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Best BJJ GI Reviews – The Ultimate Guide 2018

Getting the right gear for BJJ make a huge difference and obviously, BJJ Gi is the most important equipment. With that, choosing a kimono can be difficult since you need to consider your body type, budget… But don’t worry you can find everything you need to know about jiu-jitsu kimonos in this writing.

Below, you can find the reviews of best BJJ Gis on the market and at the end of the writing, there is a thorough buyer’s guide for you to make a more educated choice.

Note: The gis below have good fitting rates.

 

1. Hayabusa Shinju 3.0 Pearl Weave


best BJJ GI ReviewTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 9.9 / 10.0

Durability: 9.9 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.7 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.6 / 10.0

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Exclusive Features

  • Ergonomic design and good fit
  • Really comfy
  • 500 gsm pearl weave
  • Reinforced
  • Looks amazing
  • Suitable for IBJFF guidelines

Hayabusa Shinju hands down is definitely one of the best jiu-jitsu gis on the market. 500 gsm pearl weave provides sturdiness and the fabric feels nice and “smooth”.

The tapered design is one of the most important reasons why Shinju is the best and fits very well. It does not give extra fabric to grab. With that, thanks to the 500 gsm pearl weave jacket and ripstop (10 oz.) pants, it is one of the lightest gis on the market.

The design is handcrafted and gets amazing feedbacks for fitting. With that, many amateurs, professional practitioners wear this kimono religiously.

Body Type: It gets amazing feedback from people who have an average body type and are long-legged.

As a side note, this gi comes pre-shrunk so you don’t need to fear the first wash.

Also, have you seen the patches of this kimono? These look absolutely amazing. If you are interested, have a look at Hayabusa Shinju 3.0.

2. Sanabul Highlights Professional Competition


an overview of good BJJ giTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 9.9 / 10.0

Durability: 9.7 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.4 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Athletic design
  • Organic cotton and single weave
  • Double stitched
  • Comfy
  • IBJJF approved
  • Comes preshrunk

Many people just love the smooth feel of Santec and according to my research, this gi is actually the most popular kimono which is made of organic cotton.

First of all, this gi has an athletic cut. The design is suitable for everyone but if you have a decent amount of muscle, Sanabul Highlights will be a perfect fit for your body. It is processed with anti-odor technology and ripstop pants give you complete freedom.

This IBJJF approved gi also has a lightweight and many BJJ practitioners consider it as “best competition gi”.

Also, keep in mind that Sanabul’s this model does not shrink like older models and it comes preshrunk.

Considering the top-notch qualities, in my opinion, the price is really good and I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised after you see the price. If you are interested, check out the latest price.

It is suitable for everyone (advanced, intermediate…) however, thanks to the qualities (really light etc.) above, it is best BJJ gi for beginners.

3. Hayabusa Lightweight Jiu Jitsu Gi


good lightweight BJJ GITraining Quality (weight + freedom): 9.5 / 10.0

Durability: 9.4 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.7 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.0 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Very ergonomic design
  • Light
  • Comfy
  • 420 pearl weave
  • IBJJF approved

Alright, the jacket is really light and the pants are 8 oz. ripstop cotton polyester blend which is really light as well. With that, the stress points are reinforced and the density of weight is more at these points. Basically, it has to have this quality for having a really lightweight.

Considering the feedback on forums, it provides complete freedom for submissions.

This IBJJF approved gi is preferred a lot in tournaments and the reason is that Hayabusa produced this BJJ gi for you to show best training performance on mats. It also has handcrafted design and you can literally see the finest details.

If you want to train with best lightweight BJJ gi, definitely have a look at Hayabusa Lightweight BJJ Gi.

Keep in mind that, if you want your gi to be IBJJJ approved, you need to get black, white, or blue.

4. Tatami Nova BJJ GI


top-rated BJJ kimonoTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 9.1 / 10.0

Durability: 9.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Simple and good design
  • Good durability
  • Rope drawstring
  • Great quality-price ratio!
  • Free BJJ belt!

