Gi Review - All rip stop gi by Grab & Pull

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  1. Meerkatsu

    Meerkatsu Blue Belt

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    Hi guys,

    I review and all rip stop gi made by British company Grab & Pull, read the full review here:
    MEERKATSU: Gi Review: Grab and Pull Rip Stop Light Gi


    [​IMG]SEY_6850 by Seymour Yang, on Flickr

    Quick summary:
    Pros:
    Very light (1.38Kg for A2, 3.04lb)
    Quick to dry after washing
    Cool in hot environment
    Nice design, colourful patches, not too in your face
    Arms and trousers shrank to fit nicely
    Even though thin, still strong with good reinforcements

    Cons:
    I'm not a fan of rip stop trousers
    Gi did not shrink lengthwise so too long for me
    Opens out easily during rolling
    Pitched directly against established Koral Light and Vulkan Ultra Light

    [​IMG]SEY_6787 copy by Seymour Yang, on Flickr

    The company has kindly offered a 10% discount on this gi by typing in MEERKATSU at checkout.
    Grab&Pull - Grab And Pull
    Valid for one month only.
    I believe they do ship internationally.

    More pics:

    [​IMG]SEY_6788 copy by Seymour Yang, on Flickr

    [​IMG]SEY_6795 copy by Seymour Yang, on Flickr
     
  2. LongVN

    LongVN Blue Belt

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    Nice review again. I have a Koral Light. they seem to be almost similar with each other based on the images and description.
     
  3. qiksilverman

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    whast your height and weight the a2 seems to fit you well
     
  4. LongVN

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    I think he's 5'8, somewhere between 130-140lbs? I remember him saying that in one of his reviews.
     
  5. ohmalley

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    thanks for the review! one question -- did you notice any stretching as you rolled? ie, was the gi noticeably larger (esp in the sleeves) after long rolling sessions? that's a common complaint i hear about ultralites, especially those that shrink a lot. had that experience myself with the atama ultralite.
     
  6. Meerkatsu

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    The A2 is designed to shrink - well not 'designed' per se, more a matter of that's what happens when you wash it, so they cut it a bit larger.
    Hence, the arms and pants worked out nice on me but the jacket length was pretty much still the original long length.

    I am 5'6'' and about 130lbs, yes very light, not very tall but I have extremely long arms for me size.

    I have not tried the Koral light, but a lot of my training pals wear it. The Grab and Pull seems a little bit softer, but I would say the difference is marginal. I've not seen the Vulkan ultra light is that rip stop too, or still honeycomb weave?
     
  7. Roflolfish

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    i like how you review non-mainstream brands!!! very nice
     
  8. Meerkatsu

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    Ohmalley - I did not notice any loss of shape or weird stretching issues. But being thin, when you sweat a lot, as I did, it does feel like wearing a wet office shirt.

    Thanks Roflolfish. This gi will be sold by JiuJitsuProGear but rebranded with their own logos, so once they start marketing it, it will be less obscure I imagine. I'm not sure of a launch date.

    Got a Storm Kimonos review on the way - a bit more mainstream.
     
  9. Nickynoneck

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    I like the colro sceem , there's way to many gi's out there that involve red and black graphics the white and green looks classy .
     
  10. Meerkatsu

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    Come to think of it, yeah...red and black is so done to death already. I guess they choose it because it goes well with black, white or blue gi colours.
     
  11. Pippon

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    Good review.
    I really like the look of this Gi. I just don't really like the name...
    The only experience I have with 100% Ripstop Gi's are with Kauai Kimonos. I tried one and it felt weird. I sweat a alot and the Gi looks and feels drenched after 30mins of rolling. With my limited exposure to 100% Ripstop Gi's, so far i'm not a big fan.
     
  12. Nickynoneck

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    dont get me wrong it looks good but we need some different color schemes , atleast some companies are doing it .
     
  13. Sir Tapsalot

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    The jacket is a completely different type of fabric then the ripstop used in gi pants. It's a proper cotton woven with the ripstop grid pattern, rather then the stiff "waxy" feel of ripstop pants. If you've seen a Koral Light gi, it's similar to that.

    James
     
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    Can you fix the "wet shirt" feeling by wearing a rash guard?
     
  15. Meerkatsu

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    Guess so, I'll try it and see if it helps.
    However I always review gis minus rash guard so I can point out any anomalies like itchy inside seams or roughness of the fabric.
     

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