*note: What we've done is taken the gi and put it through a rotation of 3-4 sessions a week over a period of 1-2 months. In the case of the Manila Kimono, it got a hearty 2-month trial and in my opinion has done quite well. While I can't comment on the fit or feel but just from what I've seen it's held up nicely against some tough training, tough washing and very humid conditions.
I hope you enjoy this slightly different approach to reviewing the gi.
name: Bryan Garrison
years training BJJ: 7+ years
BJJ rank: Purple
weight & height: 5'9", 165 lbs
fit preference (fitted, loose, short): loose
first impression: Nice quality. Looked well made. Lapel was not too stiff. Jacket fit well. It was similar to a Koral but lighter.
fit: Well fitted, proper A2. I usually like loose gis, but this gi was more fitted and still comfortable. Pants were the correct size and comfortable.
production quality: Nice, clean stitching. Durable lapel. Weave strong. Pants looked like they were made of decent rip-stop material.
detailing: Nice details. Liked the green stitching on the white gi contrast. Embroidery had the potential to be loud, but the designers chose the right colors for their logo, details, etc. to keep it toned down. Liked the trim on the jacket and pants cuff. Overall, the gi “popped” but wasn’t too flashy.
style: Similar to styles I prefer. I like my pants to be a little baggier, but the pants still fit well and were comfortable. The jacket fit very well.
immediate likes: The gi material kept true to its quality compared to brands like Koral and Vulcan in my experience.
immediate dislikes: No immediate dislikes with regards to material & stitching quality. Noticed a little color fading in some of the details in both the jacket and pants, but not more than normal.
shrinkage: Unfortunately, I was using a laundry service at this time. They used a dryer without me knowing. The gi didn’t shrink significantly overall except for in the jacket cuff(s). Here it was a problem. The length of the sleeves shrank about four inches. Normally I line dry my gis. Shouldn't be a problem if you avoid a hot dryer. The rest of the gi proportions, both jacket and pants, didn’t seem to be affected by using a dryer.
durability: The lapel kept its integrity. The gi stitching endured and has the promise to continue to endure for months/ years. The trim on the cuffs fuzzed up a bit but nothing too alarming.
Is this the right gi for me? Why or why not? I'd order a gi from this company again. The quality and durability seem consistent with more popular brands. The design itself had a style I liked. It’s unfortunate the cuffs shrank so much though. I wouldn’t throw this gi in a dryer again.
Would you recommend this gi? I would recommend this gi to others. My only advice would be to hang dry it to avoid significant shrinkage in the jacket cuffs.