This gi has a simple design which just works extremely well and triple stitching makes Tatami Nova really durable. It also has a rope drawstring and as you may know, you can control the tightness of the pants better with it. Many people, who prefer a tighter fit, also prefer this gi.

This one is actually a good fit for anyone who looks for better protection as well. Since it has more padding at the knee compartment so your knees will get fewer bruises after you roll on the mats with this gi.

With that, the collar is soft and wicks the moisture quite fast.

Considering the price, there is no doubt that Tatami Nova BJJ Gi has a great quality-price ratio. It also comes with a free BJJ belt! As a side note, I read a myriad of good reviews about Tatami Nova BJJ Gi on many BJJ forums (jiujitsu forums and Sherdog). And you can find a review video of this gi below.

 

 

5. Fuji Suparaito Gi


quality BJJ gi for big guysTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 8.8 / 10.0

Durability: 9.3 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.2 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Ergonomic design
  • Pearl Weave
  • Sturdy pants
  • Thick collar
  • Triple stitched
  • Great comfort

The collar is thick and soft so your sparring partner can’t grab it easily. With that, thanks to the rubber filling, it dries extremely fast.

According to many authoritative figures in BJJ, Fuji produces best BJJ gis and I personally know that many seasoned fighters religiously train with it.

It is triple stitched and the type is contrast which is suitable for BJJ sessions. One thing is to note that, it provides very good airflow and considering the feedback, it gets rid of the sweat well. So if you plan on rolling on mats for a very long time or train in a hot environment, Fuji Suparaito Gi is a solid option.

The shoulder part can stretch a little bit more than usual so Fuji Suparaito is also suitable for big guys.

6. Scramble Standard Issue Semi Custom Gi


Training Quality (weight + freedom): 8.9 / 10.0

Durability: 8.8 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.1 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.4 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Good fit
  • 450 gsm pearl weave jacket
  • Comes with patches
  • Light pants

Ripstop pants allow you to do any movement without any restriction and it is really light.

One thing is to note that sleeve design is tapered and basically it does not have any extra fabric.

Scramble has the highest quality finish and it is definitely the company signature. Literally, when you look at this gi closely, you can see the quality quite easily.

Scramble’s design is actually my favorite and if you like it as I do, I highly suggest you have a look at Scramble Standard Issue on Amazon. It comes with 8 free patches and you can sew or iron them according to your preference.

As a side note, many long-legged people give very good feedback for the groundwork performance.

7. Venum Contender 2.0 BJJ Gi


one of the best jiu-jitsu kimonosTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 8.8 / 10.0

Durability: 8.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.1 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 8.8 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • 350 gsm pearl weave
  • Great comfort
  • Comfy collar
  • Reinforced in stress points
  • Pre-shrunk

The collar is thick and this foam is really soft. 350 gsm pearl weave jacket is durable. With that, this improved model’s pants have reinforced seams. The pants can stretch a bit more than usual.

So whether you have big legs or not Venum Contender 2.0 BJJ Gi can be a great option.

As you may have experienced this with other Venum products, Venum always provides incredible comfort and Venum Contender 2.0 BJJ Gi is no exception. It also comes pre-shrunk and the shrinking will be minimal in the future. So it is suitable for frequent washing.

In my opinion, if you think of spending a considerable amount of time in dojo and train frequently, you can prefer Venum Contender 2.0. Since it is comfy and you can wash it frequently without any problem.

Below you can see this gi’s fabric and design closely and you can click here to get your own on Amazon.

 

8. Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light


best kimono for short peopleTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 8.9 / 10.0

Durability: 8.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.9 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Tapered design
  • IBJFF certified
  • Wicks sweat fast
  • Comes pre-shrunk
  • Free jiu-jitsu belt and stripe bar
  • Incredible quality-price ratio

Elite Sports offers tapered design and this gi is suitable for IBJFF guidelines.

