Review: Spun Performance Long Sleeved Compression Shirt
A few weeks ago I won a contest of sorts on Sherdog and this compression shirt was my prize. In return for some swag Greg at Spun Performance requested that I write up a review. Here it is:
- 70/30 Polyester & Elastane blend
- High-denier yarns
- Techknit for 360 degree stretch
- Moisture Wicking
- Anti-microbial fabric (can’t wash off over time)
- Ergonomic pattern
- Powerskin Fabric
About Spun Performance:
Spun Performance Apparel was born out of necessity. When our founders began searching for compression apparel to aid them in their performance and to speed up their recovery, they shared a common sentiment, “Why’s this stuff so expensive?” So, they set out to try to find the answer.
There were a few factors that led to most legitimate compression apparel being so expensive:
- It’s sold through retail locations, so there is an extra level of markup, sometimes as high as 200%;
- Many compression apparel companies pay athletes to wear their gear;
- It’s worth it.
While we share their sentiment on the final point, we wholeheartedly disagree with the first two.
Why drive to a specialty running or cycling store to try something on for a minute or two in a cramped dressing room when you can order online and try it on in the comfort of your own home. If it doesn’t fit, we’ll pay for you to ship it back to us.
Why should you care who else is wearing the gear you wear? The only important thing is your gear helps YOU to perform YOUR best and to recover quickly so that you can get back to training as soon as possible.
Seeing our gear on a marathon winner’s back doesn’t make you any faster or stronger (except that you might be a little lighter in the wallet!). You might see some athletes wearing our gear, but rest assured, it was their choice and we’re not paying them.
The Role of Compression:
This is not a rashguard per se but a compression shirt. The material is sturdier and provides a degree of compression that you won’t see in the typical rashguard. Most athletes agree that compression gear positively affects their overall performance and in my opinion I would agree with that.
There are several different studies that detail role that compression gear can play in improved performance and recovery from physical activity. For specifics please check here:
Right out of the bag I noticed two things.
- The material is much heavier and stretchier than a typical rashguard. I have a Rupture PTSi rashguard as well as others from Under Armour, Army Combatives and several cheap ones from Target. To be perfectly clear this is a compression shirt (much like the Rupture PTSi).
- The seams are very well done and there were no loose threads. I’ve popped seams on every single rashguard that I listed above. The two most expensive ones lasted less than a week before unraveling. There is also a silicon bead around the bottom of the shirt to keep it from riding up.
- Vented armpits.
I was a little worried about getting the shirt on and off, especially when sweaty. There’s nothing quite as annoying as trying to get your shirt on or off in the locker room and getting it stuck on your head and/or armpits. This is especially an issue in the heavier fabric rashguards.
The opening for the neck is about an inch or so larger than some of my other rashguards and it was very easy to get on before training. After training I was also able to get off easily.
I’m wearing a Large in the picture below and for reference I’m 6’4” and about 205lb. I like my rashguards to be tight and this one was very comfortable. There was plenty of length in the arms & torso.
- It didn’t ride up at all. I shot, I inverted, I rolled and the shirt stayed in place the entire time. I didn’t notice it bunching up anywhere and it was comfortable throughout the session.
- It’s warm. Hot day on the mats and everyone was sweating like pigs. The fabric did a good job of wicking the sweat away. It’s cooler than cotton but may not be the coolest rashguard I have, it’s hard to say. I can’t say whether or not the vented armpits made a huge difference. Logically it should help but I’m not sure.
- The compression helps some with aches. It was probably a combination of the compression and the warmth but my right elbow (hyperextended a few months ago and still achy) and my left shoulder (enthusiastic kimura at NAGA last month) both felt better within about 15 minutes of wearing the shirt. Think neoprene brace/sleeve just not so much.
- Compression is a good thing. Plus it hides the muffin top a little J
- It’s warm. The increased warmth made warm-ups and loosening up beforehand quicker and easier.
- Seams appear to be bombproof. Visually they look great. I’ll do a follow up in a few months to let you all know how’s it’s held up.
- It doesn’t ride up or bunch up.
- Appropriately sized neck opening.
- Not IBJJF legal – if they can add some rank colored accents to the sides and/or shoulders it would be more versatile.
- It’s warm. I’ll never wear this under a gi.
For a tall, skinny guy that likes his rashguards to be tight and with good compression this fits the bill perfectly. I’m not a huge fan of lots of graphics so the simple design appeals to me and if it were tournament legal it would be my first choice for all competitions. At $44.99 with free shipping the price is cheaper than most high-end rashguards.
Spun’s Full Line of compression gear can be found here.