The other day, while perusing eBay, I noticed a few old Shoyoroll gis for sale. I wondered what all of the old Shoyoroll gis looked like. I didn’t really know about Shoyoroll prior to 2006 (when I started training) and only learned about them through Budovideos.com.
So, diligently, I went through batch by batch and noticed that I actually really like some of their older designs. But, I also really like some of their current stuff.
Without further ado, here are my top 5 Shoyoroll Gis (Plus 2 Bonus gis!).
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Top 5 Shoyoroll Gis
5. Shoyoroll Superlite 2
The Shoyoroll Superlite 2 has always stood out to me. My instructor has had one for a long time and I've always really liked the look of it. It’s still a very rich shade of blue and I’m a huge fan of the lion patch. Very clean design.
4. Shoyoroll Yang
The black on black of the Shoyoroll Yang is awesome. Despite being the most expensive SYR gi ever sold ($185), I totally dig all of the black embroidery on a solid black gi.
Click here for our review of this gi.
3. Shoyoroll The Ring
This is coming out soon, and you bet I’ll be ordering 2. One for me, and one for our Shoyoroll contest winner. I’m glad they went with white in the embroidery instead of just purple (as seen on the prototype). This is going to look excellent and continue Shoyoroll’s clean look that they’ve pursued as of late. Visit and bookmark this link to make sure you get one on 7/23/12!
Update: Click here for our quick review of The Ring.
2. Shoyoroll Blackstar
The Shoyoroll Blackstar was one of the gis that really started everything for SYR. It had the ‘in guard we trust’ tag and a bunch of cool, small things that people hadn’t seen before (like the rasta seam tape).
Very innovative for the time! Really would love to own one of these, but I’d probably have to pay a lot for it and end up not wanting to wear it haha.
1. Shoyoroll Grey Skies
Hands down, my favorite Shoyoroll gi is the Shoyoroll Grey Skies. And many other people’s favorite as well. They’re hard to find and, like the Blackstar, if you do find them, expect to pay a lot.
I REALLY hope that Shoyoroll starts making more gis that throw caution to the wind and aren’t IBJJF legal. Who cares as long as they look cool!
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Bonus 1 – Charles Lew
This gi isn’t out yet, and to be honest, I’m not even sure I’m allowed to post the picture. But just like the Grey skies and other early SYR gis, this gi is going to have a colored gusset (turquoise). And who doesn't want a turquoise crotch? AM I RITE? It’s black with turquoise stitching, has a pearl weave jacket and ripstop pants and looks freaking SHARP. Definitely grabbing a Shoyoroll Charles Lew gi (ETA July/Aug 2012).
Bonus 2 – Shoyoroll Batch 1
Just an awesome picture. So cool to see how far Shoyoroll has come from that first batch WAY back in the day.