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2016 Guide: 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.

Top 7 Lightweight BJJ Gis for Summer!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). These are all things that I have experience with that I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I have personally purchased from, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products. ~ Brendan.  If you have any questions about the links on this page, please email me!

1. Tatami Fightwear Zero G 

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One of the things that I love is the pants panels and the contrast stitching on this gi, but neither of those have anything to do with how awesomely lightweight it is. Click here to read my full review.

I really draw the line on lightweight when a gi is so lightweight that it starts to stretch out, but that isn’t the case at all with the Tatami Zero G.

The 11oz ripstop pants and lightweight 475gsm pearl weave jacket make it perfect for summer and hot weather BJJ training.

2. Fuji Suparaito BJJ gi 

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The Suparaito is definitely the lightest gi that I’ve ever worn from Fuji.  Click here to read my full review.

Perfect for weighing in (IBJJF approved), summer training, and hot weather BJJ training, the lightweight pearl weave jacket and ripstop pants made this one of my favorite gis last summer.

Fuji Lightweight Gi

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The second lightest gi that I’ve ever worn from Fuji, the Fuji lightweight is a similar lightweight pearl weave jacket with a rubber collar.  The cut is a tad different from the Suparaito (I prefer the Suparaito cut), but it’s still solid for hot weather and summer bjj training.

War Tribe Helium Gi

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war tribe helium gi

  • Ultralight Jiu Jitsu Gi
  • Precision Direct Embroidery
  • Average Weight 3lbs
  • 308 GSM
  • 70% Cotton, 30% Kevlar by Dupont
  • 10 ounce rip stop cotton pants

Do or Die Hyperlyte

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do or dye hyperlyte gi review bjj

The Hyperlyte weave offers superior strength and cut for mobility.

The gi uses 350gsm superfine woven cotton and 8 ounce twill pants but with the same cut as other Hyperfly gis.

Hypnotik Lightweight BJJ Gi

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  • Contrast stitching throughout the Gi
  • 100% Cotton 450grms Pearl Weave
  • 10 oz Ripstop Pant
  • Gi is tapered fit
  • Patches are placed in areas complying to IBJJF GI standards
  • Rubberised collar to stop moisture absorbtion during training and competition
  • Collar covered in ripstop material for added durability
  • Single piece jacket for reinforced strength and comfort

Gameness Air

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  • 450 Gram pre-shrunk cotton
  • Ultra light weight
  • Comb weave
  • Light weight Ripstop pants
  • Rubber collar with ripstop material

Gameness Feather

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Roll with the redesigned Gameness Feather Gi version! The Feather has become a favorite competition gi for many members of the Gameness Pro Team, this all-around gi is brand new for 2016. With great balance between durability, comfort, and performance – the 2016 gi is the latest update to the impressive Gameness Feather line.

  • 450 gsm ultra-quality preshrunk cotton for a lighter, softer Gi
  • Pearl Weave
  • Rubber collar with ripstop material
  • Ripstop pants
  • Seamless back
  • Shoulder and lapel patches

Tatami Estilo ‘Leve’ gi

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ESTILO LEVE ULTRALIGHT BJJ GI – The Estilo Leve by Tatami Fightwear is a truly unique lightweight competition Gi. The Estilo Leve is the first Gi in the world to feature Tatami’s exclusive dual weave construction. Traditionally ultra light Gi’s stretch when worn, usually in the sleeve area. Tatami have eradicated this by creating a dual weave jacket. The arms and top area of the jacket are made from a firm and resilient 475gsm pearl weave fabric, where the main body is made from a lightweight 350gsm fabric. This unique construction has allowed Tatami to create an ultralight Gi that still has the grip stripping properties of standard weight kimono.

What should the seventh gi on this list be? Are there any other Lightweight / Summer gis that you love? Post them up below!

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28 comments
Dan says May 22, 2012

There are a ton of people at my gym who use/love the Tatami Zero G and highly recommend it.

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Nicole says May 22, 2012

The lightest gi I own is the Kingz 420 and I really love it. I used to own a jjpg ripstop and got rid of it because it fit like a bag. But the Kingz is cut well to begin with and keeps its shape really well throughout a class, which is not something you can say for too many in the ultralight category.

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Mike says June 7, 2012

i see you forgot the gorilla hitman ultra light gi might be the lightest bjj gi on the market. http://www.gorillagear.ca/HitmanbrazilianJiuJitsuGi

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    Brendan says June 12, 2012

    I really dig all of the different cuts that you have. And all of the different weight gis. Shoot me an email if you get a minute!

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Jeff says June 12, 2012

I own a Kauai kimono and dig training in it when it’s hot. It’s super light

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    Brendan says June 12, 2012

    We’re going to be working with them super soon! Can’t wait!

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lester blandino says July 11, 2012

hey brendan , what about black eagle predator gi ?

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ron hess says September 15, 2012

rio koi… light & cool

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    Brendan says September 15, 2012

    wasn’t out when i first wrote it ;o) but i totally agree!

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Arthur Grubba says June 14, 2013

Check out the Tatami SubZero, even lighter than the Zero G!!

http://www.mmawarehouse.com/Tatami-Sub-Zero-Ultra-Light-Competition-Gi/tat-1039,default,pd.html

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Greg says April 4, 2014

Any thoughts on the Tatami Nova Basic? It looks lightweight and is less than $100.

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    Brendan says April 8, 2014

    Great point Greg! I never noticed how lightweight it actually was. Definitely one to add to the list for this summer!

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Carlos says March 10, 2015

What about fuji summer gi ? I just get one i love it is my firts time whit a fuji

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yesta says July 21, 2015

Fuji Suparaito is not mentionned but maybe the best from all tested…

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Eric says February 25, 2016

Our “Carioca” Super light 350 is THE lightest IBJJF legal GI on the market and our follow-up (dropping late spring) the “Bella Copa” will follow that trend. The Tatami Honey Badger at 470gsm, though?

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    ali says October 20, 2016

    this is pure BS. AT 3.5 POUNDS AS LISTED ON YOUR WEB SITE CARIOCA IS NORMAL WEIGHT. IM LOOKING FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT GI TO MAKE WEIGHT AND YOUR SPAM IS NOT HELPING!!

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Jef leon says May 3, 2016

Where are the inverted “panda” gis? or the KINGZ nano?

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    Brendan says May 4, 2016

    Good question, Jef 🙂 We’ve left most gis that are 375gsm or below because they tend to stretch out in training and not last as long. It’s more of a ‘Top Lightweight gis’ post than a ‘Lightest gis possible’ post.

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Tommy says June 8, 2016

Have you tried the Warrior Gis from http://www.warriorkimonos.com/
The Suparaito feels twice as heavy to me.

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    Brendan says June 8, 2016

    What are their jackets made out of, Tommy? Looks intriguing as it says made in the USA, but not sure about the quality. Think they’d like a review done?

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Jason says July 23, 2016

How does the Hyperlyte compare weight-wise to other options? I am interested in purchasing a couple, but don’t see a detailed review? Thanks in advance!

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A. says July 31, 2016

My dojo doesn’t allow any visible words or markings on our Gis, other than the dojo patch. What’s a good lightweight option that’s blank white?

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Josh says September 23, 2016

Kauai Kimonos is one of if not the lightest gi on the market

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Michael says October 4, 2016

Hi. What’s the GSM of the Fuji light weight gi, and what’s the GSM of the fuji suparaito gi? Thank you.

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