Sunday, September 4, 2011
DATSUSARA REVIEW: CAUSE I GOT HEMP, CAUSE I GOT HEMP, CAUSE I GOT HEMP.
We are happy to bring back BJJ gear reviews. As the year has progressed, we slowly moved away from some of the product reviews we used to do in order to present our followers (you lovely guys and gals) with exclusive content and interviews. Well we are still going to do that but we have promised to our selves and to the grappling gods that we will deliver some great grappling gear reviews as well. So on we go!
Datsusara Hemp BJJ Belts
Recently, I spoke with Chris of Datsusara Gear and learned a little more about his company and his products. Chris's company is based out of LA and is entering it's 4th year, his goal still remains strong and that is to make truly functional, high quality gear. Datsusara has been creating a bit of a buzz lately with all of their products being made from green materials such as hemp and bamboo. Chris believes that staying green is as important as delivering goods that are extremely durable but also breathable and anti-microbial. Datsusara offers a wide variety of BJJ/MMA gear that includes gear bags, shorts, shirts, and bjj kimonos. Chris recently sent me some prototype belts to test out and do a review on. He sent me two belts to take a look at, both made from hemp which will match the hemp gi's they offer and they are 4Xstronger than cotton, dry easier, are naturally anti-microbial thus lasting longer.
Now it was time to test out the second belt which was the traditional looking belt. Just by looking at it you would never know it was made of hemp, it had the same thickness and feel of any cotton belt out on the market. I was impressed by the tight stitching and corner reinforcement stitches. The belt was not as stiff as the weaved belt and worked like a charm during rolling. The belt did come loose a few times but no more than my Koral and maybe even less. I do have to say I love both of these belts but as you could tell the weaved version found a place in my heart. Chris explained to me that the current batch is just a test run in one size, and he is planning on making them in all sizes eventually. Currently only the natural color is available for $20 but a colored version will be available soon with the black ranking sleeves. I can't wait for the colored ranked versions to come out and as soon as I get my brown belt (whenever that is) I will surely purchase a weaved Datsusara.
Quality: Blackbelt / Blackbelt (strong green materials, great stitching)
Price: $20 Going price for a decent BJJ belt, Prices will change upon new models
Appearance: Brown Belt / Coral Belt (The weave really stands out but not in a flashy way)
Durability: Blackbelt/Blackbelt (it's hemp, and has great stitching)
Thickness: Blackbelt/Blackbelt (not to thick, not to thin, that's what she said)
Sizing: Blackbelt/Blackbelt (300cm fit like a Koral A3)
Overall - First Degree Black Belt