If you really want to be the best grappler and fighter you can possibly be, then you have to wrestle. Wrestling is one of the vital cores of MMA, alongside BJJ, boxing and Muay Thai. If you BJJ is great but you can’t wrestle than good luck getting the fight on the ground against someone who rightly fears your ground skills. If you’re a great striker but you’re fighting a grappler and you can’t grapple, then good luck landing that knockout shot whilst you’re flat on your back.
Best Wrestling Singlet Reviewed
Adidas Reversible Wrestling Singlet
Red and blue are probably the most common colours when it comes to wrestling singlets. These are arguably the classic colours, just like how white and blue gi’s are the classic colours in BJJ.
But when you’ve got a singlet that looks as good as this one, it’s hard to pick. Do you choose the red one? Or do you choose the blue one? Well… why not both?
This singlet is reversible, with it being blue on one side and red on the other. If your opponent only has one singlet and it’s red/blue, you can simply turn yours inside out to wear the opposing colour. Or just switch between colours for fun depending on your whim on a day to day basis.
There are a wide variety of different sizes including the full ranges of both adult sizes and youth sizes.
Adidas Stock Singlet with 3 Side Stripes
Adidas only do quality. You don’t build a company of that size by cutting corners and shirking on quality. Whilst Adidas’ focus is undoubtably on footwear and general sport-wear, their expertise and eye for detail really shine with this singlet.
Adidas’ famous 3 stripe motif is evident down the entire side of the singlet without being too much or being over the top.
It features a high-cut style, which generally speaking, is the preferred style amongst many. The high-cut style features a higher neckline and longer legs to keep more of your body covered. Some prefer this cut for modesty reasons and others because the longer legs and higher neckline are generally more comfortable and natural.
The lycra fabric feels great against the skin, no rubbing or pulling and no rashes due to friction. This material also helps the singlet fit in place against the body without being too tight and constricting or without riding up or moving.
ASICS Men’s Singlet
This is a great, no-nonsense singlet. No loud, garish styles, no frills and no bells and whistles but just great function and utility. This is the singlet for the athlete who wants to let his wrestling do the talking, not his outfit.
Like the Adidas stock singlet, it features a higher cut, providing adequate coverage without having to worry about the singlet riding up, etc. With some of the lower neckline singlets, the can be more easily moved over the arm/shoulder and just generally become uncomfortable with you having to constantly stop and readjust.
ASICS use an innovative flat seam stitching method to reduce bulk of the singlet and produce fit. As I said, wrestling is an uncomfortable sport already, you don’t want to make it any more uncomfortable and tough than it already has to be. Comfort is incredibly important when it comes to singlet and this is obviously where ASICS have focused it’s efforts.
Matman Wrestling 83 Singlet
This singlet from Matman really harkens back to a simpler time with it’s traditional and somewhat retro style. This is is the kind of singlet you’d expect someone to have worn decades ago yet Matman have somehow managed to make it look modern and stylish and fitting with our own times.
Matman have ensured that his singlet is colourfast, which isn’t as common as you might expect. Especially with the cheaper, budget singlets, it’s not uncommon to have a vibrant singlet lose a lot of it’s colour and flair after only a couple of washes. Matman have given you a singlet that will look and perform just as well on it’s first day as it will on it’s hundredth. Both in looks and function.
This singlet is durable; able to really take a beating on the mats without tearing or falling apart on you. Wrestling is tough so Matman have made sure that they’re singlets are too.
Wrestling is the middle point, the transitional part of MMA where whoever is the better wrestler gets to decide where the fight takes place. Even if you’re an elite grappler or an elite striker, a solid understanding and skill with wrestling can make sure that you can showcase your particular skillset.
Some gyms include wrestling as part of their BJJ classes or in their overall MMA classes, but if you really want to be elite, then it’s a good idea to train a pure wrestling class. There you’ll get to work on your wrestling in isolation and really hone down your technique so you can unleash it in the full MMA class later.
Many wrestling classes will require you to wear the correct uniform. In these classes, a rash guard and a pair of fight shorts aren’t going to cut it. In these classes, you’re going to have to don the full regalia including headgear and the wrestling singlet.
Wresting is a tough, uncomfortable sport so if you have to wear a singlet you’re going to want to the best possible singlet you can find so you have every advantage and comfort you can have when you step on that mat.
You don’t want to settle for a wrestling singlet that you don’t really like. You have to make sure you pick a good, solid singlet that fits well and will allow you train and battle in comfort. The last thing you want to do is lazily settle for a cheaper singlet that doesn’t fit you or suit you as well as it should and then have to constantly suffer it in training. A decent singlet is definitely something where you should do your due diligence before buying.