Caution: Violent Content…
Submission Fight Co.’s Submission Light is a lightweight competition-worthy gi that will appeal to the eye as well as the wallet. Adopting a ripstop trouser and a pearl-weave top, this gi is equipped with the standard reinforcements you would expect on any gi worth its salt. It can take a beating with the best of them, as you will see if you read on.
Stylistically it scores high points, adopting an attractive red and black color scheme with contrast stitching and snazzy taping around the hem and down the pant legs.
At 4lbs 3 oz, it’s not the lightest or the softest gi out there. But it’s still in the light category and wears a lot like other light weight gis I own.
I asked for an A4 trouser with an A3 jacket, and Shakib at SFC graciously obliged. Both fit very well; I enjoyed the long cut on the trousers and the roominess of the jacket. It’s not shaving the IBJJF competition limits like the Black Eagle Predator MKII, but it fits me well without being restrictive.
Submission Light Gi SpecsSpecifications for weight, fabric, etc.
|Jacket||550 GSM Pearl Weave Cotton|
|Trousers||10oz Ripstop Cotton|
|Collar||Ripstop with Foam Inner|
|Collar Thickness (outer)||~.48in (12.2mm)|
|Collar Thickness (inner)||~.27in (6.86mm)|
|Dry Weight||4lbs 3oz (1.9 kg)|
|Wet Weight*||6lbs 4oz (2.83 kg)*|
|*Weight directly out of a spin cycle. The idea is to gauge how much the weight may fluctuate due to sweat absorption during rolling.|
Go easy on my jiu-jitsu, guys. Just trying to show the gi in action
Measurements (in inches)
Amazingly, the gi didn’t really shrink at all. I occasionally used warm water but mostly just gave it the standard cold water / hang dry treatment. It did stretch a little as a result of stress testing (you’ll see why if you keep reading), but washing it caused it to shrink right back to it’s original shape.
This gi is well constructed and reinforced. The trousers have only 2 total belt loops, which I found surprising. But I found equally surprising that the draw string didn’t ride up like I expected it to; I assume this is because the belt loops are placed low enough and at a good location which prevents riding.
Foam collars must be in use because of their lightness and toughness; they are certainly not harder to grab than rubber or cloth; in fact most people I talk to feel the opposite, that they’re more pliable. I don’t really care one way or the other because I think it’s my own fault if I get choked, not my gi’s fault.
Besides wearing the Submission Light to training for several weeks, I also subjected it to the following tests. Keep in mind that in these tests, I’m stressing the gi outside of its intended usage:
- Used the collar, sleeves and trousers for pull-ups in my daily workouts
- Hung 50lbs of dumbbells from the jacket sleeves for 8 hours
- Hung 50lbs of dumbbells from the trouser legs for 8 hours
- Used the jacket as a sling to carry and toss people
- Used the jacket as a rope to swing people in circles
- Tested the drawstring by hanging 50lbs from it overnight
I at least expected some deformity from all the crap I put this gi through. The pants I expected to rip entirely.
Not so. The Submission Light stood up to my onslaught like it was worth $250. No rips, tears or snags in the jacket. The weights I pushed down into the sleeves were starting to cause strain on one of the seams, but it was a triple-stitched seam and didn’t yield.
The pants fared a little worse but still held their own. Still no rips or tears, but there were a few of loose seams after I took it down. I’ll be able to repair them easily. For some reason, all the ripstop trousers I own begin to lose stitching after a while; it doesn’t matter what brand, they all do it. Usually it’s the knees that show signs of wear & tear, though. That’s the case with the Submission Light trousers; the knee stitching has started to rub out a little. But if I hadn’t loaded the weights on them, I’m sure that’s the only problem they would have had.
During Tests (click to view larger image)
The little damage inflicted was all in the seam and is easily repairable. It looks like I’ll be wearing the submission light for a long time to come.
Take that, luxury brands!
Turns out, Shakib’s interview wasn’t just a bunch of talk. I can’t claim that the Submission Light gave me super submission powers, but it did manage to impress me with it’s looks, fit, durability and quality, and especially the price. An excellent gi for the value, and one I will continue to wear. It can’t compete in comfort with high-end models but unless you’re making a lot more money than I am, it’s tough to shell out over $200 for a gi with rashguard lining. The Submission Light puts the money where it counts; in durability, performance and price. And it looks good to boot.
Shakib is offering a 5% discount on anything in store for Arcanum readers. Enter Arcanumbjj5 anytime between now and Dec. 31 for the discount.
The online store is located at www.submissionfc.com. Submission Fight Co. also vends at BudoVideos and BJJSports, but the coupon codes only work at the company site. Submission FC is getting a fairly wide presence in the gi-o-sphere. I’m curious to see what their next product will be.