Alright there, sports fans! Got a new blog section comin’ at ya this week!
The premise of this one is simple: I buy a gi, I look at it, I try it on….then I put it through the paces in the heat of glorious unarmed gladiatorial combat to see just how good (or shite. I ain’t gonna lie and blow sunshine up people’s arses) the product is.
For the inaugural entry into this new section is a company that has not be around very long, but enough to make an impact on the jiu jitsu community in the United States.
NAME: Honor Gis
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America
WEBSITE: Honor Gis
MODEL REVIEWED: Men’s White Honor Competition Gi
Honor Gis is an American gi manufacturer and distributor. Based out of Austin, Texas the company’s main man, BJJ Professor Mikal Abdullah, founded the company to provide great quality products at a great discount price. The company offers individual pricing for the every day jiu jiteiro, and wholesale pricing if you want your entire dojo walking around swaggerific A. F.
At the time of this article’s publication, the price of one Honor Gi is $65.00USD plus Shipping. This may change as it was a Black Friday sale. I kinda got the short end of the stick because I got charged for the gi (obvs) and the shipping (can’t walk there to get it) but also got hit for the conversion and the COD charges. Kinda lame, but shit happens, right?
I gotta say. When I first pulled this gi out of the package, I was impressed. The logo is put cleanly on both shoulders and the bottom of the pants. I’m used to having a little less clean of a gi with fancy patches and crap all over it….but I can fix that. No problem haha
As a proud Canadian….I can only say there was….one teensy tiny lil problem with the gi….
My high school English teacher is shitting her pants right now…
And then….as if by some magical Canadian power, it came to me.
Ahhhhhhh….that right there is much better, eh? Noo. Doot. Aboot It!
I gotta tell you. This thing feels awesome. The jacket is a little big; the lapel is a little longer than normal and falls beneath by waist line. Which, when one of your favourite moves is choking a mother fucker out with your lapel, suits me just fine! The pants…..oh the pants……I have never had a pair of gi pants fit me so well. They are flexible as all hell. I can’t do the splits anymore. But if I could. I could do them in these friggin’ pants. They’re light, the drawstrings are of great quality and they stay on my waist just right. I can’t say enough about the pants.
And this here, folks….is the make it or break it point. If your gi looks great but performs like a wet garbage bag….ya ain’t got a thing.
This thing went through a good workout. including a lot of pulling, sliding (shrimping and triangle drills from one end of the dojo to the other). Normally, my pants would start to slide down a little bit….or at least bunch up a bit. Nope. Honor Gi kept my ass in place and stayed exactly where it was supposed to.
It went through a number of rolls with a number of different belt levels. It was breathable, cool, not a single ounce of stiffness…this gi felt like I was rolling in gym clothes. I had complete mobility at all times. Very smooth, appears to be quite durable, double stitching throughout….it took a beating tonight, and it kept on going!
What did I tell ya? Swaggerific AF, son!
I gotta say. Honor Gis has made a rather solid product here. It looks good, it feels better, it performs admirably, I really like it. Would I buy another one? 110%. Would I recommend it to someone else? I think this review speaks for itself. Most definitely. This here is a great product. Its at a great price. It’s a gi that was put together and shipped out with the everyday jiu jiteiro in mind. BJJ on a budget, ya might as well have a quality gi at the same time. Job well done, Honor Gis. I am impressed.