Sanabul is a brand you purchase when you're looking to add an extra rash guard to your collection that won't break the bank, so you never run out for training. But the price can be off-putting as cost typically dictates quality. Does the Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard buck this trend?
Material & Quality
You may expect horrible material with poor stitching for a budget rash guard. But Sanabul has managed to manufacture an excellent quality rash guard on a budget. It is made from 85% polyester and 15% spandex, a blend I like as it stretches well without being too loose.
The fabric is moisture-wicking and lightweight. They also have a mesh underarm for ventilation. Although, I have yet to notice any difference vs. not having this feature.
This is where additional features are missed due to low price points. The waistband is loose, so it can ride up when rolling hard. This is why I love the XMartial rash guard because it has an anti-slip gel waistband preventing the rash guard from rolling up.
The other issue with the waistband is it's very loose. I prefer tight-fitting waistbands, but that is a personal preference.
The Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard fits true to size. I am a size L, and the large fit me perfectly. My stats are 5'8" (173 cm) and 195 lbs (89 kg).
This rash guard is very comfortable, and compared to other budget rash guards like the Elite Sports rash guard, it feels and fits better. I don't know if it's the fabric or fit, but I prefer it as my budget rash guard option.
It fits nicely around the arms and chest, then becomes slightly loose toward the waist.
The designs are minimal, which some BJJ practitioners may like. More importantly, they are IBJJF legal, so if you compete in no-gi IBJJF tournaments, you can wear your belt-ranked rash guard from Sanabul.
The belt colors are only the sleeves, with the remaining garment in black.
For approximately $20, you’re getting a quality rash guard for a bargain. That is why I’ve rated the Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard the best BJJ rash guard on a budget. If you are a beginner to BJJ or looking to start your first class, get this rash guard first. If you don’t enjoy BJJ, you’ve only spent $20 on the necessary gear.
If you're looking to save a buck but not sacrifice quality, the Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard is an excellent choice. As you fall in love with BJJ and need to add more rash guards to your wardrobe, you can upgrade to brands with more features like XMartial or Hayabusa.
Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard