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The Koral New Classic kimonos are the newest version of the older Koral Classic gis. They’re still made of 100% cotton and should be preshrunk. As one of the largest gi manufacturers, Koral usually provides a standard product generally free of major flaws and errors.
For the Koral New Classic changed their lettering around a bit (I liked the old style better) and you see that reflected on the new pants. Also, there is no large back patch like the MKM Competition gi.Find the Koral Original Gi in your size at Amazon
As with the original classic kimono, the best isn’t included. You have to buy one separately if it’s your first gi. Koral gives the tip not to bleach the gi to increase it’s durability. And wash it. That’d just be gross if you didn’t.
Size Height Weight
A0 50 – 54 95 – 120 lbs
A1 54 – 58 125 – 155 lbs
A2 58 – 60 155 – 190 lbs
A3 511 – 62 190 – 220 lbs
A4 6’1” – 6’4” 220 – 255 lbs
A5 More than 6’4’’ More than 255 lbs
The Koral Classic is made of 100% cotton. It’s really their most standard and basic kimono / gi. A belt is NOT included when you buy the gi. If it’s your first gi, know that ahead of time so you don’t forget to buy one separately.
These gis have been worn by Ronaldo Jacare Souza and Bruno Frazatto.
Height Weight LBS Size
5’0”-5’4” 95-120 A-0
5’4-5’8” 125-155 A-1
5’8”-6’0” 155-190 A-2
5’11”-6’2” 190-220 A-3
6’1”-6’4” 220-255 A-4
Firstly, this is not my kimono. I’ve never been able to get a Koral in my size. I’ve only seen them for sale in up to A4, although I’ve been told you can get A5s now. So, the A2 sized gi we’re reviewing belongs to a guy who is a little under 6′ and weighs around 75kg (165lb). He’s very lean and mesomorphic (broad shoulders, slim waist).
The material is a light single weave fabric. Despite its weight it is quite stiff (no stretch to speak of) and strong. It is pretty much the equal of my Isami single weave, although the textile’s pattern is slightly different. The collar is stiff, as well. This is most likely due to the fact that Koral kimonos are made from rubber.
Koral came up with the idea of sewing the cloth of the collar over a piece of rubber, rather than over several layers of folded cotton. This keeps the collar stiff. It will probably hold up that way for longer than regular collars, too. More importantly, though, you don’t get three-quarters of an inch of high density material soaked through with sweat and the gi dries more quickly after washing. Big plus points for hygiene.
The pants are fairly standard fare. There is no rope drawstring, which is something I like, but I realise others don’t necessarily care. The material is reasonably heavy for a single weave gi and soft. It’s nearly a soft as my Gameness’ pants and equally weighted.Shop for single weave BJJ gis at Amazon
The fit is slim. There is plenty of room in the jacket, but the arms are cut as tight as possible without being restrictive. The cuffs are quite tight. Not as tight as my Krugans, but they have a little room, like my Isami. I have a little trouble getting a decent grip when rolling. They also make it comfortably to the end of the wrist.The skirt is short, too. There is nothing to get in the way when rolling and nothing for the fancy guys to choke you with.
The pants fit well. They have enough adjustment in the waist to cover all body types and the pants reach the ankles of the average guy. They are cut reasonably slim, but leave enough room to move. There just isn’t any bagginess to them.
Koral is in the business of high quality, premium gis. The Classic kimono is that. It is priced with gold weaves and some doubles despite being a single weave gi. That said, it is beautifully cut and has the innovation of the rubber collar to boot. I like its clean, closely cut, non-descript look. I like the gi a lot
By far my favorite gi of all time. It does not shrink, fits comfortably, breathes and dries fast. The pants are the best fitting pants I have.
Just wish I can wear this at my current school. Koral needs to start producing the GB gis!
My favorite gi by far. Excellent construction and zero shrinkage after washing.
Brendan is the Founder of Gireviews.net. By day he is a elementary school teacher, by night, a jedi gi reviewer!
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