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The Best BJJ Gi for Your Body Type (2017 Skinny and Lean Edition)

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People are always posting on message boards about what type of gi is best for them and those of us who’ve been on them forever see the same answers time and time again.  The thing is, that on each message board, there are popular answers that are not ever mentioned on other boards.

In this article, we’ll discuss the best gis for skinny and lean guys.

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IBJJF Gi Regulations Decoded

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What follows are the rules for the IBJJF in regards to kimonos.  Keep these in mind if you have read our reviews and are looking to purchase a new gi.  Unless you only want it for training, be sure to follow the guidelines.  If you’ve never been to an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation tournament, you have never seen the gi checks they do.  The checks are serious and there is no need to be disqualified ahead of time.

 

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How to get a pre-sale Shoyoroll GUARANTEED

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I was all set to order my Scramble 1chiban.  I had hyped it up for a month here on the site and I was so excited to get one.

I logged onto Budovideos at the appointed release time, put an A3 in my cart, started filling in all of my important details: address, credit card info, etc.

The whole process took maybe 3 minutes.

Which was about a minute too late.

2 minutes. It took 2 minutes for them to sell out!

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Top 5 Gi Features

5 special gi featuresBeing a gi reviewer has opened my eyes to a major dirty secret of the gi market: most brands are basically the same.  When you buy a gi with ____ logo on it, chances are it was made in the same factory as 10 other gi brands.  This becomes apparent in the cut, appearance and quality of gis as well as their features.

However, some gis come in that are absolutely incredible.  Here’s a list of 5 features that have stood out to me in gis that I’ve reviewed which I believe set them apart.

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The best BJJ gi for your body type (2016 Short and Stocky Edition)

What is the best BJJ gi for short, stocky, or muscular grapplers?

Looking for a specific gi review?  Check out our reviews here.

Every day people are posting their height and weight into internet forums and asking what type of gi will fit them the best.  Lots of people answer but there’s never been one article that puts all of the answers together.  Until now.

In another recent article, we discussed the best gis for skinnier and leaner guys.  In this article, we’ll discuss the best gis for the big guys.

In this second half of the series, we’re going to take a look at the big guys.  This includes those of us who are just plain fat, as well as the guys carrying a large amount of muscle in our upper or lower bodies.  For some reason, gis never fit us right.  For the muscular guys, gis fit super tight and restrictive in the upper back, thigh, and shoulders.  For us chubby guys, the gi is always coming open around the midsection because there isn’t enough material for our bellies.  For both groups, their midsection fits one gi, and their arms and legs fit another.  Bummer…

But wait, there is hope.  In fact, there’s a lot of hope.  Here’s a two gis that are sure to fit you.

Tatami Estilo 5.0

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Hypnotik Base Gi

Hypnotik Base Gi

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Inverted Gear

Inverted also offers an awesome A2H gi that’s perfect for big guys! Check it out here.

Da Firma Kimono Company

Da Firma offers a bunch of cool sizes for bigger people such as:

A-3 (SHORT) — 5’8″-5’11” — 195-215 lbs

A3M (SHORT)   5’8″-5′-11″    220-235 lbs

A3M     6’0”-6’3″     225-250lbs

A5S     5’8”-5”-11” 260+

Click here to check out Da Firma’s gis for bigger guys!

Kingz Kimonos

Kingz Kimonos offers two cool sizes for bigger folks as well:

5′ 8″ – 5′ 11″
210 – 240 lbs.
A2H
5′ 10″ – 6’1″
210 – 245 lbs.
A3H
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Atama & Koral

Next are two mainstream gis that get a lot of attention for fitting stout people as well as (sometimes) skinnier people.  These are Koral and Atama (sometimes Padilla and Sons is mentioned in this vein as well).  Typically, Atama has a longer skirt, which will favor guys with a bigger belly and will keep their lapel tucked into their belt whereas a smaller skirted gi will not.

