10.05.2012

GI REVIEW: MANILA KIMONOS

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 *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.

-Luke

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name:  Bryan Garrison
age: 40
years training BJJ: 7+ years
BJJ rank:  Purple
occupation:  Manager
favorite gi brands:  Koral, Krugans, Vulkan, Red Star

body-type:  Average
weight & height:  5'9", 165 lbs

fit preference (fitted, loose, short):  loose


BEFORE
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.


AFTER
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.



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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bought a Gameness gi 6 months ago that did the same sleeve thing. Use drying machine, but it has a moisture level detector and I always set it to come out slightly damp plus I run it on Warm not Hot. Vulkan's don't have this problem.

~michael webber

Mark Tery said...

You can find a range of jiu-jitsu gis in the online stores, so you can easily choose the one that gives you the most comfortable fit.
Thanks.
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Anonymous said...

damn that is an ugly gi!

Anonymous said...

Imagine getting tapped out by a BJJ guy in that gi ha ha ha. You get owned by a thirld world BJJ guy who doesn't have foreign expats training them

Anonymous said...

You have no idea how good we are huh. Come to any legit bjj in the Philippines, I guarantee you that anybody there ranked a belt lower than you will give you a third world ass whipping. Expats? Lol! Come at us bro. I dare you, racist motherfucker

Anonymous said...

Fucking ugly, nuff said.

Chang-Z Choo said...

nicely said bro. its 2012 yet there is still racism out there. unbe-fuckin-livable. greetings from Australia.

Mark Tery said...

As a BJJ position, stand up is usually practiced the least in bjj gear. It was believed that no matter what would happen, most of the fights would hit the ground.

Anonymous said...

"Imagine getting tapped out by a BJJ guy in that gi ha ha ha. You get owned by a thirld world BJJ guy who doesn't have foreign expats training them"

People like this dude that wrote this is just pathetic. Obviously we are all dealing with a prejudice and very uneducated ass. Bro. BTW.....you don't know how to spell "third".

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Kelvin Bicasan said...

It's not about the gi, it's the skill that
Matters... I grew up from there and lived the life, I'm fortunate enough to be here in the US

Leo Vieira said...

Students excel at a much faster pace in a team oriented environment. As a team, we put in the extra effort to insure that each student gets the most out of each training session. We are constantly looking after one another because we know; ultimately, you are only as good as your training partners. There is a heavy emphasis on helping your teammates improve because as they get better, you get better. When you train at EXCEL, the strong sense of unity will take you to the next level.
koral gi
Thanks

Leo Vieira said...

Students excel at a much faster pace in a team oriented environment. As a team, we put in the extra effort to insure that each student gets the most out of each training session. We are constantly looking after one another because we know; ultimately, you are only as good as your training partners. There is a heavy emphasis on helping your teammates improve because as they get better, you get better. When you train at EXCEL, the strong sense of unity will take you to the next level.
koral gi

Anonymous said...

its probably to late to comment in this thread but i will anyways.. first, kudos to the reviewer.. u really know how to do the job.. second, guys who train bjj wont say something bad about other guys who also train bjj, so the racist comments here are from people who dont train bjj and just plain posers.. so dont be hurt on their comments.. u guys in ph rocks!!