Best BJJ Gi 2020 Guide: Welcome to Breaking Grips round-up of the best BJJ Gi’s you can buy in 2020.
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 2020 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 BJJ Uniform
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 BJJ Uniform 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
Hayabusa Lightweight Jiu Jitsu Gi
There can be a massive discrepancy in the weight of Gi’s. Some Gi’s can feel quite heavy whereas others feel like normal clothing. The choice of Gi is often down to personal preference and there is advantages in wearing a light/heavy Gi.
Many competitors prefer light weight Gi’s because it allows them to be closer to the weight limit for the competition. Others prefer lightweight Gi’s because they train in humid environments. The lightweight Gi allows them to move easier and does not adsorb as much sweat as heavier Gi’s
In terms of lightweight Gi’s the Hayabusa product is one of the best products on the market. Many companies scrimp on quality when making lightweight Gi’s in order to hit the target weight. As a result the Gi’s have short lifespans and frequently tear. This is not the case with the Hayabus lightweight Gi which comes with reinforced stress areas made using high quality cotton. The stitching quality is excellent and is obvious immediately.
The first thing I noticed about this Gi was the softness. I am not sure why the Gi feels so soft but it is a welcome feature when compared to many other popular Gi brands. I also love the color options which include a grey and a green option. The only negative comment I have is that the drawstring is made of an elastically material that I feel is not as functional as the other normal cotton strings that are normally used.
- Quality is similar to noraml heavier BJJ Gi’s
- Excellent quality of materials
- Soft premium feel
- Great color options
- Overly flexible drawstring
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