Shop for Atama BJJ gis for short and stocky guys at Amazon

Shoyoroll

Next is, again, Shoyoroll.  Shoyoroll offers the size A2H (A2 Heavy) which fits guys between 5’8″ – 6’0″    and 220-250lbs.  They are a great option, but as stated in the first half of this series, they are often disregarded due to limited availability and a long wait time after ordering.  Still, the A2Hs are a good option for bigger guys and there are Shoyoroll gi reviews on this site for the Yank and White Mamba and reviews are forthcoming for the Yin, Yang, Compadre, and Americana.

Gorilla Fight Gear

Last is, surprise, Gorilla Fight Gear’s Big Guy’s Silverback Platinum Wave BJJ Gi.  Unlike just the A2H offered by Shoyoroll, Gorilla Fight Gear’s Big Guy gi offers a wide range of sizes for the big guys (like me).  So if you’re anywhere from 5’5” and 180 to 6’4” and 320+ lbs, see the chart below to figure out where you fit into their sizing.  Also, these big gis come with a rashguard liner on the inside  and “roomier in the shoulders, chest torso, and hips and thighs to allow you the freedom to move unrestricted like a big cat.” (quoted from their website.  Hilarious.).

Size Height Weight Sleeve 2 Sleeve Sleeve Width @ Armpit Gi Jacket Width GI Pants Out Seam GI Pants Waist Width Leg Width*
A2X 5’5″-5″8″ 180 to 210lbs 64″ 11″ 25″ 37″ 22″ 12.5″
A3X 5’8″-5’11” 205-230lbs 67″ 11.5″ 26″ 40″ 23″ 13″
A4X 5’11”-6’2″ 225-275lbs 70″  11.75″ 27″ 42″ 24″ 13.5″
A5X 6’2″-6’4″ 270-320lbs 74″ 12″ 28″ 44″ 25″ 14″
A5XX 6’2″-6’4″ 320+lbs 74″  12.5″ 29″ 44″ 26″ 14.5″

Here’s their beefy gi underneath their regular gi of the same size (both are A3s).

Summary for the big boys:

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011

Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) Gi Buying Guide

BJJ Gi Buying Guide

It looks like the very same issues often appear when individuals start Brazilian JiuJitsu…

Lots of individuals inquire “Can I just use any gi or kimono for BJJ?”

Well, you could, however I highly instruct against it. To the untrained eyes, they look comparable, but are all very different sorts of uniforms. For example, a judo uniform has a loose cut; the sleeves as well as collar will probably be much easier for your opponent to grab and employ against you. And the taekwondo or even karate uniform are extremely slim to make it in BJJ, they’ll tear after a couple of grappling sessions.

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New to GiReviews.Net? START HERE.

New to GiReviews.Net? START HERE

Welcome to GiReviews.Net!  I’m honored to have you as a part of the community.

We believe that finding a gi that fits your unique body type is hard, but great reviews make that easy.

Our mission is to be the ONE PLACE online that you can go to for reviews of the best gis on the planet.

For the last five years, GiReviews.Net has been the BJJ community’s home for the best reviews and articles on gis, gear, and other BJJ lifestyle goods.

My name is Brendan and in 2011, I was sick of searching forums and a million websites just to find reviews on gis that I was interested in.  Today, I’m proud to say that GiReviews is the most visited gi review website in the world.

If you’re new here, here are a few of my most popular and helpful posts:

BJJ Gi Guides

The Best BJJ Gi for Short, Stocky, and Muscular Guys

The Best BJJ Gi for Skinny, Athletic, and Lean Guys

The Best Budget BJJ Gi of 2016

The Best Lightweight Gis for Summer 2016

How to Wash Your BJJ Gi 101

5 Pieces of BJJ Gear That We Can’t Live Without

Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) Gi Buying Guide

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5 Pieces of BJJ Gear That You Can’t Live Without

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There are so many items to buy on the BJJ market… What gear is actually worth buying?

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2016 Guide: Top 7 Lightweight Gis for Summer!

Top 7 Lightweight Gis for Summer

Well friends, it’s about that time of the year again.  Time for some good old summer BJJ training.

But I’ll level with you.  I’m about 6’1″ and about 200lbs. (on a good day).

I sweat. A lot.  And there isn’t anything more uncomfortable than training in a thick heavy gi during the summer.

With that in mind, we wanted to highlight a few of the best lightweight / summer gis that are out right now.

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