Datsusara-logo“Datsusara” (Dot-sue-sah-rah) is a Japanese phrase that expresses the desire “to leave the salaried/corporate worker’s life”. Determined to follow his personal passions outside a corporate environment, Christopher Odell founded Datsusara in 2007. As an avid sports participant in Mixed Martial Arts, he couldn’t find gear that met his functional needs or addressed his environmental concerns. He quickly learned that others shared his needs and embraced his concerns.

Datsusara’s mission is the creation of extremely high quality, functional gear made with hemp textiles. Datsusara gear features hemp for a multitude of reasons. In short it is the most versatile and useful natural fiber on the planet. It is naturally anti-microbial, strong, breathable and very environmentally friendly.

Much of our gear was originally designed for the MMA practitioner’s needs and we are proud to have achieved great success in the MMA market. But we are also driven to create gear for those discerning consumers seeking unique, durable, high quality products to get them through the adventures of life.

Whether in combat, on vacation, taking a hike or simply dealing with a daily commute, Datsusara has the gear to get you through. Datsusara gear is not for everyone – if “making do” is good enough for you, then we are not your brand.  Our gear may not be essential, but you may discover it’s the gear that you’ve always wanted.

If living your life with purpose outside the cubicle is important, Datsusara is for you.

Meet Christopher Odell and check out Datsusara’s hemp gear including bags, apparel and fight wear at the 2015 Oregon Open Jiu Jitsu Championship on September 12 in Hillsboro.