I am a convert. I wear spats each and every time I do jiu jitsu now. At first it was to justify having bought four pairs of spats, but only doing nogi jiu jitsu one time per week. Now it’s because I love them dearly. Why, you ask? Great question.
5. LESS SHAVING
While I usually don’t feel much pressure to maintain leg shaving, I remember going to class one time with hairy legs and feeling very uncomfortable about it. I don’t want to share my hairy legs with the world, so I have felt a pressure from myself to maintain leg shaving before class. Enter the spats. No pressure to shave whatsoever because these bad boys cover my entire legs down to my ankles. Excellent.
4. REDUCED AWARENESS OF HIGHWATERS
I hate highwater pants with a vengeance, and unfortunately, many gi companies seem to think that women have super short legs. I find that when I wear spats under my gis, I don’t care if they’re high waters. After all, now I can show off my spats better. Not just that, but I’m also physically less aware of high waters because I can only feel the spats on my legs.
3. ALWAYS READY
It used to be I had gi gear and nogi gear. Now, my nogi gear simply is under my gi. If I forget that we were doing nogi, no problem – I’m already in my spats. If someone wants to roll nogi after class, no problem – I’ll just take off my gi, and I’m ready to roll.
2. LESS FRICTION, MORE COVERAGE
I have sensitive skin, and between my spats and my rashguards, I don’t get any sort of gi burn on my legs or body. Sometimes I notice that my rashie or my spats look a bit worn and realize that they saved my body from getting that wear and tear. Not just that, but the spats and rashguard help keep a layer of protection between me and my partner. It’s much less skin-on-skin action, which reduces changes of picking up mat-bugs.
EXCUSES JUSTIFICATION TO BUY AND WEAR SPATS
It’s true! I have an addiction. I really want more spats. I want peacock spats and dinosaur spats and ALL THE FREAKING SPATS! I might just have a problem. Just in case you’re wondering, I wear a medium.
Jiu Jiu’s Question: Have you drunk the spats-flavored Kool-Aid/Flavor-Aid? What do you think about them? Do you wear them under your gi pants? Do you go full spats? PLEASE LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS ADDICTION!