When it comes to choosing the perfect pair of Muay Thai shorts there are plenty of options that are available. The size and style of shorts that you use will often come down to personal preferences. While every Muay Thai brand offers a variety of shorts, this guide will break down everything you need to know about purchasing the right pair of shorts for your training.
Muay Thai Shorts vs Other Styles
The first thing that you should know about Muay Thai shorts is they are designed to be short. You do not want to be wearing a huge pair of baggy Muay Thai shorts around the gym. You will look out of place when all the guys around you are wearing tight fitted shorts.
Top Pick at a Glance
If you are looking to purchase a new pair of Muay Thai shorts one of my favorite brands that I wear is Top King. They are a quality brand that offers a lot of choices in terms of style and design.
Overview (Excellent Shorts)
In my opinion, Top King Muay Thai shorts are up there with some of the best shorts will you will find on the market. The style is clean and very authentic to Thailand. Along with Twins, Top King is a brand that you will see most commonly used when you train in Thailand.
Top King Shorts are made with 100% Polyester Satin to ensure that they feel silky smooth and have the durability to last longer than cheaper Nylon shorts that you will find on the market.
With the huge selection of styles and designs, you will definitely be able to find a pair of Top King shorts that fits your style. These are as authentic as any shorts you will find on the market and they are made in Thailand.
If you want to own a quality brand that a lot of fighters use in Thailand, Top King offers a huge selection of shorts that fit every style. If you are like me and own a lot of shorts, Top King is definitely a brand you want to have in your closet.
Muay Thai shorts are particularly noticeable because they are extremely short compared to other stand up arts like Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA – which are much longer than traditional Thai shorts. They are commonly made from high quality satin material that is made in Thailand.
As you can tell by the image above there is a big difference between the 3 styles of shorts that you wear. As a general rule of thumb, the type of shorts that you choose will depend on your martial arts background. If you are training MMA, you will wear MMA shorts because they provide more coverage of your groin areas when you are rolling around on the ground.
People who train at Kickboxing gyms will wear Kickboxing shorts because that represents their fighting style. While Muay Thai and Kickboxing don’t have traditional uniforms like Karate fighters, a fighters shorts is how you will determine their fighting style. If you come from a Muay Thai background, wear Muay Thai shorts.
Why are Muay Thai shorts so much shorter than the rest?
Firstly, Muay Thai originated in Thailand which is a very hot country. When it comes to living in humid country that has very hot temperatures, less is always more. Muay Thai shorts are designed to give Muay Thai fighters the maximum amount of air flow so that when they are training they can cool off faster.
Another reason why the shorts are short is because Thai Boxers like to expose their leg muscles when they are throwing kicks. This has the effect of showing off a fighter’s power that is behind each kick. You will often witness good kickers rolling up the shorts higher on the kicking side that they favor more.
Styling Your Muay Thai Shorts
When traditional Muay Thai fighters train and fight they will commonly roll up the top and one side of their shorts to showcase the strength of their kicks and knees. Usually a fighter will roll up the side of the leg that he is more dominant with. If you are looking to find the right pair of Muay Thai shorts, it is important that you consider the following tips.
In the picture above you can notice how Antoine Pinto (Black shorts) rolls up his left leg higher than the right. This indicates that he favors his left kick and will use it more as a weapon in the fight. By rolling that leg up higher, it exposes it more when he lands kicks on his opponents.
Most Muay Thai fighters like wearing SHORT shorts. Just make sure your underwear isn’t showing!
Most people in training will roll up their shorts, however, it all comes down to personal tastes. If you are already wearing a small pair of Muay Thai shorts, rolling them up might make them uncomfortable to wear.
Finding the Right Size
When looking for Muay Thai shorts it is important that you find a product that fits. Forget about the look of the shorts, make sure the Thai shorts won’t constrict your ability to kick and knee. You should do a bit of shadowboxing to ensure the fit is good for you. Some brands of Muay Thai shorts will fit tighter than other brands, it is important for you to find a size that you are comfortable with.
Almost every Muay Thai brand has a specific size chart available for their products. This ensures that you are able to get a pair of shorts that correspond with your waist measurements.
