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Hayabusa Pro Jiu Jitsu Gi – Black + Belt Review

Introduction

Hayabusa is back again with 2 new colours to beef up their existing Pro Jiu Jitsu gi line released earlier in the year! The white gi was previously reviewed here, so this review will mainly focus on the differences between two. The Pro Jiu Jitsu belt is also looked at in this review.

Official Specs:

  • Revolutionary High Performance Triple Weave Ripstop Fabric
  • Unmatched quality, durability and comfort
  • Unrestricted shoulder range of motion
  • Pre-shrunk for an ideal fit
  • Tailored Multi-Piece Anterior and single back paneling
  • Performance Stretch Inseam panel
  • Reinforced chest, upper back, shoulders and knees

Aesthetics

If you recall the first Hayabusa gi, it featured a very bold Mizuchi dragon motif across the shoulders and back, inspired from its Mizuchi rashguard line. However, that might have been too flashy and in your face for some, and this time Hayabusa presents a much quieter and elegant option.

Like the white gi, the black comes with its own gi bag with the same black/gold colour scheme as the gi. The actual black gi itself has a striking gold contrast stitching which makes the gi look absolutely stunning in person. It helps that the front of the gi is cleaned up now compared to the white gi, allowing the contrast stitching to take the centre stage. I especially love the gold bordered Hayabusa logo across the chest, and for once actually don't mind the chest embroidery.

Even the honeycomb pattern inside the gi is not spared the gold treatment.

The back of the gi features the Kanji for Hayabusa embroidered in gold, making the Kanji stand out strongly against the black. Once again, this looks absolutely lovely, marred only by the unfortunate stitching asymmetry. While not exactly a functional issue, Hayabusa should pay more attention to the stitching considering the price and how obvious it is on such a strongly contrast stitched gi.

Pants is pretty much the same as the white gi except for one important point - the Hayabusa word logo on the bottom left pant leg has been replaced with a Hayabusa Kanji much higher up the leg, presumably to comply with IBJJF requirements. No big surprise that the gi sports the IBJJF logo on one of its tags stating that it is competition ready.

The new gi design comes in two colour options, black and blue, with the blue using a black contrast stitching which does not stand out as strongly in my opinion. The back design is exactly the same.

Belt Mini Review

Together with the gi, I also received a blue Hayabusa A1 belt. The blue is the common darker shade, so nothing special about the colour. It is however, pretty solid and holds it shape well. When tied, it flares out to the sides instead of drooping down, while the knot it forms is nice and thick, making it look pretty good on the wearer. The downside of the stiffer belt is that the knot does loosen somewhat while rolling, since the knot cannot be as tight as a softer belt. However, I suspect the ripstop weave structure of the belt provides some friction to prevent the belt from coming totally undone, as I've only needed to pull the knots tight so far, instead of a complete re-tie.

The belt is pretty long, measuring 276cm, so if you like a shorter belt you might want to consider sizing down. It's also fairly wide, coming in at 1.75 inches. Here's some comparison photos with my Ring to Cage belt.

Now back to the gi.

Form & Fit

The gi runs from A0-A4, and I fell right in the middle of their A1 at 169cm and 63kg. There is no change in the size chart from the previous gi. As such, I went with an A1 again.

Here's their size chart reproduced with metric for convenience.

Height
Weight
Gi Size
5'2-5'5 (~158-165cm)
100-125 lbs (~45-57kg)
A0
5'5-5'8 (~165-173cm)
125-150 lbs (~57-68kg)
A1
5'8-5'11 (~173-180cm)
150-180 lbs (~68-82kg)
A2
5'11-6'2 (~180-188cm)
180-215 lbs (~82-98kg)
A3
6'2 and up (~188cm and up)
215 lbs and up (~98kg and up)
A4

The gi fits similar to the previous one, however, I must now revise my previous assessment and say that the gi runs slightly large on me. While the lengths of the gi are fine on me in most aspects, I've gotten accustomed to snug fitting gis between the last review and this, so my preferences have changed. I might consider sizing down to A0 in future and getting a more snug fit albeit with shorter pants and arms. Those who prefer a gi that is 'just right' or slightly loose but not baggy will still be happy with the fit. Like its predecessor, the chest area is cut a little wider for guys with bigger chest.

