Reevo Kimono (Gi) - With Pics -

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  1. Kyokushin_6'4" Orange Belt

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    I've seen a couple of posts regarding this Gi. Since I've had mine for a year now, I thought I'd give a review....

    Reevo Kimura.
    Cost $160 Canadian (at the MMA Expo) Now selling for $199 Canadian from HATASHITA.COM


    The Cut:
    I'm 6'3 220lbs and chose an A5. Even though the Gi is pre shrunk, it would still shrink a bit in a hot wash and a dryer cycle. This Gi is made for bigger guys. It fits well on the shoulders and the skirt is the perfect length. I like a short skirt so that I can pull it out for those chokes.

    The Material:
    It's a doulble weave so it's super thick. The collar is made of vulkanized rubber that dries quickly. Everything screams durability on this Gi. All the high stress points have high wear patching and all the seams are hidden in the pants. The pants is super soft but feels very thick as if you're wearing 2 pairs of pants.

    Super Cool Features:
    There is a rash guard built inside the back of the Gi top. The gi feels super super soft on your skin and the rashguard wicks away the sweat. The crotch is made of spandex for all those crazy guard players. I find it very comfortable and easy to play an open guard game. My only complaint with this is that when your opponent has long toenails (they should be trimmed) it can easily catch and rip the spandex. I had mine sewn once because of this but has held up ever since. I would want a higher quality stretch material for the crotch area.

    Durability:
    I've had mine for a year now and done some heavy rolling as well as tournaments. It's held up great. Not even a thread has come loose. If you want a heavy duty training Gi, then look no further.

    I wold buy another one of these in heartbeat. Even at the price, you can't beat the comfort and durability. You could always opt for the Gold Weave (for competition use) at $125 CAD which is pretty reasonable. But if you want a tough, durable and comfortable Gi. Buy a Reevo.

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    Top with Rash Guard and Close-up
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    Close-up of the weave and logo on the back
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  2. stu3ufc** Yoshihiro Akiyama

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    no pictures!!!!
     
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  3. stu3ufc** Yoshihiro Akiyama

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    is this it? looks hot
     
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  4. akdms Blue Belt

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    Sounds really nice. I saw them on eBay a while ago and discounted them as some rip-off gi... I'm really looking forward to seeing the pictures.

    How does the built in rash-guard work? I'm kinda confused how it would whisk away sweat if it's built into the gi and not exposed to open air.

    Any chance you could post measurements? (ala my Keiko review if possible--it only took like 5 minutes to take the pictures, upload them to Photo Bucket, and have it auto-generate the forum code)

    How stiff thick and stiff is the collar? Is it like the Koral rubber collars, or thicker?

    How long and tight are the sleeves?

    How tight are the pants? They look pretty tight in the pictures, but it's hard to tell...
     
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    Pants and Close-up of the Spandex Crotch
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    Reinforcing of the Skirt Split on the inside back top
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  6. akdms Blue Belt

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    Looks like a nice gi--but wow those sleeves look short on you.
     
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  7. fittafeis Blue Belt

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    Cool GI, awesome pictures!
     
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    keep us posted on the spandex crotch i was going to do that with out last batch of gis but my manufacturer told me it would lower the life span of the gi pants considerably so i never bothered with it.
     
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  9. Kyokushin_6'4" Orange Belt

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    Yep, they shrunk a little shorter than anticipated, but to be honset I'm used to them. I'm not big on the Ezekiel choke, so it's no prob.

    The spandex is a year old now and still holding up. I have some back-up material to be sewn in if the spandex gives out. Hopefully it will hold longer.
     
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    Even though your gi will get soaked with sweat (any gi would) the rashgaurd stays relatively dry. You don't experienced a soaked back.

    Pictures posted.

    Pants are not extremely tight (and I have big legs). the spandex increases your movement all round. I would have like a more durable stretchy material though.

    The collar stays very stiff and thick. The rubber inside lets it retain shape and stiffness.
     
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  11. akdms Blue Belt

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    Thanks. It sounds really nice--I think I'm going to give it a try. They're only $136 on eBay, and I was in the market for a heavy-weight gi.
     
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  12. StoicDude Blue Belt

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    Interesting gi. That's a gold weave, not double. Just fyi.
     
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  14. StoicDude Blue Belt

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    From the pics you posted, that is a gold weave. Trust me on this. If you don't believe me, go to MKimonos or Atama sites and see how a gold weave looks.
    It will be the same as yours.
    Even Hatashita has it screwed up. They say double in the description of the kimura and list it as 750g/m2 gold in details.
    The omoplata is 550g/m2 so a lighter/thinner gold weave.
     
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  15. akdms Blue Belt

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    I just placed an order for one. I got the sleeve measurements and it sounds like they will be about an inch too long. Do you know about how much it shrank washing in hot? I normally shrink my gis in the dryer since I can monitor the shrinkage, but I've heard horror stories of rubber lapels warping in the dryer.
     
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  16. Kyokushin_6'4" Orange Belt

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    I shrunk mine in the dryer. No problems.
     
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    Did you get one size bigger? a few guys from my class bought it in their size and after 6 months find it too short.

    BTW, I've dealt with HATASHITA before and they have excellent service. and it is a gold weave for sure.
     
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    I bought in my size range. Although I'm at the lower end of an A5. There was definately some room for shrinking. The bad thing is, my wife boils my GI (she tries to get the smell out bye washing on a high heat) and tumble dries too. So yes, it shrank because of that. Next Gi I get - I won't let her touch it. You know what they say though - Happy wife Happy life. All things considered, the Gi held up great so far.
     
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  19. pittfrog Blue Belt

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    FYI, you can get the stink out of gis with a cup of ammonia added to the wash cycle with the detergent.
     
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  20. Hip Bump Blue Belt

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    Interesting concept, not sure if I like it yet...
     
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