Top 6 most innovative fight gear brands besides Vehement

Top 6 most innovative fight gear brands besides Vehement
September 5th, 2014 Jan

There are other innovative fight gear brands besides Vehement. Brands that live for martial arts and that succeed because they love what they do. Here is our persoanl top 6 list. These six companies inspire us with their creativity and quality and everything they do for the global martial arts scene. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments.

1. Datsusara

What they say about themselves:
Datsusara is a Japanese phrase meaning “to leave the salaried/corporate worker’s life”. Christopher S. Odell founded Datsusara in 2007 because, as an avid sports participant (in Mixed Martial Arts), he couldn’t find gear that met his needs. Datsusara has a singular goal, to make truly functional, high quality gear.
Datsusara gear is manufactured to be as strong and versatile as military gear, while also incorporating the most functional textiles nature has to offer. We often use green materials like hemp and bamboo, which are not only extremely durable but also breathable and anti-microbial.

What we say:
A small but beautiful range of eco-friendly and innovative hemp products that look just amazing.


 

2. Hayabusa

What they say about themselves:
Hayabusa pronounced (hi-ya-boo-sa) is highly regarded amongst the martial arts community as the gold standard in high- performance MMA equipment and apparel. Rooted in Japanese tradition, Hayabusa possesses a relentless commitment and passion to produce only the highest caliber products designed for one sole purpose and that’s to maximize a fighters’ performance.  Hayabusa the well deserved reputation as one of the world’s best, most progressive and most revolutionary MMA brands. From creating the world’s most advanced fght shorts and shin/instep guards to designing some of the most eye-catching rashguards and t-shirts, Hayabusa has literally exploded from a budding company whose commitment to quality gained them support through word of mouth and transformed them into an MMA juggernaut trusted by top fghters around the world.

What we say:
Hayabusa has a huge range of products and all of them are just top notch regarding quality and design. The Ikusa gloves are maybe the most beautiful boxing gloves on the market.


 

3. Scramble

What they say about themselves:
Scramble is what happens in MMA, jiu jitsu, and grappling, when two fighters are halfway between positions. It’s the moment when everything is at stake, and it’s a chance for either fighter to come out on top. It’s about whoever has the strongest will.
Scramble is here to rescue you from flying skulls, winged skulls, flying winged skulls with top hats on, minotaurs, bulging muscle man, dragons with flying skulls and top hats on them, flying minotaurs with winged skulls and flames, and all the other crap that infests the visual side of the MMA world.

What we say:
Maybe the coolest fight gear brand. A dedicated team of young fighters that offers fresh designs nonstop. You can feel that these guys love what they do.


 

4. Rival

What they say about themselves:
Driven by a passion for excellence, a commitment to quality, and a love for boxing, Rival made a promise to “reinvent the industry”. Little did we realize how much of an impact we would actually have!
It didn’t take long for Rival’s reputation as a cutting edge, technologically driven, design orientated company to shake the industry to its core. Company after company, began redesigning their line and their look, in an effort to emulate what we here at Rival were doing. Others were not as subtle, as they helped themselves to our intellectual property and blatantly copied our products integrally. It was becoming crystal clear that our short existence was having a far more powerful impact than we first thought possible.

What we say:
Rival sets new standards regarding technology in boxing gloves. They invented and implemented great functions that other companies try to copy.


 

5. Tatami
What they say about themselves:
Tatami Fightwear was established in 2009 in the United Kingdom and was set up by Gareth and Lee to address a need for good quality BJJ equipment at affordable prices. Gareth, a brown belt in BJJ was involved in teaching children and adults in deprived areas and found it increasing difficult to find good quality equipment at prices his students could afford. That’s when Tatami Fightwear was born. Since then we have worked tirelessly to build a good brand reputation, get better quality products and support academies and shops around the world. Our products are now available on over 30 countries across the globe and through over 300 academies and 100 online shops. We are also proud to sponsor some of the worlds greatest fighters like Fernando ‘Terere’ Augusto and Robson Moura, Dean Lister and Pablo Popovich. We also support up and coming BJJ talent from around the world with our sponsorship programme.

What we say:
Tatami´s style of design and illustration is so unique and good that they really stand out. Great collection of amazing Gis and colorful rash guards.


 

6. Luta

What they say about themselves:
In 2000 a small boxing club in Rio de Janeiro named Luta Pela Paz (Fight for Peace) opened its doors in the favela community of Complexo da Marè. It became an immediate outlet for the young people in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas; a place for them to turn their backs on drugs, guns and victimisation. A place set up to develop champions in and out of the ring. LUTA Sportswear was created to support these champions.
Our aim is to bring you quality, high-end, socially responsible sportswear. To do that we have consulted with professional athletes and teamed up with industry-leading sports apparel designers and top performance fabric technicians in order to offer the best products for your regime.

What we say:
A social enterprise that donates 50% of its profit and supports great social causes is just inspiring.

Jan founded Vehement in late 2013. He is in charge of product development, design and customer support. The graphic designer started his Muay Thai and MMA training back in 2004 in a squatted youth center. As he doesn´t receive any payment from Vehement he makes his living by coaching social entrepreneurs in the field of design and branding.