Look across the mats of any Brazilian jiu jitsu competition and you'll see a wide variety of gi brands, but only a few seem to dominate the market more than the rest. One of these is Tatami. And the gi of choice for a lot of these competitors? The Tatami Estilo.
As I've said before, there's a reason a gi is in it's umpteenth version... because it's a good one. Most jiu jitsu practitioners are an interesting mix of die-hard brand loyalists and demanding connoisseurs of well-fitted gis. It's really hard to find a "former" Tatami fan. Why? Because the brand delivers. But those same fans aren't hesitant to make their preferences known. If a gi model doesn't fit, they won't buy it, and it fades from the lineup.
Now in its - incredibly - sixth edition, Tatami Estilo 6.0 is one of those gis with serious lasting power in the market.
The Tatami Estilo has always been a competitor-friendly gi, featuring a durable mid-weight 550 GSM pearl weave jacket and 12 oz canvas pants. Sure, you can find gis with lighter jackets and pants, but remember: the lighter the material, the shorter its lifespan. Tatami designed their gis, and particularly their Estilo, to last, no matter how hard you train or how many times you step on the competition mat.
The Estilo also features a nicely tailored competition cut: roomy enough in key areas (such as the shoulders) to allow unrestricted movement, but more streamlined in others (the sleeves and lower pant area) to keep your opponent from getting a solid grip. The jacket's unique Y-shaped jacket vent also creates a more fitted silhouette, so you look as sharp as James Bond in a fine Italian suit.
The best part? The Tatami Estilo features an impressive range of sizes, accommodating just about any body type and size. In addition to their standard men's sizing, they also offer "S" (short), "L" (long), and "XL" (extra-long) sizes. Among the first brands to do so, they also offer a cut especially designed for women, offering the standard women's sizes, as well as "C" (curvy) and "L" (long) fits.
Want to know more? Check out their promotional video below: