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TUFROL Signature Gi

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review

The TUFROL Signature Gi.

TUFROL is a new company that has some nice designs and is working on developing their own brand of Gis. Like many companies, TUFROL is out of California.





A. 6.75

B. 29

C. 22

D. 26

E. 22

F. 12

G. 9.5

H. 38

Pant length from crotch: 25

Chest width: 21




  • 550 GSM Pearl Weave Jacket
  • 12 oz. canvas pants
  • pre-shrunk jackets and pants
  • gold weave gusset crotch
  • double stitched loops on the pants
  • reinforcement lining tape inside jacket and on sleeve and pants cuffs.
  • few tags and embroidery.
  • reinforced knee pads
  • EVA foam collar – perfect balance, not too hard (uncomfortable), not to soft (better grips for the opponent)
  • fitted kimono, confort and style
  • elastic drawstring on the pants
  • heavy reinforced seams for extra durability
  • contrast stitching

The Top:

The collar felt like it was choking me and was my only real major gripe with the Gi, I was really disappointed because aesthetically the Gi has some nice colors in use. The seam tape colors were different that a lot of other Gis and looked nice and I liked the use of gray as a contrast stitch and side vent color. I also liked how they left one of the sleeves blank and think the Gi overall would have looked a little better with both sleeves being blank.

I wasn’t too keen on their website being embroidered on the upper back of the Gi, to me putting a website on clothing can look pretty cheesy. The trailing stitching also looks subpar.TUFROL 007
The flat back part of the collar should be visible in this picture.  and was oddly formed with indents near the back of the neck. Maybe I have a fat neck, but I’ve never had this issue with any gi in the past of any A2 or A3 size from any company. It wasn’t comfortable to roll in at all.TUFROL 001The pretty seam tape, it was a bit scratchy, but only a tad. It lessened with continuous washing and wasn’t an issue after a handful of washes.

The TUFROL Signature Gi does have some nice elements to it, the color options being one of them, their TUFROL patch on the skirt of the jacket being another, it looks really nice and subtle.

Another tag on the skirt. Although they say the gi is 550gsm, it feels much lighter.TUFROL 004

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this arm embroidery from a looks standpoint. None of the patches or embroidery bothered me while rolling however.TUFROL 006

The Trousers:

The pants didn’t feel as if they were the greatest quality and had a yellow tint to them which didn’t look very good compared to the tops color. Although light, they felt relatively baggy in the arse. Regardless, I didn’t have any issues while rolling. Like the top, the pants 12oz cotton rating seems a bit too much as these are definitely some of the lighter pants I’ve worn.


Embroidery on the side of the leg.

The belt loop system worked and featured a six belt loop system with a stretchy rope drawstring.TUFROL 013The seam tape at the bottom of the pants was uncolored standard cotton. It wasn’t scratchy but was different than the colored choice they went with for the sleeves.TUFROL 015


Rolling wise, I just couldn’t enjoy myself due to the collar. The pants were ok but not my favorite fitting. This could be a great summer Gi due to its lightness if the collar fits you.

On a brighter note, in addition to the Gi, TUFROL throws in some really good looking stickers. I especially like the Carlos Gracie, Helio Gracie, Mitsu Maeda and Jigoro Kano sticker. It’s a really cool design and you can buy a shirt with it on their store.


In Conclusion:

I did try messaging TUFROL to express a few concerns but did not get a response back. Smaller companies are always improving and I’d love to see them make a couple minor changes to really let their line of Gis stand out.

Tatami Estilo 3.0

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review

Tatami Fightwear Estilo 3.0 After Rolling Top & Pants, Pink Elephant slipper not included

The skinny on the Tatami Estilo 3.0 in Navy:

by Dan Halpin

– 500gsm Single Piece Pearl Weave Jacket
– Canvas rubberized collar, opposed to normal twill collar. Canvas BJJ GI collars are much more hard wearing than traditional twill collars and help to keep the shape of the kimono.
– Contrast stitching on all Kimono’s
– New patch and embroidery designs.
– Triple stitched across all stress points
– Estilo E logo embroidered on both arms and left leg
– Inside cuff and lapel trim
– Heavy 14oz Canvas pants opposed to traditional twill. Double reinforced knee padding, triple stitched with over lapped seams.
– 4 Drawstring loops on the trousers to help keep the pants in the correct position on the body.
– All Estilo kimono’s will come with mix and match pants options enabling customers of in between the sizes to have the best fitting kimono.
– Rope drawstring as opposed to the traditional twill, which allows for tighter fastening of the pants, and more comfort when training.

