The Zero G range was originally a lightweight alternative to Tatami Fightwear’s popular Estilo gis. It was marketed as more of a lightweight competition BJJ gi than the Estilo, but with the advent of the Sub Zero gi (350gsm, 8oz pants) from Tatami, the Zero G (475gsm jacket, 10oz pants) now seems a bit closer to the Estilo (550gsm jacket, 12oz pants).
Man I need a freaking haircut.
Anyways, I’ve always felt the branding on the Zero G line was very smart (check out a review of a previous model here). Not super flashy or anything artistic, but it flows well, especially on the black version of the gi.
I’ve always really enjoyed the Tatami Estilo (Check out the Tatami Estilo 4.0 review here) range in terms of fit as well and have found their A3 to be right in the mid-range of A3 gis in terms of size and cut. Overall, the Sub Zero will now join the Estilo on my list of solid mid-range BJJ gis (and at an even better price than the Estilo!)
I wore the Tatami Zero G V3 for about 3 months for this review. During that time I washed it on cold and hung dried it. This is typical washing procedure for me unless I need to shrink it down to be able to be worn and minimal shrinkage (roughly 3% all around) was noted during that timeframe.
The jacket fit very well right out of the bag, as well as the pants. I am 6’1 and about 215lbs. at the time of review, but my weight fluctuated between 210 and 220lbs during the timeframe and the gi still fit very well.
A – 6.5″
B – 29.5″
C – 33″
D – 23.5″
E – 22″
G – 9″
H – 40″
The bright blue of the logos and taping really compliments the black on this gi and really makes it pop. The design is clean and enjoyable. Not as busy as my favourite Bull Terrier Gi, but also not as plain and boring as other gis I’ve worn in the past.
Let’s be honest, you’re just scrolling through the pictures anyways.
The jacket is a 475gsm pearl weave with a ripstop covered collar.
The seam tape inside the cuffs is smooth and not at all scratchy.
The trousers are a soft 10oz ripstop and they feature 4 belt loops that held strong throughout out the (very) long review time. The knee reinforcements extend all the way to the bottom of the pants (as well they should!). Overall, this is a softer and non-waxy ripstop much akin to my Scramble Athlete gi.
As you can see in the photos above in the fit section, this is really a great fit for me so rolling in it was fantastic. I have found with some pants and jackets that while they look great on me, they’re absolutely awful to wear and train in. That was certainly not the case with the Tatami Fightwear Zero G V3.
Also related to fit, I found the skirt length and sleeve width to be excellent for executing some of my favourite chokes and the pants allowed me to move around but did not limit my motion.
While trendy, some brands put gi jacket material (gold/pearl/etc) weave in the gusset of pants and while it may help in some way with durability, it also can cause the crotch to shrink a bit more than the rest of the gi. I felt that I was really able to enjoy these pants long term because they shrank proportionately due to the same material being used throughout the gi pants.
Probably my favourite part of rolling in this gi were the pants. They’re very lightweight at 10oz and the ripstop material was soft but not waxy. In terms of comfort, I would compare the trousers to my Scramble Athlete gi.
Overall, I noticed that Meerkatsu came up with similar conclusions as I did. It’s a very reasonably priced mid-range gi. It’s not really a true ‘lightweight’ gi as the name would imply, but it’s a fantastic piece of equipment for somebody looking to go beyond the basic academy gi without going over the top.
Fantastic offering from Tatami.
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON APRIL 30, 2014