Flow Kimonos Air BJJ Jiu Jitsu Gi
- 9 sizes to fit any body type
- 100% preshrunk fabric (<2% shrinkage)
- 350gsm pearl weave (100% combed cotton)
- 8oz ripstop cotton pants - lightweight and breathable
- High density foam drawstring - no more interrupting class to tie your drawstring
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The Air is the ultimate lightweight training gi. It offers a super soft and breathable 100% combed cotton pearl weave jacket. Combed cotton fabric offers superior comfort and strength compared to the more commonly found carded cotton pearl weave fabric. The pants offer a moisture-wicking ripstop construction, which keeps you drier and light on your feet for the entirety of your training session.
We've optimized for superior comfort, breathability, and performance above all to deliver you the best training gi for oppressively hot training environments
- Light and breathable pearl weave jacket which will keep you training longer
- Tonal stitching
- Four extra-wide belt loops
- High density foam-filled drawcord that stays tied
- 350 gsm pearl weave (100% combed cotton)
- 10 oz ripstop pants
- Cold wash
- Hang Dry
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I now travel a great deal and to a number of places that offer me the opportunity to train at a number of locations. I found that my heavy weave gi's take a lot of room in my luggage and since I have to hand wash and hang dry them, I often have to pack them home wet or damp unless I train early enough in the trip for them to dry.
Thus I started my search for a light "air weight" gi, after doing a few weeks of research on sizing and the various cuts and weaves of different manufacturers I decided to give the Flow Air a try. To further complicate my decision I'm a big guy with an athletic build, at the very top of an A3 size, so much so that some gi's are too small even before a wash and dry. If I go to an A4 in any gi I can use it for a tent and the sleeves and pants are 3" too long.
5' 10" tall
38" in waist with a 30" instep
18" neck with a 34/35 sleeve
Now a gi should be snug across the shoulders, chest and biceps, extra material in these areas is for your competition to grab onto so you try and keep that to a minimum. If you check the two pictures on the Amazon page for this gi you'll see the male model wearing the different color gi's, in my opinion all of those gi's are too large for him and should be washed and shrunk in a dryer to fit. The competitor pictured further down the page has a better fit on his, you can see the difference there.
My current gi's are all A3's and are snug in the shoulders but not uncomfortable so I started there with the Flow Air. An A3 Air fit well everywhere with two exceptions it was tight under the arm pits and to tight in the seat of the pants (wedgie time). Both of these issues are no-go's as they are uncomfortable and restrict movement. No worries though, I got it through "Amazon Prime with free returns" so back it went to be exchanged for an A3H.
The A3H is for big guys, 5" 11"-6' 2", 215-245lbs, the same weight range as an A4 so at 220lbs I was a little worried about it being huge on me but I gave it a go. On the initial test the length of sleeve and pants was perfect, about 1" longer than needed, this should easily shrink to rest at mid ankle and at the wrist which is where you want them (again, check the pictures, the models sleeves are too long, the competitors are at the wrist joint). The A3H was also pretty baggy on me which was a little concerning but overall it fit well and didn't bind in the arm pits and seat of the pants like the A3 did on me.
I was confident with the fit so I washed it in cold water three times (hanging dry each time) to see how much it would shrink, it only shrank about 1/4" which was pretty amazing (I guess the "pre-shrunk fabric" really is). Still, that wasn't enough for me so I wet the gi, hand wrung it out and put it into a hot dryer cycle. Be warned, a gi wont really start to shrink until it starts to dry then it shrinks quickly so don't forget about it.
I checked the fit every ten minutes or so, I got a good 1/2" shrink on the pants all around and lost 1/2 to 3/4 or so on the fit (snugness) of the top and about 1" in the sleeves. The pants will get another trip through the dryer to shrink another 1" or so, if that doesnt work I'll have them hemmed to rest at the ankle instead of under it.
The fit now is as close as I think I can get to perfect given my body type, great for training and travel but larger than what I'd want for competition. If I was looking for a gi to compete in I'd buy the A3 and only use it for competitions so it wouldn't have an opportunity to shrink.
Anyway, enough about sizing, the gi is stylish without being gaudy and the materials and craftsmanship are excellent. The jacket is light and cool and the rip stop pants are feather light, it's easily the highest quality light gi I've come across (for less than $100 as of this writing), buy this gi with confidence.
If you are in the middle of a size, get your regular size or go by the sizing chart. if you are borderline to heavy or tall go to the next size up.
My Fuji gi is rather heavy. For a second gi I wanted something lighter. The Flow is much lighter than the Fuji but feels no less sturdy.
First impression out of the package was very positive. It looks to be very well made and the sizing was spot on. I am 6' 1" and 155lbs, A2L is a perfect fit with no shrinking on my part. The waist band is elastic and has 6 loops to the Fuji's 4 which I like.
The gi itself is very simplistic with basic embroidery which I also like. The top out of the bag is STIFF. Like a starched burlap bag. I went crazy because I like new toys and rolled in it out of the bag. As a result I had rug burn on my shoulders. I immediately washed it and rolled again the next night. Now, I'm 4 washes and 4 rolls in it and it's softening up nicely. I hang dry the top then run it through the dryer with a fabric softener and 6 tennis balls. I feel that the top will break in real nicely.
I chose this gi because I've seen other folks wearing Flow gi's in my gym. As a beginner, I'm very happy with this gi. In the future if I ever wear this gi out. I will most definitely buy another Flow. Especially one of their higher end gi's like the hemp line which looks to be buttery soft.