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First, super-huge thanks to five super awesome women reminded me that it's really hard to find decent ladies (women's) BJJ gi on the internet.
Special thanks to Ayanthi who has done our first women's gi review.
So I did some homework. And below I present to you a fairly comprehensive list of how to do your women's gi shopping as well as my top recommendations from different brands. I've tried to organized them by price list as well.
If I've forgotten any, please post them in the comments below!Check the prices on the best women's gis available at Hypnotik!
If you are really serious about your jiu jitsu training, you should know that a kimono is a huge investment to make. So, if you want to get your very own kimono — and a well-made one at that — then you need to prepare to shell out somewhere between $150 and $250.
Does pricing really matter when it comes to gis? It all depends. If you can afford a premium gi then the better! What sets this well-made gis apart from the cheap, flimsy ones is that they are quite slick compared to the cheaper products that are easier to grab. Not convinced? Just check out the difference when you start rolling with an opponent who is wearing an expensive gi.
It really isn't necessary to choose a women's gi over a men's gi. In fact, a lot of women who train jiu jitsu wear the latter exclusively because of the fit.
Although women with smaller frames will find women's gis to fit them well but taller and larger ladies might encounter the opposite. This is because aside from the standard sizes, men's gis are also created in longer and more broader fits.
Just like buying any other personal item, choosing a gi is all about personal preferences. Some women love wearing gis that scream femininity but others simply choose to go subtle.
While I do love both extremes, it is important for women to take note (especially those who are just starting out at jiu jitsu) that bold colors such as pink and lilac tend to draw more attention which you certainly do not want if you are still learning the ropes. You certainly do not want to be bullied by the experts and the more experienced, right?
Some people also love to keep their gis plain and simple but there are also those who love to put all sorts of patches in them. It's all a matter of preference.
Generally, jiu jitsu practitioners prefer single weave gis because they are very light and easy to roll in. Plus, it's super comfortable to wear even during the summer! The only disadvantage is that these types of gis are easier to grip — it's great for training but you definitely want that when you start competing.
On the other hand, double weave gis are the opposite. They are made from thicker material (some can even stand up on their own!) which make it slightly more difficult to grab. These types of gis are best worn during competitions.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). These are all things that I have experience with that I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I have personally purchased from, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products. If you have any questions about the links on this page, please email me!
Brendan is the Founder of Gireviews.net. By day he is a elementary school teacher, by night, a jedi gi reviewer!