Bottom line: Buy this Gi! (This gi made our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for a reason!)


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Dan’s Score for the Tatami Estilo 3.0 in Navy: 9/10

Dan’s Dimensions: 5’10″ 195lbs, stockier upper body with normal legs for his height.
Gi Top Size: A3
Pant Size: A2

Estilo 3.0 by Tatami Fightwear Pre-Roll Top & Pants


Pretty much everything about this Gi is likeable. The Gi cut is tailored and fits me like a glove (A3 at 5’10 195lbs, Gi has been washed and dried after every session). The interior is comfortable while the exterior is still difficult to grip.

The Navy colored Estilo 3.0 that I personally own is just beautiful. I don’t see anyone getting as many compliments as I do in regards to what Gi they’re wearing, except maybe a friend of mine who just purchased the Honey Badger Gi(also by Tatami) which is a work of art in the field of color contrasts, but I digress….

There is solid stitching and construction throughout this gi.

The pants. The PANTS. These are easily the most comfortable Gi pants I own.


There is a seam (pictured below) around the neck area that sometimes bothers me. It appears to have happened from an uneven lining up of material on the back of the neck below the collar. I don’t notice it all the time, it’s like a little annoying fly that sometimes appears.

I’m unsure if this is a defect on my particular Gi or a production issue, but in all honest I’m really nit-picking at this Gi because it is THAT good. It’s annoyance factor is around a 1/10.

Estilo 3.0 Bothersome Seam

Gi Top:

As mentioned, the cut of this Gi has a tailored fit. What this means is that the Gi will have skinnier sleeves as well as a skinnier jacket that will feel almost snug to your upper body.

tatami estilo gi review Top

Don’t confuse that with a lack of mobility however as the Estilo 3.0 meets all of my demands and has never felt restrictive in any way shape or form. Tatami’s choice of colors for the patches really give the gi a clean effect without too much clutter like Tatami’s previous patches, definitely a step in the right direction on their part.

estilo 3.0 Sleeve


The collar is around average sized, it feels thin but it’s very sturdy and it doesn’t have a tendency to flap around under my chin, it holds its shape very well.

Tatami Fightwear Estilo 3.0 Collar


The looping system seemed strong after giving it a few nice tugs with no signs of tearing. Although for the average buyer not writing an internet review for the masses I wouldn’t recommend intentionally tugging at the drawstring loops on any Gi, you could easily be heading to the seamstress to sew them back on. The 14oz Canvas pants are very soft and comfortable yet strong.

I am more of a stockier guy and at 5’10″ 195lbs I would recommend the A3 top with the A2 pants if you are able to mix and match through your buyer.

The draw string system is very much preferred by me over the standard twill. I find it is much quicker to readjust quickly during sparing than the traditional style if it gets loose at all.

tatami estilo Beltloop System


The Navy colored Estilo 3.0 really is stunning. The Gi is clean, crisp and beautiful. Not too flashy with just the right amount of bling. The tailored look of the Gi really adds to the sharp looking aspect of it.

There is a potential to go patch-less with this Gi with the only trouble spots being on the shoulder patches where the stitching is under the seam tape.

Any ole seamstress could handle this no problem and of note the Gi looks virtually identical to the Shoyoroll Yank when patch-less.

There is even a thread on the popular Mixed Martial Arts forum, Sherdog, about this.

tatami estilo versus shoyoroll yank

So if minimalism is your thing this Gi looks just as good patch-less. (Note: The Estilo in the Sherdog thread is a 2.0, not a 3.0, but extremely similar none the less.)

I did experience some fade in the Gi after the first wash (although I actually prefer the faded look). As I am generally lazy but also a germ freak my Gi’s go straight into the washer on Cold/Cold and then into the drier*.

It just makes me feel better about not leaving something wet drying in the open air. Tatami does NOT recommend the drier and I could have lost some color by doing this.

I add Distilled White Vinegar to all of the washes to help with any smell that could infiltrate the cotton as well as to help maintain the color of the Gi. I do not do a pre-soak in white vinegar prior to the first wash as a lot of people recommend, I’ve heard this is superstitious but it definitely helps with the smell. I experienced minimal shrinkage with the Tatami, less than a centimeter in sleeve length.

*As a side note I don’t actually recommend drying your gi in a dryer to anyone because it does wear out your Gi faster unless, like me, you’re lazy and a germaphobe. Or you just like wearing out Gi’s fast so you have reason to buy a new one.

