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fedortyson
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My fuji has served me well over the years and it looks like its time to retire it. It's been a long time since I've picked up a Gi and I was wondering whats good these days? I've heard good things about Tatami Gi's and I came across this article where its highly ranked:

How is Tatami as a brand? Any other recommendations?
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Posted : 12/04/2016 5:49 pm
stevebuyshouses
(@stevebuyshouses)
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There are a ton of options, I like tatami gi and have 6 in my rotation right now. I like origin and Shoyoroll as well. Most brands except origin are made on one of about 4 factories tbh.

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Posted : 12/04/2016 5:53 pm
P1977
(@ronanp77)
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Wolfhound are good, a lot of our lads wear them and tatami.

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Posted : 12/04/2016 5:59 pm
christiancastleman
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Expensive - maybe worth it

Origin - Made in USA, innovative, great quality.  Hi Price.

SYR - same but not made in USA
Others - Lucky etc.

Dozens of brands of Gis in the mid market segment (Gameness, Koral, Vulkan, Keiko Raca, Manto, Killer Bee, Black Eagle, Sento etc.) all good depending on fit materials etc you are looking for.
Tatami makes both mid market (Estilo) and bargain gis (Nova) - good quality, style.  I have basic Nova and find it is good solid comfortable relatively light weight gi.  My friend bought the high end double weave "Tank" and it is awesome.  If they fit me better that would be my next gi.
Fuji - still the quality for value champ.  If they fit you well it is worth having several.  They fit me perfect and are my go to gis (3 in current rotation)
If you are really cheap - Fuji Judo Gi, or Jitsugi both are good quality for very cheap price.  We buy Fuji Judo gis for our kids program (very sharp for like $50)
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Posted : 12/04/2016 7:20 pm




saltlick
(@saltlick)
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my votes for Tatami Estillo 5.0 or Grips

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Posted : 12/04/2016 7:53 pm
Tyharris14
(@tyharris14)
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Do or die Hyperfly is probably my favorite gi

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Posted : 12/04/2016 9:05 pm
stevebuyshouses
(@stevebuyshouses)
Illustrious Member

Key imo is going for and getting sale items and building your rotation that way. Bjjhq, and gi manufacturer and reseller sites like rollmore and bjj warehouse have sales all the time. You can get a $150 gi for $90 if you watch and shop smart.

Once you have at least 3, or my preference 1 per time I train per week, you can then afford over time to upgrade to other types etc. At first buy all different if possible till you see what you prefer in style, asthetics, fit, durability etc. Once you find a couple brands you like you can just hone in on those brands.

I currently have 2 fuji (have had as many as 5)
2 koral mkm
3 lucky (including lucky hempire)
6 tatami (classic, tank, estilo 3.0,(2)4.0, and thinking monkey
3 origin
2 Grips
2 Academy gi our instructor had made for the gym
15 Shoyoroll

I have narrowed down to Shoyoroll, origin and tatami (Grips are association gi)

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Posted : 12/04/2016 9:21 pm
Dirtyrancher
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Usually I would say Fuji -

But I think it's time folks go back to the roots and go old school - like the tiger claw hayashi unbleached judo gi - that was the gi my first school used to rep -
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Posted : 13/04/2016 4:21 am




stevebuyshouses
(@stevebuyshouses)
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My first one was a century judo gi fml was short sleeved after a couple months. And a Gracie Sports gi that was a big guys that quit and after I lost my first 30# it swallowed me. Krugans was my third... That was a tough gi... It was the tribal one, I thought I was bad ass with tribal stuff on my gi lol.

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Posted : 13/04/2016 9:59 am
christiancastleman
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Dirtyrancher, didn't we all start with Hayashi? Mine was white. My oldest son still has a blue one (he is 25 and rarely trains anymore )

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Posted : 13/04/2016 2:41 pm
christiancastleman
(@christiancastleman)
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Howard Combat? Padilla and Sons? There are some other good old school brands too

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Posted : 13/04/2016 2:43 pm
stevebuyshouses
(@stevebuyshouses)
Illustrious Member

No atama love? I had three of those things... M Kimonos wad the stuff, you had to have a hookup to get one of those or the Rickson Mizuno!

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Posted : 13/04/2016 3:50 pm




fedortyson
(@fedortyson)
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Usually I would say Fuji -

But I think it's time folks go back to the roots and go old school - like the tiger claw hayashi unbleached judo gi - that was the gi my first school used to rep -

That's one nice looking gi. How's the material construction and how is it for washing?

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Posted : 16/04/2016 4:21 am
BearUMbowlOH
(@bearumbowloh)
Noble Member

 i recommend this brand because i had an extremely positive experience with their business, its mom and pop run which i love, it is flat out indestructible and best of all, very reasonably priced.

 
Padilla And Sons 
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Posted : 16/04/2016 8:43 am
Fifitrix
(@fifitrix)
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Wolfhound are good, a lot of our lads wear them and tatami.

Wolfhound gis are only ok imo. The jackets seem fine, but I know a couple of guys whose Wolfhound pants shrank WAY up their legs, to the point that they can't wear them. It's a pity, cos it would be nice to wear and recommend an Irish gi brand.

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Posted : 18/04/2016 11:56 am
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