The Yank was a part of Bath #8, along with the White Mamba and was limited edition. The top was lightweight 450 gram pearl weave and the pants are 12oz ripstop cotton pants. The top is a one-piece jacket with no back seam. It also contains an ipod/ID pocket and has an EVA foam colar. The white contrast stitching against the navy blue gi is pretty unique.
It was more of a tailored fit than other gis and the inner taping is, like all other SYR gis, custom. The pants, like I said, weigh less than a pound and feature the standard SYR stretchy rope drawstring, 6 point drawstring system, the same contrast color stitching and taping as the top.
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Shoyoroll Size Chart
Size Height Weight
A00 4'8″ – 5'0″ 70-100
A0 5'0″ – 5'4″ 100-130
A1 5'4″ – 5'8″ 130-160
A2 5'8″ – 6'0″ 160-195
A2H 5'8″ – 6'0″ 220-250
A3 5'11” – 6'3 195-225
A3S 6'2″ – 6'5″ 170-205
A4 6'2″ – 6'5″ 225-250
A5 6'5″ – 6'8″ 250-270
via Jonathan Morrell
I like the yank pretty well. The fit is the best I’ve ever had – I’m right around 5’6″, 140 lbs. The pants feel great and haven’t shown signs of wearing out. I wash mine in cold water and dry in the dryer every time. I wear it probably once per week. The best part of the gi in my opinion is the pants’ drawstring. It sounds silly but this is the first pair that didn’t get twisted and pulled tight really smoothly.
The thing that I like the least is actually the contrast stitching. It’s not bad but its a bit loud for my preference.
Overall a very sharp gi that’s comfortable and durable.
Fit and comfort. I am tall and lanky (5’11” 149lbs) and the A1 Yank is the perfect fit. The pants seem to be made a little longer than my 7th son and golden state, which is great because it’s actually long enough now. I originally traded a guy a brand new blue Atama for this yank in the hopes of reselling it but never mind that. The navy with white contrast stitching is such a clean look I had to keep it
I own the Yank, and I don’t understand the comments about how light it is. It’s heavy. Granted I usually wear Vulkans, but my other gi right now is an Atama lightweight gi, and it’s much lighter than the Yank.
On the other hand, the Yank fits great, and looks just terrific. Plus the quality is excellent. I particularly like the pants. So overall, I think it’s a terrific gi, just not as light as I’d expected from all the commentary. Guess it’s hard to go back after you go Vulkan …
i have the a1 yank. i’m 5’4″ 150lbs. the pants are the only pair of ripstop pants i’ve ever truly loved. they’re heaven. also have the batch 6 and i HATE the pants.
i’m hoping the jacket continues to tighten up with each wash/dry. the batch 6 jacket shrunk perfectly. it’s my favorite fitting top. the yank jacket is a little baggier than what i prefer, but i’m still drying it after each wash.
^I can understand this guys frustration. I’m also 5’11 but I weigh 205 and the A2 fits me like a glove.
I have both the Yank and the Mamba. I get lots of compliments on both gis. I prefer the mamba as it just feels cleaner. The pants are incredibly light and may not last but they have shown no signs of fatigue lately. The jackets are pretty soft but feel tough and don’t feel like sand paper after a hang dry. I’d definitely buy another.
I’m 5’11 as well and did find the Gi a little on the big side, and it didn’t really even shrink that much. I have the yank..but what I do LOVE is the fact that its insanely light and durable. Plus the fact that it looks awesome is a plus. Get crazy compliments on it at competitions and in class. I’m about to get my Blue soon though, and I don’t think a blue belt is gonna look as good with the Yank. My other Gi is a Fushida which I don’t even wear anymore. I used to love that Gi, but now it feels so heavy and I sweat a ton in it. Maybe in the winter I’ll switch back to it..but for now the Yank is my everyday Gi…I roll in everyday and haven’t had any issue with the pants…though they do feel like I’m wearing pajamas because they are hella light.