To choose the right pair of Muay Thai shorts, you’ll have to consider a lot of things. This includes the brand, the prize, size and of course, if you prefer the traditional “short shorts” style or something different.
The tips below will help you select Muay Thai shorts that best fit your taste and needs.
- Always go for top brands. Partly because they’re well known, but mostly because they use 100% quality satin in their shorts. The quality usually pretty much remains excellent throughout all top brand, differing only in style, leg rooms, elasticity and so on. Notable top brands are Top king and Twins, the latter being much more popular in Thailand. Lumpinee and Fairtex are considered premium brands whose shorts are a bit more expensive, but are generally considered better-fitting and more comfortable to wear.
- Buy from a physical store. Judging by you reading a guide on how to select Muay Thai shorts, it’s safe to assume that it’s your first time buying one. Since that’s the case, you may want to buy from a physical store and actually try to get a feel for the shorts by wearing them first. Make sure that they do not hinder you from moving freely, as well as allow you to kick and knee without restriction. Don’t be afraid to do some shadow boxing while fitting the shorts, the store likely won’t mind. Also, different brands have different sizes and fits, so don’t go thinking that shorts with supposedly similar sizes across different brands have the same fit.
- Always opt for a pair with proper slits. Keep in mind that not all shorts have slits, and while they’re not a huge deal breaker for beginners, the slits can make a huge difference in terms of mobility and flexibility. As much as possible, choose a pair with proper slits for better range of movement.
Authentic Vs MMA / Kickboxing Shorts
This is actually a valid question and a common concern among many who’re training in Muay Thai. After all, not all who train in Muay Thai plan on doing so for a very long time. Some are simply cross-training so as to help improve their skills and pick up a few lessons from Muay Thai that can be applied to their preferred sport, which usually is boxing, kickboxing or MMA.
Now, to answer whether or not you should go for authentic Muay Thai shorts, or if kickboxing or MMA shorts are enough, well, that mainly depends on you. There’s really no one stopping you from using MMA and kickboxing shorts in training. The problem only lies if you plan on fighting, whether amateur or professional, as you’ll be required to wear authentic Muay Thai shorts.
Keep in mind, however, that Muay Thai shorts are build for flexibility and movement, both of which are key to being able to get the most out of each sessions. Even if you’re not training in Muay Thai for keeps, you’ll still benefit from wearing Muay Thai shorts. Doing so should give you more freedom of movement, allowing you to get the most out of your training.
Taking Care Of Your Shorts
Now that you know how to select Muay Thai shorts, it’s important that you know how to take care of them. Even though most are built to last for a long time, they won’t be in good shape after a year or so of use if you don’t clean them regularly after training. Remember, cleaning your shorts not only makes them last longer, but also helps prevent bacterial infections that could keep you from training for days, if not weeks and in worse cases, months!