Top 4 Compression Tights (Spats) for BJJ and MMA

best MMA and BJJ compression tight reviews

Wearing compression tights can benefit you in so many ways and after people saw famous names like Anderson Silva who started wearing them regularly for their MMA training, these spats became even more popular.

Training with high-quality spats is just essential for people who participate in martial arts and below you can find best compression tights for BJJ and MMA on the market. I also trained with one of these in a really cold MMA gym.

1. Zipravs BJJ Compression Tight Pants Review

review of best compression tights for BJJTraining Quality (Freedom): 9.8 / 10.0

Durability: 9.9 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.6 / 10.0

Cost Efficiency: 9.8 / 10.0

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Exclusive Features

  • Stretches quite well
  • Comfy
  • Gets rid of sweat fast
  • Machine washable!
  • It is a bargain!

Zipravs is a company which established in 2009 and focuses on garments. It produces gears for martial artists, runners, and athletes from various sports disciplines.

Zipravs Compression Pants have 4-way stretching and it basically allows you to move freely and does not hinder your leg movement which is essential for any sport out there.

These spats are made of polyester and spandex which provides the stretching and elasticity. Basically, these materials provide you what you need from spats.

After you wear it, you will feel like it is tighter than usual and you will be right. However, just after a few sessions, you will be more comfortable.

You can also wear this and do workouts outdoors because it has UPF 50+ protection which is quite high so you will be protected really well while you are training outside.

Honestly, it also has an amazing price tag. Zipravs BJJ Compression is cheaper than many other spats.

2. Anthem Athletics HELO-X Grappling Spats

review of best compression tights for MMATraining Quality (Freedom): 9.5 / 10.0

Durability: 9.7 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.3 / 10.0

Cost Efficiency: 9.0 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Durable
  • Tighter waistband
  • Suitable for many martial arts
  • Quite popular
  • Great fitting

The technology, which is used for making this, is really advanced. The groin area can stretch in every direction and while you are moving, the waistband actually stays on you. Is not that really awesome?

This tech also helps you stay comfortable since it has multi-panel construction and I also want you to know that this company specializes in compression gears and martial arts shorts like MMA shorts. It is just perfect for producing high-quality compression shorts.

When you think about how waistband stays in place and the materials’ construction, there is no wonder why it has good fitting reviews on forums. I could also find a myriad of feedback about various things including durability and training performance. This just shows that it is a quite popular brand in MMA community.

The compression tights are suitable for anyone but if you do BJJ training or any grappling, thanks to the waistband, Anthem Athletics stays in place while your opponent is trying to submit you so you don’t need to adjust it every once in a while.

Also, this spat has a money back guarantee and if you feel like it is not a good fit for you, you can just return it and get your money back in thirty days. As a side note, only a few many companies offer this for spats. It shows how much it trusts this product.

3. Elite Sports MMA BJJ Spats

Training Quality (Freedom): 9.5 / 10.0

Durability: 9.1 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.0 / 10.0

Cost Efficiency: 9.2 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Sturdy materials
  • Good spandex/nylon ratio
  • Solid stitching
  • Complete freedom
  • I have good experiences with it!

Elite Sport Compression Pants has a classic look and it is slightly less thick than the other regular spats. However, it is a really slight difference and this basically does not change anything. In fact, the materials are a bit denser than normal because I felt a bit warmer than usual and it was really great for me. Because you may have read on my blog that I trained in Croatia in winter months. My gym was really cold and I actually really loved that since it kept my body warm in that gym.

It has extra stitching and I did not feel anything different. Basically, the tightness was normal.

It provided complete freedom. Back then I did not do a lot of grappling sessions but I kicked heavy bags quite regularly and did not feel any discomfort. I could basically move quite well.

Have a look at Elite Sports

You can also check out Elite Sports MMA Spats in the following short video. They provided a no-gi grappling session with these spats. The woman in the video also wears one of them and I can easily say that it fits quite well.

4. Novalava

Training Quality (Freedom): 8.8 / 10.0

Durability: 8.6 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.6 / 10.0

Cost Efficiency: 9.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Quite light
  • Tight
  • Classic waistband and design
  • Sun protection
  • Really cheap price!
  • Throw it in a washing machine

Novalava is a company which focuses on producing clothing for different sports disciplines like football, MMA etc. And it uses garments which are generally quite sturdy and have cheap prices. These spats are no exception.

As you can see from the picture, it has a quite simple design and the waistband is a bit larger than normal.

Also, the materials and thinner construction help you be more comfortable during sessions and you will definitely sweat less with it.

