I really liked the way the Submission FC Hemp Sensation Gi felt. It was very soft and I thought it fit well. It’s a very plain Gi (not necessarily a bad thing) but to be honest though, I felt like the construction quality of the Gi was overall very poor. The stitching on the seams and stress points looked very cheap and the Embroidery on the shoulders for the “Submission FC” logo were crooked and didn’t match. I can’t really say if the antimicrobial/antibacterial properties are truly existent or not (I’ll explain more below) but I do highly recommend you wash this Gi just like any other.
Based on what we’ve seen in this Gi, we can’t recommend it to our fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practioners simply because we feel there are better quality options out there in the same price range, although that isn't limited to hemp gis. I don't think this is the worst Gi in existence, but it's definitely not in the price range it should be in. If this was a sub $100 Gi than it wouldn't be a bad deal to jump on, but it's not, so it isn't. If you like the way it looks and want a hemp Gi,
I don't think it's going to literally fall apart on you (Please see update #1 below, I stand corrected), but the strings coming undone, stitching quality and embroidery quality definitely leave much to be desired.
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From the site
First Hemp Gi made with style!
- Hemp Fabric Gi Top
- White with Green Contrast Stitching
- Light 10oz Hemp Blend Pants
- New Embroidered Designs
- Heavily Reinforced Stress Points
- Green Rope Draw String
- 5 Draw String Loops
Price per Unit (piece): $159.95
Strength : Hemp is nature’s strongest fiber & is 4 times stronger than cotton
Antimicrobial : Hemp is naturally antimicrobial so it protects you from any bacteria, fungus or mold
Green : Hemp is natural and good for the environment
Breathable : Hemp is much softer and breathable compared to cotton & helps air flow
Comfort : Hemp fabric is smooth, 4 times softer than cotton & the most powerful humidity absorbing and ventilating natural fiber
Length from crotch to ankle: 29.5
Beyond the before mentioned quality issues, the Gi looks decent enough. I love green on white and the fit was nice and tailored.
The skirt was a tad on the longer side but overall I don’t have any real complaints about the top.
Like I said previously however, the Gi suffers from quality issues. Stitches seem to end randomly and it just looks very cheaply done.
If the Gi was a painting it would be a Monet, from far away it looks great, but up-close it’s a bunch of messiness. (Thank you Clueless for providing me with that invaluable metaphor).
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Although it looks more professional straight stitching itself doesn’t really relate to the durability of a Gi specifically IF the stitching is thorough and is ended correctly.
With that being said, there’s probably a lot of Gi’s I have that have minor stitching errors that I have never noticed, simply because they are minor and not noticeable.
With the Hemp Sensation they’re everywhere, I noticed right away how crooked all of the stitching on the back of the Gi was and the pants have stitching that is coming right out.
The pants are also some of the baggiest pants I have ever worn (size A3). They were very easy for my opponents to get a firm grip on with a lot of slack.
The belt system was basic, but worked. It did have a fifth belt loop in the front of the pants, which doesn’t bother me at all, you just tie the rope drawstrings around it.
In regards to the antibacterial and antimicrobial claims, I tried to find any peered reviewed papers that would clarify if the less than .3% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) normally found in commercial hemp fabric (marijuana has 5-20% respectfully) was enough to be antibacterial and antimicrobial. I couldn’t, so I shan’t be able to tell you how effective the 70% Hemp/30% Cotton blend is against fighting bacteria, fungus or microbes. (Note: Spellcheck did not put a red line under “shan’t” and I had a “fuck yea” moment when I noticed this because I’ve never spoken or typed that word in my life.)
UPDATE: We did find this scientific paper published in 2014 that provides evidence that hemp has antibacterial properties.
The Gi does not come with a Gi bag, another knock for the price range. But does come with a clever mini gi that you could hang from your car mirror.
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Update #1 11/17/2012
The Gi seems to be unraveling quite a bit as these pictures show:
And here's another example of the constant back stitching that is prominent throughout the gi: