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Differences between Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA and Compression shorts

Shorts for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA and Compression wear are exclusively designed for their respective usages. Due to this exclusivity, there are some differences between them; however, they can be used interchangeably depending upon personal preference and style.

Muay Thai shorts

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Kickboxing and MMA shorts

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Compression shorts

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Differentiating factors

Although they are all shorts, yet the major differentiating factors are length, material, cut, design, fit, and functionality.


Muay Thai shorts are shorter in length, whereas Kickboxing, MMA, and compression shorts are almost of the same length.


Muay Thai shorts are generally made by mixing polyester with satin or silk. Polyester gives it a long durability, while satin or silk gives it a glossy shine. Kickboxing and MMA shorts are usually made from 100% polyester, or a blend of polyester and satin/silk. Compression shorts are usually made from polyester mixed with Lycra or spandex. Polyester gives the required strength to the fabric, while Lycra makes it stretchable.


Muay Thai shorts feature side splits to enable higher knee strikes. Kickboxing shorts also have side splits so that high kicks can be easily performed. MMA shorts usually do not have side splits but are tight fitting to provide easy range of motion. Compression shorts do not have side splits.


All shorts come in several attractive designs; however, Muay Thai shorts have the most striking colour combinations with Thai lettering as an additional design feature. Kickboxing and MMA shorts usually feature geometric designs, while compression shorts are normally in plain colours without any design.


Muay Thai shorts are loose fitting and shorter in length, which provides ample room for free leg movement. Kickboxing and MMA shorts are medium or tight fitting to provide full range of motion. Compression shorts are tight fitting and are almost like a second skin.


The length, material, cut, design, and fit, provide the functionality of the shorts. The shorts should be functional so that all techniques may be easily executed without any restriction. They should withstand the stress of intensive practice or competition. Additionally, they should look good and feel comfortable.

Pacific Sports shorts outstanding features

Pacific Sports offers high-quality shorts for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA, and compression wear.

  • Allows full range of motion
  • 100% polyester or a blend of polyester-silk, or polyester-satin, or polyester-lycra
  • For Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA, Gym & Fitness, running, crossfit, compression wear
  • Attractive designs with non-fading colours
  • Reinforced stitching to prevent tearing at pressure point areas
  • Hard-wearing and super-comfortable
  • Styled to deliver unhindered movement with full range of motion
  • Designed with side splits and Lycra stretch flex panel for added mobility when kicking
  • Secure strong fit with an elasticated waistband with imporved Velcro closure
  • The waistband has an inner drawstring for a waist-hugging adjustable fit
  • Easy-care – fast drying and tear resistant
  • Some shorts have a left inside pocket to keep mouthguard, keys etc.
  • Excellent quality
  • Sizes Available: S, M, L, XL. Please see size chart for your size

Pacific Sports shorts size charts

Pacific Sports quality

All products sold at Pacific Sports undergo rigorous testing. Numerous gyms and martial arts schools of Australia and the world, rely on the Pacific Sports quality for tough and long-lasting products, which includes uniforms, jackets, pants, belts, shoes, rash guards, compression wear, protective wear and training gear. Additionally, products offered on sale carry this same high quality but with drastically reduced prices. Moreover, if the monthly newsletter is subscribed, then an additional 10% discount is also offered.

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