I received the Manto Women’s “Sakura” Short-Sleeve Rashguard to review for martialartssupplies.com (BJJHQ). I reviewed a size Medium (women’s size). I’m 5’2″ and ~127 lbs.
I like the design, for one. It looks good when you wear it, and I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it.*
For another, the fit is great. The neck is high and fits just right (not too tight, not too loose). The sleeves are not restrictive on my shoulders or under my arms. The rest of the rashguard fits snugly and does not ride up. It’s a little longer than most of my other rashguards, but that of course only helps to keep it in place. I’ve worn it both nogi and gi, and it does not budge, not even when my gi top was loose and sliding around everywhere; the rashguard stayed where I put it.
Several seams unraveled to some degree. A clip & a dab of clear nail polish fix those, but still a little annoying to pull it on and notice new loose threads.
These are actually probably my fault as I insist on throwing all my rashguards in the washing machine and do not hand wash them as the directions say. But I do not understand why gear made for sweaty people has directions for hand washing. No sense it makes.
It’s white. Not just white, but a thin see-through white. In the picture above, you can read the logo on the girl’s shorts through the rashguard. The effect is more obvious in person; it hides nothing. And, of course, this is obviously exacerbated as soon as you start sweating. I resorted to wearing a second rashguard underneath (uncomfortable, hot, and the bottom rashguard always ended up riding up & bunching, though again the Sakura stayed where I put it) or finally wearing it underneath my gi.
(I have a white rashguard from Target that does not fit particularly well, but it is not see-through. So it is possible to make an opaque white rashguard. But this isn’t it.)
I do not do jiu-jitsu for the wet t-shirt contest effect.
Honestly, in my opinion the fact that it’s white and see-through is a deal-breaker. I repeat: I do not do jiu-jitsu for the wet t-shirt contest effect. I would like to see it in black/brown (the other color in the design), with the pink and white as the accents.
I want to like it because it nails the look and function aspects, but the see-through design choice makes me pause every single time I pull it out of my drawer, and I have to think about what I’m going to wear under it. I shouldn’t have to worry about decency in my BJJ gear.
As it is, it works well under a gi because it stays in place and is not restrictive. It would probably also work well during winter on those days when I wear two rashguards (yes, I do that when the academy is too cold).
*For the record, the compliments occurred when I was wearing something underneath.