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The Tatami Estilo 3.0 is a good training gi for people who like a bit of style in their gi as well.
They feature some pretty awesome contrast stitching and have often been compared to having a look as cool as Shoyoroll gis, but being more widely available, they are much cheaper (since you can get them any time).
The jacket is 500g (roughly 1lb) and a single piece of pearl weave material. The collar is not your normal cottom twill collar, but instead made of canvas, thus increasing its durability.
Like I said, every kimono has contrast stitching and they have a lot of patches if you’re into that (like me). There is also embroidery on both arms and on the left leg, the feature taping on the inside oft he lapel and the cuffs.Purchase the new Tatami Estilo 5.0 from MMA Overload
by Dan Halpin
Bottom line: Buy this Gi! (This gi made our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for a reason!)
Dan’s Score for the Tatami Estilo 3.0 in Navy: 9/10
Dan’s Dimensions: 5’10” 195lbs, stockier upper body with normal legs for his height.
Gi Top Size: A3
Pant Size: A2
Pretty much everything about this Gi is likeable. The Gi cut is tailored and fits me like a glove (A3 at 5’10 195lbs, Gi has been washed and dried after every session). The interior is comfortable while the exterior is still difficult to grip.
The Navy colored Estilo 3.0 that I personally own is just beautiful. I don’t see anyone getting as many compliments as I do in regards to what Gi they’re wearing, except maybe a friend of mine who just purchased the Honey Badger Gi (also by Tatami) which is a work of art in the field of color contrasts, but I digress….
There is solid stitching and construction throughout this gi.
The pants. The PANTS. These are easily the most comfortable Gi pants I own.
There is a seam (pictured below) around the neck area that sometimes bothers me. It appears to have happened from an uneven lining up of material on the back of the neck below the collar. I don’t notice it all the time, it’s like a little annoying fly that sometimes appears.
I’m unsure if this is a defect on my particular Gi or a production issue, but in all honest I’m really nit-picking at this Gi because it is THAT good. It’s annoyance factor is around a 1/10.
As mentioned, the cut of this Gi has a tailored fit. What this means is that the Gi will have skinnier sleeves as well as a skinnier jacket that will feel almost snug to your upper body.
Don’t confuse that with a lack of mobility however as the Estilo 3.0 meets all of my demands and has never felt restrictive in any way shape or form. Tatami’s choice of colors for the patches really give the gi a clean effect without too much clutter like Tatami’s previous patches, definitely a step in the right direction on their part.
The collar is around average sized, it feels thin but it’s very sturdy and it doesn’t have a tendency to flap around under my chin, it holds its shape very well.
The looping system seemed strong after giving it a few nice tugs with no signs of tearing. Although for the average buyer not writing an internet review for the masses I wouldn’t recommend intentionally tugging at the drawstring loops on any Gi, you could easily be heading to the seamstress to sew them back on. The 14oz Canvas pants are very soft and comfortable yet strong.Check out the latest BJJ gis from Tatami at MMA Overload
I am more of a stockier guy and at 5’10” 195lbs I would recommend the A3 top with the A2 pants if you are able to mix and match through your buyer.
The draw string system is very much preferred by me over the standard twill. I find it is much quicker to readjust quickly during sparing than the traditional style if it gets loose at all.
The Navy colored Estilo 3.0 really is stunning. The Gi is clean, crisp and beautiful. Not too flashy with just the right amount of bling. The tailored look of the Gi really adds to the sharp looking aspect of it.
There is a potential to go patch-less with this Gi with the only trouble spots being on the shoulder patches where the stitching is under the seam tape.
Any ole seamstress could handle this no problem and of note the Gi looks virtually identical to the Shoyoroll Yank when patch-less.
So if minimalism is your thing this Gi looks just as good patch-less. (Note: The Estilo in the Sherdog thread is a 2.0, not a 3.0, but extremely similar none the less.)
I did experience some fade in the Gi after the first wash (although I actually prefer the faded look). As I am generally lazy but also a germ freak my Gi’s go straight into the washer on Cold/Cold and then into the drier*.
It just makes me feel better about not leaving something wet drying in the open air. Tatami does NOT recommend the drier and I could have lost some color by doing this.
I add Distilled White Vinegar to all of the washes to help with any smell that could infiltrate the cotton as well as to help maintain the color of the Gi. I do not do a pre-soak in white vinegar prior to the first wash as a lot of people recommend, I’ve heard this is superstitious but it definitely helps with the smell. I experienced minimal shrinkage with the Tatami, less than a centimeter in sleeve length.
