roll for longer periods of time. BJJ spats are meant to be a barrier between you and either your Gi or no Gi rolling partner, but there is more to it than that. Stitching is an important component as well as breathability, you may like Jiu Jitsu spats that are thicker, where others may want them to be thin. The best spats for BJJ are the ones that are most comfortable to you.
In Brazilian or Gracie Jiu Jitsu, spats need to be non-restrictive. Who cares if you are wearing a comfortable pair of custom BJJ spats if you keep getting caught in bad positions because you don’t have full range of motion. Womens and mens Jiu Jitsu spats have to allow for great mobility. Period.
BJJ spats – mens, womens or kids – need to be durable. The last thing you want is to spend up big on a pair of BJJ spats only to have them wear out fast. Or even worse, end up ripping in a tournament. Spats, leggings, Jiu Jitsu rash guard pants, whatever you want to call them have to be durable to be useful.
BJJ Spats Frequently Asked Questions
What are BJJ spats?
So what are spats? Pants? Rash guards? They are all of the above. Essentially BJJ spats are Jiu Jitsu leggings or pants that can be worn in Gi, no Gi or MMA Jiu Jitsu to protect your body and can help to extend your training sessions by making them more comfortable.