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E Nois Alley Cat: Check Out This Gi Right Meow!

E Nois Alley Cat

by Emil Fischer

Summary

E Nois, Portuguese for “It’s Us” or “We Got This” is a different kind of brand that puts out a different kind of product.  They sent over their beautiful Alley Cat Gi for review and it truly is a unique and special product.

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Introduction

I had initially heard of E Nois through social media.  Their products always look very attractive and unusual with a sort of street wear styling to them.  When I heard I was going to have an opportunity to review their Ally Cat gi, I was super excited…

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The gi arrived along with a really dope E Nois tee-shirt and a rash guard.  The shirt is a soft comfortable shirt that I think fits me well, and the rash guard has unusual ¾ length sleeves and rubbery material along the bottom hem to keep it in place; it does run a bit snug but I like that!  Both are great products that I recommend.

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Fit

I’m 6’1, 195.  This gi is in the size best suited for my body type, A2L, but I found it a bit short in the sleeves and pants for an A2L.  It fit me fine, and I was able to wear it to train without any issues, but generally A2L gis tend to be a bit longer to suit taller people.

A:  6.75gi-reviews-gi-measurement-size-chart

B:  27.5

C:  31.25

D: 22.25

E: 21.25

F: 12.5

G: 8.25

H: 37.5

Design

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E Nois gets full marks in the design department.  This gi design is clean but bold.  The gi is made of a 500 GSM pearl weave material in a deep navy blue color that E Nois calls “Indigo.”  The color is unlike any other navy colored gi I own and is absolutely beautiful.

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The pants are made of a soft, light rip stop material.  As the gi has aged over time the rip stop material has kept its color while the jacket has faded like a nice pair of jeans.  The slight contrast is remarkably beautiful.

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The piping and contrast stitching on the gi is light blue which again plays off of the beautiful contrast of the materials and the gi has several sewn on patches with the E Nois logo.

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The gi has branded seam tape throughout.

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The largest and most prominent embellishment on the gi is the name of the gi “Alley Cat” embroidered on both shoulders and on the bottom of the back of the skirt.

Jacket

The jacket of this gi is beautiful.

The lapel of the jacket is a bit thinner than I generally prefer, but is wrapped with the same soft rip stop as the pants and has an EVA foam core.

There are two branded patches on the gi, one at the bottom of the skirt, and one right at the neckline
of the lapel.

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The biggest embellishment on the gi is the Alley Cat embroidery on the shoulders and on the bottom of the skirt.

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The gi top has branded seam tape at the bottom of the skirt and in the cuffs, I found that the seam tape in the cuff was initially a bit scratchy but that softened out over time.

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Trousers

The trousers of this gi are made of the lightest rip stop I’ve ever had the pleasure of rolling in.

They are fairly simple with two E Nois patches, one on the front and one on the back and the closure of the pants is with a stretchy rope made of an attractive silvery grey material, but the rope was a bit short making tying it a bit difficult.  The loops are made of the same rip stop as the pants.

These gi pants have the same seam tape as the top and double material halfway down the shin.

Rolling Performance

Honestly, the relatively thin lapel and scratchy seam tape were a bit of a bummer for me with this gi.  It is a gorgeous gi and the materials are of super high quality.

The slightly undersized fit actually helped with rolling performance, as it provided minimal grips to training partners.

The weight of the gi is perfect, thick enough to comfortable on cold days, but thin enough to wear on hot days.

Conclusion

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The E Nois Alley Cat gi is one of the most beautiful gis I’ve seen in a while.  It is made of awesome materials and was an absolute delight to roll in.  I highly recommend checking out their product line at http://enoisclothing.com/

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Disclosure: This Gi was submitted to me free of charge (by way of gireviews.net) for review.  I have never done any work with or for E Nois.

About the Author Emil Fischer

Emil Fischer is a purple belt competitor training under Pablo Castro at Strong Style MMA in Independence Ohio. Emil writes for various jiu jitsu related blogs and magazines, is a brand ambassador for Ludwig Van and is sponsored by Gladiator Soap, Impact Mouth Guards, Valor Fightwear USA, Pony Club Grappling Gear and The Original Amy Joy Donuts. You can check out more of his work and his competition footage at www.facebook.com/emilfischerbjj.

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