Non-scientific who ha:

I bought my Estilo 3.0 and proudly posted on Facebook about it and within an hour or so a good friend of mine called and told me he had just been sponsored by Tatami and asked if I recommended the Estilo, which of course I did. My friend picked up an Estilo 3.0 in Blue immediately and called me back to tell me how much he loved it once he got to roll in it and how it was the best Gi he has ever owned. His main Gi prior to the Estilo 3.0 was a Shoyoroll Compadre and he said the cut and finish of the Tatami were far superior.

Soul Kimonos Paradiso

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Soul Kimonos Paridiso Review


A very well crafted Gi that met all of my expectations. I had no quality issues whatsoever with the Gi. I made some slight modifications by removing  the shoulder tapes as I felt the white tape was too harsh of a contrast with the black and made the Gi looked cluttered, but overall I think the Gi looks very well done. (Note: The seam taping along the outside of the Gi is grey, but may show up white due to the brightness of the pictures)


A: 6.25

B: 28.75

C: 18.5

D: 23.5

E: 20.5

F: 13

G: 9.5

H: 37.5

About the Paradiso:

The Paradiso is very nicely priced at $120 with free shipping from Soul Kimonos. Every purchase of a Paradiso also includes the “Rolling with my homies” T-shirt, a great looking T, making the $120 Paradiso a great great deal.

-550gsm Pearl Weave Top w/Eva Foam Collar

-10 oz Cotton Drill Pants

-Stretchy Rope Drawstring w/unique belt loop system

-Very Long reinforced knees

-Tailored fit


The Gi is a pearl weave of medium weight and thickness. I felt like the jacket felt for snug to my body (an A2 on a 5’10″ 195lb frame) just how I like it. The embroidery was very well done and I have zero complaints about in, either on the front, arms or on the back.

The sleeves leave very little excess for grabbing, a delightful attribute indeed. The inner sleeve tape felt a tad bit scratchy but after a few washes it seemed to go away after breaking it in. All the sewing on the inner sleeve taping stayed true and did not run off.

I’m not the biggest fan out of outside seam tape on the bottom of the skirt, but I felt like Soul Kimonos really did a good job of not making it look tacky.

The Gi is reinforced at all of the normal locations, the inner armpit and the skirt slits.


One of my favorite attributes is the width of the pant legs itself as well as the length. The pants fit me great and aren’t baggy like a lot of the MC Hammer pants that make it to the market today. They are also very soft and comfortable to wear.

The knee reinforcements are double stitched and have great coverage all of the length of the pant leg. Inside the left leg reinforcement is a nicely embroidered palm logo.

The belt looping system is of an excellent design minus one small flaw. It should be lowered around 1/2 an inch to a full inch below the waistline to stop the drawstring from coming up at the tie location. It causes the pants to cinch oddly in front, but doesn’t cause any discomfort or cause a drop in performance, but worth mentioning.

As I previously stated, I modified the Gi to suit my personal tastes a bit, removing the shoulder tapes is an extremely easy process. You simply start by cutting the black threads on the INSIDE of the jacket that are holding down the shoulder tape. Once enough of the thread has been removed you can literally pull the whole patch off.

Belt Prototype:

We also received a Prototype belt from Soul Kimonos that is made out of Pearl Weave. It’s now my primary belt and I abuse the crap out of it. I wash it after every session (AND YOU SHOULD TOO) and it’s holding up very well. I like the vibrant blue color that the belt came in as well. It’s been a couple months now and all is well. People will probably find these similar to the War belts if you are familiar with those.

Shoyoroll Rio Koi

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review

Shoyoroll Rio Koi


One of our artist series release by homegrown NYC based artist John Smalls. The designs and color ways are influenced by the birth place of BJJ (Rio De Janiero, BRAZIL) and design pattern blend of a Japanese inspired Koi with a Water Dragon (2012).  We will also be featuring pattern
art hits in different parts of the kimono.

Rio Koi Specs:

  • Shoyorolls new “Lite Tech Weave” Jacket
  • 10 oz Drill Cotton Pants with Gold Weave Gusset
  • Color ways of White with Green and Yellow Trims

My first Shoyoroll:

I had high expectations. VERY high expectations. I’m sitting here looking at a $1,580.75 price tag for a Shoyoroll Grey Skies on ebay, which someone actually paid. If that’s not a testament to the cult status of Shoyoroll Gi’s to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community I don’t know what is. That’s a mortgage payment for an average American, that’s NUTS. I don’t even think the Gi is one of Shoyorolls better looking…but I digress. I could care less about rarity, hype or the status quo. I just want a good gi.

