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Submission Hemp Sensation Gi Review

Introduction

Awhile back, we saw Submission FC as one of the newer gi companies that offered an affordable and quality gi in the form of the Submission Light Gi. Following on the footsteps of their Light gi is their hemp gi, an interesting choice as not many companies have a hemp gi in mass production. The only one I'm aware of is Datsusara, which had some teething issues as reviewed here. Let's take a look at how Submission FC's offering fares!

Official Specs:

  • - Hemp Fabric Gi Top
  • - White with Green Contrast Stitching
  • - Pre-Shrunk
  • - Light 10oz Hemp Blend Pants
  • - New Embroidered Designs
  • - Heavily Reinforced Stress Points
  • - Green Rope Draw String
  • - 5 Draw String Loops

Aesthetics

The hemp gi comes in white, accented by an olive green contrast stitching. While I'd like to call it plain looking, it does have some pretty big text embroidery that brands the gi. Unlike their Light gi, they've chosen to have the shoulder logo embroidered on, which makes it near impossible to remove for those who want something cleaner.

There's also the words Hemp Sensation embroidered on the front and back of the gi, just above the skirt. But if you don't mind that, there's still plenty of room for you to deck it out with your own patches.

The pants too follows the green contrast scheme, and again, Hemp Sensation is embroidered on the top left of the pants.

That aside, the gi doesn't have too many fancy touches, and should be manageable for those who like gis that are quieter.

Form & Fit

While the size chart remains the same for the Hemp gi and the Light gi, the measurements are somewhat different. For reference, here's the size chart reproduced with metric conversions.

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"-6'0" (~175-183cm)
170-200 lbs (~77-91kg)
A3
6'0"-6'4" (~183-193cm)
200-250 lbs (~91-113kg)
A4
6'3"-6'6" (~191-198cm)
225-280 lbs (~102-127kg)
A5

As usual, I got an A1 for old time's sake despite my height of 169cm and weight of 67kg, which should put me in A2 range. However, the cutting this time round is a lot better for me, and I was happily surprised by the great fit.

Out of the bag, the gi fit more snugly on me than before. The sleeve length was longer, slightly past my wrists, and the pants was much longer too. It seems that Submission might have adjusted the cut to fit a slightly slimmer and taller build compared to the previous iteration that I reviewed. Post-wash, there was some shrinkage, bringing the gi to a near ideal fit in terms of length.

Here are the measurements after cold wash and hang drying.

Gi Top
Sleeve to Sleeve
155cm
150cm
Chest width
58cm
55cm
Gi length (collar to skirt)
78cm
77cm
Arm width (at armpits)
24cm
24cm
Cuff width (at sleeves)
16cm
16cm
Gi Pants
Pant width
49cm
48cm
Pant length
92cm
88cm
Cuff width (at leg)
21cm
21cm

Functionality

The first thing I noticed straightaway when I put on the gi was how soft it was. It felt extremely comfortable even after washing as the fabric didn't become any stiffer, and the fibres are smooth to the touch. None of that stiff scratchiness that you'd get with some of the pearl weave gis. That alone has brought it into my daily rotation. The gi feels great to roll in as well, compared to the Datsusara HCG-02 that felt much heavier.

The gi pants is a thin 10 oz cotton blend that feels light without the ripstop material some dislike. It also uses a cord drawstring and a 5 point loop system. The choice of 5 loops is a little different from the usual even numbered loops, but doesn't really make a difference from a 6 point loop in terms of tying up the pants. In fact, it's an improvement from the Light gi which only had 2 loops.

The collar for this gi is not as thick as their Light, only marginally thicker than the Vulkan Pro Light and Kingz Light.

The reinforcements in the gi are where you expect them, and the knee pads run a good way down the bottom of the pants.

Affordability

The Hemp Sensation retails at USD $159.95 (SGD $200) on both Submission FC's website and Budovideos. At this juncture, the only other hemp gi I'm aware of that is available for sale is Datsusara's HCG-03, in its third iteration. I'm not too sure what the changes are, but it now sells for USD $199.95 (SGD $250). Without a direct comparison of the products, the Hemp Sensation definitely looks good in terms of pricing and is definitely worth considering for those who want a hemp gi.

Conclusion

The Hemp Sensation gi is definitely a great gi for daily rolling, whether you're looking for a hemp alternative or not. It rivals many cotton gis in quality and is all the more a no-brainer for those who want a hemp gi.

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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