17 Jun 2015
Excellent fitting, super light gi with stylish touches and barely any shrinkage. I noted a few areas where the material started to fray, but did not worsen over time. Overall, a fantastic gi.
This Suparaito was sent to me from the US Fuji store - it is priced at $134.00
Thanks also to Alfredo in Peru, who runs the El Jiujitero store
I have no business or personal connection with Fuji. All views expressed in this report are my own.
Fuji sports have been selling value for money good quality fightwear for many many years. The company was started by Frank Hatashita over 50 years ago and was based in Canada. (He helped Japan get Judo in the '64 olympics in Tokyo.) In the 80's they started selling into the States and started making jiu-jitsu gi's in 2006.
Check out my review of their hugely popular All Around gi. The Suparaito is more expensive than the sub $100 All Around gi and more attention has been paid to the style touches. Is it as good as the All Around? Does it match up to other lightweight premium gis out there? Let's find out...
Size, Weight and Shrink data
I wore a size A1 gi for approximately 8 weeks. The gi was washed at 40 degrees and air dried each time. My own dimensions are 167cm height and 58-60Kg weight with long arms for someone who wears size A1.
Size data for an A1 gi in centimetres brand new versus x3 washes at 40 degrees:
A: 159 / 158
B: 72 / 71
C: 51 / 51
D: 16 / 16
E: 52 / 51
F: 97 / 95
G: 21.5 / 21
Discussion - the immediate stat that impresses the most is the lack of shrinkage. Along the key vulnerable areas such as the wingspan and the trouser length, there was barely a centimetre between the pre and post wash sizes. This is impressive and unusual even among the most expensive of pearlweave kimonos. With a wingspan of 158cm, the A1 size Fuji fits my long arms just right. The combined weight of 1.3Kg puts this gi into the ultra light category.
The jacket is made from pearl weave cotton. I can't find a gsm figure but I'd guess it is around the 420gsm mark - similar to the Kingz and Hypnotik Base gi. So lightweight but still sturdy. There are of course even lighter weight kimonos - notably the 93 Brand gis - Zodiac and Charlie, or the Arte Suave super light gi.
The jacket features dark blue contrast coloured stitching and branded trim. Suparaito translates to 'super light' in Japanese, according to the Fuji website. Embroidered patches are placed in discrete locations, all the comply with IBJJF gi rules. Overall the aesthetic is still eye-catching.
Collar covering is ripstop cotton. The lapel itself is moderately thick, pretty much same thickness as most other mid-priced gis.
The interior of the jacket is lined with branded tape. It doesn't serve any reinforcing function that I can tell, probably decorative at most. It is still an attractive touch however.
The embroidery is sharp and clean.
Here within the sleeve cuffs, the branded tape does serve a reinforcing function, helping the add strength to the high stress region.
The side vents are impressively reinforced with tape and ripstop material.
The pants are made from ripstop cotton. They are very light but I also found them a little baggy - which is a good thing as it didn't stick to my skin during a hot sweaty training session. The rope drawstring and four belt loops seemed to function perfectly well. Reinforced knee layers extend all the way down to the ankle.
Inside the gi pants, the crotch panel is reinforced with a triangular patch.
I must admit I really loved rolling in this gi. It was light, without being too paper thin, and it was well fitting - roomy in the right places (under the armpits, around the groin section) but snug where it mattered: torso, waist and sleeves. Being a skinny short but long-limbed person, this gi seemed to offer all the sizing variables suited to my frame.
But it's not perfect. There were a number of areas where I noticed considerable fraying. It's a symptom I have observed with many super light gis - they tend to look a bit tatty and out of shape after barely a dozen washes. The photo below shows the trouser ankle openings.
The photo below shows worse fraying, this time along the inner leg seam of the trousers.
There were other regions I did not photograph that displayed fraying to a lesser degree. None of the frayed regions detereorated during my testing period. They could all be thread over-runs and excess fabric - rather than inferior material itself. Hopefully they won't get any worse because I really love rolling in this gi, especially now that the weather is warmer.
The Suparaito is a superb, stylish gi that is especially aimed at the tournament player looking for a super light, IBJJF compliant uniform when making weight. For general use, it's a great uniform for hot sweaty conditions, although watch out for fraying regions of the gi that may or may not get worse with wear and tear. At $134 I would say this is reasonable to pay, although I wouldn't ignore the superb value for money Fuji that is the All Around gi at $94 (or even cheaper if you stalk BJJHQ)