So, with my high expectations, I took the Gi out of the bag and examined it. It was sexy. Shoyoroll Gi’s sell great for a reason, I like to think that reason is their extremely clean styling. There’s no out of place, mis-match or awkward placed patches that don’t contrast correctly. Although their color use may seem simple, it’s obvious to anyone with design experience that their Gi’s are very well thought out in the aesthetics department.

It isn’t that Shoyoroll Gi’s are bulletproof or make you a better grappler (although science does support the fact that if you wear a Gi you think you look badass in, you perform better), it’s the little things that made this Gi stand out to me. I assumed it would be like every other Gi but with just a little better styling. I, fortunately, was wrong.

The top:

I love the way the top fits. Just wearing it makes me feel skinny. The slim cut is perfect. At 5’10” 195lbs the A2 fit perfectly. The sleeves are tighter than any of my other Gi’s but I had no issues with the gi top restricting any movements whatsoever.

I want my gi to be as close to my body as possible so my opponents have the least amount of materials to grip. The Rio Koi does not disappoint. The Gi top is extremely light and easily the lightest Gi I’ve ever worn. It’s very very soft and relatively easy to grab but for those hot summer days or competitions where you need to watch your weight, this Gi will do superbly.

Styling wise the Gi top is accented with artist John Smalls Japanese Koi and Water Dragon design at the top portion of the inside of the Gi. It looks beautiful and is sublimated on a separate material as the Gi, which I imagine will allow the colors and to last quite a while.

There’s the standard Shoyoroll hits on the sleeve, which I’d like to point out look much improved over the Compadre and Americana embroidery. These newer version are outlined with a thicker embroidery giving the logos a much cleaner and professional look.

The Gi sleeves and skirt are taped with the same Koi design as the large jacket print and it really makes the Gi pop.  The collar is thin, so you’ll actually have to have some choke defense.

The pants:

The Gi pants fit me great. Shoyoroll pants are much slimmer, which as I mentioned earlier is something I love. I absolutely cannot stand Gi pants that are ridiculously baggy. (I’m looking at you virtually every other Gi company EVER). At 5’10, I couldn’t ask for a better length. After a single warm wash and medium dry the pants fit me perfectly. 

The green rope drawstring and belt loops contrast nicely. The knee reinforcements don’t go to the bottom of the ankle, but they go very far down, more than enough to cover my knee regardless of position.

I have two complaints for the Gi pants. The crotch can get tight at extreme leg separation and would have liked to seen Shoyoroll use a stretchy crotch like the Do or Die Hyperfly. The inside of the crotch does look great though which also showcases the Rio Koi design. (You can now go up to people and say “I have a dragon in my pants! Want to see it!).

The second complaint is that the belt loop system has the same ole 4 loop system. It’s 2012 Shoyoroll, have you seen what Origin is doing with their beltloops? Or Inverted Gear? Having a thicker belt loop closer to the sides of the body prevents the rope from ever coming up over the pants.  Get on it! 


So that’s it,  I love the fit of the Gi and it looks stunning. The graphic work and fit really set the Gi apart. I will sit here and tell you when their Guma T-shirts look like poo (massive stinking piles of poo) and I will also give credit where credit is due. So before you criticize a Gi or company because of it’s hype, remember that “the devil is in the details.”

Update 12/23/2012:

After forgetting to remove the jacket from my pile of clothes I was transferring to the dryer the Gi shrunk considerably. More so than any Gi I own. The Lite Tech weave stretches a great deal when wet and I imagine any Gi that stretches is more prone to shrinkage. It fits my tiny wife great though!

Shoyoroll Charles Lew

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review

If you like it, then you should have put a ring* on it.

*Tiffany’s, obviously.


If you haven’t seen a particular movie, you won’t understand the above image. It’s ok though, just appreciate my raptor claw toes.

gireviews size chart

Size Tested: Shoyoroll A2. (Typically larger than other A2′s, especially the pants in length) Me: 5’10″ 195-200lbs.

A. 6.5

B. 31.25

C. 19

D. 25

E. 21.5

F. 12.5

G. 9

H. 40


The color combination used and the top of the Shoyoroll Charles Lew jacket are probably my favorite combo of all time. The Tiffany’s turquoise/blue (whatever) really pops on the black. The Gi is accented with diamond logo hits on the pants and jacket for a very clean and unique look.  I severely dislike ripstop pants, but as far as these ones go, they aren’t too bad. I should have jumped on the cotton pants option and have been kicking myself ever since. No durability issues to be had, but I personally feel like ripstop doesn’t breath well, turns into cardboard when wet and doesn’t allow for as greater of leg maneuverability.

