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Tatami Estilo 6 Review: The devil is in the detail

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Tatami Fightwear to review their Estilo 6. If you’ve never heard of Tatami Fightwear then you’ve probably been living under a Jiu-Jitsu rock. Based in Port Talbot, Wales, Tatami were established in 2010 and have grown to be the biggest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fightwear company in the world.

Summary

Their premium-level gi, the Estilo, has seen many iterations over the years, buy their latest version I would compare it to the iPhone. A refinement on a tried and tested formula with improvements and tweaks to make the upgrade worth it.

Factory Specs:
– 550GSM Pearl Weave Jacket
– 12oz Canvas Pants
– Embroidered Tatami Logos
– Embroidered Estilo Logos
– Inside Sublimated Neck Lining
– Woven Tape Lining Cuffs and Base Of Jacket
– New Unique Y-Jacket Vents
– Available in L and XL Sizes

Fitting

For my review I requested an a2 long. I found the fit of the gi to be just right out of the packet with the sleeves of the jacket just touching the base of the palm of my hand. After 3 weeks of rolling and washing twice a week, I saw around half an inch of shrinkage.

The trousers fit well and were a perfect length for me, after the same amount of washes they were perfect, the trousers kept their length but shrank to become a slimmer gi trouser.

Gi Jacket

The gi jacket is constructed the same way as the Estilo 5 with a few notable differences. The first noticeable difference are the new labels and inner jacket yolk, which gives it a more premium feel than the 5.0. Structurally this gi has also been worked on, most noticeably on the Y-shaped vents, where the stitch now reinforces the entire vent instead of the top of the triangle.

Trousers

The trousers are made of a 12oz twill cotton, with a gi material gusset. Generally the trousers are identical to the Estilo 5 with little to any changes to the design and construction. One slight drawback with the trousers are Tatami have elected to encase the drawstring with a nylon sleeve, which causes the strings to become slippery and undone easily.

Rolling

Rolling is where this gi comes into it’s own. The tailored style of the gi allows for a shorter gusset and the rubber collar helps with breaking grips. The heavy weave in the gi top also stops any stretching in the sleeves and the skirt. The gi weight is also useful if you’re looking to cut those final few pounds before competition.

Conclusion

While there has not been a dramatic overhaul of the Estilo design, like the iPhone, the devil is in the detail. There new details, especially in the jacket makes this a worthy successor to the wildly popular 5.

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