In September of 2008 I purchased a gi in Spain which, at that time, was the heaviest gi I had ever owned. It seemed like it was pretty solid. Seemed like it would last a long time. And I suppose by most standards, it did last a long time. I mean, it stayed in fairly good shape for about a year and a half. But after that year and a half it started to show serious signs of wear. The ends of the sleeves were fraying. The sleeves were also getting worn down. Two years after I bought it, the left sleeve got a huge tear in it. Shortly thereafter, the right knee of the pants also suffered a major tear.
It was time to get a new gi. I shopped around a little bit and did a little research on forums and stuff. A few people had mentioned a company called Nine Circles. I checked them out and saw this gi that looked like an absolute monster. I mean, I had no idea what the “800g” meant (still don’t) but it sounded like a really heavy, strong fabric. I actually wondered if I even needed such a super heavy duty gi.
But I finally said, “Screw it. If I don’t like it, I’ll just get another one and give this one to somebody else or something.”
It arrived a few days later and, man… This thing was heavy. And thick. And stiff as hell. Honestly, when I first started wearing it, I didn’t really care for it. It just felt really stiff.
But after a few months it loosened up a bit. (Yeah, it took a few months. But in a way, that’s kind of a good sign.)
This gi is super tough. I mean, this thing is going to last forever. I’ve been using it for two years now and, for all practical purposes, it’s as good as new.
So, am I glad I found and got this gi?
Absolutely. It’s by far the best gi I’ve ever owned. Check it out.
What about you? What’s the best gi you’ve owned?