I am very excited that these gis have come in. I have a few days to review them before I have to send corrections for the production run. I would love to know what you all think of them. Don’t hesitate to send feedback and tell me what you would like to see. Here are some pics:
The gi is a 450 gsm pearl weave to keep weight down (for last minute weigh-ins). The pants are a 10 oz. Drill…ditto on the weigh-ins.
The collar is a 3/8 inch EVA foam rubber. I wanted a slightly thicker collar than you find on the general “training” gi to make those chokes just a “lil’ bit” more difficult for your opponent.
Taping is for comfort and styling.
The “open up and play” logo is based on a super-imposition of the Fibonacci spiral (mathematically perfect spiral) and the Nautilus (nature’s best effort spiral) to represent both the technical and organic aspects of Jiu-Jitsu. What is cool is that the result is a “wave”…”Be like water….” 🙂 Also, The skirt vents are double-reinforced for durability.
Taping runs along the entire inside lapel and skirt seams and, of course, the back panel is of one-piece construction: all for the comfort of the competitor.
The sleeves are tapered and, at least on the A2 that I tried on, measured to be IBJJF compliant.
The Pants are a standard cut, not the slimmer fitting style that some of the manufacturers are using. While we liked the look of the slimmer fit, for a lot of competitors, especially those with a wide legged, spider-guard, inverting type style the slim fit can be constricting. So, we went with a classic cut on these pants. The vents at the sides are double-reinforced and the belt is the nylon rope style which, we think, should be mandatory these days. Belt loops are contrasting color and there are six of them, another modern expectation for a premium gi. Knee pads are sewn into the inside of the pant leg. We debated on running the pad all the way to the hem, but for sake of weight, we decided to stop below the knee: For the competitor series anyway. Pant material is a 10 oz. drill cloth. The hem has the same inner seam taping and six lines of stitching for comfort and durability.
Still thinking of the “Crazy guard” player, we decided to have the crotch gusset sewn in of 450 gsm “gold weave” material. The gold weave has a much more stratified weave pattern, which allows the material to stretch and give in lateral directions more than the drill cloth or a pearl weave.
So, that is about it. Please take a moment to give your candid feedback. These gi’s have been designed with the BJJ Player in mind and we really want you to love them! We’ve tried to think of every detail but if we have missed anything please let us know! Thanks All!