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Ramma
05-12-2008, 06:09 AM
Hey guys. I am looking to pick up a new Gi, but this is the first time I am ever buying one (previous one was supplied through the school). Like I said, I have never bought a BJJ gi before, so I figured I would get some advice from you experts.

I am not in dire need of a new one, but I want one. The gi I have is in good shape, but I would turn that into my spare. More than anything, having two gis will be easier on wear and tear, and having to clean them so much.

I am looking for something under $100, but that will be well worth the money. I don't want something with lots of logos or any shit like that. Just a plain gi, preferably in red or blue.



Note: Noob, or anyone else. If you want to merge this with Gi Review, feel free. I figured this didn't necessarily belong in there.

booska21
05-12-2008, 02:24 PM
Well I went on a gi search myself about a month ago and your not gonna find anything for under 100, and colored gi's cost more then white. I first gi was a gameness and that ran me about 120, but it was a pretty solid gi. If your looking for under 100 I would check ebay thats prob your only option.

MWW
05-12-2008, 04:36 PM
Well I went on a gi search myself about a month ago and your not gonna find anything for under 100, and colored gi's cost more then white. I first gi was a gameness and that ran me about 120, but it was a pretty solid gi. If your looking for under 100 I would check ebay thats prob your only option.

Not true. There are several places you can get a good quality blue BJJ gi for under $100. My personal favorites are HCK and Fuji.

Blue HCK single weave gi ($80 + $15 shipping): HCK BJJ KIMONOS (http://www.howardliu.com/catalog/bjj/single.htm)

Blue Fuji BJJ single weave gi ($77.95 + free shipping): DISCOUNT MARTIAL ARTS SUPPLIES & UNIFORMS (http://www.discountmas.com/index.html)

TriangleChoke
05-12-2008, 08:02 PM
Hey guys. I am looking to pick up a new Gi, but this is the first time I am ever buying one (previous one was supplied through the school). Like I said, I have never bought a BJJ gi before, so I figured I would get some advice from you experts.

I am not in dire need of a new one, but I want one. The gi I have is in good shape, but I would turn that into my spare. More than anything, having two gis will be easier on wear and tear, and having to clean them so much.

I am looking for something under $100, but that will be well worth the money. I don't want something with lots of logos or any shit like that. Just a plain gi, preferably in red or blue.



Note: Noob, or anyone else. If you want to merge this with Gi Review, feel free. I figured this didn't necessarily belong in there.
http://forums.mmanews.com/grappling-forum/16650-gi-review-thread.html

i have an atama gold weave gi...it cost me 130 when i bought it, but now i believe they are around 150 but it's well worth it. the gold weave gi is real thick and tough like the double weave, but it's lighter than the double. i love my gi..its very durable but i dont sweat too much when rolling. if i were you i'd pay the extra dollar for a gi that will undoubtedly last a LONG time

booska21
05-12-2008, 08:53 PM
Not true. There are several places you can get a good quality blue BJJ gi for under $100. My personal favorites are HCK and Fuji.

Blue HCK single weave gi ($80 + $15 shipping): HCK BJJ KIMONOS (http://www.howardliu.com/catalog/bjj/single.htm)

Blue Fuji BJJ single weave gi ($77.95 + free shipping): DISCOUNT MARTIAL ARTS SUPPLIES & UNIFORMS (http://www.discountmas.com/index.html)

I've been in the bjj game for a long time and there is no way your gonna get a quality Gi thats gonna last for under 100, its just not gonna happen, I would save up an extra 50 and get a koral thats my personal favorite.

MWW
05-12-2008, 09:09 PM
I've been in the bjj game for a long time and there is no way your gonna get a quality Gi thats gonna last for under 100, its just not gonna happen, I would save up an extra 50 and get a koral thats my personal favorite.

It's a bit too early for me to tell how long my Fuji is going to last since I haven't had it very long, but there are very few gis out there that are as durable as an HCK. Even the HCK standard single will outlast the majority of the higher priced gis. I have three HCKs and they are built like tanks. They put my over-priced Atama to shame.

