Finding the perfect Akido Gi can be a challenge. Most of the time we order our Gi’s from online sources unless you are lucky enough to have a specialty shop nearby, most of us are not lucky enough to have one so instead we have to trust the manufacturers to advertise honestly online.
We have found that it is pretty even odds that you will get a great Gi as well as a not so great one when you order from online sources.
We wanted to help you to make informed choices so that you are able to make a purchase with confidence and know that you were buying the best Gi possible for your budget and needs.
Here is where a lot of people struggle. How much should you spend on a Gi to get a great Gi? The answer is very simple, in each price point you can find a Gi that is best at the price point. It is not really how much you have to invest but a matter of finding a trusted source that takes pride in their work.
While it is strongly suggested that you do not expect too much from super cheap options it is also suggested (unless it is for a competition) that you do not go overboard by spending too much for practice options. We reviewed mid-range priced Gi’s to be accommodate the majority of buyers.
What Makes a Gi Best?
Clearly there are two things that make a Gi best:
Of course you cannot judge either when you are looking at a picture so we have done it for you. We have honestly reviewed quite a few garments to determine which offered:
- Comfortable wear
- Durable fabric
- Washed well
- No drags or seams that could be grabbed during competition
It may not sound like a lot to ask when you are asking for both comfort and durability but the two can be a little hard to find together.
In many cases what we found is that the options that were highly durable also were a bit uncomfortable because the material was a bit heavy.
On the flip side of the coin we also found that the options that were highly comfortable sometimes did not wash well or felt like they were not going to last long.
Luckily we were able to find 3 options that fit the bill nicely. They all were durable, wash well and offered a great deal of comfort.
The Best Of all the Gi’s we reviewed we found these three to be the best:
Fuji Judo Uniform Review
There are a few things that we really liked about this option:
- True fit
- Durable material
- Washed really well
- Affordable pricing
The fit was true on the pants but if you were a little broader across the chest than you may want to consider going up one size.
The material is a single weave and relatively lightweight yet durable. Some people that we talked to said that they felt a little warm when wearing it.
This is an entry level gi and meant to be used as one. It would be ideal for practice and even competition for beginners. Almost all the people that reviewed this gi agree that this is a great value for the price.
It held it shape and did not shrink after several washes (it is 100% cotton though so you do want to line dry it or dry it on the low cycle in the dryer).
We really liked this option especially for the beginner because it is so inexpensive yet it is not “cheap”. For the price this is an excellent choice for anyone that needs an additional practice gi or for the beginner. It is an all-around great option in so many ways and it is super low cost.
If the budget is tight or you are not sure how committed you are to the sport yet this would be a great gi to get started with! We can recommend this gi will full confidence that you will be satisfied with it.
Our next option is a double weave, you can expect to pay more for double weave options because they are meant to be far more durable and are great for competition purposes.
Adidas Judo Double Weave Gi Uniform Review
This is an impressive gi by any standards. The material is very dense and almost feels impervious. It can take a lot of abuse. Some of our favorite’s points about this garment is:
- The durable material
- The extra thick collar
- The comfort of the material
As a double weave you would expect bulky or heavy material but it is relatively lightweight and soft. It moves well with you and you do not feel that stiffness that you can find with some double weaves. The collar is nice and thick without being uncomfortable.
The overall craftsmanship is ideal. The double stitched seams are good and tight. The only issue that we found with this gi is the sizing. It runs big. Quite a few people mentioned that the size they choose was actually their normal size but they should have went down a size for a better fit.
The sizing is an issue because according to other reviewers it can be a bit difficult to shrink in the washer which of course points to the fact that it holds up really well after being washed but does not help you if you order a size that is too large.
If you order one size down you should be fine. We really liked this gi and did some testing over the course of a few sessions and we found that it help up great and we did not have any issues.
We can easily recommend this as one of the best gi’s at this price point. As long as you order your size correctly you will be very happy with the quality, comfort and durability of this model.
Our next best is from Sanabul and it is a new release:
Ultra Light BJJ Jiu Jitsu Gi with Preshrunk Fabric Review
Sanabul is a well-known name in martial arts wear. They have produced some very popular options and the Essentials V 2 may actually catapult to the top of the heap. There are plenty of things to love about this gi:
- Preshrunk material
- True fit
- Three color choices
- More athletic cut great for practice
- Anti-odor treated material
This is an essential gi that will work really well for any summer practice session and competition. The material is a single lightweight, breathable weave that is treated with anti-microbial and anti-fungal treatment to keep odors down and prevent fungal infections. It offers a stiff collar that is rubberized AND comfortable.
This may be the perfect gi for anyone that likes a more custom fit to their garment. The sizes run “true to fit” which means you can rest assured that your gi will arrive ready to wear.
The preshrunk cotton material means that you do not have to worry about washing your gi (hang drying is always recommended even in preshrunk cotton garments).
Frankly we were pretty amazed by the gi. Most gi’s you have to wash and break in during several sessions to get a comfortable fit but not with this one. As soon as you open the package you will be delighted by the lightweight feel and the soft comfortable material.
At first you may feel like this is too lightweight and too soft to really hold up well, but it does. We took it to task and gave it a few whirls during quite a few heavy duty sessions and it just really held up! We can highly recommend this option as one of the best on the market, especially at this price point.
Choosing the right gi is a very important part of being able to train comfortable and of course compete with confidence. We hope these reviews help to make your search easier by providing you with some key information about the gi’s that made the top of the list.
We discovered that you really do not have to spend a lot of money to find a gi that is reliable, that fits well and that can last for a while.
In some cases we found that paying less actually worked out better because then you could buy more! You can find the perfect gi at the perfect price point as we have.
Use our suggestions as a great way to narrow down the options and make a choice that you will absolutely be happy with. There is no reason to chance it, when you have the solution right here for choosing the best options out there!