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I’ve been grappling in my Manto Tap Cancer Out rash guard for a while now and it’s great!  Initially writing this, I stumbled upon the fact that this will be a joint review.  First, this is a Manto rash guard with design input from a charity.  So if there’s a design flaw or a feature that I didn’t enjoy, who takes the hit for it?  Manto or TapCancerOut?  Who get’s the praise if there’s a feature that I love?  There are, obviously, many dilemmas with this.

Also, I have to point out my bias.  Cancer has taken both of my grandmothers from my family and I.  I feel very deeply for TapCanerOut’s mission:  “Tap Cancer Out is a jiu-jitsu based nonprofit (pending 501(c)(3) status) that raises awareness and funds for cancer fighting organizations on behalf of the grappling community.”  I almost feel as if I must provide a positive contribution to this organization.  However, I also have a personal, ethical responsibility to myself to be completely honest.  How fair would it be for me to lie to myself?  Would that help TCO?  In the long run, Karma’s a bitch and would most likely burn the shrine I’m trying to build.

Style and Design

Front view. I totally dig the red paneling down the sides. It gives the wearer a trim, fit look ~ even if you’re a fatty like me!

TapCancerOut and Manto have done a fantastic job in designing this rash guard.  The simple look of red and black is excellent.  It’s clean and simple.  I especially enjoy the red paneling that runs under the arms and down the sides of the torso, creating that superhero, masculine, framed look.  I’m also pleased that TCO kept it simple by just using the large logo on the chest and the fist and ribbon logo on the back.

Back view. Check out the simple look of the logo.

Build

Manto is known for their high quality products.  There’s essentially no worry when you buy from them.  You know, with little doubt or worry, you’re getting a piece of gear that is going to last.  They use triple-stitching throughout the rash guard, except around the neck, where Manto opted to use double-stitching.  After wearing and washing the rash guard multiple times I have been unable to find any loose threads or places where the stitching had run off the seam.

The rash guard is a fully dye-sublimated print.  What this means is that the molecules are locked into the fabric.  Unlike the old-school rash guards which are screen printed and have a tendency to crack, peel and/or fade, TCO’s rash guards will not.  They’ll hold up much longer than screen printed rash guards and retain their original colors much longer.

Fit

The Manto TCO rash guard is probably my favorite fitting rash guard.  At 6′ and 195 lbs I typically wear a size XL.  With most long sleeve rash guards the arms run a bit long and bunch up around the wrist.  Manto’s did not do this which was pleasantly surprising.

Another plus was that the crew neck cut wasn’t choking me.  Sometimes rash guards can be so tight that they create a claustrophobic feeling when you wear them.  This wasn’t the case.  Instead of being up around my throat the cut of the neck sat lower and flatter to my chest and clavicle bones.  The rash guards torso is plenty long, as well, so there’s no fear of it riding up and coming un-tucked from your shorts or gi pants.

A con for this rash guard is where the stitching comes together on the back of the shoulder blades.  The material pulls and stretches and looks as if it’s going to eventually rip at the merge point.  I can’t tell you if it will affect the longevity of the rash guard but if you have a large back or big deltoids you may want to go up an extra size.

You can see where the three seams meet. May be a consideration if you pump a lot of iron and have huge deltoids.

Performance

The TCO Manto rash guard does exactly what it advertises.  It breathes well and helps wick away sweat.  The rash guard is 89% polyester and 11% spandex, allowing it to stretch.  When it stretches you can almost see through the material making it like a second skin, which means you’re not going to overheat in it.

There’s no chaffing anywhere.  I’ve had rash guards that run up under the arm pits and actually cause a rash.  I’ve had some that roll up around the waste and cut into the body.  The TCO rash guard doesn’t do any of that.  I love it!

Summary

At the end of the day, this is a great rash guard for the money!  It comes in a short or long sleeve variation, fits great, is non-abrasive and supports a great cause!  At $50 it’s right around the average price of rash guards on the market today.  It might actually be slightly less than the average, actually.  However, instead of the profits going into the pockets of some greedy corporation, they’re going towards fighting that horrific disease of cancer!  BUY YOURS TODAY!

4.5 out of 5.

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Jaco Clothing has provided the MMA community a new rashguard!  I’m pumped about it!  I gotta tell you, when MMAHQ told me to expect a rashguard in the mail my first thought was “oh great, another generic rashguard..” I was expecting the nylon/spandex, skin-tight rashguard which is the industry norm having been carried over from the scuba and surfing community.  After opening the package, however, I was impressed!  The feel from first touch is almost like silk.  Soft and smooth.  Natural.  Organic.  Jaco definitely delivered when they said, “…ultra breathable Bamboo/Spandex blend provides a cashmere-like feel and comfortable formed fit…”

Another feature I noticed are the, “strategically placed mesh panels help regulate body temperature”.  You’ll find these on the upper and lower portions of the back and under the arms.  I roll in Florida where its 95 degrees with 90% humidity, so I truly appreciate these cooling panels!  However, they may also be a design flaw.

Another cool feature to their new rashguard is the mouthguard pocket.  You wouldn’t think it but this is surprisingly helpful.  There’s nothing more annoying than dropping your mouthguard while chatting with the instructor or taking a drink of water.  It’s the small details that make or break a new product.  This is one of those details that makes me think the designers are users, and not just recycling a design that’s already been around.

I spent an hour this afternoon on the mats with it.  All in all, I was again very impressed.  I thought I might get caught up in it like an old t-shirt, but I didn’t.  The more I rolled, the more it clung to my skin.  I thought it might also catch on the mat a bit but it didn’t.  The biggest critique I can give you is that it rubbed a little and left a bit of a rash under my arms.  Not exactly what you want from a rashguard but the pro’s far outweigh the con’s.  I can honestly recommend this shirt to anyone who want’s a quality rashguard to either practice no-gi or gi.

4 out of 5 stars and the best rashguard I’ve seen in a while!  Big THANKS! to my sponsor, MMAHQ for sending me some gear to review.  Go check them out and like them on Facebook! (end shameless advertising plug..)

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