Noob
05-12-2008, 09:52 PM
Under $100 for a very nice gi could be a bit tough.



That being said, if having the top-of-the-line is not what you're going for, $100 will easily get you a very decent gi.



My recommendations for under $100:


HCK
Fuji
Padilla&Sons
Sirius (might be right on the edge of $100).



Fuji is good, though not excellent. Great for the money. HCK is very good, though I don't personaly care for the cut of the gi. If you have long limbs, probably not the gi for you.


Padilla&Sons I have no personal experience with, but have heard good things and their prices are nice. (MatRat Martial Arts Kimonos and Training Supplies (http://matrat.us/)).


I have heard almost universally good reviews from Sirius. The prices are good, though not insanely cheap. If I had some money to throw away, it would probably go to them.



If you're in the market for an exotic gi, GroundForce makes a hemp gi that runs about $100 including shipping. I have one, it's fairly lightweight, the fit isn't perfect. But, to each his own.



Hope that helps.

Ramma
05-13-2008, 06:55 AM
Sorry to kind of go back on the under $100 thing, I know everyone gave me some advice.. but I figured I would just put like 2 extra hours next week and get a gi 130 and under.

I was thinking along the lines of what some of you guys said.. I am buying a new gi so it will last me a little longer and I will have a back up.. so I might as well get a quality one.

I kind of forgot I even did this thread lol.


What about $130 and under? I wish I could just talk to my BJJ instructor about it.. but he is pretty busy these days with fight prep and stuff. I haven't seen him lol

MWW
05-13-2008, 02:19 PM
Ramma- To help us out a bit more, what are qualities you are looking for in your next gi? You mentioned you wanted a quality gi that will last a while, but do you have a preference in weave type, weight, cut, etc.? If you are just looking for a quality gi that will last a while IMO HCK wins hands down. I bought my first BJJ gi (Krugans) in 1997 and have owned and seen MANY different brands/styles in the past 11 years and have yet to come across a gi that gives you more durability for the buck than HCK. A little more specific info will help because in the end an HCK (or Padilla, Vulcan, Koral etc.) might not be for you.

Noob
05-13-2008, 03:53 PM
Sorry to kind of go back on the under $100 thing, I know everyone gave me some advice.. but I figured I would just put like 2 extra hours next week and get a gi 130 and under.

I was thinking along the lines of what some of you guys said.. I am buying a new gi so it will last me a little longer and I will have a back up.. so I might as well get a quality one.

I kind of forgot I even did this thread lol.


What about $130 and under? I wish I could just talk to my BJJ instructor about it.. but he is pretty busy these days with fight prep and stuff. I haven't seen him lol



$130 and under gives you a lot more wiggle room in terms of choices.



Popular gi's at that price range:


Atama
Koral
Keiko Raca
Sirius



Probably a few more I'm forgetting. Each gi has its own set of qualities. HCK will probably outlast any of those, but it's fit isn't for everyone.


Atama tends towards a fit for slightly taller people, though I'm not lanky by any means and mine fits me fine. Koral should fit an average build person, but they are generally regarded as being overpriced. Atama as well, though a bit less so.


Keiko Raca I tend to hear either really good or really bad things about. They do shrink a lot when you first wash them, so keep that in mind. They are definitely fitted for longer, leaner body types.



Those are your big name gi's, but there are dozens of other brands worth looking at if you're willing to take the time.


http://www.mkimonos.com/ is a good brand, though a bit out of my price range.





A good website resource would be Joker's Jiu-jitsu Kimono & Gi Reviews (http://www.jokerjitsu.com/gi/)



Lots of gi reviews and information. Both for specific brands as well as gi's in general.

Ramma
05-14-2008, 12:17 AM
I appreciate the time guys. I am much more of a No Gi guy, and am just looking to be much more active in those types of classes. For that reason, I have very limited knowledge of gis beyond Tae Kwon Do gis when I used to practice it.


Well, if it helps...