Materials wick the moisture very fast so other than escaping submissions, you won’t be too uncomfortable during your BJJ session. This also protects this kimono from bacterial invasion.

As a side note, many average and short people give very good feedback for training performance.

This IBJFF certified gi comes with free BJJ belt and stripe bar. So everyone can see your progress.

In my opinion, it is the best gi for the money. If you are interested, check out the most recent price.

9. Fuji BJJ Uniform


jiu-jitsu GI for average bodyTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 8.5 / 10.0

Durability: 8.1 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.1 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.6 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Simple and good design
  • IBJFF approved
  • Thicker collar
  • Reinforced stress points
  • Really popular

Fuji BJJ Uniform’s design is nothing fancy however it does the job just fine. You can have a decent range of motion and cotton wicks the moisture quite well.

According to my research, Fuji BJJ Uniform gets amazing reviews from people who have an average body type and are short. And as a side note, you can see this gi in almost every BJJ and martial arts gym. Fuji BJJ Uniform is truly one of the most popular kimonos on the market!

If you don’t want to break the bank and get above average quality gi, it is made for you.

10. Sanabul Essentials v.2


a review of one of the best BJJ GisTraining Quality (weight + freedom): 8.4 / 10.0

Durability: 8.0 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.1 / 10.0

Quality / Price Rating: 9.1 / 10.0

Exclusive Features

  • Single Weave
  • Tapered athletic cut
  • Stiff collar
  • Can be washed in hot or cold water
  • Free belt
  • Really cheap price!

Sanabul offers single weave and it has contrast stitching for more durability. Also, the design is suitable for many body types.

This gi comes pre-shrunk and if you feel that it is bigger you can wash this gi in hot water. So it can shrink. However, if you like how it fits, you can wash it in cold water. Since it is washable in both hot and cold water.

The design also allows you to have a good range of motion and this is one of the gis which have a lot of reviews. So I can easily say that Sanabul Essentials V.2 is a safe choice.

Alright, you simply can’t find a really good BJJ gi in this price range. If you are interested, have a closer look at Sanabul Essentials V.2. As a final note, you get a free belt and you can choose the color of your free belt as well.

BJJ GI Buyer’s Guide


GI Weave Types

The weave of your gi changes everything. This includes durability, stretching, training quality (light, freedom etc.). So if you can find a suitable one for yourself, it can make a drastic difference. Also, some are heavier and some actually can’t get rid of the smell easily…

With that, some of the weave types below are preferred a lot more in competitions and after reading the information below you can choose your own quite easily.

Single Weave: This weave type provides very lightweight so you can actually move faster and while you do groundwork on mats, you spend less effort. So if you are just a beginner and plan on doing longer BJJ sessions, this weave type is more suitable for you. Since you can train longer with a gi which has single weave. With that, these BJJ kimonos have fewer materials and because of that, these have cheaper price tags as well. Also, if you train in a hot climate, you won’t get so hot with these gis. Also, this weave type dries quickly and you can wash these frequently. But it is not durable as double or pearl.

Double Weave: This is actually the double of the weave type above (single). It is heavier and sturdier than the single weave. With that, it is one of the heaviest weave types. It stretches only a little bit and if your gi is tight you might need to sacrifice from your training quality which is just essential. This is the reason why almost no one uses double weaves in tournaments and there is only a few BJJ gis, which have the double weave, are IBJJF approved. However, it provides the longest durability.

Gold Weave: Alright, many BJJ practitioners used to train with the gold weave. I also trained with Hayabusa Garuudo Gold Weave for a long time. Considering my experiences, it is lighter than honeycomb and double weave. With that, after experiments were made, the other weave types (such as pearl and coral) replaced this weave type. So many companies stopped producing this weave type.

