Saturday, July 11, 2009

Gear Review: Gameness Single Weave Gi



My friend at Karate Depot let me try out the Gameness Single Weave gi in white. I had used a Gameness Pearl Weave before (was my first gi) but not the single weave. Several guys in my school wear this gi, so I was eager to give it a try. After a few weeks of rolling with it, I can say that it may not be the worlds best premium gi, it is definitely one of the best values you can get in a gi.

Material:
The material feels remarkably thick for a single weave. It weighs just over 4.5 lbs and has a pretty thick collar and lapel (at least compared to the other koral and shoyoroll gi's I have). It is comfortable and moves well.

Fit:
I am 6'0 195 with a bit of a gut (all muscle) and I got an a3. The pants fit perfect although the bottoms are a little wide. The top is a bit baggy, but that is a common problem for me. With the 6 gi's I have owned I find that with an a3 the pants fit great but the jacket is always a bit too big. I really would need like an a2.5 top and an a3 pants in a perfect world. Oh well. It fits as well as most of my gi's, and the cut is ok, although I do prefer the cut of koral mkm and shoyoroll better (which are both far more expensive gi's).

Durability:
I've only put my Gameness single weave into my rotation for a couple weeks now, but it looks and feels like it will hold up pretty well. I have teammates that have had this gi over a year and it's still holding up strong. That being said, it's unlikely it will last as long as heavier double weave gis.

Overall:
The Gameness single weave is a pretty damn good gi. Costing less then $100 makes it a steal. It's not quite as snug as my Koral MKM, and it's not quite as light as my Shoyoroll Superlite, but when you can get two of these for the cost of one of the others, you have to consider it. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for solid gi and a good price. If you want the best money can buy, you should probably look elsewhere.

Thanks again to KarateDepot.com for letting me try out this gi! Check out there ninja costumes for halloween! I bought one a couple years ago and it's pretty damn cool. I was thinking of wearing it to BJJ class and posing as a new student one of these days =)

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