I've been checking out this forum for a very long time, created an account back in november, and finally thought it was time to make my first post.
I thought it would be a good idea to do a detailed review of Datsusara MMA's Jiu-Jitsu Kimono. First of all, Datsusara is a great company, based near San Fransisco, with top notch customer service and high quality hemp products. They first started out making Hemp gear bags, one's a backpack and the other is a duffel bag, both of which are used by Eddie Bravo and Joe Rogan of the 10th Planet system. Datsusara is the FIRST company to ever make Hemp Jiu-Jitsu Gi's, but their first attempts at Gi designs were very baggy and aikido-like. Now, they've perfected the design and put an end to the length and bagginess of the prototype. The Hemp gi is listed on their website at $89.95, with free shipping if you have a sherdog account, and custom dyed gi's being a little extra. I'd recommend checking out their website, this gi is incredible and will make you the envy of your jiu-jitsu school:
I contacted Chris at Datsusara MMA to get more info about the gi. He explained the benefits of using Hemp fabric in gi's. It's 4 times stronger than cotton fabric, it's antibacterial and antimicrobial, the fibers are very porous so your gi won't get stinky and wet with sweat, and it doesn't break down after repeated clothes washings, it only gets softer and more durable. He sent some gi's for me and the other instructors at Team Beast MMA Training Center to try out. all i can say is that i'm very impressed with the quality of the gi and their excellent customer service.
First impressions. when i felt the gi, i was surprised at how soft the material was, yet it's titanium weave was very durable and thick feeling. i put it on and was happy with how light and comfortable it was. the fabric felt very nice against skin, the sleeves were a great length, the body wasn't baggy, and the skirt was short like a bjj gi's supposed to be. the pants are very comfortable as well, the drawstring stays tight, and the double thick reinforcement in the knees goes all the way down the front of the pant. the Datsusara gi's overall fit and cut is similar to a keiko raca gi, for any of you still worried about it being too baggy.
I've taken detailed pictures and will include them below. i felt that taking so many pictures was necessary because the pictures on their website don't illustrate how amazing this gi is.
again, I'm really new to this forum, so if there is anything else that you all want to know, feel free to let me know. thanks for reading.