Softening the gi...

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by BobSacamano, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. BobSacamano

    BobSacamano White Belt

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    Been doing BJJ for about 4 months and finally got a decent gi. I got a gold weave mundial Atama.

    I have 2 questions...

    I have an A4 top which is 200-250, I am 217 at the moment. It is a tad big, but just a little in the sleeves and maybe shoulders. The girl at Atama said to wash it in cold water first, see if it shrinks a bit and if not, try washing it in warm water and it should shrink a bit.

    Anyone familiar with this?

    Also, is there a way to soften up the gi? After they air dry they can practically get up and walk on their own. I was hoping the Atama top would be softer. The pants definitely are...any suggestions?
     
  2. Cageside

    Cageside Blue Belt

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    I have an Atama gold and it is (actually was) quite stiff. I washed it and put about 5x the usual amount of LIQUID fabric softner in the wash. It's MUCH softer now.

    Good luck.




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  3. shaftoe

    shaftoe Orange Belt

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    After your gi air dries, you can throw it in the dryer on the "air" or "fluff" setting with no heat for a few minutes. This will soften it up considerably.
     
  4. Art Vandelay

    Art Vandelay Latex Salesman

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    Considering you came up with the idea for the rubber band on the paddle-ball, I think you can cook something up for the gi.

    No heat tumble/fluff or low heat if you have no fear of shrinkage.
     
  5. BobSacamano

    BobSacamano White Belt

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    You're right, but ever since I left that mental institution, where they tried that electroshock therapy and it had no effect on me because my synapses were so large I have been preoccupied with other things...
     
  6. circuitbreaker

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    Whenever I get a new gi, I wash it in warm water only to get the shrinking out of the way. After that, I only wash in cold and I air-dry.

    As for softening the gi, you can use fabric softener and toss it into the dryer all you want. But nothing softens it up as much as good ol' wear-and-tear. Get a few more months of sparring and rolling in and that should do the trick :)
     
  7. jmarion

    jmarion Orange Belt

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    I've been washing my gi on warm with a fuck load of fabric softer then tossing it in the dryer (ignoring the air dry rule) it is slowly becoming softer.... but not much
     
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    I've been washing my gi on warm with a massive load of fabric softer then tossing it in the dryer (ignoring the air dry rule) it is slowly becoming softer.... but not much
     

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