I am 5'9+, pants being 32/34 width x 32/34 length. I wear large shirts

All 4 brands you listed together are owned by people at my school. So seeing them and hearing good input is what I am looking for.


MWW - More or less, I am looking for something that isn't going to be so heavy and tight that no air gets through. I already friggin sweat like crazy. I mean, sometimes I bring a second shirt to my No Gi class lol. The gi I have now is not what I would call "heavy", know what I mean? I don't feel like I have 5lbs weight on the back of my neck. It is comfortable.

All and all, I want a great gi, but not a perfect one.. I don't need a perfect one.

Noob
05-14-2008, 01:19 AM
I appreciate the time guys. I am much more of a No Gi guy, and am just looking to be much more active in those types of classes. For that reason, I have very limited knowledge of gis beyond Tae Kwon Do gis when I used to practice it.


Well, if it helps...

I am 5'9+, pants being 32/34 width x 32/34 length.

All 4 brands you listed together are owned by people at my school. So seeing them and hearing good input is what I am looking for.


MWW - More or less, I am looking for something that isn't going to be so heavy and tight that no air gets through. I already friggin sweat like crazy. I mean, sometimes I bring a second shirt to my No Gi class lol. The gi I have now is not what I would call "heavy", know what I mean? I don't feel like I have 5lbs weight on the back of my neck. It is comfortable.

All and all, I want a great gi, but not a perfect one.. I don't need a perfect one.


If heat is a concern, I would recommend against HCK. They are built very very tough, and consequently are thick. Not what I would call heat-efficient.


You don't sound as though your body type is especially far on either end of the scale. You shouldn't have much trouble finding a gi to fit you. Heat shrinking it can always help if you are able to fine-tune it without ruining the gi.

MWW
05-14-2008, 05:27 PM
If heat is a concern, I would recommend against HCK. They are built very very tough, and consequently are thick. Not what I would call heat-efficient.


You don't sound as though your body type is especially far on either end of the scale. You shouldn't have much trouble finding a gi to fit you. Heat shrinking it can always help if you are able to fine-tune it without ruining the gi.

I agree with Noob. If you are wanting a lighter more breathable gi then HCK isn't what you want. They are pretty much indestructable but they are also kind of on the heavier side. It sounds like you are a candidate for a nice single weave gi. Keep in mind though that for the most part the lighter the gi the quicker it will wear out but that's offset by the generally lower cost of the single weaves. For light, comfortable gis I like Fuji and Gameness. You can get both from budovideos for around $70.00.

Noob
05-14-2008, 05:35 PM
I agree with Noob. If you are wanting a lighter more breathable gi then HCK isn't what you want. They are pretty much indestructable but they are also kind of on the heavier side. It sounds like you are a candidate for a nice single weave gi. Keep in mind though that for the most part the lighter the gi the quicker it will wear out but that's offset by the generally lower cost of the single weaves. For light, comfortable gis I like Fuji and Gameness. You can get both from budovideos for around $70.00.


Fuji and Gameness are good recommendations for lightweave gi's. Vulkan is also famous for their summer weave gi. I've not used it, but it is supposedly very lightweight and comfortable.


Sirius makes a few ultralight gold weave gi's that are intended to balance lightness of weight and some degree of comfort/durability. I've not yet used one, but it's next on my wish list.

Ramma
05-14-2008, 07:13 PM
Any specific links you guys would suggest? Or any single weave fuji/Gameness would do?

MWW
05-14-2008, 07:25 PM
Any specific links you guys would suggest? Or any single weave fuji/Gameness would do?

Check this link out for Fuji: DISCOUNT MARTIAL ARTS SUPPLIES & UNIFORMS (http://www.discountmas.com/index.html)

For Gameness and Sirius: Budovideos.com - Jiu-Jitsu Uniforms - Kimonos (http://www.budovideos.com/shop/customer/home.php?cat=384)

Budo videos also carries the Fuji but the above site has a free shipping deal going on right now.

