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    Next Step in Gis

    Okay, I had a generic gi, a Koral single weave, I've got Howard pants 'cause the Koral one ripped after a year ....

    What's the next step?

    An Atama woman's gi with the wretched pink patches? Krugans?

    Bear in mind, I live in a temperate climate but could be competing anywhere.

    It's been a while, any recommendations from the peanut gallery?
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    i buy the cheap unbleached doubleweave judogi, and NEVER wash it with bleach... the pants ALWAYS blow out before the tops, but well thems the breaks... and you can usually afford alot more of the cheapos... just my two cents

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    Have you considered Padilla & Sons? Smash Pass did a great review, which inspired various readers (including me) to go out and buy one. Everyone seems happy so far, and the guy gives excellent customer service, not to mention doesn't charge much (I'm in the UK, and cost me $117 total, even with p&p).

    Although checking, appears to currently be out of stock for the gold weave I bought (which I guess goes to show that either he doesn't have much stock, or word-of-mouth sold them rather quickly). The black hybrid and single weave are both still available, but not sure how good either of those are.
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    I'm with slideyfoot. I have a Padilla&Sons gi, absolutely love it. Not overly expensive, has survived a lot of rolling in class, two tournaments, and is well worth the price. Plus they have really cool sharks on them ;) Howard K's stuff is pretty good; you have the pants, for what it's worth from someone you barely know I'll vouch for the jackets. Both companies have aboslutely phenomenal customer service as well.

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    Here are the four gi companies I've considered buying from recently:

    Padilla and Sons Already mentioned, but their gis have been well-reviewed, and I'd considered buying one well before they got internet forum famous.

    Kagi Their gis are really cheap, but I've actually heard good things about them in terms of quality. Just not their customer service.

    Gorilla Gear The Canadian Alternative. Once again, really good quality for a good price.

    And last, but certainly not least:

    Sirius Athletic Their gis can sometimes be a little heavy if you don't order the correct weight, but they are all top notch in quality, and a lot softer than most gis. Their customer service is amazing, their prices are reasonable, and their product is good.

    Edit: One warning about Sirius, though. If you have long arms, you might want to order a jacket size larger than you usually do, as the arms of their gis tend to be a little short. They're pretty good about mixing and matching jackets with pants for free, though.

    I would recommend Atama, but their prices have gotten out of hand in recent years. Back when I trained at my old school, we had a sponsorship deal with Atama, and I ended up with three gis from them for a combined cheaper price than one of their gis today. They were all industry standard in terms of quality (2 still survive today), but their prices have just gone up too much for me to consider purchasing their product again.
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    I like the Sirius Athletic gi myself. I have a blue single weave, and it fits pretty nicely. I have had it for over a year and it still looks new.

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    I have the "expensive" Kagi and I am totally loving it. The thing is the pants may not fit. I find them tight in the seat so I'm not sure what that will mean for a ladies proportions. You should call them and see what they think. The owner is a really nice guy and if I had talked with him before I bought mine I wouldn't have had to exchange it for a new size. Which he handled at no charge to me. Also Kagis are so cheap you could just buy two.

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    http://www.jokerjitsu.com/gi/

    Decent reviews on that site.

    I have an Atama Gold Weave, I love it.

    I hear MKimonos are nice as well as the brands already commented on.

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    Kagi makes some sick stuff.... I had no problems with customer service, and when I called I actually got the owner.

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    I have a Mizuno double weave that I wear most of the time. I've had it about three years and it still looks to be in pretty good shape with just a little wear showing. I've always liked the fit and the way that it gets a little warm to begin with and then keeps me pretty comfortable regardless of the workout. My Swain gets really warm and my Osu is nice and cheap, but most likely wont last.

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