House of Grappling – Cartel Australian Outlet – REVIEW

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Well as you would all be aware, generally when we drop a Brand Spotlight a review of the brands gear is never to far away and this month has seen me on the mats time and time again decked out in the House of Grappling Ranked Rashie from Cartel.

Let’s get to the review.

WHAT YOU’RE GETTING

House of Grappling Ranked Rash Guard – Cartel
I will be reviewing the XL Rash guard
I am 92 kgs and 184cm tall, or 202llbs and 6’1

DESCRIPTION:
a. The artwork is simple yet elegant. Solid black with a Ranked colour bottom half in my case Blue. The blue is a deep blue how I feel a blue belt should look, none of this pansy ass light blue here! The slogan and logos on the sleeve are what push this over the edge as one of my favourite rash guards “Killing Egos Since 2009”
b. The print and artwork is 100% sublimated and will not crack, peel or fade even after heavy and prolonged usage.
c. The fabric is high quality and reinforced with flat lock stitching for comfort. There are no seams in the underarms and the tags are also 100% sublimated for maximum comfort.
Specifications
• 85% Polyester and 15% Spandex
• Machine wash cold
• Hang dry
• Do not iron or dry clean
• Have the possibility to shrink a little depending on wash method.

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FIRST LOOK IMPRESSIONS:
As soon as I open the parcel that was sent the rash guard was a stand out in terms of artwork and quality. The rash guard is smooth and has matching stitching to add that little extra class to the already bright design. I can’t wait to be able to train in it. The feel of the rash guard without even trying it on are amongst the softest I have felt. It seems to have been prewashed so there are no remnants of chemicals, which means, I am going to train in this right now! A + for the first impressions.

FIRST WORKOUT AND ROLL:
The fit and feel of the rash guard is amazing, just as soft as I had imagined while holding it straight out of the package. The rash guard has a strip around the bottom of the rash guard which will lock onto a pair of spats or if worn without spats will lock under your fight shorts. This is something that was appreciated by not just me, but everyone else on the mat. My belly isn’t on any wonder of the world lists, people won’t travel across the world to see it slip out mid roll that is certain. I am working on it though 😉

The other cool thing about the rash guard was the fact that I stayed warm during training. I can almost guarantee anyone who has trained No Gi once or twice knows that feeling once you start cooling down the rash guard can sometimes make you feel cold however I did not experience that at all. Between rolls with the next training partner I stayed warm and did not experience the “cooling off” effect. Maybe it had something to do with me training in the Northern Half of Western Australia where the weather rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius though. . .

The rash guard stood up during the hard training and after two hours of training I was still warm (not to hot) and I was completely rash and cut free which is always a bonus.

Rating: A+ for my first workout and roll impressions.

FIRST WASH AND FIT:
After the first wash I was still impressed as ever with both the rash guard I actually trained again a second time the following day with the rash guard under the Gi. I accidentally left it in the washer on the second wash and my wife threw them into the dryer. Like an honest man on a winter’s day minimal shrinkage was noticed however IT STILL FIT! I would not recommend doing that often due to possibly of shortening the life of the rash guard, but I was amazed that it held up and still looked as good as the day I received them. The fit was still amazing, and I use it almost daily. Not only for BJJ this rash guard would look great out amongst the waves however the middle of winter in Australia and I am a wimp when it comes to cold water so no surfing for me.

THE GOOD:
1. Will not shrink on you after a wash.
2. Slick Design to set you apart.
3. The print is 100% sublimated and will not crack, peel or fade!
4. Great price for what you are getting.
5. No infections or rashes to be seen whilst wearing this product.

THE BAD:
1. Recommended to hang dry, so do not forget to pull it out of the wash before class so it will dry in time.
2. Sizes run a little small so if you are in-between sizes order up, worst case scenario send it back for a free exchange.
3. You have to wait for it to arrive at your house. (Although postage from Melbourne to Perth was not exceeding 4 days).
4. May run out of room for all your trophies won for “best dressed” at events.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:
This is my first product from the team at Cartel, however it wont be my last. I am impressed with the quality and durability they offer. I’m excited to try some of their quality looking fight shorts and their new release Gi that is coming, maybe I will sneak in a review of that at some point. The rash guard I reviewed was the staple of the collection however I can honestly say that the quality of the gear that comes out of Cartels Australian outlet is second to none matched by their service sees this rash guard in particular get 5 out of 5.
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