Best Grappling socks 2020

Are grappling socks even a thing? Well apparently yes, they are.

I don’t think we will be seeing them in the BJJ mundials anytime soon but grappling socks have become more popular in recent years and I have seen them in several gyms myself.

Have you even had matburn so bad that you have not been able to train? Grappling socks can help to protect the damaged area of skin and also reduces the risk of infection. They are also popular with people who suffer from poor circulation and struggle with cold mats during winter time.

Plasters and tape usually don’t stay on for very long when rolling so some people wear grappling socks as a way of ensuring that open wounds on their feet do not come into direct contact with their teammates skin.

We have tried out a couple of pairs and here our top picks that make up our list for the best grappling socks.

Product
Top Pick
New Item Sanabul Foot Grips for MMA, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Yoga
EMRAH Neoprene Ankle Brace Socks Achilles Tendon Pain Support Foot Guard MMA Pad - X (Small, Black)
RDX Ankle Support Neoprene Brace Socks Achilles Tendon Pain Foot Guard MMA Pad
Roar Neoprene Socks MMA Boxing Protector Ankle Brace Gym Training 2MM Thermo Socks for Men
Name
Sanabul Foot Grips
EMRAH Neoprene Ankle Brace Socks
RDX Ankle Support Neoprene Brace Socks
Roar Neoprene Thermo Socks for Men
Top Pick
Product
New Item Sanabul Foot Grips for MMA, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Yoga
Name
Sanabul Foot Grips
Product
EMRAH Neoprene Ankle Brace Socks Achilles Tendon Pain Support Foot Guard MMA Pad - X (Small, Black)
Name
EMRAH Neoprene Ankle Brace Socks
Product
RDX Ankle Support Neoprene Brace Socks Achilles Tendon Pain Foot Guard MMA Pad
Name
RDX Ankle Support Neoprene Brace Socks
Product
Roar Neoprene Socks MMA Boxing Protector Ankle Brace Gym Training 2MM Thermo Socks for Men
Name
Roar Neoprene Thermo Socks for Men

Sanabul Foot Grips

Sanabul have spotted a gap in the grappling market for quality BJJ training gear at affordable prices.

They constantly produce products based on solid research and the foot grips are the perfect example of that. Their grappling socks are affordable and are well designed.

Here are the reasons we love these grappling socks:

Pros:

  • Feels like second skin as opposed to socks
  • Vents on side to prevent feet getting too warm
  • Rubber guard on bottom provides excellent grip
  • Protects against mat burn and infection
  • Comes in different sizes and colors
  • Feels like second skin as opposed to socks

Cons:

  • None to speak of yet

As you can see I am a big fan of these grappling socks. Apart from doing an excellent job of protecting your feet, they are probably also the best value grappling socks available on the market.

EMRAH Neoprene Ankle Brace Socks

EMRAH is another brand that may not be instantly recognizable to BJJ practitioners.

They primarily produce MMA sparring gear but also produce some grappling gear.

The Neoprene ankle brace sock seems to be aimed at people who are recovering from ankle injuries and are looking for a bit of extra protection.

These grappling socks are made from neoprene and Lycra and provide a decent amount of grip when wresting and scrambling.

The one issue I have is that the UK sizes can be a little confusing. I got the Large size and they were a little bit baggy for my size 9 (UK) foot.

Pro’s

  • Good value
  • Decent grip

Cons:

  • The large size was a little baggy on me

 

RDX Ankle Support Neoprene Brace Socks

RDX are an established martial arts brand that stock gear for MMA, boxing, Jiu Jitsu and many other sports. Their socks are not specifically designed for one sport and seem to be targeted at marital arts in general. 

The RDX sock provides excellent grip on different mat surfaces without being too sticky. If grappling on the feet the socks will provide traction in a similar way that wrestling boots do without sticking.

The RDX branding is not overly flashy which many people will prefer.

Pro’s

  • Very breathable
  • Good grip without being sticky
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Will being to stretch if worn regularly
  • Slightly more expensive

 

 

The Roar Neoprene sock seems to be targeted at people recovering from lower limb injuries. The sock is designed to give extra support in the same way strapping or brace might do. However the reviews indicate that many people also use them for grappling and MMA.

The socks are good value two which encouraged me to buy 2 pairs as they tend to stretch if worn too regularly. I use these socks if suffering from a particularly bad case of matburn that I need to heal.

Pro’s

  • Good grip on rubber mats
  • Cheaper than other options which means you can buy 2 pairs.
  • Good protection from matburn

Cons

  • Might be a bit flashy for some peoples taste