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diadicic
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Need a good Gi

Can anyone recommend a good Gi?  The one I used to buy is no longer available.  Needs to be heavy at least 14oz.  We do a lot of gripping and pulling with striking and some grappling,

Dom

Tau
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If you afford it there's no better Karategi than the Seishin brand.

Iain Abernethy
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In our dojo there is a mix of Blitz (heavier weights) and Seishin. They are of differing quality (as reflected by the price), but both withstand all the fun and games associated with a pragmatic approach.

All the best,

Iain

Bob Davis
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Personally I prefer the Blitz Odachi, as a big guy I like the cut and as a rough guy I like the reinforcement (and of course, you can buy 3 of them for the price of one Seishin, or 4 if you open an account).

diadicic
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Thank you all.

Dom

Wastelander
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Aside from those recommended already, I can recommend Ronin Brand--they have a super heavyweight gi, and it holds up really well, and it's pretty affordable

diadicic
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Ordered a Blitz, The pound to US dollars is not so nice.  I may have to look for something different in the future. Shipping will take a little while too. If I like it, I can probably look past it.

Thanks again all.

Dom

diadicic
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I looked at those and the sizing chart doesn't seem to have one for me. I am somewhere in between a 5 and 6.  But I really wanted to try a 16oz gi.  The reviews read that they run large.

Dom

Wastelander
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diadicic wrote:
I looked at those and the sizing chart doesn't seem to have one for me. I am somewhere in between a 5 and 6.  But I really wanted to try a 16oz gi.  The reviews read that they run large.

If you're talking about Ronin, they run a bit on the large side, but after washing it in hot water, it isn't too bad. I wear a size 5, and I am 6ft1in tall and around 225lbs

Tau
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Iain Abernethy wrote:
In our dojo there is a mix of Blitz (heavier weights) and Seishin. They are of differing quality (as reflected by the price), but both withstand all the fun and games associated with a pragmatic approach.

I have a mix of dogi. But then, I do a mix of martial arts.

I won't wear my Seishin dogi for grappling as I'm not convinced it'll hold up to the activity and it's expensive to get damaged. But for Kata, padwork and so on I have no dogi better.

swdw
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So here you go. My 2 cents.

People in my dojo have the following gis. I bought a Ronin 16 oz Heavyweight. Durable but if you let it dry completely, will have nasty creases in the sleeves and pant legs an iron can't get out. It is tough though. Once creased, they never go away.

Another has the KI 16 oz. Worst wrinkling gi I've ever seen. Waiting to see how durable it is.

I have a black belt that has a 16oz heavyweight bought from easterncmas.com. You have to do a search for "Heavy weight" on their site in order to find it. The site is in a bit of disarray right now as they got taken down by malware and are in the process of rebuilding it. So far he likes it, and has said it's easy to take care of. Hasn't had it long enough to give a long term durability report, but so far, it's holding up well. These were recommended to me by Kayo Ong who had one at the time that was 2-3 years old.

Iain Abernethy
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Tau wrote:
I won't wear my Seishin gi for grappling as I'm not convinced it'll hold up to the activity and it's expensive to get damaged. But for Kata, padwork and so on I have no gi better.

You can’t beat a judo gi for full on grappling, but I find them uncomfortable as I tend to “overheat” in them; plus, they feel “stiff” when striking. Most of my personal training is conducted in normal clothing these days (preference of my training partners and the training groups I participate in). However, when clothing is needed, I’ll put a gi top on. I obviously also wear a gi when teaching. I’ve never had a Seishin gi rip during training or energetic teaching. I can understand the desire to keep them for best and, for the same cost, you can buy a few cheaper ones and simply bin them when they rip. However, I’ve not had a Seishin rip and they’ve been tested pretty thoroughly.

As a general note, always a good idea to untie the side fasteners when grappling in a karate gi. There’s a good reason why judo gi don’t have those.

All the best,

Iain

diadicic
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Wastelander wrote:
If you're talking about Ronin, they run a bit on the large side, but after washing it in hot water, it isn't too bad. I wear a size 5, and I am 6ft1in tall and around 225lbs

Ok Size 5 might work for me.  

Dom

Nimrod Nir
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned Tokaido at all. Perhaps it's not available in the UK?

I'm using both Tokaido (Tsunami model, which I am not sure is still manufactured, but they have similar ones like the Kata Master) and Seishin (regular model, not the Supreme heavy gi). 

I like the Tokaido one better. First, it is a little bit cheaper (though still relatively expensive). Second, it is heavier and feels better built to handle pressure. The Seishin one feels a little bit too thin. Third, it wrinkles less (the Seishin one is very wrinkly).

Seishin does have its unique advantages (high waistline, secret samurai pocket, air vents), but overall, I think the value for money goes for Tokaido.