How do I choose a good Gi???

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  1. ElMatador1

    ElMatador1 Yellow Belt

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    im starting jiu jitsu in a couple a weeks and im in the market for a gi, but i really dont know how to tell the differance between a good quality gi and from a cheap one.
    can someone please help me out??
    my price range is $50-$60 maybe $70 if its really worth it.
    whats a good brand??
    and also whats the difference between single and double weave??

    thanks
     
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    BigCP84** There are no absolutes!

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    Sorry to say but that will not get you close to a high quality Gi like: Koral, Atama, Lucky, etc.

    I would recommend going with a Gi your school sells because you will get a better deal on one. As for single and double weaves, Doubles are a little heavier and supposedly more durable but all 3 of my Gis are peral single weave and they are nice and light, so far none of them show any wear and tear.

    Then when you know you are going to stick with it, invest in a high quality Gi since they range from $100-$200+ USD, so you dont want to waste your money if you aren't going to stick with it.
     
  3. sandmann

    sandmann Orange Belt

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    You dont choose the gi, the gi chooses you. But ya like above poster said your not going to get a top of the line gi for that price. Sounds to me like you should look at fuji gi's as I am told they are the best bang for your buck.
     
  4. You'll be totally fine with a low end HCK or Fuji.
    If you LOVE BJJ you will develop a taste for what you like and don't like about Gi's and your beginner Gi will become your "backup" .

    Cageside has good prices:Jiu Jitsu Gi / Discount BJJ Gi / Jiu Jitsu Kimono
     
  5. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Green Belt

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    Go with the Fuji!

    Save up an extra $20 or so and spring for the lightweight model.
     
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    Sir Galahad Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    For several dollars more you can get a Padilla & Sons gold weave.
     
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    BigCP84** There are no absolutes!

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    Sir Galahad Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    I bought a P&S gold weave for $90 several years ago. You can't beat their quality for that price. :icon_chee
     
  9. Ls1PWR

    Ls1PWR White Belt

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    i would definitely go with a white fuji victory gi, you can get one for around $60 and they will last a long time. fuji cant be beat for the price to quality ratio. if your looking to spend a little more say $100, i would go with a fushida over the Padilla & Sons because of the quality and superior pants.
     
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    jasoncyclops** Red Belt

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    Fuji
    they are fricking durable
    or u can get a crappy judo gi and save up some $ for high end gi like Atama
     
  11. Foblander

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    I agree. I will say the Fuji is more comfortable to roll in for training. So soft and the cut is slim in all the right spots. It is a great gi to have in the rotation :icon_chee For the price you can not beat it. The Fushida makes a high quality gi and the Mantis is a pretty good deal because for a limited time they are introducing this model with their ripstop pants. If you do not want to guess how a gi is going to fit you I would send Christo at Fushida an email and he will be able to tell you exactly how the gi will fit on you. I have nothing but good things to say about my Komodo model :) Like a high quality tailored suit
     
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    ElMatador1 Yellow Belt

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    Alright, thanks gentlemen you have been a big help
     
  13. Meerkatsu

    Meerkatsu Blue Belt

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    LOL, love that quote!

    I say borrow or buy a cheapo gi to begin with, once you get the BJJ bug and train 3-4 times a week, you'll need a couple of gis anyway. Check out and ask your training parters about their gis. They'll be only to happy to offer advice as almost everyone I know has a favourite and a not-favourite over the years.
    But if you want only one gi, and it HAD to be the right fit first time...go Fushida. They'll fit one for you good and proper and the price is very reasonable.
    Alternatively, find a company that will let you buy pants and jacket separately. In the UK, Tatami Fightwear do this, and in the US, I believe you can get half sizes from certain brands.

    If you are interested, I wrote a lengthy guide on how to choose a BJJ gi:
    MEERKATSU: What BJJ gi should I buy?

    I hope this helps :)
     
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    jackstraw424 White Belt

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    ^ love that article, thanks for takin the time to write it!
     
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    SSF SSFgear.com

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    Go with a HCK or a Fuji in that price range.
     

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