SEA MMA Gear Guide

Black Eagle Predator Grappling Shorts Review

Introduction

Following up to the rashguard and leggings review on Black Eagle's Predator no-gi offering is their grappling shorts.

Official Specs:

  • No Gi shorts designed for BJJ No Gi grappling or MMA training and competition
  • Logos are applied using both heat transfer and a appliquéd embroidery
  • Available in sizes Small to XXL

Aesthetics

The grappling shorts comes purely in black with a few simple design elements. On the front is the word 'Predator' embroidered on the right, and the eagle silhouette printed via heat transfer on the left. On the back is a similar design, with the words 'Black Eagle' on the right and the eagle silhouette on the left.

The embroidery for the Predator is fairly thin compared to some of the more robust embroidery I've seen on other shorts, although I suspect this is to keep the shorts lightweight as well. The Black Eagle embroidery is slightly thicker, but I'm not impressed with the quality of the stitching as the outlines are not cleanly done, with some of the white fills of the letters going past the blue outlines.

Not too big a fan of the heat transfer logos as well, especially since the logo is made of tiny lines instead of a single full piece. With washing and wear, the smaller bits of the wings will probably rub off and disappear bit by bit, making for an awkward looking eagle. Already, the edges of some of the pieces are peeling a little.

That said, it is very plain looking otherwise, so it's good for those who want something simple and not too gaudy.

Form & Fit

The shorts run from S to XXL, with S starting at 30-32", and each size going 2" up. My waist size usually fits a 28-30" depending on cut, and these shorts even at S are too big for me, feeling like a Venum XS.

The shorts have no elastic waistband, relying only on the drawstring and velcro strap for tightening. As with such shorts, sizing is of utmost importance, as there's less 'give' for incorrect sizings. Unfortunately for me, the S is one size too big and to get this shorts on and keep it there, I have to pull the velcro strap a fair bit past the loop patch and still tighten the drawstring bit quite a bit. I'm told by Black Eagle that they will release a smaller size soon though, so slimmer guys like us will not be left out for too long.

The length of the shorts is great though, reaching just above my knees which makes it a comfortable length for stand-up work as well.

Functionality

The shorts are very light, so light that I initially mistook them to be flimsy. This is reminiscent of my Venums which are also super light. However, on closer inspection, the material is fairly sturdy and has a light stretch to it to withstand the pressures of grappling.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to comment too much on actual durability as the shorts were too loose to use in normal training.

In terms of features, the shorts feature the standard stretchy crotch panel and split side seams, making it suitable for both grappling and stand up work. It also has an inside pocket on the left for mouth guards.

The cutting for the shorts flares out a little towards the knees, which will depend on your built and preference. Personally, I prefer narrower cuts as I'm a slim guy.

Affordability

From the official site, the shorts go for GBP 27.49 (SGD 54) which is considerably cheaper than many other MMA shorts out there. Worth considering if all you need is a pair of shorts that won't split in half on you.

Conclusion

The Predator grappling shorts is a simple looking and functional pair of shorts. It's no looker, but should serve its primary function well enough.

Disclaimer

All comments in the review are my own personal opinion. Prices provided in brackets are merely for reference and are based on exchange rates at the time of writing.

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  1. MMA gear needs to be functional, you can worry about looks outside of the ring.


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