In the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the gi is iconic. This cotton uniform, usually made up of a jacket, a pair of trousers and a coloured belt denoting your skill level, is what most people picture when they think martial arts. Not only does it look cool, but it’s also functional, allowing for comfort and full range of motion as you learn the ropes BJJ. At Raven Fightwear, we make it easy to buy a jiu-jitsu gi online, by offering a wide selection of great-looking, high-quality products.
Fabric and Weave: What You Need to Know When You Buy a Jiu-Jitsu Gi
There are a lot of different factors that go into determining the ‘right’ gi for your specific martial arts pursuit. For instance, a judo gi is slightly different than a BJJ gi and won’t be as good for the specific movements and manoeuvres you will be learning in your jiu-jitsu classes. One of your top priorities when shopping for a gi, though, should be to choose the right fabric.
As you explore different gi options, you’re going to start noticing a lot of mentions of the word ‘weave.’ This terminology is used to describe the (usually cotton) fabric that makes up your gi. Different BJJ gis have all different kinds of weaves. Some are single weave, while others are double weave. ‘Pearl weave’ is a popular variation you will see frequently. What do these terms mean, and what do they mean for you?
At Raven, most of what you will find if you come to our site to buy jiu-jitsu clothes is the pearl weave. Gis with this type of weave are arguably the most popular type of BJJ gi currently on the market. A pearl weave is extremely lightweight, thereby allowing comfortable breathability that keeps you cool during classes and competitions. Despite the lightweight design, though, pearl weave gis are still durable. This balance, between comfort and durability, is what drives a lot of people towards pearl weave gis.
Elsewhere, you might see single weave gis, which are lightweight but not very durable, making them only ideal for beginners. You might see double weave gis, which adds density and durability but also brings added weight, heat and abrasion. You might see gold weave gis, which hybridises the single and double weave designs to achieve the lightness of a single weave with the durability of a double weave.
You might also see ripstop, a thin and lightweight fabric designed to prevent rips in your gi. Ripstop isn’t that common for gi jackets but is more common in pants or trousers. At Raven, we stock several types of ripstop trousers.
Find Help Choosing the Perfect Gi
Before you buy your jiu-jitsu gi in Australia, get in touch with our team at Raven. We’d love to tell you more about the products we sell and about the quality and comfort they bring to the table. Contact us before you buy a jiu-jitsu gi for any help or advice you might need.