Pearl Weave: The pearl weave type is the most popular weave type by far. Because it provides very lightweight and good durability at the same time. The construction provides sturdiness without being heavy. This weave type is (collar and sleeves) thicker than others and provides you an advantage during sparring and in competition. Thanks to the construction and these qualities, its durability is quite long. Also, many companies like Scramble use this weave type for producing kimonos which are IBJJF approved. Because it is the fact that this weave type is preferred way more than the others.

Honeycomb Weave: The pattern of honeycomb weave is more frequent than the others. Even though it provides good airflow and it is soft, it is heavier.

Coral Weave: This weave type is really thin and after you wash it, this one dries quickly. With that, thanks to the softness many people actually prefer this one. Because it does not irritate your skin at all. However, due to the construction, the kimonos, which are made of this weave type, tend to have very expensive price tags. I know that some coral weave kimonos have at least two times more expensive price tags than their single weave matches! Even though the products get quite good feedback, it is quite rare.

I know that some of you really want to see a gi which is made of coral weave and below you can see it.

coral weave example

Crystal Weave: Normally I wouldn’t say that you should stay away from a weave type but I can easily say that you should just stay away from the crystal weave. Even though crystal weave kimonos look good and feel soft there is a myriad of disadvantages of this particular weave type. First of all, it is not durable at all and when your partner grabs you, it stretches more than it should and this hurts the durability. Also considering the feedback it shrinks a lot. With that, due to the construction, your opponents can make a hard grip easier! In addition to these, the jiu-jitsu gis, which are made of this weave type, have horrible fitting rates! Please keep in mind that, I looked at many sources (forums and other online resources) and did my research very well and I highly recommend you to stay away from this weave type!

Ripstop Weave: This weave type is used for producing pants. It is light and can stretch so you can do all of the submission techniques and escapes. It feels smooth and it also allows air in. Because of that, it will dry quickly after you wash. You can find a myriad of pants which are made of the ripstop weave.

The weave types are named according to the structure or construction. For example, when you look at the crystal weave closely, these actually look like little crystals. However, when it comes to IBJJF approved gis, it depends on the gi’s design, materials… And it does not depend on the weave type. With that, companies generally produce IBJJF approved gis with pearl and single weave types since these are preferred a lot more than the other weave types.

Qualities of Gis

Materials: Cotton is the most commonly used material and it just works fine. Cotton is light, sturdy, can stretch well and it wicks the moisture quite well. Shortly, it is perfect for you to roll on mats. In addition to these, it provides good air flow as well. Ripstop is another material which you can see in the product description. It is preferred a lot because it provides you to do any submission technique without lowering your pants’ durability. Hemp is also used for producing gis, however, I read mixed feedbacks about this material so I honestly can’t say anything about it.

Pants: The common materials are ripstop, cotton and canvas. Cotton provides lightweight and good air regulating qualities whereas canvas is heavier and provides sturdiness. But considering the training performance, you should go with ripstop.

Collar and Sleeves: Collar should be thick since this gives you an advantage over your opponent. With that, it should not be heavy so it does not lower your training performance. With that, many companies use dense foam and it works just fine.

Rubber filled collars are also light and wick the moisture quite well.

When the sleeves have a tapered design, these fit better and these are harder to grab.

Stitching: There are many stitching types and numbers. For example, you can see double stitching, triple stitching, and even quadruple stitching kimonos. With that, it is hard to give an exact rule for “What stitching number is the best?”. For example, if double weave gi has triple stitching it won’t give you enough freedom but considering my experiences triple stitching goes well with the coral weave. However, contrast stitched kimonos tend to give better durability and stretching qualities. You can see that many best-rated jiu-jitsu kimonos have this stitching type.

Comfort: When you roll on the mats and do grappling techniques, you want to be comfortable as much as possible, right? Well, I hear you and some materials and weave types provide more comfort. If you consider the weave types, single, pearl, honeycomb and coral are better than the others and many kimonos are made of cotton which gets rid of moisture quite well. With that, even though you have a gi, which has the best comfort and moisture wicking qualities, I highly recommend you to get a good rash guard for your BJJ sessions. Because it does not only wick the moisture and helps with the comfort but it also improves your gi’s durability.

