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Kauai Kimonos has a lot of features that I really like. I’ll have pictures of my personal Kauai gi up very soon. Until then, awesome pictures from Tim Sledd and Christian Graugart(BJJ Globetrotter) will have to suffice. Features include:
The main feature is the 100% cotton ripstop jacket. I have never seen or felt a gi like this before, but imagine an entire jacket made out of the same material as the Atama Mundial 7 and 9 pants. It’s a really cool concept. If you train in a hot weather environment, this is THE gi for you.
Also, I love the embroidery on the shoulders. Definitely sets them apart from most companies who just use patches on the shoulders. Also there is really cool taping along the sides of the pants, skirt, and inside the sleeves and pant legs. Very cool, 100% Hawaiian feel.
Also, their co-founders, Jonathan and Dustin, are pretty cool guys. I’ve spoken with Jonathan a number of times, so if you’re active on Facebook, you can get ahold of him really fast that way and he’s always answered every single question that I’ve ever had about their gis. Great customer service.
Last, if you have a personal gripe with the sweatshop idea of BJJ Gi making, then you might want to look into Kauai. Being import/export conscious, the Kauai guys set up their own factory in Bali, Indonesia. They currently have 9 seamstresses making 100% hand made BJJ gis. You can learn more about the idea behind their brand here.
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