To some people, a jiu-jitsu gi is just a tool to be worn out, used and replaced. To them, any scrap of cloth shaped like a gi will do. But some of us choose our gis with about as much discretion as we would a brain surgeon (or collect them like some women collect shoes). And for us, this survey is just too cool to ignore. Check out this article.
Aesopian has spent a TON of time on this survey and it shows. Big props to him for putting his time and effort into this – I think it’s a huge service to the BJJ community at large.
I reviewed 5 or 7 gis for this survey (I honestly can’t remember) and am pleased to note that the gis I prefer to wear training ranked highly in the results. Whether or not you participated, this survey is a great starting point to buying a new gi.
Most interesting to me is that apparently in the top 33 brands of gi, there is no significant variance in quality (Black Eagle is not on the top 20, for example, and I consider their product to be better than some of the other top 20). There are really hundreds of factors that influence results, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Aesopian breaks it down and interprets the data.
I for one am thrilled that many of the top brands are under $130 retail.
Check it out and let me know what you think.