Jaco Women's Training Tights (Product Review)
Jaco Clothing has become popular among martial arts practitioners, with sponsored athletes including Rashad Evans, Braulio Estima, and Anthony Johnson. They are the official clothing line of the Blackzilians fight team in California.
Their products are designed to suit every type of athlete, including CrossFit, MMA, boot camp training, TRX, skipping, and yoga athletes. In addition to hybrid athletic gear, Jaco Clothing offers hoodies, caps, bags, t-shirts, and even BJJ gis. One of my favorite Jaco products is my pair of women's training tights.
- Comfortable elastic waistband
- Grey contrast flat-lock stitching
- 87% nylon and 13% spandex
- Screen-printed logos
Quality and Style
Jaco’s training gear is all aesthetically pleasing, and the women’s training tights are no exception. Instead of making a simple pair of black tights, they took the extra step of including eye-catching grey, flat-lock contrast stitching, creating panels at the sides and behind the knees.
If you’re into yoga, these tights would look awesome with the Jaco women’s performance training top I reviewed for Breaking Muscle last year. I don’t do yoga, but I still sleep in that top regularly. It’s extremely soft, stretchy, and comfortable. I wish Jaco made pajamas.
The fabric is strong and hasn’t pilled or pulled and the thick, flat seams have remained intact. After more than two years of frequent use, there are no loose threads and even the screen-printed logos at the waistline and back of the knee haven’t cracked or peeled.
Recommended washing instructions are to wash cold and tumble dry low, which I have always done. I find it’s better to dry them in the dryer than hang dry because they do collect lint during the wash and the dryer seems to minimize it.
Fit and Comfort
The Jaco women’s training tights are one of the most comfortable pair of tights I own. I’ve tried a lot of grappling tights designed specifically for jiu jitsu and to date, I haven’t found one pair with such a flattering or comfortable waistband. I remember how hard it was to find a BJJ gi that actually fit when I began purchasing them online. It seems to be that way for me now with grappling tights. I don’t understand why companies are choosing to incorporate waistbands that are so tight they cut into the stomach.
Initially, I thought I just had the wrong body type for grappling tights, but it turns out some of my male teammates are finding the waistbands uncomfortably tight in some cases as well. The waistband on the Jaco tights is perfect. It stays in place without causing discomfort or muffin top. If you don't believe me, just watch this video of Adrienn Banhegyi jumping rope in her Jaco gear.
The waistband does incorporate a thin elastic, but the elastic isn’t a murderous organ crusher. The waist tapers above the hips and is higher than usual for women’s tights, which works out well for BJJ when your shirt rides up during rolling. The fit is a bit looser than brands like lululemon or Under Armour, so you can see small folds in the fabric in some places like the knees, but they still cling to the skin comfortably.
The tights I wear most for BJJ are these Jaco tights, lululemon, or Under Armour. I often use these tights for taking photos when I’m reviewing rashguards because the fit is flattering and they don’t have a design that will draw attention away from the rashguard.
I bought these tights from a sporting goods store on eBay, and if I remember correctly, shipping to Canada took about a week from the United States. If you purchase from the Jaco online store, shipping to the United States starts at $6.68 via FedEx. International shipping to Canada starts at $39.75, also via FedEx, which is why I bought my tights on eBay. That’s obviously way too expensive to ship a pair of tights, and I have had several negative experiences with FedEx. When I tested the check-out process for this review, it appeared that the Jaco store accepts credit card payment only. PayPal is not an option, so keep that in mind.
You can follow Jaco Clothing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you browse through their Facebook status updates, you will see that Jaco is offering a new women’s line designed by UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste. The sports bra, bottoms, and shorts are available to purchase for $99.00 in a bundle, so take advantage while you can! A review of the line is coming soon to Breaking Muscle.
Jaco women's training tights are available for $49.99 at JacoClothing.com.