Thread: I can't believe I'm asking this:
4/15/2011 10:34am, #31
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4/15/2011 1:30pm, #32
In all sincerity, how much weight will you save by going to a lighter gi? 2 or 3 lbs?
For my money I'd cut that little bit of weight, especially if weigh ins are not same day."Never trust a quote you read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln
4/15/2011 1:31pm, #33
Let me rephrase, the ripstop PANTS are totally fine at Gi tournaments, including all IBJJF tournaments. The Jacket varies. The Pan-Ams and Mundials might bitch at you, but Lutador, US Grappling, NAGA, etc... won't.
4/15/2011 2:18pm, #34
So let granpa omega simply wear the lighter gi rather worry about whether he needs to drop weight or not. The good news is that I don't have to do a 10 minute match although I've been contemplating moving to the Masters division instead of the seniors.
4/15/2011 5:31pm, #35
4/16/2011 10:18pm, #36
I own or have worn the following:
My current lightweight 'go to' gi. VERY VERY minimal shrinkage (only because I was trying to shrink it - hot water + dryer - and even then it didn't shrink as much as I wanted). Rip-stop pants are very comfortable with plenty of room to move. Jacket feels like a 500-550g weight weave which is very light. It is lighter than my Vulkan (which weighs in at 3.8lbs for an A4).
Vulkan Pro Light
Very comfortable gi with a fabric that feels soft to begin with (unlike a lot of weaves which feel like they exfoliate your face). Again, VERY VERY minimal shrinkage, if any at all. Pants are not rip-stop; they are a light-weight cotton, maybe 300-400g weight(?). I couldn't shrink it down to my preferred size so it is a backup. A4 weighs 3.8lbs.
This one is probably the thinnest/lightest gi I've worn, but the jacket is rip-stop and of questionable legality in IBJJF and other organizations. I know my coach competed in one at Worlds though. I only mention it because it seems to be where gis will be heading material-wise in the future. The weight chart in the link seems off a bit. I KNOW this gi is lighter than my others.
Gameness Pearl Weave
The one I own is 3 years old and I believe they have changed material weights since then (so realize that my comments are about an 'older model'). I can't comment on how much it weighs but, if they use the same fabric processing (not pre-shrunk), then this gi will shrink quite a bit. The one I have is light, but not nearly as light as my Atama or Vulkan. The pants use rope which I prefer but they aren't really lightweight (maybe a 400-450g?).
4/16/2011 10:34pm, #37
4/17/2011 11:30pm, #38
4/18/2011 8:38am, #39"Never trust a quote you read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln
4/18/2011 11:54am, #40Originally Posted by Sarcastro