Ronin Insignia Bjj Gi
If you read any of the forums regularly you have probably heard about Ronin Brand gis by now. I was happy to get my hands on their Ronin Brand Insignia gi to review. My first impressions while rolling in it for the first time was that it's a very comfortable gi. It's pretty light and it breaths well so I would say it's a good all season option. Price wise this is on the low end of the mid level gis coming in around $130. Like every product we review, there is always room for improvement. Read on Gear Junkies!
The Ronin Brand Insignia Bjj gi fit pretty decent even before the first washing. I'm currently about 165lbs and 5'7". Like I mention in all of my reviews I have short wombat arms (they do have arms right?) and most gis are long in the sleeves on me. I normally take an A1, but Ronin sized me up and sent me out an A2 and I think they were correct in doing so. In my opinion the gi is comfortable to wear and roll in overall. I would like to see them do away with the seam tape or make it at least not as scratchy as it is. However rolling in it I barely noticed and it's nothing compared to the seam tape on my X Guard Tsunami gi that I reviewed a while back. The pants fit good. I would like them to move towards a 6 loop system, and perhaps change over to the rope drawstring. Also the crotch is a bit deeper in these pants. It's not baggy though just something I noticed about the cut and fit. The collar has decent thickness to it, but is not that stiff. I would love to see them work on this in future models.
*measurements coming soon!
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I think at this point I have been rolling in this gi for 2+ months. I really wanted to give myself some time to fully test the Ronin Insignia gi before I pushed out the review. I have had no issues with it up to this point. The pants feel solid and are decently thick, yet light at the same time. The knees are reinforced and the cuff on the pants seems pretty tough. As I mentioned before the jacket is comfortable to wear, but for my personal taste the 450 gsm pearl weave is just a bit to easy to grab and manipulate. I really prefer the 550 gram, but again this is just my personal taste and really is not saying anything bad about the gi. Overall the durability on this particular gi has been good, but if anything changes I will of course update this section of the review.
The Cool Factor
I think the cool factor in the Ronin Brand Insignia gi is how comfortable it is to wear. Not too heavy, not too light, not too hot. It's just there. As I mentioned above I would like to see them do something different with the seam tape. It's an ok looking gi, but the design is not ground breaking or really different from other gis out there on the market right now, but I do like it's simplicity. They do have a new model coming out that is a bit more flashy. Hopefully I get a chance to do a review on it as well.
You can purchase the Ronin Brand Insignia gi by going to http://www.kinjisan.com/ju.html