*As a side note I don’t actually recommend drying your gi in a dryer to anyone because it does wear out your Gi faster unless, like me, you’re lazy and a germaphobe. Or you just like wearing out Gi’s fast so you have reason to buy a new one.Check out Tatami Fightwear’s “The Tank” gi at MMA Overload
I bought my Gi directly from the NHB (No Holds Barred) store located at Fairfax Jiu Jitsu and I can’t speak for Tatami’s customer service as I didn’t have to interact with them during the purchase of my Gi, but I can say that the NHB guys were great in helping me pick this Gi out. Being able to try on a Gi before you buy it is a beautiful thing. NHB is a great company and I would definitely recommend them.
I bought my Estilo 3.0 and proudly posted on Facebook about it and within an hour or so a good friend of mine called and told me he had just been sponsored by Tatami and asked if I recommended the Estilo, which of course I did. My friend picked up an Estilo 3.0 in Blue immediately and called me back to tell me how much he loved it once he got to roll in it and how it was the best Gi he has ever owned. His main Gi prior to the Estilo 3.0 was a Shoyoroll Compadre and he said the cut and finish of the Tatami were far superior.
The pants are 14oz (almost 1lb as well) and made of canvas. The knees are double reinforced and the waist has 4 drawstring loops (not too many like those that have 6, but definitely better than 2!!).
Review of the Tatami Estilo 2.0
Special thanks to Seymour of Meerkatsu for the review.
This is just a small portion of Meerkatsu’s review of the Tatami Fightwear Estilo Gi.
To read Meerkatsu’s complete review, click here.
If I were to design a gi for the middle market, it would be very close to the Estilo Premier. This gi is a nice blend of style, function, quality and price. I’ve been watching the evolution of the Tatami product line, and after experiencing great customer service from Gareth and Lee, it’s evident that this company listens to their customers and takes their suggestions seriously. I’m guessing Tatami Fightwear will be around for a while.
I’m excited to roll in it and see how it treats me on the mat.
The Estilo costs £72.00 (about $115). I think that’s a great price for what you get. Unfortunately, shipping to the U.S. bumps it up into the $150 range, which puts it in competition with a lot of other great gis for U.S buyers. With that in mind, it becomes a matter of preference. If you really like the way the Estilo looks, get it. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Special thanks to Dan of Arcanum BJJ for the review.
To read all of his reviews, interviews, articles, surveys and more, head over to ArcanumBJJ.com.
Of all the gi’s I own, Fuji, Gameness, Atama, Koral, Brazilian Combat, this gi is by far the best gi ever… perfect cut, excellent excellent excellent quality, yes 3 excellents, excellent look and feel. I’m 5’8″ 165lbs and all the gis i owned are either too big or too small, this gi fits perfectly after two hot wash and heat dry. Now will only wash cold and hang dry. I LOVE THIS GI. Finally, i found that fits JUST RIGHT!!!
Tatami Kimonos are SUPER nice! They are thin, lightweight, and practically bulletproof!!(not really though). The cut is weird at first but once you get rolling it’s super comfortable and really easy to use against your opponent. I don’t see many people wearing them so I was afraid to buy one not knowing what I would get. A gamble that paid off! For the price, I think this is THE BEST kimono on the market!
I recently purchased a blue Estilo 2.0. I ordered it from budovideos after they offered a coupon during the recent ADCC. The look of the gi is fantastic. The pants are super comfortable and the draw string is so much easier to use the the twil drawstrings on my other gi pants. The gi is pretty comfortable overall but it could be a little smaller. Even after shrinking it I still like the fit of my fuji gi more. The patches cause the gi to basically bulge in certain spots and the gi top is a bit long for me. I’m 5’9/5’10 and 170lbs.
So after having two BreakPoints and never really digging them I got a Tatami Estilo 3.0 in Navy from my new gym. It is lightyears ahead of my BreakPoints.
The fit is slimmer and has that really nice tailored look to it. The sleeves are gapping wide and fit me perfect. I bought an A3 and am 5’10” 195lbs.
The Navy Estillo I got is just dead sexy. And the patches are very easy to take off. In fact the Navy Estillo looks just like the Shoyoroll Yank without the patches.
These pants are amazing. I personally love the stretchy rope string and the pants are super comfortable. I want to buy another pair just to lounge around the house in. The legs aren’t disgustingly baggy either like my BreakPoint FCs.
I had planned on having a Shoyoroll as my next gi, but with having to prepay for them months in advance and with their recent quality issues and GUMA fiasco I really don’t want to support a company like that. I’m very happy my gym carries these gis so I could check them out in person before I bought.
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