SEA MMA Gear Guide

Fuji Lightweight Summer Gi Review


Introduction

I've been wanting to try a Fuji Gi for awhile now, after hearing it being recommended numerous times by other for its quality and affordabiliy Finally, I managed to get my hands on one courtesy of MMAHQ/BJJHQ.

Official specs:

  • Lightweight pearl weave
  • Rubber collar is lightweight and keeps the inside of the collar dry
  • Preshrinking reduces overall shrinkage
  • Manufactured with comfort and durability in mind
  • Great for hot weather training and for weighing in at tournaments
  • Same cut as other Fuji gis
  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Includes both jacket and pants (belt not included) and comes with 2 free Fuji patches

Aesthetics

The Fuji summer gi is a plain and simple looking gi, great for those who prefer their gis with little embellishment. There are no patches across the chest, though two optional patches are included should you decide to spice it up a little.

The left shoulder has a small Fuji logo embroidered in red and white, while the right shoulder remains spotless. The back of the gi also has the Fuji logo as the shoulder but remains clean beyond that for any back patches that should tickle your fancy.

The gi features inside taping with the embroidered word Fuji and the small logo running along it as a subtle design element.

The pants is almost squeaky clean as well, save for the Fuji logo embroidered in white at the back of the bottom right pant leg, as well as the taping on the leg cuff.

Besides black, the gi is also available in white and blue variants, each with slightly different colours for the logo embroidery.

As usual my gi was not soaked in vinegar or other colour preservation techniques, and the gi has held its colour well with minimal fading.

Form & Fit

I had some difficulty finding the size chart for the gi, but since the description says that the gi has the 'same perfect cut' as their other products, I hope what you see here will be accurate enough.

Height
Weight
Gi Size
5'2"-5'5" (~157-165cm)
110-140 lbs (~50-64kg)
A1
5'5"-5'9" (~165-175cm)
140-170 lbs (~64-77kg)
A2
5'9"-6'1" (~175-185cm)
170-200 lbs (~77-91kg)
A3
6'0"-6'4" (~183-193cm)
200-250 lbs (~91-113kg)
A4
6'0"-6'4" (~183-193cm)
225-275 lbs (~102-125kg)
A5
6'2"-6'6" (~188-198cm)
250-300 lbs (~113-136kg)
A6

Looking at the chart, I'm actually right smack in the middle of A2 for height at 169cm, while borderline A1/A2 for weight at 63kg (yes, I grew a little fatter, heh). My default selection was still to go for an A1 and have a snug top with slightly short pants instead of a baggy top with pants that might be just nice or a little long.

Right out of the bag, the gi was a perfect fit. I was surprised to find how snug the gi jacket was compared to all my other gis. This is by far the most snug fitting without being short on the sleeves. If you have a big chest,  this might not be the best choice since it was very hugging on me.

The gi pants was actually fairly long too for the recommended height, as they ended up being just the right length for me. I was hoping the gi wouldn't shrink too much after washing and maintain that same great slim cut.

Fortunately, the shrinkage was minimal, and the gi still fits awesome! Check out the pre and post wash measurements below.

Gi Top
Sleeve to Sleeve
158cm
156cm
Chest width
51cm
50cm
Gi length (collar to skirt)
75cm
75cm
Arm width (at armpits)
25cm
25cm
Cuff width (at sleeves)
16cm
15cm
Gi Pants
Pant width
52cm
51cm
Pant length
92cm
91cm
Cuff width (at leg)
22cm
21cm

Functionality

The gi is a pearl weave, though the weight isn't stated, it feels like a 450gsm or 500gsm. While not exactly the softest or lightest in my collection of gis, the material feels pretty tough and durable. Interestingly, it's also not as rough as some of my other pearl weave gis after washing.

For those who prefer regular cotton pants over ripstop, you'll be pleased to find that the gi pants feels very sturdy and well constructed, while not being too heavy compared to other regular gi pants that I have. The knee padding runs all the way down to the leg cuff as an added layer of reinforcement. Only two loops for this pants though, and flat drawstrings. Not a deal breaker, but it'd be great if they could at least update this.

The collar is actually quite beefy and feels solid to the grip. Those who like thick and sturdy collar should be quite happy with this, as it is nowhere as flexible and easily manipulated as some of my other gi collars. From the photo, you can see it's thicker than both the Predator and the Hayabusa gi.

Reinforcements are where you expect them to be, with some extra generous taping on the split seams of the jacket. No signs of wear thus far, and certainly looks tough enough to withstand daily abuse!

Affordability

Priced at USD $109 (SGD $134) for the black and blue variants and USD $99 (SGD $121) for the white one, the Fuji gi comes at a very affordable price range. Considering the quality, this is definitely worth getting if you want a workhorse and don't mind the lack of bling. You can pick one up from Budovideos or save a couple bucks more and get it from Martial Art Supplies.

Conclusion

The Fuji Lightweight Summer gi is a great budget gi that actually delivers more than what you'd expect from that price point. If you're looking for a slim fit gi that's affordable, this may well be 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.

If you like this review and found it helpful, please post a comment or let the company or retailer know too. Should you decide to purchase them online, you might want to consult the online buying guide for advice.

 

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  1. Hi, i’ve got a question about gi review: Fuji summer black. I want to buy this stuff, but I read lots od diffrent opinions about shrinking. You have written, this gi haven’t shrinked a lot, but how did you washed it? Cold/hot water, hang drying/ in dryer? Did you train in it and washed a couple of times more?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Daniel, I think there’s some confusion between the summer and the single weave gi. The summer gi I’ve reviewed here doesn’t really shrink, at least not in cold wash/hang dry, the way I usually do all my gis. The one that people agree shrinks about a size down is the single weave gi. Check out the opinions again and see if they state which gi they have?

  2. I have washed it in 30 celcius and it shrinked as yours. Thanks a lot! GREAT GI!

  3. Thanks for the review.. was helpful!

  4. I would suggest you buy up in size, Fuli’s are snug and will shrink. My black Fuji was so tight and small that I gave it away.,Because Fuji’s quality is so nice I bought another at A3 and after a few washes it’s perfect. I think Fuji’s the best.

  5. I recently read a review of the fuji all around gi from meerkatsu’s blog, while you assessed another model. Add a few recommendations of higher belt teammates, it seems I am now sold with the fuji gi.

    Thanks, great review!

  6. I am a female. I wear an A4 in the regular Fuji heavy gi because of shrinkage. The pants fit a little big but the jacket is still a little large for me. The A 3 is tighter than I like after shrinkage. What would you recommend on sizing for this gi? I am 5’6 an not a skinny girl lol.

    • I’d say for the summer gi, go with an A3. It doesn’t shrink much, so maybe just try it one once you get it. If it’s just right, you should be able to get by without it shrinking further.

  7. I am male, 5’8″ and i range from 160-170 pounds. Should I go with an A2 or an A3? I’ve been looking for others specs and I get mixed reviews on what to get. Thanks!

    • If it’s the summer gi you’re getting, A2 should be about right. If it’s the regular you’re getting, might wanna get an A3.

  8. I’m 5’5″ 185. Should i get an A3?


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