SEA MMA Gear Guide

Gameness Air Review

Introduction

Gameness is a well known gi maker that has produced a wide range of gis, including one of the few gis with rashguard linings, and a slew of lightweight gis such as the Pearl, Feather, and Air. In fact, my first non-academy gi was a Gameness Pearl, so I was quite keen to see how the Air would match up to its predecessor.

Official Specs:

  • Ultra-light gi
  • Features a comb weave
  • Preshrunk cotton
  • Ripstop pants
  • Rubber collar
  • A3 white AIR gi weighs in at 2.9 lbs

Aesthetics

The Gameness Air is a plain looking gi, and seems to be designed more towards a no-frills crowd. Unlike all the other gis in Gameness' line-up, this is the only one that does not have a chest patch. The shoulder patch is updated to be larger and longer compared to the 2010 Pearl, although this is the case with all the newer Gameness gi line-ups.

To be honest, I'm not really a fan of the shoulder patch. It has the words Gameness Air printed in bold, and a G for the Gameness logo. A little to in simplistic, I feel. The older 2010 Pearl design still sits better with me. Fortunately, the patch is removable, as it's not sewn under the collar unlike some other gis.

The back is completely empty, making it ideal for adding your own academy patches.

The pants is equally plain, with no logos or patches whatsoever.

For those who like a little color option, the Gameness Air comes in white, blue and black. The blue is actually quite a deep royal blue, and shows little sign of fading after numerous washes. I do not soak my coloured gis in vinegar or any other colour preservation methods, so the gi is doing a great job retaining its colour.

Form & Fit

With my previous Gameness 2010 Pearl, I fit comfortably into an A1. However, the size chart for the Air runs slightly differently from the rest of the Gameness gis. Presumably, the cut is tighter and slimmer, going by how they are sized. I wasn't aware of the size chart differences at the time and went with an A1, but the size chart shows me actually falling into the upper A2 range at 169cm and 61kg. Totally my blurness for the oversight.

Here's the size chart for quick reference, with metric conversions from me.

Height
Weight
Gi Size
Gi Weight
5-5'4 (~152-163cm)
100-130 lbs (~45-59kg)
A1
2.6 lbs (~1.2kg)
5'4-5'7 (~163-170cm)
125-150 lbs (~57-68kg)
A2
2.8 lbs (~1.3kg)
5'7-5'10 (~170-178cm)
145-180 lbs (~66-82kg)
A3
2.9 lbs (~1.3kg)
5'10-6'1 (~178-185cm)
170-215 lbs (~77-98kg)
A4
3.2 lbs (~1.5kg)
6'1-6'4 (~185-193cm)
210-250 lbs (~95-113kg)
A5
3.5 lbs (~1.6kg)

Fortunately, the A1 was just right out of the bag. With just a little shrinkage, I'd expect the gi to fit just about right. The gi did shrink quite a fair bit though, so it comes out a little short on the legs, but the sleeves are where I like it. Everything is is snug without being restrictive, especially at the chest and armpits. That said, my suggestion is still to size according to the chart and not follow your previous Gameness experience.

Check out how light it is too. For comparison, the A1 on the 2010 Pearl was 3.8 lbs (~1.7kg). That's a good 500g difference that can be a make or break if you're cutting weight.

The pre and post wash measurements for those interested. Take note of the shrinkage and be careful not to throw it into a dryer if you like the fit.

Gi Top
Sleeve to Sleeve
164cm
152cm
Chest width
58cm
53cm
Gi length (collar to skirt)
80cm
77cm
Arm width (at armpits)
25cm
21cm
Cuff width (at sleeves)
18cm
17cm
Gi Pants
Pant width
56cm
54cm
Pant length
92cm
85cm
Cuff width (at leg)
23cm
22cm

Functionality

The Gameness Air sports a comb weave, which looks pretty similar to the pearl weave on their 2010 Pearl. However, in comparison the 2010 feels thinner and stiffer, while the Air feels a bit thicker and softer while still coming out lighter. The material also feels tougher and likely to be able to withstand more abuse.

