The Meerkatsu Verdict
After wrestling the Spider Guard off SpiderBoy (aka as my 3 year old boy Dylan) I took it for a spin in class. The quick summary is...BRILLIANT! Finally, a groin guard that doesn't feel like you're hiding a Sherman Tank under your pants. This groin protector is amazing, soft and pliable to almost feel like it is not there, yet strong enough to take the odd impact or errant knock during BJJ rolling.
Some more detailed photos and comments:
|Wow! A spider guard is contained inside, no really!|
|You get the groin guard and jock strap, but other versions include a pair of compression shorts instead|
|Spider Guard is a lot bigger than my Shock Doctor, but you hardly feel it is there.|
The company that makes Spider Guard has some funny videos posted on YouTube. See here how MMA type folk use a gigantic hammer to humorously illustrate how superior it is to other brands:
HAHAHA! I love viral video marketing stuff...when it works, and this one certainly does in my opinion. Well done to them.
If I had one criticism however, it would be that the stitching that holds the cup pouch to the elasticated waist band is not very good. My first sample was falling apart before I even wore it, and my second sample, I can see, is already beginning to come undone. It's just a simple double stitch I can do by hand but still, I expected this part of the jock strap to be better. Nevertheless, I really think this groin protector is head and shoulders above the Shock Doctor when it comes to wearer comfort and a zillion times better than cheapo generic martial art cups.
Finally of course, it's important to note that groin guards are not allowed in BJJ competitions.
Thanks to UK fightwear store Made4Fighters who sent me the Spider Guard. Made4Fighters are offering a 10% off everything sale (starting Xmas Day) and running until the end of January. On top of that, they tell me that they're offering an ADDITIONAL 10% off everything on Xmas Day and Boxing Day only using the code XMAS2010. Wow!
CREDITS AND DISCLAIMER
Thanks once again to Made4Fighters for sending me cool stuff to review. I am not sponsored by anyone. My reviews are my own opinion and if you enjoyed this article, please feel free to post a comment and mention it to the vendor as this helps me get more reviews. SpiderBoy courtesy of his mum who granted me permission to plaster his face all over my blog :)
Spider Guard website: http://www.spiderguardwebflex.com/