No matter if you just started your jiu jitsu journey or been training for a while: finding the right gi is a jungle. We’ve put together some of the common brands and our experience with sizes and what they can offer. What we mean with “female size” is that the different brands offer an option more suitable for female curves; the pants have a different cut and the jackets are usually slimmer than the male size. Enjoy!
Shoyoroll gi’s have a simplistic design. Their most common gi’s are the “Comp Standard”.
Here is a link to their website. The brand logo is placed on both shoulders, the name “xShoyorollx” is on the right shoulder, and one brand logo is on the bottom left of the gi top. The gi itself weights about 1500 gram in total, and may shrink a bit in the laundry.
Shoyoroll is a little different when it comes to buying a gi, since the brand works with regular batch releases. This means that it’s not always possible to purchase a gi on their website, unless a batch sale is on-going.
Shoyoroll has four female sizes: A00F, A0F, A1F and A2F. The size chart that Shoyoroll provides, gives a good indication on what size you should order. However, if you are at the higher end of the indication, I would advise you to go for the bigger size.
As an example, an A0F gi fits perfect for a light featherweight girl (me – Rose – a 52kg girl, measuring 1m58), but when I compete in featherweight (and weigh 56kg), I’d prefer an A0. If you prefer more options than just the female sizes, Shoyoroll offers a wide range of male sizes that are just as good for females. As mentioned before, A0 and A1 can be good options for you if your height is same as with the A0F and A1F sizes, but you have a bit more muscle. If you have very long legs, you might want to consider a A1L.
Tatami has a wide spectrum of gi’s, this model – Ladies Nova 2015 – is a nice budget option as it costs only around 80 Euros to buy. The design has patches on both shoulders and a patch on the pants. The jacket is a bit heavy so it wouldn’t be my first choice as a competition gi (if you need to make weight) but it’s perfect for training. This style comes in white, blue and black.
The size F3 fits perfectly on a girl who weighs 58 kilo and is 1.65 tall. The size chart that Tatami provides gives a good indication on what size you should order. The female sizes goes from F1 to F4.
The gi’s from Atama are perfect for competition as this design – Mundial Kimono – is is one of the lightest gi on the market. Also this is a good option if you’d like to invest in a high quality gi. It is a bit more expensive than other options on the market, but the female sizes are very well made and the gi fits comfortable while training. Be careful when you wash this one though, I’ve experienced them shrink a bit more than expected. This design is very clean, contains only patches on the shoulders and a tiny one on the pants. But Atama also provides other options with flowers, colors and other kind of patches. Here’s a link to their website.
Kingz have two different options on female gi’s, according to their website, Nano Women’s and Comp 450 V4. You can find their website here. The gi has a very nice cut, beautiful color and design and also it is very light material to wear. The gi’s are suitable for both competition and training.
The sizes on the size chart are a bit confusing, I’ve had several of my training partners ordering what they thought was the right size and ending up with a gi that was too small. For example a F2 fits perfect on a girl around 56 kilo and 1.60 tall. So make sure you order a bigger size than you usually do. They provide female sizes from F1-F5.