If you attended this year's IBJJF World Championships, you might have noticed two things: 1) the fights were even more exciting than any year before, and 2) the number of athletes wearing Kingz had grown noticeably.
As to the latter, by far the most popular Kingz gi on the mats was the Balistico 2.0. There's a reason for this.
In our opinion, the Balistico is the most high-tech gi in the Kingz lineup, and certainly one of the most sophisticated gis in the jiu jitsu market in general. This thing was built to perform, which is why it is the gi of choice for such jiu jitsu greats as Leandro Lo and Bruno Malfacine.
What's all the fuss exactly? Let me tell you...
First of all, it's made from a sturdy 480 GSM cotton Pearl Weave jacket; light enough for competition, but far from the flimsy ultralights that you can't just use and abuse. It's a Chinese pearl weave, as opposed to originating in Pakistan, so it has a little bit more structure and texture (both locations produce excellent gis, but Pakistan tends to use a bit softer cotton in their fabrics). Because it's a little heavier fabric than the ultralights - and therefore traps more body head during a vigorous roll - Kingz has added some Coolmax® lining along the shoulder area to wick sweat and keep you feeling cooler.
What makes this gi jacket really special, however, is the lining inside the sleeves. The Balistico features what's called "NO-Grip" technology, which is a piece of ultralight ripstop sewn on the inside of the sleeves, to about halfway up the forearm. This dual un-fused layer, combined with the mix of fabric types, makes it a lot harder for your opponent to maintain his or her grip. We've tested it for ourselves... they really have to work to keep a hold of our sleeves - absolutely perfect for those guard passing enthusiasts.
While most of Kingz' gis have matching cotton pants (don't worry, Kingz also offers ripstop separates for sale), the Balistico features a lightweight 8oz cotton/polyester ripstop, which adds even more to the indestructible mystique of the gi. And because it is so high-tech, Kingz gave it a cool, military theme, with a custom-designed eagle crown logo embroidered on both shoulders.
Train on. Oss.