Today we review the two new hemp t-shirts released by Submission Fight Company.
The first is blue and has a drawing of a shark with the writing: “The Ground is my Ocean, I’m the Shark”. It is inspired by a quote from BJJ Legend, Carlos Machado: “After the clinch, it doesn’t matter what happens, one way or another, we’re going to hit the ground, and we’ll be in my world. The ground is my ocean, I’m the shark, and most people don’t even know how to swim.” The second is white with the drawing of a lion and the writing “If Size Mattered, The Elephant Would Be King Of Jungle”. This one is inspired by a quote from another BJJ Legend, Rickson Gracie. Both T-shirts are made of 55% Hemp and 45% Organic Cotton, pre-shrunk, printed in the U.S.A and tag printed inside collar for comfort.
We assess t-shirts on 5 criteria: design, fit, quality, washing, quality/price ratio. Each of these criteria are marked on 1 point, bringing the maximum score for the review to 5 points.
Disclaimer: These scores reflect our own opinion and views. So here we go!
Although the drawings of the lion and shark might seem a bit cartoonish to some, I find them really cool. I generally like animal drawings on t-shirts and the colors fit the theme; white for the lion and blue for the shark. The lion is especially badass so for this reason we award 1 point for the design.
When brand new, the fit is perfect! I am an average A2 (height 1.79 m and 76 kg) and it fits perfectly. The size and length of the t-shit on the waist and the arms are just right so for this reason we award another 1 point.
3. Quality and texture of the material used
Both T-shirts are made of 55% Hemp and 45% Organic Cotton and it is all natural according to the manufacturer. The t-shirts feels amazing when I got them; the fabric is relatively thick and extremely soft, which is great! The only drawback in my opinion is that the heat retention of these t-shirts is very high. I read on forums that hemp material is warm and retain heat well, but may be too well in my opinion! On the positive side, if you are out in the cold, it is perfect! Also, these hemp t-shirts absorb moisture well and don’t smell which is a big plus. So for these reasons, we award this t-shirt another full mark; 1 points.
4. Washing: color and shrinkage
The t-shirts are pre-shrunk which avoids major shrinkage. However, after the first wash even with in cold water and hanging it to dry, the t-shirt loses some of its original shape, which is a shame as it loses the great fit that was there when brand new. It is also advised to wash only in cold water which is a bummer if you wash all your other clothes on 30 or 40 degrees, you have to wash this one separately every time and cannot put in the dryer. However, if you wash on cold as indicated then the colors remain and so does the drawings. Because it loses some of its fit after washing, we award these t-shirts 0,5 points.
5. Quality/price ratio
Each t-shirt is nearly 40 USD because hemp is not such a common material it has become quite expensive. So because the quality is there and that this t-shirt is quite unique, USD 40 is something that people like myself would be ok with, so for this reason we score the quality/price ration 1 point.
The 2 hemp T-shirts from Submission Fight Company are really original both in terms of the design and the fact that they are made of hemp. However, if you live in a hot country or going to a warm place, the high heat retention from the hemp might keep you even warmer, but if you live in Scandinavia during the winter, then these T-shirts are great. The other good thing about these t-shirts is that they absorb moisture well, don’t smell and also remain soft. I also read that hemp is a durable material, more than cotton. But just remember that t-shirt made of hemp will behave differently than the classic cotton shirts. So, although they are a bit more expensive than other normal cotton shirts, they are original, an alternative fabric to traditional fabric, they provide the warmth and softness of a natural textile but with a superior durability seldom found in other materials. For these reason, we have scored the Hemp T-shirt from Submission Fight Company at 4,5 / 5.