I’m not going to go into details over the different Charles Lew options that were available, we already covered that, so I’ll just talk about this option, the V1, limited to GUMA members only. The Gi goes with a nice V1 Unique bag.

004The Jacket:

Like I previously stated, the jacket is probably my favorite, the V1 is a 450gsm Pearl Weave that is very comfortable. The fit of the jacket fits me so well it’s as if it was tailored to me specifically. Shoyoroll A2 jackets fit me like a glove. The embroidery and stitching were well done. A couple overruns at a few end points, but no loose strings are just ugly reruns in the middle of the stitching. The collar is wrapped in ripstop on the V1 and is of medium width. It’s not a flimsy paper collar I’ve been seeing lately, but definitely not an HCK.


Like all the Shoyorolls I own and have felt, the seam tape is not scratchy and looks great.


Very, very nice arm embroidery.

The Trousers:

Ah my old enemy, ripstop pants. I just can’t understand why people love them so much. Brendan swears by them. As a guard player, I love having the pant legs fall to my knees giving my opponent less to grip, and the ripstop pants just cling to the legs. Alas though, I have to try and be as objective as possible. DIAF Ripstop. The unmistakable crotch of the Charles Lew is a little bright for me, but works as intended, my maneuverability isn’t limited in anyway. The beltloops are Shoyorolls standard 6 and work as intended. Although I wish they would add loops closer to the sides so the string doesn’t ever ride up on the sides (which can happen).013

As far as ripstop pants go, these actually aren’t too bad. A little long for me, I found these pants around 2-3″ longer than most A2 pants.

The seam tape is again beautiful and doesn’t scratch at all. Scratchy seam tape should never be allowed to go to the market and Shoyoroll doesn’t disappoint in this regard.011

In Conclusion:

Never one to miss a hint at a unique opportunity, I took the liberty of getting my wife something nice for Xmas, with the Charles Lew being a bit of an inspiration. I think I scored a 10/10 on gift giving this Xmas:


Update: 03-29-2013

Around two weeks ago one of the belt loops popped off the Lew’s trousers. Not sure when it happened.

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OSS Clothing V1

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review

The first offering from OSS Clothing DELIVERS.


OSS Clothings Version 1 Review:



Oss Clothings first offering is awesome. Its fit is superb and construction sound. When I don’t feel like feeling flashy and just want a comfortable Gi that does its job, this Gi is where I turn to.


A: 7.25

B: 29

C: 20

D: 24

E: 21

F: 13.25

G: 9.75

H: 38

About the V1 from OSS:

Priced at $135 the V1 comes with top, pants, gi bag and a very high quality patch.

-550gsm Pearl Weave Top

-10 oz Twill Cotton Drill Pants

-Stretchy Rope Drawstring

-6 Belt Loop System

-Pearl Weave Gusset

-Tailored fit


023The top has very mild, but quality, embroidery accents.

025Kanji lettering has never been my favorite, but there’s just something about the way it’s portrayed on the Oss V1 that it doesn’t bother me. For the guys who are all function over form, this is the Gi for you.


The top doesn’t have any special seam tape, but it is reinforced with the same material as the pants and the sleeves still feel quite durable.


It’s not the lightest Gi in the world, but it’s an excellent choice for all around BJJ activities, competition, hard sparring, etc.

It’s not baggy in the chest and sits flush at the skirt. The grey contrast stitching pops just enough.

The skirt is also the perfect length for me. I can’t stand a long skirt or long side slits/vents, and this top is great in that regard.



I absolutely love cotton twill pants and these are no exceptions. The belt loop system is standard but works as advertised.

The knee reinforcements could be a little longer, but do cover my knee during most situations. I believe OSS has increased the length of these reinforcements at the time of me writing this post. I have a bit shorter of legs for someone my height and so usually shorter knee reinforcements aren’t an issue for me.


The fit of these pants in particular fit me perfectly (A2 pants, 5’10″ 195lbs) and I wish all my pants fit this perfect. The pearl weave gusset crotch doesn’t restrict my movements and the pants aren’t too long which is something I cannot stand. They are extremely comfortable and aren’t scratchy at the bottoms. These pants were extremely comfortable and not overly long like most pants I run into.



OSS also keeps some of the most detailed measurements you will find on their site for each Kimono, so if have specific measurements you need to adhere to you won’t be disappointed.

