The Sprawl company was gracious enough to send over a pair of their Fusion-S Fight Shorts for a review and here are the results.
Make no mistake, these shorts have been put to hell and back, on purpose for this review. There was no expense spared to the effect of constant 2-a-days, strength training, grappling, MMA sparring, running and kickboxing. The shorts were washed everyday and worn everyday to accelerate their wear, durability and performance in multiple disciplines.
The highlight of the Fusion-S is its ‘features’. Some are outwardly visible, while others you realize only after your glad your shorts are still intact. Now a fighter may be quick to dismiss these features as marketing ploy, lets take a closer look at the shorts and their performance.
The Fusion-S received was Black/White/Gray and is one of the best looking fight shorts around. It outwardly appears that it possesses function and durability, while still portraying a menacing mentality without any cliche graphics. The shorts are bold, basic and raw in a without any excess logos or real variation in styles.
The Fusion-S are not made from your standard fight short material. The usual fight short material tends to be a thin material that is very light weight but thin and flimsy. The Fusion-S shorts are extremely light weight but are also slightly thicker in material. The shorts feel as if they ‘stay down’ more on your legs and resist ‘riding up’. As any combat sports/strength althete can attest to, getting material stuck to you while in movement can impede your lift/strike/submission. The reason for their performance is material is 4-way strength fabric, and it will literally stretch in any 4 ways you pull it. The loose fit, stretch material and leg slits allow for unparalleled movement.
The shorts have reinforced stitching that outlines a slit on the legs of the shorts. This slit allows for the shorts to stretch even farther as needed when the 4-way stretch fabric was pushed to its limit. This allowed for full squats and deadlifts, with no sticking, gripping or pulling on your legs. Not only did it help during weight training but it allowed full kicks and take downs with less impeding of motion.
The Shorts have a locking fly that is extensively longer and complex than most shorts. It takes the basic concept of a dual velcro locking system that is found on most shorts but adds several unique features. The shorts use longer pieces of fabric, giving more surface area for the velcro and thus forth more reliability. This reliability means that when you stand up, your shorts will be still on you, which as comedic as it sounds, it very essential when grappling. The second feature is that the fly is essentially sandwiched on both sides by the very piece that locks them on, and this also gives you a second guarantee of reliability. On the inverse, the locking belt of the fly is the ‘achilles heel’ of the shorts and provide the shorts its only real drawback and negative design aspect. The belt section of the velcro has a tendency to overlap onto the fabric ,and the fabric is not reinforced in that area, thus over a short period of time the fabric has succumbed to significant wear and tear.
The waistband of the shorts includes an inconspicuous yet essential feature that really set these shorts apart from the rest. The Fusion-S shorts have a rubberized multi grooved band inside the waistband that grips whatever it holds on to. Any athlete regardless of sport will attest that during physical activity the shorts will shift upwards on your torso. This effect is amplified in the combat sports world due to the increased physical contact. The shorts will hold on to you even when the drawstring is not tied on. There was less adjusting during rounds, and what had been a concern of past shorts was no longer an issue.
The most valuable and underrated feature is one that is not even prolifically advertised or featured by Sprawl. Its inclusion in the shorts was a shock when the shorts were received, and it turned out to be the most valuable and defining feature of the shorts. The aforementioned feature is a thick wetsuit like piece of material that comes across the entire interior inseam of the shorts. It is virtually unnoticeable, and extremely resilient to any trauma that the shorts or the wearer may encounter. The material stretches even more extensively than any other part of the short and it is strategically placed in these shorts for a reason. The section of the shorts is very useful when in guard or in any other athletic situation because it allows unadulterated movement while being durable enough to not rip apart. The inseam allowed for an added level of flexibility if the shorts were grabbed, pulled, caught or stretched.
Not only shorts are also blood, sweat and fungal repellant but the fabric is guaranteed for the life of the shorts. With that said, one thing to note is that after all of the countless weights, grappling, kicks, punches, sweat, blood and other multiple miscellaneous abrasions that the shorts faced…they remain unstained and still retaining their original color tone.
At a price of $56.50, directly from Sprawl, the shorts are inline with the athletic/MMA/board short price range. Yet, the technology and features that these shorts offer is beyond what is found in other many other shorts, making them a valuable purchase. The shorts offer superior value for their price range and give the users a dependable short that is guaranteed not to fail on the mat.
The shorts have experienced significant wear and tear on the area near the velcro clasp. Since the velcro locking ‘belt’ section is so long it has a tendency to over lap and come in contact with the short material. The short material is not resilient to the velcro and this has resulted in the fabric discoloring and staring to fray on the surface. This has not hindered performance and not resulted in any tears but if they do fail, feel free to implement the lifetime guarantee on the fabric of the shorts.
These a great pair of shorts with exceptional dynamics with regard to athletic performance. The shorts offer superior technology that help contribute to maintaining and improving combat sports/athletic performance. The Sprawl Fusion-S shorts are recommended and a good buy for the combat sports athlete.
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