Gi Revew Thread

Noob

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This is a stickied thread, and it is going to be the home for any gi reviews you guys feel like putting together. Also the place to post if you want recommendations on gi purchases.


If you own a gi, have rolled in one, borrowed it from a friend, whatever. Put together a review and submit it here. I will edit and update the thread to include all new admissions.


Eventually I would like to see this become a good reference tool for anyone looking to buy a new gi.






Atama:

Noob said:
This was my first gi, and it treated me well for more than a year as my only gi. I still use it, and it is still holding up well after almost two years of constant use.


Atama's are expensive. I managed to buy this one before their prices went up, but I honestly would not buy another. The gi is great and I would love another, but the prices are too high anymore. There are better deals for the money imo.


Atama does make good products though. If you don't mind the price, you can't go wrong with one. They have been around for a while, and there is nothing wrong with their gi. A very very solid product, and one of the better all around gi's on the market.


I own an Atama single weave. I typically do a gi class at least 2 times a week, and often 3 times.


I have no major complaints about this gi. It is comfortable, well-stitched, and fits me well. The sleeves and pant legs shrunk a little after a few washes, but not enough to be of any consequence.


The color has stayed well, through 2-3 washes per week for more than a year. The gi overall shows no signs of wear, aside from a small catch on the collar, but I believe that was my fault, lol.


The gi is comfortable, looks good, and breaths well. It is sturdy, not overly hot, and an all-around good gi. The only complaint I would have about it is the belt loops on the pants for the drawstring. They are flimsy, and I have had to have them re-stitched once. Other than that it is a good gi and I would recommend it.


For the money there are better deals. If I found another one on sale or on ebay, I would buy it. I would not pay retail for another Atama however. It is a comfortable gi with an assured level of quality, a surefire bet if you don't mind the price tag.







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mauladala said:
I have an Atama gi, with Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu's name and insignia stitched on the back. The gi is awesome- thick cotton makeup and great stitching. I actually like the drawstrings on the pants, as mine are in the front and easy to pull and tie- don't seem weak as of yet (8 mos.).

It cost... well... a lot really... I was kinda pissed at how much, so it better last. lol. @ $157 for an A3 gi.



this is my gi. No flag on the back, just a little flag on the shoulder and an Atama Jiu-Jitsu patch. It's a gold weave-it's thick like the double weave, yet it feels really light. It was kind of big when I first got it, but after a few washes the sleeves and legs shrunk up a bit. Comfortable gi and I don't get too hot when rolling around in it.

TC said:
I stand by the Atama gold weave. It's a damn good gi. I've had my blue one (pic posted above) for a little while now. I bought it brand new in the summer of 07, and it's held up very nicely. My gi before that one was a double weave. It was a good one, but i got extremely hot rolling around in that thing. Like I said in the review, the gold weave is thick and durable like the double weave, but it feels lighter and I don't get nearly as hot when rolling around.

The sizes vary. It all depends on what you want. I'm 6'2 225, and I went with the A4. At first I thought it was too big, but after a few washes the sleeves and pants shrunk up a few inches. I like my sleeves and pants legs to be rather short though. The less sleeve/pants leg to grab the better. Good thinking bringing this thread back up, Noob. As always you are on your A game.

edit: damn after looking at the prices, they have definitely gone up. I got my gold weave for 120 or something like that back in the day.







Bad Boy Kimonos:

AJL416AZ said:
i have a Bad Boy gi, had it for over a year so far, with, on average about 1-2 gi BJJ classes a week.

no holes, no tears, no problems. its comfortable, but the jacket is thick as fuck, so its a little hot while training, but other than that, i have no complaints. and you cant get much more old school MMA than rocking Bad Boy

i have no idea if its a single or double, but from what i know, all Bad Boys are tough ass material.