It is important to note that usually the Thai sizes don’t correlate to North American or European sizes. If you are a large back home, then you are probably a double XXL in Thailand. Muay Thai shorts fit very different to MMA or Boxing shorts, so make sure you know how it fits before buying it. All of the shorts usually have a size chart that makes it easy to find a size that fits your waistline.
How Many Shorts Should You Own?
Every time you train you should be using a fresh pair of Muay Thai shorts. Nothing is worse than having someone using an old pair of shorts that have not been washed at the gym. Not only will your shorts smell like your body odor, it is also disrespectful to the people who are training around you.
Cleanliness is a very important aspect of training Muay Thai, which is why it is important for you to have enough pairs of shorts so you are constantly wearing clean shorts.
Most people will have between 4-8 pairs of Muay Thai shorts so they can rotate different pairs and wash them at the end of the week. However, that number will range depending on how often you want to wash your shorts and how much you train. In my opinion the more pairs of shorts the better.
Choosing a Muay Thai Brand
When it comes to Muay Thai shorts the bigger brands take greater care to ensure their shorts are made from the highest quality fabrics. This is one of the reasons why it is important for you to look at the brand names listed below when you are considering what shorts to buy.
The Best Muay Thai Short Brands
When it comes to purchasing Thai boxing shorts it is important to know the top players in the market. If you are looking to get the best quality shorts possible, you can’t go wrong with any of these guys. The first thing you should look for when selecting a brand of shorts is the quality of the material that is used. Most quality shorts are made from high quality satin material, to ensure that the material is very resistant to water and sweat. Here is a brief overview of the top Muay Thai brands.
Boon – Boon shorts are extremely durable and last a long time. They have some big name sponsored fighters that use their shorts when they fight. I have had a pair of boon shorts that I bought in 2007 and they are still in good shape today. The materials used in boon shorts are designed to last.
Lumpinee – Lumpinee shorts are usually very stylish and have fancier designs than some of the simpler counterparts. The Lumpinee store can be found right outside of Lumpinee stadium if you ever decide to travel to Bangkok and watch some Thai fights. This is a quality brand that is quite popular in Thailand.
Windy – Windy has been making Muay Thai shorts since their first factory opening up in 1951. They are a reputable brand of muay thai that specialize in a number of products used for muay thai and mma. They are made from 100% quality Thai Satin that make them extra durable.
Top King – Top King has grown into one of the most popular brands of Muay Thai equipment in Thailand. They are seen at every gym and are used by a lot of the fighters in Thailand. Top King used to be part of Twins until the family members split off and decided to double their business. The shorts provide wide leg room and have a comfortable feel when training.
Twins – Twins Muay Thai shorts are one of the most popular brands of shorts in North America. The shorts are made up of 100% polyester Satin to ensure the highest quality muay thai shorts. Along with Top King, twins are one of the most popular brand of Thai shorts in Thailand.
Fairtex – (Be Aware that Fairtex Shorts fit Extremely LARGE. If you are a large size in Twins, then you are probably small in Fairtex) Fairtex is often considered to be the most premium brand of shorts because of the price they charge for their equipment. The shorts are designed for an extra wide leg to ensure that you have more ease in movement when you are kicking or kneeing. Like the other Thai brands, Fairtex are hand made and use 8 elastic waistband to ensure you have a snug and comfortable fit when training.
Raja – Raja shorts are made from 100% satin materials and are designed to provide fighters with comfort when they are training or in the ring. This is one of the less popular brands, but the products they produce are high quality.
You can’t go wrong if you decide to purchase a pair of the Thai boxing short brands listed above. They are all extremely well built and all have a good reputation in Thailand.
Muay Thai Shorts for Women
Women’s Muay Thai shorts are designed to fit much smaller than men’s shorts. Most women do not roll up their shorts like men do, so the shorts are designed to fit without having extra space. Most brands offer a variety of sizes so that Men and Women can wear the same style of shorts, with the only difference being the sizing of the shorts.
Before purchasing a pair of Muay Thai shorts, make sure that you check the waist line measurements. If you have never worn a brand of shorts before, it is a good idea to look at the sizing charts to make sure you fit it. As a general rule of thumb the waist band can be very tight, so don’t get a size too small.
