Product Review: Scramble Bushido Athletics Shorts

SCRAMBLE BUSHIDO ATHLETICS SHORTS



Reviewed By: Conor Hogan
July 20, 2011


With MMA and submission grappling expanding at an astounding rate, fight wear companies can be a dime a dozen. However, for every twenty barbed wire/flaming skull/glitter foil obsessed douche factories, you find one company whose branding and quality stand out from the rest. Scramble is a UK-based company that prides itself on creating slick designs that appeal to the fighters that aren’t part of the “meathead” demographic. Their new Bushido Athletics shorts are indicative of this smart design. The contrasting purple and yellow is sure to be a hit for any eccentric fighter (or LA Lakers fan), but this is combat, not a fashion show. Do these shorts perform as well as they look, or are they more flash than substance?


Features These shorts feature a 100 percent polyester build that is both soft and non-restricting. A stretchy, yellow inseam allows for maximum comfort while grappling, and prevents the shorts from tearing under duress. Triple stitching holds all the major pieces together, and the contrasting yellow thread is definitely a treat aesthetically. All of the graphics on the shorts are sublimated, meaning that they won’t wear off or peel over time like most screen prints. Scramble also included an ipod/mouth guard pocket in the lining of the shorts for those of you who like to listen to music while kicking ass.

[rating:4.5] 4.5 Stars

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Quality Overall, Scramble’s Bushido Athletics shorts are on par with other top-name manufacturers. The build quality is absolutely stellar. I’ve run these things through hell and back, and they look just as new as the day I received them in the mail. They are also very durable. I’ve managed to tear three pairs of gi pants and one pair of shorts in the past 4 months, but these shorts have withstood whatever I’ve thrown at them.

[rating:4] 4 Stars

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Value The biggest problem with buying gear from foreign companies is an insane exchange rate. With the dollar averaging around 62 cents to one British pound, these shorts come to about $64 before shipping. While this does put them around the same price as other high-end fight wear companies, (Hayabusa, Venum, etc.) the lack of brand recognition does put them at a considerable disadvantage. Luckily for us, Scramble counters the lack of brand recognition by promoting their gear through wholesale sites, like BJJHQ. I found a pair of these shorts for less than $40 a couple of weeks ago. Regardless of what you pay for these shorts, they are well worth the high level of quality that Scramble puts into their products.

[rating:4] 4 Stars

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Summary

With their Bushido Athletics shorts, Scramble has managed to pair style and substance in a great package. You’ll be paying a premium price, but their quality easily matches (and in many cases, succeeds) other high-end manufacturers. While a small design issue with the velcro strap causes a bit of discomfort for the fatties, it’s a relatively minor issue compared to the overall quality of the shorts.

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PROS CONS
  • The stretchy inseam is perfect for grapplers.
  • The build quality is impeccable.
  • Scramble’s unique style is eye-opening, and a welcome departure from the norm.
  • The velcro strap causes a bit of discomfort for those who sport a beer gut.
  • The price is definitely near the very top end for fight shorts.

Overall [rating:4] 4 Stars

http://www.scramblestuff.com/