Last time we looked at a “Luta” Sportswear product, it was their performance rashguard, which I really liked. Today, we try out their take on MMA shorts, which are a bit of a mixed bag this time around.
The story behind Luta Sportswear comes straight out of the Favelas in Brazil, specifically from a small boxing club in Rio De Janeiro. Formerly an amateur boxer from England, Luke Downdney relocatd to Brazil and started the “Luta pele Paz” gym, translated from Portugese to “Fight for Peace”, back in 2000 and has grown and prospered since then. Fast forward to today, and Downdey has plans for a Global Alumni programme in hopes of reaching a vast network of people around the world, and has also begun his own clothing line, with the magnanimous addition that half of all sales will go back to the communities in the favelas to make them stronger and help people who truly could use it.
Luta’s MMA shorts are made with Bluesign fabric, which is an environmentally sustainable textile, that is essentially a green-friendly polyester. It also features four-way stretch panelling on the inside leg to maximize flexibility, thin slits on the sides for movement, and an ergonomic waistband that conforms nicely to your stomach (which also includes an adjustable waistband).
The material is a thicker fabric than what I have used in many MMA shorts reviews in the past, and uses a moisture repellent technology to keep you nice and dry, as well as odor-free. The shorts can be machine-washed, but much like with their rash guard, hand-washing works pretty well, too. There is a fly on the crotch area, but it does not actually do anything, making it a bit perplexing. It’s seriously just a fly that is sewn onto the pants that does function, and is not like other MMA shorts that close together using that as part of a zelcro enclosure.
Unfortunately, much like their rashguards, the item comes in only one color with a sparse design on it, in this case the design is the logo repeated down the sides of the shorts. It is also only available in black, no other options in terms of color. Cosmetically, it’s a very basic looking pair of shorts, but it gets the job done.
Overall, I liked the shorts, but do not think they are suited for MMA needs. The shorts are definitely way better for cross-fit, yoga, boxing, and general gym use, but these shorts do not feel like they were engineered for kicking. The pants legs hang down pretty low, and the material is a bit bulky, so unless I hike them up a bit, I felt some resistance when I went to kick. Once they were higher up, I felt better about them. Same goes for the grappling, I felt they were too long unless I pulled them up more, so that is more an observation than a complaint. Granted, I am 5′ 5″, so taller people may not have this issue, but this is the first pair of shorts I owned that I had this problem with. When you consider that the owner of this company comes from a boxing background, it’s obvious why the design choice was made to be longer since that is the common style in that gear. However, for anyone who wants to throw a kick, you will have to work a bit more and frankly, I was not a fan of that.
You can order the “Luta” MMA Shorts for $54.99, a good price for a good pair of shorts, with a good amount of that cost going back to helping more people be good (how many times did I write “good” in this sentence). It might be a bit costly compared to other shorts, but you can sleep easy knowing that your money is going to a great cause. The only major downside is that they feel like they were not made to be worn while kicking (or for short people to kick with), but otherwise I give them a solid recommendation as a well-built and sturdy pair of shorts, especially for boxers and gym rats. The pros outweigh the cons, but only if you are a specific type of athlete.