Recommended Retro Style Shorts
A very popular style of Muay Thai shorts that you see a lot of men and women (particularly popular among women) wear are the retro style shorts. These shorts are designed to be shorter in length and they have a separate material used in the seem of each leg. The extra wide leg and short design ensures you can wear the shorts without having to roll them up all the way.
Lumpinee Retro Shorts
These Lumpinee retro shorts are made with a mix of polyster materials to ensure that they are fast drying. These shorts have an extra wide cut in the leg and are designed to be very short in length.
If you want to have a pair of shorts that show off your legs, this is definitely a good option to go with. This particular pair of shorts is available in a number of different colors and styles that you can check out.
Buy it….if you want a tighter fitting pair of shorts
These shorts aren’t for everyone. if you like wearing baggier shorts that you roll up, you are better off sticking to a traditional pair of Muay Thai shorts. These shorts are better suited for women and guys who don’t mind showing off a bit of leg.
Determining the Price of Muay Thai Shorts
Retail Store vs Online – When it comes to getting the lowest priced Muay Thai shorts it is always cheaper to buy products online. While most gyms will sell Muay Thai shorts to their students, you will pay a premium when you buy it from your gym. Ordering online will always give you the cheapest prices when you buy a pair of shorts. The only time when it is better to buy in person is if you travel to Thailand and visit a local Muay Thai shop outside of the big tourist areas.
Fancy vs Simple Design – Another factor that will directly impact the price of Muay Thai shorts is the type of design on the shorts. If you order a basic pair of shorts that don’t have any fancy design or graphics it will be cheaper. Conversely, if you order a pair of signature Yodsanklai Fairtex shorts you can expect to pay a much higher premium for the shorts.
Brand Name – The brand of Muay Thai shorts you choose is another factor that determines the quality of the shorts. I never use any brands that are not made in Thailand. There are a lot of Boxing brands out their that outsource to places like Pakistan and produce low quality products that are cheaper.
Quality of Materials Used – Another factor that determines how much your shorts will cost is the materials used to make the shorts. There are some brands that use cheap materials in their shorts. This results in shorts that become SEE-Through when they get wet.
Stock vs Custom Shorts – If you want to have custom designed Muay Thai shorts made then it will cost you a premium. You can put whatever logo or images that you want on the shorts and have the made for you in Thailand. There are a number of websites that offer custom designed shorts.
How Long Do Muay Thai Shorts Last?
The first thing to go on Muay Thai shorts is the elastic waist band on the shirts. If you get the cheaper quality material they will start to tear on the seams of the shorts.
The average pair of Muay Thai shorts should give you many years of usage if you maintain them at keep them clean. It is important for you to regularly clean you shorts after training so you don’t have any bacteria that builds up from the moisture on the shorts.
Common Mistakes when Buying Shorts
Buying the Cheapest Brand – Cheap Muay Thai shorts are usually made from the lowest quality materials and are often see through when the material gets wet – I’ve learned this the hard way. It is quite common to see guys training without realizing you can see their underwear right through their cheap shorts.
If you are worried about a pair of shorts being see through then wet them at home and see if you can see your underwear through the shorts. If you buy a good pair of shorts made from Satin you will not have this problem.
You can usually tell right away the quality of the shorts by feeling the materials that are used. A good way to test out the quality is to grab the material and squeeze the fabrics between your fingers rubbing them back and forth. If the fabrics feel really cheap and a little bit rough then you should avoid the shorts.
Buying the Wrong Size Shorts – I can’t tell you how many times I have bought size shorts that fit too big or too small on me. If you already have a pair of shorts from that particular brand, sizing is not an issue. Only when you purchase a pair of shorts from a new Muay Thai brand will you run into problems with sizing of your shorts.
If you like wearing small shorts that are tight, make sure you choose a size a little bit smaller than the recommended sizes. Nothing is worse than having a pair of balloon Muay Thai shorts that are way too big in training. That being said, you need the shorts to be big enough so they don’t restrict your leg movement and kneeing abilities.