One of the nicer additions to this Gi was it’s packaging. It comes in a gear bag that is stuffed in a nice plastic bag/container that looks like it will last awhile and could be used for holding odds and ends or your children’s toys. The patch is also of beautiful quality and we all love patches!

If the looks of this Gi are up your alley do not hesitate to purchase this Gi, with some of the best customer service in the business you can’t go wrong with Oss.

Omega Maniac Shaka

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review


The anticipation of this Gi arriving to my house was through the roof. When it finally arrived, I was absolutely blown away. This Gi is top of the line stuff. Amazing quality and amazing design. The colors contrast beautifully, the top is extremely light and that pants are just outright phenomenal (the virtually non-existent belt loop system is drool worthy).  The tailored fit of the tops and pants is exceptionally slimming on me. At $149 it’s not the cheapest Gi out there, but for the construction quality and beautiful design, I think it stomps all over the retail prices of Shoyoroll gis right now.

Gi Reviewed: A2 on a 5’10″ 195lb frame.










About the Shaka:


  • Premium light weight pearl weave
  • One piece jacket (no back seam)
  • Triple stitch reinforced construction
  • EVA foam collar
  • Tailored fit
  • Custom embroideries and inner tape


  • 10oz Cotton pants
  • Pearl weave gusset
  • Pearl weave knee pads
  • Enclosed drawstring system w/ rope drawstring
  • Triple stitch reinforced construction
  • Tailored fit
  • Custom embroideries and inner tape
Price: $148.00


The Gi is a very light Pearl weave that is soft on the inside and relatively scratchy on the outside. I think Omega Maniac got the jacket perfect for those looking to impede your opponent while feeling comfortable yourself. An opponent likened it to “sandpaper”.

The jacket is a slimmer tailored fit that looks tailored to my body (when I’ve skipped Chipotle for lunch). 
Much like a lot of Gi’s lately the sleeves are quite slim at the wrist and throughout the arm, but no impediment of movement was experienced by me.

I was skeptical of the small orange collar accent turning out well, but have to put the skepticism to rest because it looks GORGEOUS. I thought it would look overdone, but it doesn’t.

The logos on the sleeves (embroidery) and on the front part of the skirt (patch) are simple and aesthetically pleasing.

The inside seam taping on the skirt and sleeves look clean and I had zero issues with scratchiness.

I found the collar to be of decent thickness, very average for the Gi’s weight.


I have experienced crappy belt loop systems before, I dread testing any new “innovative” belt loop system. The Omega Maniac Shaka & Vibe belt loop systems smacked me across the face and made me a believer.

There are no loops, the rope runs all the way through and you tie it in a small space in the front. It doesn’t bunch and stays together well.

Overall these pants are my hands down favorite of any Gi I have ever worn. Ever. They don’t restrict my movement at all while still being slimmer to the leg than most companies.

The crotch is reinforced with a pearl weave gusset but maybe much more intriguing are the knee reinforcements. These bad boys are reinforced with the same Pearl weave on the jacket and with a great amount of overall knee coverage.

Of note, the pearl weave is on the INSIDE of the pant facing outward, so you can’t see that it’s pearl weave until you look inside the leg, and the soft portion of the weave rests against your skin.

I really do detest having to readjust/pullup/retie my pants constantly during class and the Shaka stops me from having to do that. These pants easily outclass my Rio Koi pants in every way.

Wife Approval:

“Oh my god it’s so pretty! Like, that looks soo good.”


As an active BJJ practitioner I actually feel compelled to thank Omega Maniac for doing such an awesome job on this Gi, because of how much effort I believe went into making sure that BJJ players concerns and needs were addressed.  This Gi has skyrocketed right to the top of my rotation in the #1 spot.

It also comes with a Gi Bag. I love me some Gi bags. A single side strap that is your standard industry size.

Lucky Gi Diaz Brothers

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review

Diaz Brother Limited Edition Lucky Gis


A finely enough built Gi with a nice theme, but overpriced for the average Gi buyer. Nothing on the Gi quality wise warrants a $100 price hike over other Gi’s of similar quality however. Unless you are absolutely infatuated with the Diaz brothers, or Lucky Gi’s in general, this Gi probably isn’t for you. I might not recommend this gi for average consumers based on value and other smaller issues, but if you have money to spend, and find the Lucky appealing to your tastes, it may be worth checking out.

From the site:

Nick and Nate Diaz are two of the worlds most legendary Jiu Jistu fighters ever. They have made their mark on both the UFC and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As long time sponsored fighters it was only a matter of time till they got their own signature Lucky Gi. This gi is designed with the old school style but with new school construction and style. Designed by both Nate & Nick the gi is very simular to the original Lucky Gis that they loved so much but with their personal style.

