I was sent this Gi to review by the folks at Tatami who I must also say have been a pleasure to deal with at all points, the Gi is available to purchase HERE
How I review
There are other more technical reviews out there on the market or meerkat (some of which you will see linked below) and I do not intend to re invent the wheel, as I have said earlier I will be looking at this from the big man point of view. How does it fit, how is it when you jog, run, sprawl and roll in it? Does it stay a good fit, does my extra bulk and torque damage the Gi and also how do my training partners feel?
I stand six foot three inches tall and am 300lbs I am wearing an A5 Gi.
The Science Part
The make up of the Gi is as follows:
The cost is £77 plus post and packaging
Single Piece Pearl Weave Jacket which is a very good weave and has not twisted or distorted despite some hard use. Canvas rubberized collar, this is in contrast to the oft used twill collar, the idea being that the Canvas BJJ GI collars are harder wearing than traditional twill collars and help to keep the shape of the Gi. A very important point for the bigger BJJ player is that it is triple stitched across all stress points as well as double reinforced knee padding, which while not the same as knee pads does make a difference, triple stitched with over lapped seams.
The trousers also have a 4 Drawstring loop system and a bungee style cord for fastening which works as well as any Gi trousers I have ever worn
A big draw for some taller and slimmer fighters is that all Estilio Gi comes with mix and match pants option as well when ordering.
As you can see the Gi shrank very little indeed during washing which was great as it came very well fitting and comfortable indeed, so order the size you are expect to wear when you are ordering and allow for a small amount of shrinkage.
The important point how does it look, feel and most of all how does it hold together when rolling.
The Gi has a bit of a wow factor even when worn by me, so that shows you how good the Gi, looks :-) the black version that I wore has very impressive looking red highlight stitching and the new patches also look very excellent.
The fit is excellent, the trousers are very comfortable, long in the reach (from the top of point G on chart above to the waist band) which is often an issue for the taller and wider fighter. The extra padding on the knee does make a small difference and does of course help with the main area of wear and tear.
The jacket is a great fit all over with the sleeves a perfect length and the cuffs nice and wide so that it is good for both myself and the person I am rolling with, which when training is important. There are no extra tags round the cuffs as I have seen on other Gis and which provide a tailor made hand hold for opponents which is also a good thing.
Rolling in it feel easy and light and while the weave means it does get a bit heavier when it soaks sweat up it does not fall out of shape or start to look ragged and twisted.
My sparring partner who I asked for feedback Gregg also pointed out that the Gi has good hand holds and feels good to roll against but the collar does not loop or bag out which would make getting a choke too easy. I also noticed that unlike some Gi’s the collar is not too sharp at the start of wearing it as this can also cause issues. From the first roll the Gi, did not rub either myself or people I rolled with and proved easy to move in and use while sparring for chokes and tie ups.
This is the first Gi that I have ever rolled in that I checked very carefully after rolling and did not find at least some broken stitching or clear scuff marks which is something very common when you are of a much bigger build. It seems to have held up above and beyond any Gi I have worn so far and has been a pleasure to roll in and test.
This is quite simply one of the best Gi’s I have ever worn, rolled in and to be honest seen all around the competitions and gyms. It has stood up very well to extremely hard session including a killer session with Gazzy Parman and after a wash it looks brand new still. My very hard wearing weight and height as well as training partners really trying to put it to the test have not changed the look or feel of the Gi from new and that is a first. The other great points are that this is a good price for such an amazing Gi and from a British company who are very good to deal with. Couple that with the fact that one of the other big British brands, Black Eagle, have stated that they will be discontinuing the A5 size in the future and Tatami look like a great bet for the bigger BJJ practitioner.
For a different review style see Meerkatsu
Credit BJJISANINJA for the awesome pics
I am not sponsored or endorsed by any Gi manufacturer and my reviews are based on my opinion and nothing else, like it, hate it, respect it, all your choice but it is what it is.