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I purchased an Atama Leticia Ribeiro Edition gi toward the middle of December after realizing that, without my own washing machine, if I’d be training 3-4 times a week, I’d need more than one gi. My first gi is a Fenom and while I love it, I wanted to see what else might be out there and this one caught my eye.Purchase Atama Leticia Ribeiro 2.0 Gi at Amazon
Apart from the good reputation the brand enjoys, I appreciated the playful, sweet detailing in the embroidery. I liked that this gi was feminine without being entirely bright pink or lavender and decorative without being covered with lots of large patches.
As a new student of jiu jitsu, I had a real concern that this would be “too much gi” for me at nearly $200 but I rationalized the price with the knowledge that it would be worn easily twice a week for a long time and I’d get far more enjoyment and use out of a new gi than out of a new party dress.
According to Atama’s site, the fabric and construction is identical to their Mundial Model #9. The pants and kimono are offered as mix-and-match separates:
|4’9 – 5’0||85 – 100||F1|
|5’0 – 5’3||100 – 120||F2|
|5’3 – 5’7||115 – 140||F3|
|5’5 – 5’9||140 – 155||F4|
|5’9 – 6’0||155 – 170||F5|
|6’1 – 6’3||170 +||F6|
At 5’9” and 150lbs, I’m toward the top of the range for size F4. Any concerns I had regarding sizing evaporated once the kimono arrived: sleeves and pants were long enough to require 2 hot washes to achieve my desired fit. The tag sewn into the jacket estimates shrinkage of 5% which seems accurate. If you’re on the smaller end of the range, you may need a few more sessions with the hot water.Read user reviews on the Atama Mundial #9 gi
The single-weave jacket is finished with purple Atama-logo tape on the inside of the cuffs and the outside of the hem. The fabric drapes well and is substantial without feeling heavy or stiff. The lapel features a rubberized collar that’s maintained a good amount of stiffness after many washes and 6 weeks of regular wear.
After two washes, my F4 jacket measures 29-1/2” long. The skirt falls 12” below my natural waist, comfortably covering the widest part of my hips.
The kimono features the Atama logo with a spray of butterflies and tiny stars in shades of purple and pink stitched over either side of the chest and down the upper portion of the sleeve. A smaller version of the logo is sewn on the yoke between the shoulders and the butterfly motif appears again on the left thigh of the pants.
Pants are cotton with a reinforced knee and a self-fabric drawstring laced through four evenly-spaced loops. I’m personally not a huge fan of cord ties, though I realize that may put me in the minority. In addition to the logo embroidery mentioned above, a washing-care label is sewn on the right front hip.
Atama does a good job tailoring their clothing, the jacket in particular, to a woman’s body. Tapering through the waist means that the kimono stays closed fairly well, even without a belt, and narrower shoulders and smaller sleeve circumferences mean that the jacket doesn’t slide all over the place during warmups, drills and rolls.
The pants have a high enough rise so that they sit closer to my waist than my hips which gives me a greater confidence that they’ll stay put and they’re cut generously through the hip and seat allowing for a good range of movement.Compare prices on Women’s BJJ gis by Tatami, War Tribe, Fuji, and more
While the finishing looked perfect upon arrival, after the first wash, a few threads came loose from the embroidery and on subsequent washing I’ve noticed a few thicker threads loosening from inside of the binding tape and from the edge of the lapel near the skirt.
In general, I am very happy with this gi; it’s lightweight, fits well, is lots of fun to wear and feels great on. My only concern is with the loose threads mentioned above. I am curious to see how the stitching and binding holds up after many more months of use. I’ve read other Atama reviews that have made note of the loose-threads issue and for a $200 garment, my expectation would be higher-quality finishing.Get your very own Atama Leticia Ribiero at Amazon
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON APRIL 12, 2013
Brendan is the Founder and mastermind behind Gireviews.net. He is currently a Purple belt training in both gi and no gi. By day he is a elementary school teacher, by night, a jedi gi reviewer!