A pre-shrunk gi, the shrinkage is negligible after cold washing and hang drying. The pre- and post-wash charts below. If you compare them to the previous gi, you'll notice that the measurements for this gi runs slightly larger, but by only a few cm here and there, so I won't really consider this a different cut. The gi jacket and pants length is slightly longer though.

Gi Top
Sleeve to Sleeve
158cm
157cm
Chest width
58cm
57cm
Gi length (collar to skirt)
81cm
81cm
Arm width (at armpits)
29cm
27cm
Cuff width (at sleeves)
18cm
17cm
Gi Pants
Pant width
53cm
52cm
Pant length
97cm
95cm
Cuff width (at leg)
23cm
22cm

Functionality

In most aspects, this gi performs like its predecessor. The Triple Weave Ripstop Fabric is light and tough as nails, while still being slightly abrasive. Not the friendliest gi to wear when you're driving your shoulder into your partner's face, but perfect for competition.

The stretch panel is also present here, providing easy stretch for the crotch when playing guard. Sadly, no updates to the belt loop and drawstring either, which has become quite a pain for me to tighten due to the friction between the drawstring and housing.

One comment about the original gi was that the thick Mizuchi embroidery added an extra thickness to the shoulder and back of the gi that was noticeable for some people. With the new design, this is greatly reduced, since the embroidery is now limited to a much smaller Hayabusa Kanji on the back.

Collar thickness is slightly thicker than the white one, though whether this is intentional or just a manufacturing variation I can't say.

As usual, the same reinforcements are present, and I highly doubt this gi will be falling apart anytime soon.

Affordability

This gi does not come cheap, costing a USD $229.99 (SGD $295) on Budovideos. Is it worth it? That depends on you. The design is definitely eye-catching while the construction is solid, but there are definitely other gis out there that can offer something similar for a lower price. The stretch panel, the customer service, and the brand name are factors worth considering.

Conclusion

The Hayabusa Pro Jiu Jitsu Gi in its black and blue iterations provide an alternative design for those who wanted to get a Hayabusa gi but was turned off by the flashy Mizuchi motif, although the hefty price tag still remains a deterring factor.

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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Comments (22) Trackbacks (1)
  1. is this gi IBJJF legal? Didnt they make ripstop gi tops illegal?

    • The rules disallow non-cotton gi tops. Some ripstop gi tops are made of synthetic material, while this one is made of cotton, so it’s still legal.
      I didn’t follow the new IBJJF rulings too closely, but I don’t think there has been any changes with regard to this.

  2. Mine ripped at the skirt 4 months after buying it. It’s mainly aesthetic, but a bit depressing after shelling out $200 for a quality gi, my storm gi has been going fine for over a year (shame it’s so heavy)….think I’ll go for a kauai next.

  3. I want buy a Hayabusa Pro Jiu Jitsu Gi but i dont know which size A2 or A3 i am 1.79 cm and 81kg . can you suggest me a size.

  4. I’m 169cm, 64kg as stated in the review.

  5. Hey there. I’m strongly considering this gi and would like your opinion on 2 things.
    How thick is the gi? Ie is it heavy duty like a koral mkm or is it a true lightweight gi?
    Lastly I’m 184cm and 90kg would you recommend A2 or A3? Thank you!

    • The gi isn’t very thick, but still feels heavy duty compared to the true lightweights, probably because of the weave. I’ve not used a Koral MKM, so I can’t comment, but it’s not as thick as double weaves for sure.

      Size, I’d say go with A3.

  6. Hey is this gi better than the mizuchi? I love how flashy it is but I don’t wanna lose quality for it :p

    • Hey Travis, I’m not sure if they are the same, but the first Pro Jiu Jitsu gi I reviewed was the white one with a similar mizuchi design here. Now that they’ve added a black version to the mix, I reckon they’d have updated the specs to match too. Seems more like a difference in aesthetic design more than anything else.

  7. Hi there. I have this gi in both white and blue and love it. I can’t stand the drawstring, though! I can’t even get my pants tight enough b/c of the friction of the ripstop drawstring and the housing. Have you found a way to get past this? Were you able to “loosen” the housing or anything? Any tips appreciated! I’m exhausted even before I start rolling b/c I’m struggling to tighten the pants! Lol

    • No man, I never got past that either. One way is to loosen the drawstring before even putting it on. You gotta tighten and loosen it a couple times. The alternative is simply to change the drawstring with a cord from somewhere else.


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