Brazil Combat Gi:

Update on my Brazil Combat Gi. At first I was really excited about the gi. Looked great, felt great..... Wore it twice, washed it like four times (it's black), and it came out of the wash with the patched coming off the sleeves. Not just the patch itself coming off, but the white piping around the patch was separating from it. Pretty irritated to say the least. I e-mailed the company and got a quick response. E-mailed some pics of the patches. They are sending me a few new ones that I'll have to get sewn on. Or they offered me 10% off my next purchase which is a fucking joke. I'll take the patches, thanks.
-So all in all, their stitching is sub par, only a single stitch around all the patches. I feel it should be double stitched or something to reinforce it better.
-The gi itself seems to be of good quality, but we'll see how it stands up long term.
-Customer service is quick to respond and good to deal with, but their offer to me was mediocre at best.
-And finally I just know I wont get the patches for at least two weeks because they are on a slow boat from Brazil.





Keiko Raca:

Here's some info some people may appreciate. It would be cool if others could contribute similar stats so we could get a good comparison going.
I just got a Keiko for Christmas, literally, an hour ago, and I measured it to compare to my old Gameness. So, here are the measurements for two different gis. It would be interesting if someone got a new Gameness single weave A2 so that we could see how much they really shrink.
I will also update the stats of the Keiko after I've shrunk it a little so people can see how much they can expect it to change with 10-15 minutes of low heat drying. I imagine I will eventually be getting it tailored exactly how I want so I can keep this is a competition gi.

Keiko Raca Limited Edition Kimono / Gi - White
A2 = 5'7'' - 6'0''ft / 169 - 177cm 141 - 176lb / 65 - 80Kg

Sleeve width: 14 3/4"
Sleeve length: 29" (taken from outside of collar to tip)
Collar length: 77 1/2"
Bottom width: 59"
Pant width: 19 1/4"
Pant length: 38 1/4"

Gameness Single Weave Gi
A2 5'.7" - 5'.9" 140lbs - 165lbs
One year of use, estimated total dry time of 15 minutes on low heat when new


Sleeve width: 13 3/4"
Sleeve length: 26 3/8" (taken from outside of collar to tip)
Collar length: 68 1/2"
Bottom width: 57 1/2"
Pant width: 17 3/4"
Pant length: 35 1/4"






Gameness:



ScottS said:

Everyone at my school wears Gameness and I have yet to hear anyone complain. I've had mine for a year and it's my only one. It's still together with only one minor tear on the inside of all places. They don't shrink that much (although avoding a dryer is best) and can be dyed very effectively too.

I also second the HCK gi if you want a starter for cheap.
Kimuras"R"Us said:
I have only used a gameness gi in my 10 months of BJJ (the white platinum one).
I have only had to use one patch on the knee (very weird place to get a hole, I think it got caught on something). Other than that, there has been pretty much zero wear and tear on the thing. It's a tank. It IS a bit heavy, but I like that anyway as I get a better sweat / workout in when rolling. It's durable as all hell. Zero complaints.

Here's some info some people may appreciate. It would be cool if others could contribute similar stats so we could get a good comparison going.
I just got a Keiko for Christmas, literally, an hour ago, and I measured it to compare to my old Gameness. So, here are the measurements for two different gis. It would be interesting if someone got a new Gameness single weave A2 so that we could see how much they really shrink.
I will also update the stats of the Keiko after I've shrunk it a little so people can see how much they can expect it to change with 10-15 minutes of low heat drying. I imagine I will eventually be getting it tailored exactly how I want so I can keep this is a competition gi.

Keiko Raca Limited Edition Kimono / Gi - White
A2 = 5'7'' - 6'0''ft / 169 - 177cm 141 - 176lb / 65 - 80Kg

Sleeve width: 14 3/4"
Sleeve length: 29" (taken from outside of collar to tip)
Collar length: 77 1/2"
Bottom width: 59"
Pant width: 19 1/4"
Pant length: 38 1/4"

Gameness Single Weave Gi
A2 5'.7" - 5'.9" 140lbs - 165lbs
One year of use, estimated total dry time of 15 minutes on low heat when new


Sleeve width: 13 3/4"
Sleeve length: 26 3/8" (taken from outside of collar to tip)
Collar length: 68 1/2"
Bottom width: 57 1/2"
Pant width: 17 3/4"
Pant length: 35 1/4"


I currently have a Gameness single weave gi. It is 8 months old, and gets used twice a week. Holding up very well, no complaints. Great value also. Was like $80 + shipping if I recall.