The Diaz Brothers Lucky Gi features:

– 550 Gram Softened Pearl Weave Top

– Heavy Weight UVA Foam Collar

-12oz Bull Denim Pants

– 12oz Oval Knee Pads

– Pre Shrunk High Quality Cotton

– Embroider & Woven Tag Logos

– Inside Print

– 2 Draw Strings (Nylon Cord and Cotton Cloth)

– Travel Gi Bag

Theses gis are made of 100% preshrunk cotton. They are covered by the Lucky Gi 1 year warranty. Price: $249.99

A: 7″

B: 32″

C: 21.5″

D: 24″

E: 23″

F: 13″

G: 9.25″

H: 43.25″

The Top:

I’ve said it once already, but I want to re-iterate it here, the Gi has no quality issues construction wise that I’ve come across.

The inside of the jacket has the lucky logo and deck of card symbols printed on the inside continuously. It looks great. I really really like inside prints. It definitely adds a little extra pizazz. The Gi does not use contrast stitching except on the collar, where red is used on the white. Some of the stitching on the collar did run off inside the jacket though.

The placement of the “Lucky” patch on the chest however, looks out of place and reminded me of a car mechanic shirt. It just didn’t seem to flow with the overall concept of the Gi.

The shoulder embroidery has card symbols on one sleeve and letters on the other side.

There is an Ace emblem on the left sleeve that is not IBJJF legal. It’s a patch that is sewn on, so if you wanted to remove it, you could if IBJJF legality is an issue for you.

Fit wise, the A3 fit me well, albeit it was a bit long in the sleeves for me. The top does have a tailored fit.

The Pants:

The pants are extremely plain. Where the top had a lot going on, the pants are plain city. The pants are all white save for two logos, another cross pattern embroidery on the left leg and a small square patch on the upper thigh.

The pants come with two types of drawstrings, the traditional twill type and rope draw string. It’s a nice little add on to suit everyones preferences. The belt loop system has only a basic four loops however.

Instead of a square reinforcement for the knee, Lucky opted for an oval shape, that unfortunately, did not cover my knee, the top  falls below. That pants were a bit long for me, but I’ve never had that issue on any pants regardless if they were too long for me.

The pants are made of Bull Denim and are quite tough from my experiences with them.


The Gi comes with a one year warranty from Lucky, which is a rare oddity with Gi companies. I’m not sure if you will need it or not, as during rolling the Gi didn’t seem to stress when I abused it.

The Gi bag is always a nice addition and this one doesn’t disappoint for it’s Gi carrying purpose. I always wash mine after carrying my Gi because the inside gets covered with whatever was on the outside of my Gi, and the Lucky bag lost a lot of color after the first wash. Obviously not a big deal since it’s the Gi bag, but still relative.

Kingz Kimonos Comp 450 V.2

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review


(Free rashguard code with purchase of a Kingz Gi at the bottom of the review!)


I’ll be quite honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Kingz Kimonos in the past and I wasn’t very enthusiastic while waiting for this Gi to arrive. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I got this Gi for review. It is a QUALITY piece. The embroidery is downright schnazzy. To the full review we go!


To Purchase

The best place to grab the Kingz V2 is over at Fighter’s Market. 


Gi Size tested: A3

gireviews size chart

A. 7

B. 30.5

C. 18.5

D. 25

E. 20

F. 12.5

G. 9.5

H. 40.5

From their site:

The Kingz 450 COMP V2 gi is a 450 gram weight jacket top made of traditional pearl style weave material.
This is a great competition and daily training gi.

Ultra lightweight
Preshrunk for an ideal fit
Triple reinforced stitching across all stress points
Quick dry and fully breathable

Gis undergo a preshrinking process, reducing by 90% the shrinkage of the gi
Logo trim on jacket bottom and cuffs
High stitch count embroidered logos on shoulders
Made of one piece fabric for superior strength and durability
Synthetic heat resistant lapel insert, a single piece of vulcanized rubber inside the collar that keeps the gi light, dry faster and keep your lapel fungus an bacteria free

10oz drill cotton material, light yet extremely durable & comfortable
Double reinforced knee padding, triple stitched with over lapped seam
6 Drawstring loops
Rope drawstring as opposed to the traditional twill, which allows for tighter fastening of the pants, and more comfort when training.


