SEA MMA Gear Guide

Ring to Cage Single Weave BJJ Gi Review

Introduction

The Ring to Cage Single Weave gi is one of the initial gi offerings from R2C's line up, and I'm told they will soon be releasing light weight pearl weaves and gold weaves too.

Official Specs:

  • Traditional style Jiu Jitsu Gi/Kimono
  • Strong lightweight single weave
  • Injected foam mold collar that makes the jacket almost a full pound lighter, keeps the inside of the collar dry, strong, and more resistant to mildew
  • Manufactured with comfort and durability in mind
  • 100% cotton, Jacket 450 gms single weave. Pant 9oz. padded belt
  • Preshrunk
  • Includes jacket, pant and belt
  • Removable patches on jacket

Aesthetics

The gi sports a basic no frills look for those prefer something plain and simple. The gi top has three patches, one across the chest, a small one on the left sleeve, and finally a square patch on the back. The patches themselves are plain looking, nothing much to shout about, and the back patch on my gi was stitched on a little crooked. However, it's no big deal as all the patches are easily removable, allowing for self customisation with additional patches. Personally, I have removed the back patch as I'm generally not a fan of back patches.

The gi pants is equally plain, with just a small logo on the top right of the pants.

Colour-wise, the gi is a deep black that has remained dark despite several washes. As usual with my coloured gis, no vinegar or other colour preservation methods have been used, and the gi has kept its colour.

If black is not your flavour, the gi also comes in white and blue offerings.

Form & Fit

The size chart runs from A1-A5, placing me somewhat in at the tail end of the A1 spectrum with my height of 169cm, but right in the middle of A1 with my weight of 61kg. This usually translates to somewhat short sleeves and pants for me. Here's the size chart for reference, with metric conversions.

Height
Weight
Gi Size
5'2"-5'6" (~157-168cm)
110-150 lbs (~50-68kg)
A1
5'6"-5'10" (~168-178cm)
151-185 lbs (~68-84kg)
A2
5'11"-6'1" (~178-185cm)
186-225 lbs (~84-102kg)
A3
6'1"-6'4" (~185-193cm)
226-250 lbs (~102-113kg)
A4
6'3"-6'6" (~191-198cm)
251-285 lbs (~113-129kg)
A5

Right out of the bag, I was surprised to find how long the pants was, going all the way past my ankles, despite expecting it to be a little short. The sleeves of the jacket was just right though, which meant it might come a little short after washing. There was some shrinkage after several washes especially at the sleeves, coming just slightly above my wrists. The rest of the gi fit snugly though, with no baggy arms or chest, which would be great if I had slightly shorter arms.

Here are the pre and post wash measurements in cold wash and hang drying.

Gi Top
Sleeve to Sleeve
155cm
148cm
Chest width
55cm
53cm
Gi length (collar to skirt)
76cm
75cm
Arm width (at armpits)
30cm
27cm
Cuff width (at sleeves)
18cm
17cm
Gi Pants
Pant width
51cm
50cm
Pant length
100cm
97cm
Cuff width (at leg)
24cm
23cm

The A1 belt I received was the perfect length for me, with my waist size of 30". I'm able to wear it somewhat looser and around my hip instead of just up at my waist.

Functionality

Being a single weave, the gi is lightweight and feels great, lacking the stiffness that I've experienced with my pearl weaves. The material feels softer and more comfortable, being very pliable at the same time. I've worn this jacket without a rashguard, and it feels smooth to the skin.

The gi pants comes with flat drawstrings, a pet peeve of mine, but R2C does offer replaceable stretchy rope drawstrings at an additional cost. If you ask me, I think the default should be rope drawstring, and flat drawstrings as add on options. The placement of the loops also come a little odd to me, as I'm used to having the front loops more centrally placed and closer together. This is probably just preference depending on how you tie your draw strings, but I like to loop the strings past to the other side, and having them so far apart makes it a little more difficult to do so.

The collar is made of foam and of good thickness, comparable to the Storm Typhoon and slightly thicker than the Hayabusa gi.

Reinforcements are as expected in the usual places, however, the gi jacket features more robust taping than the usual I've seen. The split seams have material running at the split all the way down to the skirt, while the seams below the armpits and the sleeves are also reinforced with material. This gi is definitely designed with heavy use in mind. I've yet to see any visible signs of wear in the weeks of rolling.

Affordability

Costing just US $89.95 (SGD $113) for the blue and the black gis, and US $10 cheaper for the white version, the R2C single weave is a very affordable option for those who are looking for a budget gi that will last them through their initial trainings.

Conclusion

Overall, the Ring to Cage single weave is an excellent starter gi and a great no frills budget gi to keep as a backup or in the rotation.

Disclaimer

All comments in the review are my own personal opinion. Prices provided in brackets are merely for reference and are based on exchange rates at the time of writing.

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