Tatami Estilo 6.0 review

The Tatami Estilo 6.0 is the flagship gi in Tatami’s collection. It is their longest running kimono and previous iterations have been favourably received by hobbyists and athletes alike.

For the 6.0 Tatami proudly state that it was designed by working with athletes such JT Torres, Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro, Robson Moura. A nice mix of the old and new school of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

It is currently retailing for $159 (£100) exc shipping and comes in 7 different color variations. There are an additional 3 ultralight variations which seem to be currently available on the US store only for $149 excluding shipping.

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Specifications:

  • Printed Jaquard Drawstring
  • 550GSM Pearl Weave Jacket
  • 12oz Canvas Pants
  • Embroidered Tatami Logos
  • Embroidered Estilo Logos
  • Inside Sublimated Neck Lining
  • Woven Tape Lining Cuffs and Base Of Jacket
  • New Unique Y-Jacket Vents

Look

I really like the subtlety of the gi. The Estilo brand is strong but Tatami have chosen to subtlety place the logo in small print on the breast of the jacket and on the shin of the pants. The white, black,and blue options look sharp but Tatami also offer colors of Black type on Black, and Navy type on Blue, for those of us who do not like the heavy branding on modern kimonos.

Estilo 6 Black on Black

The detail on the gi is quite impressive and can be seen clearly in every aspect of the kimono, even on the tag and the inside of the sleeve cuffs. It is clear to see that a lot of thought has gone into the design and it does give the gi that premium feel.

The kimono also sees a return of the Y shaped jacket vent which provides a better fit along the base of the jacket.

Perfomance

One of the first things you notice about the gi is that it is quite light. The jacket is 550GSM and feels very similar to some of the Tatami competition gi’s that I have previously worn. As with previous Estilos there is a heavy weave which makes the gi durable and ultimately increases its lifespan.

The pants and shoulders are well proportioned and never catch when rolling but at the same time feel fitted which is something that other brands seem to struggle to achieve.

The rubber collar also feels great but thankfully is smooth enough to allow you to easily remove your competitor’s grips.

One small issue I had is that the draw strings in the pants were much longer than any other previous Estilo gi that I have owned. After getting frustrated at having to constantly double tie the pants I make a quick adjustment with the scissors which solved this problem. (Update Jan 18- My friend has the same model and his drawstring is perfect length.)

Summary

Ultimately this is a refreshment of their flagship gi. There is not a whole not new in the 6.0. The extra details in the embroidery and design are a nice touch and really give the gi that premium feel. I also love some of the colors offered. The black on black option makes a welcome return and is my gi of choice.

Another thing I really like about this gi is that it is available 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- still one of the best gi’s on the market!