The Jacket:

Easily my favorite aspect of this gi is it’s fit. The tailored fit is exceptionally tailored to my body type specifically. 5’10, 195lb frame.

005The thickness of this Gi is nice. It claims “ultra-lightweight” but that’s just marketing, this Gi is on the medium side of the weight bracket. It’s a great all around weight.

Like I mentioned before, the embroidery is top notch and really scales up the quality of this Gi over it’s predecessors which used thin patches.

004The inside seam tape on the sleeves and skirt are comfortable and provide no irritants. The yellow color also contrasts quite nicely.

The collar is sturdy and comfortable, it’s not flimsy and virtually non-existent like a lot of cruddy collars that have been coming out lately.

008The Trousers:

The pants, like the top, are of exceptional quality. Comfortable and durable, pretty much all you can ask for in a pair of pants.

The pants were a couple inches too long for me (A3 pants, 5’10″ height) but that’s a personal issue. I usually fit into a nice A3 top and A2 pants. No fault of theirs though.


The seam tape again causes no issues. The pants were thick but not too heavy and had a luxury “feel” to them. Take that non-scientific who ha for what you will.

The 6 loop belt system worked well and has been upgraded over previous releases with the industry standard stretchy rope draw string.

Maneuverability wise I had no issues, the crotch has the same cotton gusset but has plenty of space for flexibility. The small Comp 450 logo on the left pant leg is just as quality as the embroidery on the top.


In Conclusion:

If you want to feel like a King, buy one of these Gi’s. They are reasonable priced but don’t come with a gear bag.

Bonus shot for the fans:

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As a special bonus for our fans Kingz is offering a coupon code for one of their rashguards which fits and feels great. The Kingz logo on the sleeve and the crown in the center of the chest are sublimated. I love me some sublimated graphics! Just add the rashguard to your cart in whatever size you need, click here, and use code “gireviews” at check out for a Free rashie!

Update: 03-29-13

A small hole has appeared on the back of the collar next to the shoulder logo. An even smaller hole appears to be developing on the opposite side as well.

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Inverted Gear Blue Panda

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Gi Review

Inverted Gear Blue Panda Review

 From their site:

  • 550 gram Pearl Weave Light Weight jacket.
  • 12 oz Rip stop pants, with pearl weave crotch.
  • Elastic rope with 6 loop system.
  • Mouth piece/ID pocket on pants.
  • Custom ribbon jacket edge and inside pant and sleeve loop.
  • Custom embroided logos.


A: 6.5

B: 31

C: 21







Awesome, Awesome and more Awesome.

First off, it’s got a CUTE ******* Panda on the sleeves. If you don’t like Panda’s on your sleeves then this Gi isn’t for you, but I think it looks dope.  They use a great drawstring system and have beautiful seam taping to boot. I would absolutely recommend this Gi and the company who produces it to anyone. It’s got clean styling and quality craftsmanship. It comes with a large Gi bag that is especially nice. Looks wise, and this may sound ridiculous, but it doesn’t look ridiculous.


As you can see, the Gi has PANDAS on the sleeves. It’s finely done embroidery and is just the right size to not look ridiculous, because honestly, a huge huge panda on the sleeve just might be over the top. MAYBE.

At size A3S the top actually fit me perfectly after one wash/dryer shrink session.

It’s got beautiful seam tape inside the skirt of the jacket as well as the cuffs. The seam tape has a Panda rolling around in some Bamboo leaves.

Every time you wear this Gi it’s like walking into a party with all of the liquor in tow. People will flock to you. It’s extremely catchy, yet extremely simple in design. The Gi top itself is a pearl weave that’s in the mid-range of thickness/weight. It’s a tailored fit so the sleeves aren’t overly baggy and the body of the gi hugs nicely.


Ripstop pants that carry the same Panda/Bamboo seam tape at the bottom of the pants on the inside.

The pants also have a very nice belt loop system. Having that larger belt loop at the sides should be LAW in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world or at least industry standard. 

The pants didn’t restrict my movement or hinder my performance in anyway, although at size A3S they were definitely too long for me (and I actually got them hemmed to be able to give a fair analysis).

I do wish the pants had been a bit slimmer in the legs. If there’s any gripe I have about the Gi it would have to be that, because I don’t have any others. But I honestly chalk that up to me just wearing the wrong size.

Also, there’s a pocket inside the pant for jamming to your iPod or keeping your mouthpiece in during tournaments, a nice little add on indeed! 

This Gi bag is upside down and you didn’t even know.

Note: I know it’s Photography 101 but damn does natural light look soooo much better than artificial in the above photos!