Friday, March 11, 2005

Initial Gi Review

Close-up of the Blue Fabric

My Gis arrived yesterday in the mail. To make a long story short, I one an auction for two gis - one blue and one white - on Ebay for $75. Considering that these were billed as double weave - it seemed like a two for one deal. Even at that rate - most size 5 singles are at least $45 - so it is definitely a good deal.

Here are my impressions so far - bear in mind I haven't washed or worn the gis short of an initial try-on.

  1. The blue is a little bluer than I thought it would be, but then I have seen other pictures of brand-new blue Gis and they look as if they were a lot bluer to start with and I expect it to fade a bit after the first few washings.

  2. The fabric seems a thinner than I expected, but it hasn't been washed. I can tell from the workmanship that this is constructed from two plys of fabric, and more than that at most seams, but I know from past experience that a)Fabric is thin right out of the bag, and thickens up a bit as it is aired out and b)Shrinkage will increase the density, softness, and hand of the fabric.

    If I had to guess the overall fabric weight, I would put it between 400 and 600 gr/m2 - which would put it in the area of a lightweight double weave. But my impression can and will change once I wash it.
    My Gis Hanging in the Closet
  3. The size seems perfect - which means that it is slightly bigger to the point where it will fit perfectly after shrinkage with no additional alterations.

Overall I am happy with these gis, and I would definitely reccomend them to Gi-Seekers on a budget.

I provide additional updates (and maybe an additional picture or two) after I get to shrink them down and play once or twice in them.

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