As a final note, it really can’t get any more affordable than this. If you are interested, check out Novalava.

Benefits of Wearing Compression Tights

Why do we need to wear compression tights? Is this really necessary? The short answer is yes.

Compression pants increase your body temperature and blood flow. It is known that the increased blood flow helps with the recovery and building muscle mass.

Also, people, who prefer doing no-gi BJJ sessions, must wear spats. Because while you are rolling on mats your legs can have rashes, however, these help you avoid the rashes like rash guards.

I have been in many MMA gyms and there is a huge chance that there can be sweat, blood stains, and dirt on mats. Since not all MMA mats are cleaned regularly and these may not be “hygienic enough”. So your skin can have infections like scabies which is common for people who roll on dirty mats and you can even have diseases. Yeah, that can happen so wearing compression pants can help you keep your health.

Another thing is to consider that spats provide support for your muscles and this decreases the chances of an injury and I am sure that it will come in handy for bodybuilders, martial artists…

Also wearing spats underneath your MMA shorts or BJJ pants increases the durability period. In some cases, you can expect to wear your martial arts clothing 5-6 months more. So it can be good for your budget because if you wear one, you will purchase MMA shorts or BJJ gi less frequently.

I sometimes have rashes when I wear BJJ pants and the cool thing is that that these compression shorts are “soft” and made of materials which don’t cause any redness.

And especially if you are a guy, you really don’t want to roll on the mats and do grappling with only compression pants since not only everyone can see your body parts which can be really embarrassing but your groin area also will be open to impacts which suck even more. So after you purchase good compression tights, definitely invest in a good cup.

Some spats also offer sun protection and these protect you from UV rays so you can do your workouts outside with ease of mind. However, you need to check whether a particular product has this quality or not. After all, MMA and BJJ are generally practiced indoors and some spats obviously don’t have this quality.

Many of these wick moisture like crazy so it is good that these are also machine washable.

How much should you spend? It depends on your budget and what you expect from it. Since spats’ material quality changes everything including durability. For example, some spats can last around 2 years without losing its elasticity, stretching capabilities. But another low-quality one can lose elasticity within months and it can become quite loose and you really don’t want it to happen. Since when it is the case, it allows air in and it does not change the body temperature or increase blood flow. Basically, it will be useless a couple of months later.

Also, if you run, build muscle or participate in almost any sports, you can also benefit from these tights. For example, many fighters have two spats. One of them is for their martial arts routines and the other one is for building muscle. Also, these have really affordable prices and if you can afford one I don’t think that buying a second one will be a problem.

One thing is to note that I had to train at 6 am in a gym in Croatia and the temperature was quite low. If I did not wear spats, I would have probably frozen. If you are also training at cold temperatures, it can help you stay warm and you can roll better. You can basically do everything better.

When you don’t feel cold, trust me on this you will have more focus.

Let’s Wrap It Up

We all know that compression pants are essential for MMA and BJJ. So in my opinion, depending on training frequency, everyone, who practices these martial arts, should have one or two spats and wear them every single session. With that, I know that many people just love Zipravs and give quite good feedback on it. Also, when I evaluate the price, I really think that it is a bargain. check out Zipravs on here.

In this writing, I included everything you need to know about spats and also reviewed best compression tights for MMA and BJJ.

However, if you need any more information, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

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19 thoughts on “Top 4 Compression Tights (Spats) for BJJ and MMA”

  1. This was a good comparison post on the top options for compression pants that can be used for MMA and BJJ activities.

    Unless you use a post such as this one, it can be hard to see what the best may be and what the differences are between the best.

    Personally, I think that money is not the first consideration, rather the features that each offers is tops. It does little good you save money but do not have effective pants, and also it does not make sense to spend more than you need.

    I also agree with the need to wear these while working out. As you mention, the mats can be dirty and you want to stay warm and not worry about the cold while working out.

    I have bookmarked this page, for the next set that I buy, I will come here first prior to making my next purchase. Thanks for putting this together.

    1. I also think that money is not important while selecting a rash guard since almost all good ones have really close price tags and sometimes even more quality ones have better prices. Man, when I forget to wear rash guards on mats, after the session I shower two times. I just can’t stand the dirt.

  2. Well put together article. Many options of spats to choose from, so people can choose the ones that work best for them. I have personally worn spats before, but you do make a good point on the fact that the compression of them does help with recovery and with blood flow. I might have to give them a try to see how I feel in them. Thanks for review.

