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Koral Light Kimono Gi Review

Gi Review: Koral Light Kimono

Summary

The Koral Light Gi is made is Brazil and is 100% cotton.  It’s approved for all CBJJ and IBJJF tournaments. As with all Koral gis, the belt is not included.

The Koral light gi is their new competition lightweight gi (typically used in IBJJF tournaments).  It’s 35% lighter than their main gis.  As always, its preshrunk and has the same high quality you can expect from Koral.

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Gi Review: Koral Light Kimono

Size Chart:

Size         Height               Weight
A0         5’0″ – 5’4″         95 – 120 lbs
A1         5’4″ – 5’8″         125 – 155 lbs
A2         5’8″ – 6’0″         155 – 190 lbs
A3         5’11” – 6’2″       190 – 220 lbs
A4         6’1” – 6’4”         220 – 255 lbs
A5     More than 6’4’’   More than 255 lbs

Kimonos weight (approximately) by size:
A0 = 3.00 lbs
A1 = 3.20 lbs
A2 = 3.45 lbs
A3 = 3.80 lbs
A4 = 4.20 lbs
A5 = 4.55 lbs

Gi Review: Koral Light Kimono

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About Koral

Gi Review: Koral Light Kimono

Koral is one of the top brazilian jiu jitsu gi manufacturers.  They offer top quality gis consistently.  They are one of the top main brands of jiu jitsu gis.  Their styles are not anything too outrageous, even though they have offered red and camo kimonos in the past.  They offer looks that are super clean, but with a lot of patches, and probably one of the best standard gis on the market.  Personally, we wish they’d bring back the tuxedo gi (white with the black lapel).

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7 comments
Matt says January 20, 2012

The cheapest and lightest of the Koral line, but that isn’t to say this is not a high quality gi. My number one favorite attribute about it is the pre-shrunk nature of it. Great if they fit you, horrible if you need to “shrink to fit”. I fall right into their A2 size and have rocked a Koral Light for a couple years now.

A note on colors… the black fades rather badly after only a few washes (looks really broken in… can be a plus or a minus I guess). The blue starts our SUPER blue but fades to a reasonable color and hangs out there. The white looks sharp, but one of the folks I train with ends up with weird pink splotches on the gi after rolling that wash out (even when that person is wearing a BLACK rashguard). It’s really strange, and I can’t seem to find anything about it online.

The lightweight material can kinda get stretchy when damp (like after a long training session) and the collar is very flexible and easy to grab. Great for your training partners, but something to consider around comp time. I love mine, am ordering more for friends, but my MKM is still my “go to” default training gi, with my Light being more of a backup/loaner… at least during the winter months. I expect the Light may see more use once the weather starts heating up again.

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    Brendan says January 21, 2012

    Weird issue on the splotches. Sucks that the black goes to charcoal so fast. That’s cool if you like it, but if I want a charcoal gi, I’ll just get one haha. Great comments!

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Patrick DiDomenico says January 22, 2012

I agree with the other comments and will add that the white color seems to get dingy faster than my other white gis (fuji, shoyoroll, prana). And it doesn’t seem to wash out, despite all types of whitening detergents and / or additives (I wash my gis immediately after rolling). I’m not sure why. And it is really the jacket more than the pants – so I’m thinking it has something to do with the weave of the fabric. I’ve noticed this with the two white Koral Lights that I’ve owned and with other guys that have them in class that I’ve seen in class. That having been said, it’s a great lightweight gi.

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Manny says January 25, 2012

i wonder if a vinegar and water solution would fix the fading issue?

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    Brendan says January 25, 2012

    I bet it would. It’s something i need to remember to do as well!

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      Jason says March 2, 2012

      Some companies like the British gi companies (ie Tatami and Black Eagle / Predator) they both sanforize and mercerize their fabric. I believe that those processes lock in color and prevent shrinking, along with pre-shrinking. So, I really don’t think that Koral or Vulkan do the same.

      After 4 months in my Predator, barely any fading (blue). And my black zero G, none so far.

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