Finding the best BJJ gi is a challenge for us tall guys (I’m Dutch, so by heritage I’m tall like a tree), because most gis assume a more ‘standard’ body type. This problem gets worse the taller and skinnier you get. To help all the lanky guys out there, I wrote this post about the best BJJ gis for tall skinny guys.
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How to choose the best BJJ gi for tall skinny guys
If you’re lanky, there’s three options you should consider to find the best BJJ gi for a tall skinny guy like yourself. They are in ascending order of how tall and skinny you are.
Option 1: Get an ‘L’ modified gi (A2L, A3L)
The first step you should take is to take a look at ‘L’ modified gis. So instead of an A2 you might get an A2L gi, which stands for A2-long. These gi’s are made specifically for people with more lanky body types. Most major brands (Fuji, Tatami) have special ‘L’ variations of their gis for tall people, but most smaller brands don’t.
For your reference, the L size gis are usually right for the following body types (depends a bit on the brand):
- A2L: 170-192lbs and 5’10”-6’00” (77-87kg and 178-183cm)
- A3L: 192-220lbs-6’00”-6’4″ (87-100kg and 183-193cm)
Option 2: Get a competition gi
The second step is to look at competition gis. Competition gis are typically more slim fit than regular gis, because a slim fit offers advantages for competitions (it’s easier to make your weight cut and it’s harder for your opponent to get grips on you). So if you’re just slightly too tall for an A2L gi, you can get the competition model of that gi in A2L and it might fit a little better.
Again, most major BJJ gi brands have a competition gi in their product line, but most smaller brands do not.
Option 3: Get a specialized brand gi
If you’re really tall and skinny, just getting an A2L competition gi may still not be enough for you. In that case, you need to get a gi that’s tailor made for lanky people.
RollAmongUs: The best BJJ gi brand for tall skinny guys
It used to be that in this case your only option was to go to RollAmongUs.com, which was previously named LankyFightGear.com. They made the best BJJ gis tall skinny guys, and they’re still the best option if you’re extremely lanky. Their tallest sizes are:
- RollAmongUs A2LT: 6’22” – 6’55” and 160 – 190 ls
- RollAmongUs A3LT: 6’5” – 6’8” and 190 – 220lbs
- RollAmongUs A4LT: 6’8” – 6’11” and 230 – 260lbs
Tatami: BJJ Gis for lanky guys
But, Tatami (a major brand in BJJ) now also picked up on the need for very slim fit gis and they now sell A2XL gis of some of their gis (similar to A2LT from RollAmongUs). These A2XL gis are for very tall and skinny guys:
- Tatami A2XL: 6’00 – 6’4′ and 170 – 192lb (183 – 193cm and 77 – 87kg)
The best BJJ gis for tall and skinny guys
The Lanky Pro 550 V3 is the best BJJ gi for tall and skinny guys. It’s the flagship BJJ gi from RollAmongUs (previously known as LankyFightGear.com) and it’s tailor made for extremely tall and skinny people.
Compared to Tatami’s line of gi’s for lanky people, this one has two major upsides:
- The A2LT gi gives slightly more height than Tatami’s A2XL
- This gi is also available in A3LT and A4LT, which you need if you’re both lanky and huge. (Tatami doesn’t offer comparable sizes.)
RollAmongUs also allows you to mix kimono and pants sizes. This is helpful if you have very long legs but a normal upper body, or very long arms but not so long legs.
The only downside is that this gi is slightly more expensive than the gis in Tatami’s line – but if you’re really lanky, you won’t get a better fit anywhere else. Therefore Lanky PRO is the best BJJ gi for lanky guys for sure.
Tatami’s the competitor gi is another great BJJ gi for tall and skinny guys. It’s available in A2XL, a size that Tatami made specifically for people with a very tall and skinny body type. (It’s also available in A2L and A3L for people that are only a bit lanky.)
It’s also a competition model, which means it’s a bit more slim fit than a regular gi. If you’re really skinny, this means that this gi won’t look baggy and loose on you, but will fit you well.
Further, Tatami is a very established brand in Brazilian jiu jitsu, so you’ll look right at home with it on the mats.
I think this is the best BJJ gi for tall and skinny guys that aren’t quite lanky enough to warrant buying a gi from a specialized brand.
The Tatami Nova Minimo 2.0 is one of Tatami’s most popular gis. It’s a basic gi with a classic look and it’s great quality.
If you don’t specifically want Tatami’s competition gi, which is more slim fit and lightweight, I would recommend the Nova Minimo 2.0. It’s still a very good fit for people that are very tall and skinny (if you get the A2XL), but it’s a bit cheaper than the competitor gi.
The main upside of the classic gi is that it has almost no visible branding. It has one small Tatami patch at the bottom of the lapel, and a small white patch (that you almost can’t see) on the back of the gi and the pants. It doesn’t have for example brand patches on the shoulders, like almost all Brazilian jiu jitsu gi’s do.
I would recommend the classic gi if you’re a purist about your gis, or if you train at a gym that has a very strict dress code and doesn’t allow gis with more branding..
Conclusion: What's the best BJJ gi for tall and skinny guys?
If you’re looking for the best BJJ gi for tall and skinny guys, you have three options depending on how lanky you are:
- Extremely lanky: you go with a RollAmongUs gi
- Very Lanky: You go with a Tatami A2XL gi
- Lanky: You go with any A2L gi
Good luck finding the BJJ gi that fits you!