    1. My muscles especially my legs are sore after kicking heavy bags for a long time and if I don’t wear spats, the soreness generally goes on for days. So I try to bring them for my every MMA session. You can get one and do a couple of sessions with it. After the stretching period is over, you will feel better. And if you don’t like one even though it is not likely to happen, the high-quality one’s price tags are not so high so you can purchase another spat.

  3. I find that any compression on the legs is very tight in the thigh area especially when wearing a cup. Would you recommend wearing compression tights without the cup? Is it necessary to wear it? I’m all about being comfortable and not feeling constrained too much. Also for thinner tights like the ones from elite sports, do they hold up nicely in the washer?

    1. There are models which just do not stretch enough around the groin area and when you wear a cup underneath compression tights like these you don’t feel comfortable at all. However, these ones get quite good ratings about this. Elite Sports, in particular, can stretch a lot without too much deformation. So it can be a good option for you.

  4. Dominique Strydom

    First off, great post! I love the layout of all the information and how easy it is to read.

    I don’t do martial arts myself and was wondering if compression tights are better suited to them or work with other sports as well? My sister does krav maga and I will surely recommend some to her.

    1. Yeah, these are also used for other sports as well. I know many football players and bodybuilders wear these. Sure, I’ll appreciate it. Even though it is a different type of martial art she can use them as these are suitable for many different martial arts.

  5. shalisha alston

    Hi there. Thanks for the information. I took up Krav Maga. I wore regular spandex. Is there a major difference between compression tights and spandex? My spandex always felt tight enough to raise my body temperature (LOL). Do you think I should buy these?

    1. I think that if it does the job fine, I don’t see why you should not wear spandex. There is not much difference but it is baggier and may not be ideal for martial arts training. But I have not done Krav Maga in my life. So if it does not inhibit your movement you can go on with them. So basically these spats are not needed for your circumstance.

  6. Hi Furkan,

    I did a bit of boxing when I was younger.

    I see things have changed. All this gear now and I thought I would stop by and see how it is changed.

    Those compression tights is not something I came across while I was training. However, there may have been an equivalent some 20 years ago?

    I found out quite sharply that I got weak wrists. They hurt a lot and too many times I landed just plain wrong. Had to give it up. I like a lot of the gear here and certainly would of invested back in my prime Furkan.

    Nice article my friend – brought back some memories.

    – Philip.

  7. Do you have any tips on selecting the right size if you order these online? I’m ordering for my son, and this is his first time wearing them.  I know his pant size and underwear size, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into the right size for something that is worn as tight as a compression garment. I’m going to measure around his waist, but do you suggest any other measurements? If you or anyone else has bought online, I would really appreciate some tips for sizing. Once I know his size, I’m going to order him a pair to use now plus a couple more to wrap up for Christmas – I can’t believe I’m already thinking about Christmas!

    1. The waist size and leg size are enough. You can read the reviews online on shopping sites and have an idea. Most people tell exact leg, calve, shin sizes so you can have a pretty good idea. The companies also do a pretty accurate size information. The tights on this list have really good fitting feedbacks. You basically can’t go wrong with them.

      Well, it is never too early to think about Christmas ; )

  8. I have trained Kick Box for seven years and I was not really paying attention to what I was wearing. This is mostly due to the fact I was a young. I did not used any branded tight spats. I still like to hit the gym and go for sparing now and then. Of course I was much more active while I was actively training.

    Now I would like to purchase good tight spats for my needs – recreational. From your post I would say that my favorite is Novalava, because they are the most comfortable.

    Do you recommend buying them?

    1. Yeah, I see many youngsters don’t go with expensive spats as they think the others can do the job. But they can’t be any more wrong as these generally don’t stretch well and don’t give enough freedom. When this is the case, you can’t grapple well and can’t expect a decent durability from these spats. Yeah, Novalava is pretty decent.

  9. Hi Furkan,

    I do BJJ and don’t typically wear spats but I have been considering it lately. The main reason for me would be to prevent an injury as you mentioned. I have had knee injuries in the past and will do whatever I can to avoid another one. I haven’t heard of some of these brands but they look awesome and I will be checking them out. Thank you for writing this.

    1. Hi Dan, man you should start wearing one immediately. There can be fungus, ringworm and all types of bacteria on mats. It is even more vital in your circumstance as less stress will be on your knees.

  10. Okay, I see why more and more men are wearing them, my son started messing around training with friends in MMA to start losing some weight and get some aggression out. He’s been complaining about the cold and I think these will help him out with that. Thanks for the article learned a lot.

    1. MMA is great for getting in shape. I see that my body gets more toned every other week.
      Wearing spats in a cold environment is a must. Not only it prevents bacteria invasion but it also protects him from the effects of cold and apparently it will come in handy for him.

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