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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
Hypnotik Base Gi
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 offers two cool sizes for bigger folks as well:
5′ 8″ – 5′ 11″
210 – 240 lbs.
5′ 10″ – 6'1″
210 – 245 lbs.
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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.
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″|
Here’s their beefy gi underneath their regular gi of the same size (both are A3s).
Summary for the big boys:
- Hypnotik Base Gi
- Tatami Fightwear Estilo 5
- Inverted Gear
- Da Firma Kimono Company
- Kingz Kimonos
- Koral / Atama
- Shoyoroll A2H
- Gorilla Fight Gear
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011