These new lucky gis have a new type of fabric never really seen before in BJJ gis: bamboo. They claim to be stronger, softer, very lightweight, and carry a 1 year warranty. That's pretty cool because although many manufacturers will replace a gi if you call them, there really aren't any written warranties out there, especially after youwash the gi.
The new gis also claim to be stronger than cotton and hemp and as soft as silk. They also may hardor less bacter compared to their cotton counterparts.
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What I think is cool about these gis is that they are made from such a renewable resource. Since bamboo grows very fast and can be cut without killing the plant, it can renew itself very fast.
Like all Lucky gis, these are made to be just as high quality. The top is a 420gram Platinum weave, the same as the last generation of Lucky gis. The collar is made of foam and is very light and flexible.
The pants weight 10 ounces and are a low cut fit. They are, however, an inch longer than the old gis and feel very soft.
The Fleur-De-Lis Lucky Gi
Really, the fleur (flower) just looks cool. It was popular throughout Europe and has varied meanings. It was seen a lot on the feudal battlefields of Europe and still looks pretty cool. Hopefully it brings you some luck!
A1 5’6” – 5”8
A2 5’8” – 5’11”
A3 5’11” – 6’1”
A4 6’1” – 6’5”
A5 6’5” – 6’10”
A6 6’10” – 7’0″
Quick review of the Bamboo Lucky Gi.
I received a new white bamboo lucky Gi yesterday and was able to do one training session in it.
First I have 2 older model Luckies and love them, they were the best fitting Gi’s that I owned and I really like their style.
The new Gi is not as visually appealing as the older models, the Font used is not as fancy and the green trim seems a bit gaudy.
There were some stitching issues with the Gi top, I do not think this will lead to unraveling but I expected more from a $300.00 Gi. My older models never had this issue.
The new top is very light, I would estimate about half the weight of the older Lucky and very thin.
The fabric is fantastic against the skin, its got a soft silky feeling that is to die for.
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I sweat a lot during rolls and found that the bamboo does indeed breath reasonably well and kept me substantially cooler.
Over all this is the most comfortable Gi I have ever worn.
The collar is however easy for opponents to grab and manipulate because the fabric is so soft and pliable, I would not really suggest this for a competition Gi.
The pants are not made of bamboo but are cotton, they seemed solid but definatly lighter than my older model pants, the knee reinforcements are not nearly has thick as on the older models. Given that the top is so much lighter and thiner this makes the bottoms a good match.
I am 210 lbs and 6 feet tall, the A3 fits prefectly, I am told bamboo will not shrink which is good as any significant shrinking will make the Gi too small. (after one wash and air dry the Gi has not yet shown any signs of shrinking.) The pants are a bit long for me but they are cotton and I might experiment with skrinking them a bit in the dryer.
After just one training session (90 min, shrimps/drilling/sparing) there were no issues with tearing or wear, one of my partners bleed all over it and the blood washed right out. I was able to do Gi pull ups with it (I weigh 210lbs) with no problems.
I am aware of issues concerning the durability of the Gi (mostly related to the bamboo pants which have been replaced with cotton ones) but only time will tell. I do have a 1 year warranty and the customer support is known to be excellent from this company.
Bottom line, it is a very expensive Gi, it is the most comfortable Gi I have ever worn, It is probably not a great choice for competitions but may be an excellent summer/training Gi especially for those who want to stay cool.
If the Gi can stand up I would consider it the best Gi I have ever worn (for training) and might consider buying another as money permits.
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