Stretching: Weave types like honeycomb and double stretch less. Single and crystal weave types can stretch more. With that, if you consider the material types, hemp stretches less than cotton and provides longer durability.

Durability: Durability periods of both cotton and hemp are just great and you can check out weave types for more information. It actually depends on many different factors. These are stretching qualities, reinforced stress points, materials… and the list goes on. You actually need to read the whole material section to learn all about it.

Reinforced Stress Points and Padding: When you do BJJ training, some points of your kimono have more deformation than the others. So when these points are reinforced, these last longer. Also, some gis have a bit padding in these points and thanks to that you get hurt less during your session.

Shrinking: After the first wash, many gis used to shrink a lot, however, lately companies started processing kimonos differently and these shrink less. Sanabul is actually a great example for this. With that, some kimonos can be washed with cold water and these basically don’t shrink. And some kimonos can be washed with cold and hot water. So if you want to control shrinking, you can prefer these gis. As a final note, some kimonos come pre-shrunk so you don’t even need to think about the first wash at all.

Weight: It directly changes your performance. I say changes because lightweight provides you to move faster and thicker kimonos provide better protection because these are harder to grab (collar). And as you can expect that the thicker kimonos are heavier. So, according to your preference you can choose it. For example, I don’t mind a few extra grams so I go with thicker gis.

Fitting Rate: Alright, you just need to know whether a gi has a good fitting rate or not. Since if a kimono does not have good fitting reviews, there is a high chance that it won’t be a good fit for you as well. With that, I considered this criterion while I was creating this very list!

Cleaning: Many jiu-jitsu gis can be washed in a machine. You can check the product description for it. With that, shrinking can be a huge problem for gis but again companies give clear instructions about how to wash them (degree etc.). With that, some of the kimonos can be washed in cold water. So shrinking is not even an issue for them. Also, some weave types dry sooner than the others and if you need to wash your gi frequently you can prefer them. You can check out the weave types of this writing for detailed information.

As you may know, cotton is just incredibly suitable for washing. It is cleaned effectively while washing and this is another reason why BJJ gi companies religiously use cotton.

Patches: Some kimonos come with patches and you may also have your own patches to sew or iron. I admit that these look really awesome and as you may know, there are also promotional patches as well. With that, these should not fall off during your session and below you can find a good and informative video about sewing them.

Pricing: It depends on many factors. First of all the material type plays a huge role in determining the price. Cotton is the most common material and it is fairly priced. However, the other rare materials (hemp) are really expensive. The reason is that these materials are processed differently and the technological equipment of a company may not be suitable for that particular material. There are actually many companies which outsource this work so the price goes up significantly.

One thing is to note that if a gi is processed with anti-odor technology, it also increases the price tag drastically. Since it is quite expensive and only a few companies use this technology. However, if your gi is processed with it, you can save your partner/opponent from odor.

Also, some weave types like honeycomb and double require more materials and these have more expensive price tags as well. Also, if a gi is made in Brazil or Japan, according to my extensive research, it will be just more expensive than the kimonos which are made in Thailand or Pakistan.

Best Jiu-Jitsu GI Brands

Scramble: You can see Scramble Gis in many BJJ gyms. These have a good and tapered design. Also, many of these are IBJFF approved. The pearl weave Scramble Gis are considered as “the best” by many authoritative figures in BJJ. Even though some Scramble Gis like the older version of Athlete shrinks more than %10 after the first wash, the newer models don’t have this problem.

Fuji: Many professional fighters train and compete in tournaments with Fuji Gis which you can find on this very list! Also, many BJJ gyms suggest Fuji’s kid’s jiu-jitsu gi to students!

