Best BJJ Gi 2018 Guide: Welcome to Breaking Grips round-up of the best BJJ Gi’s you can buy in 2018.
Every year there seems to be a greater choice of Brands and types of Gi’s for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. The established brands are consistently updating their flagship products while new companies are emerging with innovative and cool new Gi’s.
The sheer number of options when selecting a Gi can be difficult to navigate and that is why we have decided to help you out by creating this best Bjj Gi 2018 guide
The problem with guides like this one is that it is hard to define exactly what “best” means as everyone has different needs. As a result we have selected a number of Gi’s including the best value, best all around, best competition, most durable, and in our opinion the best overall Gi.
Our reviews were all carried out by experienced BJJ practitioners who tested the Gi’s over a number of months.
Tatami Estilo 6.0
The Tatami Estilo 6.0 is the flagship Gi in Tatami’s collection. It is their longest running kimono and previous iterations have been favorably received by hobbyists and athletes alike. You can really feel Tatami’s wealth of experience in this Gi.
One of the first things you will notice is the stitching and extra detail inside the Gi. It is a really nice touch and gives the gi that premium feel. There are 7 color variations. The black on black option makes a welcome return and is my personal favorite. The attention to detail in terms of stitching and design are whats sets this Gi apart . Performance wise, the Estilo 6.0 feels great to wear and my movement never felt restricted.
In terms of durability the Gi performs excellently. After 6 months of regular use and washing there is no visible shrinkage and the Gi still feels great.
Another thing that I really like about this gi is that in addition to being available in A0 – A6 they also offer S and L sizes in the A2 -A4 category which is great for those of us who do not have conventional body types.
In short- overall the best gi on the market!
Read our full Estilo 6.0 review here
- Incredible attention to detail
- Excellent durability
- Extra sizes are very welcome
- Lots of color options
- Drawstring slightly too long but was easily fixed.
FUJI All Around Gi
FUJI are a perennial Martial Arts sports brand that are consistently producing good quality affordable Gi’s. The brand was founded by former International Judo Federation Vice President Frank Hatashita.
The FUJI All Around Gi is perhaps their most popular Gi and is perfect for everyday use.
In terms of performance the Gi cannot be faulted. At 1.4kg the Gi falls into the midweight Gi category. The Gi has a Premium Cotton blend which makes it comfortable to wear and move in. The jacket is fitted and the pants are spacious enough to ensure they do not catch at the knee which allows ease of movement. The risk of ripping seems very low due to the quality stitching and reinforcement throughout the Gi.
The Gi will not win any style awards as the design is very plain (which people some may prefer). Shipping comes with additional patches that can be sewed on. The all around Gi is available in white, blue, Navy, Camo, and also Pink!
Whether you are an experienced hobbyist or a young competitor that needs another Gi, the All Around Gi is a solid choice. In summary, a very all around Gi that is perfect for everyday use.
- Great Value
- Good Quality materials and stitching
- Ease of movement
- Durable and hard wearing
- Very plain design
- Flat drawstrings are annoying and can become loose
Scramble Standard Issue Semi Custom Gi
Scramble is the brain child of Matt Benyon and Ben Tong. The brand has a strong Japanese influence which can be seen in all the Gi’s that they produce.
The standard issue Gi is available in white, navy, and black and is relatively plain apart from two branded tags. Instead Scramble leaves the decision of branding and customization up to you. The Standard Issue Semi Custom Gi comes with 8 different woven Scramble patches that can be ironed or sewn onto the Gi. These patches feature the funky scramble branding including the trademark white and red logo.
Often many of the top BJJ companies offer Gi’s with heavy branding and too many logos so it is nice to see Scramble going in the other direction and offering a blank canvas to the consumer.
The Standard Issue Semi Custom Gi weighs less than 4lbs which puts it in the midweight range for Gi’s. It is made with a 450gsm pearl weave top and 230gsm cotton ripstop pants. The material has a nice premium feel. Good quality stitching and finishing ensures that the product will not rip easy.
The Gi trousers are a slim fit while the Jacket is light and comfortable without being too baggy. The Gi I received matched the sizing chart exactly. Extra ‘L’ sizes are also available for those of us with longer limbs.
In terms of value, the best BJJ Gi on the list!
- Great Value
- No heavy branding or logos
- Gi has a premium feel
- Cool sew on patches
- May cost extra to sew on patches
KINGZ Nano Gi
KINGZ are an American premium Jiu-Jitsu Brand. Despite only opening their operation in 2011, they have already managed to become one of the main players in the market and their Gi’s are worn by many of the top competitors in the sport.
The Nano kimono is one of Kingz’s most popular Gi’s and has been designed with the competitor in mind. The biggest problem with Ultralight Gi’s is that they usually have a significantly shorter lifespan than the average Gi as manufacturers are forced to compromise on material in order to reach the desired weight. However I am happy to report that this is not the case with the Nano kimono.
Kingz have gone over and beyond to create a sturdy and durable ultralight Gi. The trousers have double reinforced knee padding, and there is triple reinforced stitching at common stress points. It also has a synthetic heat resistant vulcanized lapel insert and the entire Gi is also 90% pre-shrunk to avoid shrinkage when you wash.
The Gi Looks and feels great too. The colors are rich and the Kingz branding is slick. The Kingz crown logo is embroidered on the back below the collar and the trademark Kingz brand adorns both shoulders.
In summary, the best comp Gi on the market.
- Premium feel
- Designed with the competitor in mind
- Extremely durable for a lightweight Gi
- Costs a little more than other lightweight options
- Popular sizes often out of stock
Hayabusa Goorudo 3.0
Hayabusa are a well-established martial arts brand. Rooted in Japanese tradition, Hayabusa have a wealth of experience developing Gi’s and MMA products.
The Hayabusa Goorudo 3.0 is the third iteration of one of their most popular Gi’s. The Goorudo 3.0 is a tank of a Gi. It is heavy, hard wearing, and will stand up to lots of punishment. Despite being a bit heavier, it does not impede movement and does not slow you down.
The beautiful gold weave fabric and stitching gives this Gi a luxury feel. The lapels are thick and there is extra stitching and everywhere. The Hayabusa branding is stylish and the back of the Gi is adorned with traditional kanjis meaning “Courage”, “Strength”, “Pride” and “Respect”.
Although the Gi came pre-washed and pre-shrunk, there was still a bit of shrinkage in my Gi following the 1st couple of washes.
The only other complaint is that it would be nice to have some other L sizes available as well as the standard A0 – A4. As I have long legs I usually prefer to go for an A3L fit but I had to settle for an A3. The pants fit ok but with some shrinkage are now slightly on the small side.
In summary, the most durable Gi I have ever owned and reasonably priced considering the quality. A close contender for the overall best BJJ Gi title.
- Cool Design
- Very hard wearing and durable
- Quite a heavy Gi
- Some shrinkage experienced on pants after washing
- No additional L sizes available