If you're a competitor, you know the importance of a solid ultralight gi. Because, really now, when are we ever NOT close to weight?? Jiu jitsu is a demanding activity, so you gotta constantly fuel up... But maybe you had one too many tacos with your acai bowls, and now you're looking at the scale with more than a little trepidation.
Never fear... The Ultralights are here! Here are a few of our favorites:
When almost all ultralight gis in the market featured ripstop pants, Kingz was one of the first brands to offer a super lightweight gi with cotton pants. In order to keep the Nano light enough to compete with the ridiculous lightweight-edness of a their traditional Kingz Ultralight gi, they made a few smart design and construction decisions. For one, they chose the lightest materials they could, without going too light and risking a flimsy, easy-to-tear gi. With this in mind, they chose a lightweight 370 GSM pearl weave jacket and 8 oz drill cotton pants. And while most ultralight gis at the time featured sewn-on logo patches, Kingz chose to give the Nano a little class with embroidered details, but kept it minimal to keep the weight of the gi down.
Meet one of the newest additions to Tatami's lineup, and one of the lightest it has ever produced: the Tatami Elements Gi. Weighing in at less than 3 lbs (for an A2), it's one of the lightest gis in the industry. Like the Kingz Nano, Tatami chose to feature an ultralight gi with cotton pants. Tatami decided to take it a step further by featuring a 300 GSM pearl weave jacket and 8 oz twill cotton pants. They kept the adornments of the Elements simple, yet stylish, with two matching patches along the shoulders and subtle contrast stitching.
- 300 GSM Pearl Weave
- 8 oz twill cotton
- Men's/unisex cut only
For those of you seeking that traditional ultralight gi feel, with some modern touches, Hayabusa has got you covered - literally - with their Pro Lightweight gi. Featuring an ultra-lightweight 350 GSM cotton pearl weave jacket and 10 oz cotton/polyester blend ripstop pants, this gi is both light and indestructible. Keeping the gi light, yet distinctly Hayabusa, the Pro Lightweight features designed patches and embroidery adornments with the iconic Hayabusa falcon.
- 350 GSM pearl weave jacket
- 10 oz cotton/polyester blend ripstop pants
- Men's/unisex cut only
One of our favorite ultralight gis isn't even marketed as an ultralight! Comparable to Maeda's Fujin Gi, which was their original lightweight gi, the Maeda Red Label is actually their basic gi... so you get both a great, inexpensive gi and an ultralight gi in one! For the Red Label, Maeda chose a lightweight 350 GSM "super fine" pearl weave jacket and 8 oz drill cotton pants. As its name suggests, the "super fine" pearl weave is a tighter, more durable weave than a regular pearl weave. Keeping with their super stylish design aesthetic, the Red Label has minimal patch details, in a fresh pop of bright red color, and their custom-designed stamp logo embroidered on the shoulder and back of the jacket.
- 350 GSM Lightweight Super Fine Pearl Weave jacket
- 8 oz drill cotton pants
- Women's and Kid's cuts, too
Train... and eat... on! Oss.