Ground Force Kimonos:



Noob said:
This is a little-known gi company. They make their gis out of hemp. The guy lives in California, buys imported hemp and uses it to make gis. He's in between productions, and has a new line coming out early 2008. I have his email address, and you can order directly from him if you want one.


I bought one just for the novelty of owning it, and to see if it wasn't a diamond in the rough. It cost me $100 after shipping. The guy sent some free patches and a belt included at no extra expense.


I was kind of apprehensive about buying a gi from him, as he had no website and I had to do some research just to find his email address, but in the end it was worth the risk. The owner is really nice and will take the time to answer any questions you have about the gi. One of the best customer service experiences I've ever had.


hempkimonos@hotmail.com







Howard Combat Kimonos:



Noob said:
If you're looking to pinch some pennies but don't want to buy a crappy gi, then this is definitely your best bet. For the money, this is the best gi on the market in my opinion. The cost to quality ratio is really outstanding, and only maybe one or two other gi companies that I know of even come close.


These gis are thick. I can't stress that enough. I just bought one of these, and the lapel is like a horse collar. It is crazy thick. The rest of the gi is thick as well, and is sewn together in a way that you'd take many many years to ever pull this thing apart. I can't see myself ever wearing through this gi. I will probably have it forever.


Like I said, the prices are good. If you're looking to not spend too much, this is the gi you should get.


The sizing in these is tricky though. I bought one that I thought would fit me really snug, and it ended up still being a little too big even after washing. I would say that if in doubt, go smaller. They are very roomy gis.






Update:



Now that I've had a chance to roll in this gi, I have some additions to make to my review.



The gi is good. It's not the greatest gi I've ever worn, but it's definitely worth the $50 I paid for it. Some critiques:


The sleeves are a bit short. Nothing crazy, but just a little more than I would like. This is probably a good thing though, because the cuffs are also a bit wide. Not quite as wide as you would find on a Judo gi, but a bit larger than a typical BJJ gi. I haven't rolled in it extensively yet, but the width of the cuffs could be a problem.


The collar is fucking stiff. There is absolutely 0% chance of me being collar choked while wearing this thing. Just not going to happen. It's big, it's thick, and it's going to last forever. The downside being that it's almost too thick. It's almost like having a piece of cardboard around your neck. I expect this to wear in as I break the gi in over a few weeks.


All in all the gi is solid. Indestructible like a tank. A bit rough, and a bit baggy. All in all, not the greatest gi in the world. But a very solid middle-of-the-pack gi, and very much worth the $50 price tag. If I needed another gi and didn't want to break the bank, I would definitely buy another. A great startup gi if you're a beginner, or a great backup gi if you just want another addition into the rotation.





HCK BJJ KIMONOS




Piranha:

Ok review time. The piranha is pretty thick and the collar is stiff but not too stiff. It is heavy even for a single weave and tends to be hot, but I sweat like a bitch in heat anyway so it doesn't matter. Overall it's good. The customer service is good too, when I first recieved it , the gi was very long in the arms, I called the compant and they got back to me the next day and gave me all kinds of tips on how to size it. He was very nice. Good company, I will probably buy all my gear from them from now on.
 

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I stand by the Atama gold weave. It's a damn good gi. I've had my blue one (pic posted above) for a little while now. I bought it brand new in the summer of 07, and it's held up very nicely. My gi before that one was a double weave. It was a good one, but i got extremely hot rolling around in that thing. Like I said in the review, the gold weave is thick and durable like the double weave, but it feels lighter and I don't get nearly as hot when rolling around.

The sizes vary. It all depends on what you want. I'm 6'2 225, and I went with the A4. At first I thought it was too big, but after a few washes the sleeves and pants shrunk up a few inches. I like my sleeves and pants legs to be rather short though. The less sleeve/pants leg to grab the better. Good thinking bringing this thread back up, Noob. As always you are on your A game.

edit: damn after looking at the prices, they have definitely gone up. I got my gold weave for 120 or something like that back in the day.
 

Noob

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I stand by the Atama gold weave. It's a damn good gi. I've had my blue one (pic posted above) for a little while now. I bought it brand new in the summer of 07, and it's held up very nicely. My gi before that one was a double weave. It was a good one, but i got extremely hot rolling around in that thing. Like I said in the review, the gold weave is thick and durable like the double weave, but it feels lighter and I don't get nearly as hot when rolling around.

The sizes vary. It all depends on what you want. I'm 6'2 225, and I went with the A4. At first I thought it was too big, but after a few washes the sleeves and pants shrunk up a few inches. I like my sleeves and pants legs to be rather short though. The less sleeve/pants leg to grab the better. Good thinking bringing this thread back up, Noob. As always you are on your A game.

edit: damn after looking at the prices, they have definitely gone up. I got my gold weave for 120 or something like that back in the day.

Review added, thanks.

And yeah, Atama's were a much better value 2-3 years ago. They've inflated in price substantially and aren't the same value they used to be.

In my opinion, there are better gi's for the money.
 

pafighter99

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I'm looking for a Cheap Gi. I don't want to pay anymore then 80$ any suggestions? It's for BJJ not Judo if there's any difference. I swear my gym is a bunch of retards they sell a shitty Gi for $137 and if I ask anyone where to find a cheaper one they say look online.
 

pafighter99

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I'm looking into buying the Howard Johnson Gi for $60 with 15$ for shipping and handling. It looks nice and gets good reviews, I'll wait a few days to purchase it tho
 

ChrisAM

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Im trying to get rid of a solid black gi my parents got for me I never used, brand new, size A-4. PM me if your interested.
 

Palma

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Fuck fuck fuck... may favorite Gi wore a hole in the ass. I used it about 220 times in the past year and a half so I shouldn't complain, but I really liked this gi. It was a black Koral MKM Competition.
 

bradlabo

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Fuck fuck fuck... may favorite Gi wore a hole in the ass. I used it about 220 times in the past year and a half so I shouldn't complain, but I really liked this gi. It was a black Koral MKM Competition.

Lol, that sucks dude.

I love my Krugans though, you should look into it.
 

Palma

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Lol, that sucks dude.

I love my Krugans though, you should look into it.
Yeah, I'm pretty happy with Koral since it lasted as long as it did, but I'm open to new Gis... the thing about Gis is different brands have different cuts and Koral has been the best for me so far. It's like they are taylored for me. I have a Vulcan I use for competitions, but it doesn't fit very well. It's really baggy compared to my Koral.
 

bradlabo

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Yeah, I'm pretty happy with Koral since it lasted as long as it did, but I'm open to new Gis... the thing about Gis is different brands have different cuts and Koral has been the best for me so far. It's like they are taylored for me. I have a Vulcan I use for competitions, but it doesn't fit very well. It's really baggy compared to my Koral.
Yeah, i tried on a Koral it felt pretty good but i really liked the collar on the Krugans, that is pretty much what sold me on it.

Also really liked Atama
 

Steve

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Is it just me or is it extremely difficult to get a Shoyroll gi??? I am having a hard time finding one.
limited supply + insanely high demand

they only make like 400-500 for each release or something crazy like that i heard.

---------- Post added at 07:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:57 PM ----------

I just bought a new summer gi http://redstarbjj.com/redstar-gi-white-large.html

I have been told by numerous people that Redstar makes fantastic gi's. Can't wait to try it out.. Very light the pants only weigh 8 ounces and the kimono wieghs (on my scale at least) 2.6lbs.

I bought it at the MMA expo so I was able to get a good deal on it only paid $100!!
what make me uneasy about redstar gis is that it actually says "quality brand" on the freaking gi. hahahahha
 

bradlabo

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THe only redstar that is good is the summer gi's.. The others are shit...

I think I am going to settle on either a Keiko Raka, Koral or Vulkann for my next

---------- Post added at 06:35 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:33 PM ----------

My local fight store does sell Shoyroll but he is out of stock... THe Sinister gi's seem to be getting good reviews from everyone also.
 

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