Fighter Girls has the most varied line of women’s MMA clothing on the market, including three cuts of women’s MMA boardshorts. The most recent cut, the 304, comes in several styles including the Pinkie Boyfriend, which I’ve been rolling and working out in since April; I’m lovin’ this cut above all other FG offerings. In my round up of Fighter Girls women’s MMA shorts, I tried to provide a comparison of the three cuts available and here I’d like to look more closely at the 304s. You can find measurements and photographs of the Pinkie Boyfriends in my previous post; in this post I’ll illustrate my impressions of the shorts with the rather silly ‘training meg-tage’ below.*
Form and Function
The biggest concerns expressed by readers and friends of MegJistu on Facebook were: 1) how do they fit and; 2) how do they move or stretch in training. The Pinkie Boyfriends have become my ‘go to’ shorts for no-gi training, as, for me, they hit the ‘sweet spot’ of cut and fit in terms of maintaining a balance between tailoring and comfort. I have no trouble with range of movement and never feel as if the drawstring will come loose and result in an embarrassing ‘pantsing’ incident. I wear long line rash guards with them – here with a Nike Pro compression top and in my previous post an Under Armour compression vest – and don’t have serious issues with tops riding up over the top of the low rise. For added confidence I sometimes wear a black lycra dance leotard rather than a rash guard, which looks slightly odd (I hope one day ‘rashtards’ will become a reality) but dispenses with the need for compression shorts and ends worries about bellies/bums peaking out the top during a vigorous session. In my opinion, these are the best performing and best designed boardshorts FG has come up with to date, as they have decent length and room in the thighs, with added give from small side slits. The slit is especially well done as it is not so generous that it exposes your bottom when you’re holding guard or similar, as the wider-legged men’s cut shorts can do, but provides a little bit more room in the leg while adding a little extra style. At any rate, perhaps this little vid can help you better visualise how this cut of shorts might work for you; feel free to comment below if you have any unanswered questions!
Music by Amel Larrieux ‘All I Got’.
*This is my first ever attempt at creating a little video and it is rather ham-fisted, but it seemed the best way to communicate to you that the shorts do provide a great range of movement, stretch with you, stay in place and look cool.
20 Jul 2011 @ 3:04 pm
I liked your form, solid technique…:-)
20 Jul 2011 @ 4:41 pm
Thanks, Scott 🙂 ‘Dedication to the technique’ as Rickson says, is my goal even if I don’t always achieve it. Difficult to demo grappling solo, so hopefully this provides an adequate illustration of the shorts in their ‘natural habitat’ 😉
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20 Jul 2011 @ 4:30 pm
Love the video! Can I do “Look What Meg Did Post” with the video and link to your site for the review?
Oh yeah.. Those shorts are sweet!
20 Jul 2011 @ 4:43 pm
Thanks for your enthusiasm, is appreciated! I am uploading the vid to my YouTube tomorrow morning if you’d like to wait to share, but you are welcome to link to the post and share if you fancy (and give credit which I know you intend). Thanks again for visiting!
21 Jul 2011 @ 9:01 am
Here’s the link on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJNPcOfL-Y8 🙂
20 Jul 2011 @ 10:01 pm
Quality review and the video is a lovely addition, bravo!
21 Jul 2011 @ 7:17 am
Thank you, Meerkatsu. I hope to have more of a play with videos. I don’t have great skills or equipment, but I love videos of clothes in motion when I shop online, so hope it is useful for the ladies 🙂
21 Jul 2011 @ 3:34 am
‘rashtards’ – Made me laugh. I tried wearing a plain black swim suit under my gi once… but it was weird, and people noticed it was weird. lol A rashtard would be lovely though, as my midsection popping out mid grapple is pretty much my least favorite thing ever, and try and I might, my rash guards do roll up from time to time.
The shorts look fantastic!
21 Jul 2011 @ 7:23 am
Hi Stephanie! Indeed, I know quite a few ladies who rock the swimsuit-as-rash-guard, but it has always sounded very hot and uncomfy to me, which is why I went for the lycra dance leotard which is similar in feel and breathability to other sports clothing. You can get plain ‘tank top’ style ones that look acceptable and the confidence of a onesie under shorts can’t be beat as far as the belly-flash is concerned (and living in the UK mine is fish white and scary – HAHA!). I have been urging any brand that’ll listen to take up this idea, but to no avail. In time, perhaps!
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23 Jul 2011 @ 2:43 pm
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19 Aug 2011 @ 3:57 pm
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13 Mar 2015 @ 5:50 am
Thanks for the review! I’m a little thicker in the thighs and am looking for some shorts for training in. Have you tried any of the fighter girl rashies?
anyway on the subject of rashtards I met a woman who trains in these catsuits
They are so comfy! but expensive so I’m saving up.
14 Mar 2015 @ 7:00 pm
My pleasure, hope it was useful for you!
I have not tried FG rash guards, and I would like to one day.
Those catsuits are amazing! There are some cool body con options coming down the line with more full body and leggings that can be layered up with shorts. Great when it is not so warm and/or you want to keep covered but have good movement.
All the best,