Noob
05-14-2008, 10:22 PM
Sirius Kimonos (http://www.siriusathletic.com/kimonos.html)

Vulkan Kimonos Ultra Light Jiu-Jitsu Gi (http://www.krugans-usa.com/vulkan_gi.htm)

Ramma
06-06-2008, 05:19 AM
So, after heavy, heavy research and such. I have narrowed it down to 2 Gis

http://www.nabjjf.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=21 (Gameness Platinum Weave)

Budovideos.com - Gameness White Single Weave Gi (http://www.budovideos.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=21840&cat=491&page=1) (Gameness Single Weave)

Ultimately, I think I am going to go with the first one (Platinum). Probably in red or blue. I've never owned any gi other than white. Time for a change.

Palma
06-06-2008, 09:02 AM
So, after heavy, heavy research and such. I have narrowed it down to 2 Gis

http://www.nabjjf.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=21 (Gameness Platinum Weave)

Budovideos.com - Gameness White Single Weave Gi (http://www.budovideos.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=21840&cat=491&page=1) (Gameness Single Weave)

Ultimately, I think I am going to go with the first one (Platinum). Probably in red or blue. I've never owned any gi other than white. Time for a change.

Dude, you don't that shit unless you want to buy another one is six months... get a koral.

Ramma
06-06-2008, 05:05 PM
Dude, you don't that shit unless you want to buy another one is six months... get a koral.
Really? I have guys at my school who have been using Gameness forever and have heard no complaints.

If you have something specific in mind, send me a link of some good stuff.

ozzy2525
06-07-2008, 03:09 AM
Really? I have guys at my school who have been using Gameness forever and have heard no complaints.

If you have something specific in mind, send me a link of some good stuff.
Almmost everyone uses gameness at our gym, I very rarly see anyone with a koral, except our coach. Koral seems to me like a more flashy gi that should be bought if you have that kind of money. I recently bought a Blue Gameness pearl gi, it fits me a little big because I bought it a size higher to leave room to grow since I am 15 and about to start maturing. I have no compliets about it. It is a very good gi and worth the money.
But if you want a koral I can't blame you I mean look at this gi KORAL USA | www.koralusa.com (http://www.koralusa.com/dados_loja_produto.php?cd_produto=01&cd_modelo=022&cd_cor=06#)
Im getting that shit as soon as I get a summer job lol

Palma
06-07-2008, 03:26 AM
Really? I have guys at my school who have been using Gameness forever and have heard no complaints.

If you have something specific in mind, send me a link of some good stuff.

Maybe I'm wrong... is gameness the one with the pitbull on the back? If so, I just ripped a guys knee open on a fairly new gi when I was doing a force through pass. Lol, he was pretty bummed about it.

If you are looking for the most durable, you would probably want a Lucky, but I don't like them as the top weighs 12 pounds... I have a Koral that use for training and Vulcan that I use for competition.

strife
06-08-2008, 05:24 AM
I have a white Gameness single weave gi that has lasted me for 2 years now, my only complaint was that the drawstring broke on the pants my first class using it so I had to string it myself.

Ramma
06-13-2008, 04:26 AM
Alright, I purchased the Gameness Platinum Weave Gi and tried it on. It fits like a glove. I unfortunately won't have a chance to roll with it until Monday. After a few weeks of use, I will put a review in the Gi review thread. So far, I am completely happy. Feel nice, plenty of room to breathe and move around, and everything else.

Add the fact that I got it on sale for $110 (Blue, so it adds $10), which is basically anywhere from $20-$35 off.

strife
06-15-2008, 08:57 PM
Alright, I purchased the Gameness Platinum Weave Gi and tried it on. It fits like a glove. I unfortunately won't have a chance to roll with it until Monday. After a few weeks of use, I will put a review in the Gi review thread. So far, I am completely happy. Feel nice, plenty of room to breathe and move around, and everything else.

Add the fact that I got it on sale for $110 (Blue, so it adds $10), which is basically anywhere from $20-$35 off.

Not bad, where'd you buy it from? I got mine from MMAWarehouse.