We’ve all heard the horror stories about fighters wearing rings during training and it stripping the skin off the bone. I’ve heard other cautionary tales of people breaking their fingers and having to have their rings cut off to be properly treated. The safe alternative is a medical grade silicone ring. They’re affordable and can be fashionable. After looking through various options I selected Qalo. I fell in love with their style, quality, and the meaning behind their design.
Qalo was founded in 2012 by 2 recently married and active men who found their wedding rings getting in the way of their workouts. Their products are innovative, their customer service is outstanding, and their products have meaning. They stand for Quality, Athletics, Love, and the Outdoors and I really appreciate the various collections they’ve done including one for the Army, Breast Cancer, Law Enforcement among others. The special collections donate money the worthy causes they represent.
I selected the Thin Red Line ring which honors the men and women of the fire community. I liked the idea of supporting those who put their lives on the line and it came with the added bonus of having the colors of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. For my wife, MikiALaMode, I chose the Quality collection. The Qalo website summarizes it as, “embossed with the “Hammer and Pick” icon symbolizing the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into producing a high-quality product and living a high-quality life.” She is a fashion style blogger with an eye for quality and now has a ring that can stand up to her tough workouts.
I reached out to them via email inquiring about their products and received a response in less than 24hrs. I was especially impressed with the speed the order’s arrival. After a few short days a cleanly designed package was at my door and inside were 2 cool carrying cases containing my rings.
If you’re not used to silicone rings, one thing to be prepared for is that they may catch slightly on your pocket. It’s a small price to pay to protect your fingers. I took a few weeks to take the ring through workouts, training sessions, and even the NABJJF World Championships. It was durable and comfortable and held up in every situation. Best of all, the ring looks sharp and can be worn on any occasion. It’s a solid and affordable investment for any BJJ practitioner.
Special thanks to Qalo for sponsoring this post. All opinions shared are my own.