Gi Weaves 101
Many times when going to buy a Gi you will see such labeling as single weave, honeycomb, pearl, or even double weave. The real question most beginners and even long time rollers is what are the difference between the Gi weaves, and does one really matter over the next? Also, how can I tell them apart from each other for the ones that do not tell me? In all honesty weave is one of the biggest things to consider when buying a gi, because it can make the difference between one that would be great for competition or for an everyday roller.
Usually there are three main types of Gi weaves which we will go over first before getting to specialty weaves.
Bad Boy Single Gi Weaves
Single Weave: Suibgle weave Gis are genrerally your least expensive Gis, because they have the least amount of material. The positives to this is they are light and great to train in on particularly hot days. The negatives are they wear out faster, and that with thinner material it is easier for an opponent to grab onto you. These Gi’s are not recommended for competition use since the lighter material does not hold up well to a lot of stress. They are recommended for beginning rollers who may not stick with training, but for anyone that rolls a lot or wants to compete single weaves are not recommended.
Atama Double Gi Weaves
Double Weaves: Double weaves are essentially that two single weaves put together to make a double weave. The positives of this is that it is a heavy material that last a long time, and the thicknerss makes it hard for opponents to grip. The negatives are that they will retain heat, and the thickness of thmke will make you weigh more when you go to compete if weight is an issue. Double weaves, in my opinion, are great for everyday rolling. Even though the thickness and stiffness may make it a bit harder to roll in when you go to compete you will feel a lot lighter and cooler. Plus, they last a long time so they will be able to put under a lot of stress for many days.
OTM Blank Gold Weave
Gold Weave: The Gold weave gi is a hybrid between the double and single weaves. It gives you the lightness of the single weave, but has the durability of a double weave. This is one of the more popular gi weaves out there with every company form OTM to Hayabusa makin gis in this weave. It is espically popular with competition rollers as it will hold up under the stress of someone trying to choke you out, but will not weigh you down on the scales.
Now, we move into the specialty gi weaves that are either some form of the oprignally three or something new entirely. Toiday, we will be covering the platinum weave from Gameness, the honeycomb from Vulkan, the competition illegal rip stop material, and one of the more widely used gi weaves in the pearl weave.
Gamness Platinum weave Gi
Platinum Weave: Gameness claims that the platinum weave gi is the highest grade gi weave that is used in competition today. While that is true or not there is some postitives to the Gi. It is made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton which will make the gi not shrink when washed like other gis. The only issue I have come across is that the paltinum weave is quite stiff when compared to Gameness’s pearl weave gis. That may slow some people down when attempting certain moves.
OTM Rip Stop Gi
Rip Stop Gi: This is one of the newer Gi weaves, and when it came out a few years ago was one of the better Gis on the market. Unfortunately, it has been disqualified for use out of most of the BJJ tourneys so its popularity has declined. What makes it so popular is it is very thin, and probably one of the lightest gis on the market. That combined with it being nearly impossible to tear was a great point for many people to wear it.. Once again with lighter gis the material is easier to hold, but with ripstop it was sometimes very slippery for opponents to hold onto. While something great to train in because of its durability do not use it if you like to compete. You will get used to rolling in this type of gi, and come competition time will be unable to use it.
OTM Hyperlite pearl weave gi
Pearl weave: While at one time the gold weave was the standard for gis it is my inclination that the pearl weave will slowly be taking that niche. The pearl weave allows for the lightest gi allowed in competition, but at the same time is extremly durable. The weave which is light allows air to pass through which will keep any roller cool. Easily my favorite weave, and it is one that more companies are starting to make there gis in. It is easily recognizable since the gi material looks so tightly woven that it looks like tiny little pearls. The priuce point is not too bad on these gis as well with some being as low as 130 which is not too bad for how durable and great quality the gi is.
Vulkan Pro-Light honey comb gi
Honey Comb Weave: Honey comb gi has to be one of the newer weaves used in BJJ gis today, and it is exclusively used in the vulakn line of Gis. There is not much known about the weave at this time, but it can make ultra light weight competition gis which is something vulkan prides it self on. The design seems to be durable, but without constant use on the mat it remains to be seen how durable it is. It must not be that bad considering it is what one comapny makes all of there gis out of.
So, that is the low down on the majority of Gi weaves that are readily available on today’s market. Some are not widely as used as other, but that shouyld not stop you from using them if you think it is the right one for you. As with BJJ everyone’s game and style is different and there is a Gi that suits you. If you want to try them on and see what one is the best stop by your local OTM to get a feel for what you need.