Tatami: Tatami has been producing good BJJ gis for a really long time and the company is consistent. It always uses good design and many Tatami Gis have contrast stitching and these stretch optimally. According to my research, the other companies had copied it after 2008. Another interesting fact is that this company actually figured out a good and tapered design for women gis!

Hayabusa: As you can see them above, many Hayabusa kimonos made this best BJJ GI list. Hayabusa always uses the latest technology and I know that the company makes a lot of experiments, research… for martial arts equipment and as a result, we get to train with great BJJ gears ; )

Venum: Even though Venum is originally a boxing and MMA company, Venum put in an extra effort and produces kimonos which have good fitting and lightweight so the company found a place in BJJ market. Also, many people find Venum Gis really cool and stylish.Best bjj gi GI brand

Every day more people start doing BJJ training and this has been continuing for the past decade. Because of that, there is a myriad of BJJ gi brands. And these brands provide unique qualities. So a particular brand’s style just might be a better fit for you. Also, some companies actually listen to the feedback from the customers and upgrade the gis accordingly. This is why you see the second, third edition of many jiu-jitsu gis.

How to Choose a Right Size BJJ GI? The kimonos on this list get quite good fitting rates (I also included which ones are better for your body type). With that, the sizing information depends on the company and product so you shouldn’t look at some random sizing chart because companies provide detailed sizing information. If you get your gi according to them, you won’t have any problem.

Do You Have an Old Gi? If you have an old gi, you can actually keep it and dress your grappling dummy with it! The kimonos on this list do not slide after you dress your dummy.

 

IBJFF Certification

If you plan on competing, your kimono needs to be IBJJF approved.

IBJJF Approved (Size): In order to compete in tournaments there are some requirements which are specified by International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and if you want to know about them, you can check out uniform requirements.

IBJJF Approved (Materials): According to IBJFF, you can use cotton or cotton-like kimonos.

IBJJF Approved (Colors and Patches): There are three IBJJF approved colors which are white, black, and royal blue. There are also regulations about the patches as well. These need to have certain requirements in IBJJF Rules Book.

According to me, just get a BJJ gi which is IBJJF approved and above you can find many gis which are IBJJF certified. After all, these already satisfy these requirements and the price difference is almost non-existent between IBJJF approved BJJ gis and kimonos which are not IBJJF approved.

 

How to sew patches on BJJ Gi?

If you have patches, then you need to sew them. Even though some gis and patches are suitable for ironing, these may fall off in future so I highly recommend you to sew them. And if you have patches, the video below is for you.

These tips are quite important and when you sew patches you should definitely implement these.

Ironing: You need to apply the heat evenly so you don’t have any shrinking issue and as you may know it is a huge problem for many kimonos!

Gyms: Especially some commercial gyms have strict rules about colors. These only accept black, white, and navy blue. So if you think of buying a different color (grey, gold etc.) definitely do your research about your dojo before you get one.

Don’t Settle for a Low-Quality GI!

Getting a right gi for your body type and preferences certainly improve your training (grappling, submission, escape…) performance. You can also get the benefits of BJJ more with it! As you may read it above, some qualities actually bring you an advantage during your sessions or in a competition! So considering all of these, it is just vital for you to train with best BJJ Gis. In this article, I covered everything you need to know about jiu-jitsu gis, the reviews of best kimonos, materials, and the weave types. However, if you have any questions or anything to share just leave a comment below and I will get back to within 24 hours!

 

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Reader Comments

  1. Wow, what a great post about Gis! I’m thinking of buying my first one and came across this article. I started reading it and was immediately intrigued by all the choices and the good information here. I had to scroll down and write a comment about it. 🙂 Now I’ll go up and read everything one more time before I decide! Thanks. Which one do you have, by the way?

    1. I trained with Hayabusa Shinju’s (first one on this list) older edition for 1-2 years and I also sparred with Scramble over a year. Thanks, Andreas. I wrote this article in 2 weeks and I included everything about kimonos. I am sure that it will make your decision process easier.

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