The pants is ripstop material, while a little coarse, is quite thin compared to the usual cotton canvas or drill pants. It features a stretchy rope drawstring and two front loops placed close together in the middle. The drawstring is a nod in the right direction, although I feel the pants could benefit with just an extra two loops to help secure the pants better.

For those who complained about the collar being overly thin on the 2010 Pearl, the Air provides a thicker option. Check out the comparison below.

As expected from a Gameness, the reinforcements on this gi are solid, placed at the usual expected stress points. Despite being a lightweight, this gi will definitely be able to last a good while on the mats.

Affordability

On the official website, the gi costs US $119 (SGD $148) for the white one, and USD $10 and 20 more for the blue and black respectively. For a lightweight quality gi, the price is pretty affordable.

However, shipping from the official site to this side of the ocean costs an insane amount due to their shipping option. You're better off going with Budovideos or looking for a local retailer on this one.

Conclusion

The Gameness Air is a great no frills gi for someone who wants quality, durability, and lightweight rolled into one. If you're gunning for one gi to last you a long time, this is it.

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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  1. Just bought a gaminess air. Damn thing is starting to fray and tear after 2 freakin classes!!! Unreal!!!

  2. So it did shrink for you? I am 6’2″, 200lbs. and bought an A4 which is giant on me even though I am on the upper end for the sizing.

  3. So I want to make collar chokes a pain for my opponents without breaking the bank for a nice gold weave. Would you recommended this or the Pearl? Right now all I have is a single weave generic brand gi from my school.

    • The Pearl has a thinner collar, but the Air isn’t all that much beefier. If collar is your main preference, you might wanna look at other gis. The Keiko Raca I reviewed recently has a really thick collar.

    • If you want to make collar chokes a pain…trying not getting caught in a collar choke…

  4. did you dry it to get to that shrunk size ? and is it done shrinking? im 150 5’8 would you suggest i get an a2 or a3 i want it to pass ibjjf standards and id love if i can wash and dry it every day with out massive shrinkage i hate a gigantic gi i want it fitted but not tight and still pass ibjjf standards help me out ,

    soulfighter from ct

    • I didn’t put it in a dryer, just hung dry it. I reckon an A3 would be safer since it should be easier to shrink it down to size.

  5. Hey what is your height/weight just want to orther a gameness but want to know your stats so I can relate to the pictures. I’m 5″3 and 145pounds but it was suggeted I order an A2 not an A1.

    • Hey, I’m 5’6.5″ and 138lbs thereabouts. With the A1, it’s a little short for me, but fits snug. If you go with an A1, you might find it a little tight, but with an A2, it might be too long.

  6. I’m 5’8 and 200. what would be a good size for me?

    • Hard to say man. If you don’t mind it being really snug, maybe an A3. Otherwise, an A4 will give you somewhat longer sleeves and pants.

  7. I’m 5’9 and 165. What would be the best size for me?

  8. I’m in between 5’11-6′ at 180. Should I be looking at an A4 and try to shrink it down with heat and dryer? There was a post above me saying that A4 was giant and he was 6’2″.

  9. I’m 5’7″, 140lbs and bought two of these in A2, black and white. Best gis I’ve owned. Super light, 2lbs 14oz. Had the for over a year, no tears.

    They were quite large on me, especially the pants. Shrank them as much as I could and the white was still a little big. The black shrank up just right in the body but the arms got to short. Both were still baggy, had them tailored for a better fit. Going with another A3 top to get the arm length right.

  10. Hey I’m 5’7.5” 135 pounds is the A2 going to be baggy I’m usually like a slightly snug fit, but don’t want the arms to be too short. Is the A2 the size for me>
    ?

    • Hey man, the post above yours kinda answers your question. A1 is definitely gonna be short on you, just look at the pants on me, and I’m shorter than you. A2 would be better lengthwise, but not as snug.

  11. Hay I was just wondering what size you would recommend I’m 5’11 165 pounds I’m thinking A3??


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