Poss Grappling Spats Review Introduction
If you’re a fan of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, or even wrestling, odds are you’ve seen somebody wearing leggings (often called spats) on the mat. Recently, a new company (to me at least) called POSS has come out with a very solid, basic version of spats that are fantastic for grappling and mixed martial arts training.
• Warm and comfortable when training in the cold; not excessively warm when training in the heat
• Support for leg musculature, including the knee
• Protects you from germs, viruses, and other nasty things found on the mat.
The look of these spats is very basic. They’re a similar thickness to the Under Armour spats that I have worn in the past, but didn’t seem to stretch out during training as much as the Under Armour spats. Which is nice, because it lends itself to a much better aesthetic. These are a great option for people that want the benefits of wearing spats on the mat, but not the added attention.
There is a very cool logo hit for POSS on the lower left shin (which still looks perfect even after a great deal of use).
Form & Fit
Even though I typically wear a large (36” waist), I e-mailed back and forth with Vincent, the owner of POSS until we decided that an XL would probably be best for my waist and my height. Although a large may have fit my waist, it may have been a bit short on my legs than I would’ve liked and since I wasn’t interested in wearing spat-capris, we went with the larger size.
This was also nice because it caused the spats to be a bit longer and I had no problem at all with them riding up during training. The fit was very snug and form- fitting throughout.
The waistband does not have an internal drawstring and I encountered a few instances of it slipping down, but when I wore shorts over the top of the spats, there were no problems at all.
The spats worked exactly as advertised protecting me from mat-borne diseases and also protecting my knees. I have a history of rolling my knees and hurting them when training without the gi. I didn’t experience any problems while wear the POSS spats.
I play a lot of guard (bottom-game) and I really enjoy attacking leglocks. I felt that having the spats really helped my grip when my training partners got sweaty. Also, I felt like my shots were a lot smoother as I had a bit of slide on the mats. I’ve worn a lot of different types of spats in the past and, similar to those, I felt no restriction of movement with the POSS spats.
At the time of writing, the POSS Spats retail for HK399.00 which is roughly $50.00 US. This is a very reasonable price for spats as most are going for upwards of $70 US.
This is especially great when you start to compare to other eastern-Asian brands like Isami or Reversal which sell for well over $100 US here in the United States.
The POSS spats aren’t anything flashy, but they’re very affordable and a fantastic option for grappling spats. If you’re looking for something functional and with only a slight bit of flashiness, then these are the spats for you.
Wait, why aren’t there more pictures?
Seriously? Do you really want to see me in a pair of tights? As nice as these spats are, there are just some things that can not be unseen. Trust me.