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titansweep
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Anyone know if Atama is going out of business?  I noticed that the official website, for the US, is really low stock/sold out on items.  Most sizes left in gis are A6s.

Wonder if the Shoyoroll and other "boutique" gis have pushed them in the direction to call it quits. or if they are just selling out of everything in an effort to overwhelm us with new products?
I noticed that Koral has dipped its toe in the water by making a new gi that is black with holy moly green contrast stitghing *shudder*.
Just curious about Atama... gold weave used to be a "no can defense" weapon for my gi game for a long time.
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Posted : 10/12/2013 3:09 pm
aiseop
Famed Member

hope not but there's just sooooo many gi companies out there, plus now individual gyms can order their own. i'm sure pretty soon we'll be able to create our own individualized gi (like cafe press for t-shirts)

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Posted : 10/12/2013 3:35 pm
billiniraq
Noble Member

They priced themselves out of the market a while ago. They were wanting $120+ for basic gis that I can get from other companies (BreakPoint, Fuji, Century) half the price or less.

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Posted : 10/12/2013 4:03 pm
dopheide
Estimable Member

Atama always does a holiday deal as well, I think it was something like 20% off, so that may affect their stock.

I agree that gi prices are getting out of control though.  I'm waiting for Duluth Trading company to make one out of their "firehose" material.

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Posted : 10/12/2013 4:33 pm




aiseop
Famed Member

what's firehose material?

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Posted : 10/12/2013 4:38 pm
dopheide
Estimable Member

It's the fabric/canvas that was used to cover the outside of a firehose.

http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/product/mens-fire-hose-work-pants-92204.aspx#material

They aren't cheap, but they're the best pair of work pants I own and I can't imagine them ripping very easily.  Okay... well, I guess they compare in price to Atama gi pants if we want to keep the thread going, plus they have pockets.  🙂

I'm also a huge fan of 5.11 Tactical ripstop pants.  I can go through my work day and still have excellent mobility for martial arts related exercises without having to change before a workout.

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Posted : 10/12/2013 4:52 pm
RAREBREED
Reputable Member

Ack! I hope not.  My Atama is one of my favorite gi's! 

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Posted : 13/12/2013 2:22 pm
titansweep
Estimable Member

i have just noticed that they have been having a 20% off sale for quite a while and they have not replenished their stock on their main site.  also, other outlets for their gis seem to be running low as well.

surely they are just revamping their lineup - iirc, they still sponsor some pretty big names: Mackenzie Dern, L. Ribiero, etc...
hopefully they aren't going out of business.
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Posted : 13/12/2013 5:21 pm




scifigal
Noble Member

I'm not sure. When I went to a tournament in Japan, the Isami store there had a ton of Atama stuff on sale for crazy low prices - I picked up my Leticia Ribeiro gi for $40 and fight shorts for $20.

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Posted : 15/12/2013 11:50 am




  
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