What’s the best BJJ gi? That’s a loaded question…
I write a lot about BJJ gis on this site, and if I can tell you one thing it’s this: there’s no such thing as the 1 best BJJ gi.
Think about it: if you’re a beginner you need a different gi than a regular competitor. If you’re lanky you need a different gi than if you’re short. And your budget plays a big role too in what’s the best BJJ gi that you can get…
So in this post I’ll tell you everything you need to know about BJJ gis. But just as an apetizer, I’ll start with my 3 favorite gis of all time:
- Top 3 best BJJ gi (in general)
- Let’s find the best BJJ gi for you
- My top 3 picks for the best BJJ gi in different categories:
- The best BJJ gi brands
- The best BJJ gi for beginners
- The best BJJ gi for competition
- The best premium BJJ gis
- The best cheap BJJ gis
- The best BJJ gi for guys that are big, short, stocky, muscular or fat
- The best BJJ gi for tall and lanky guys
- The best lightweight BJJ gis
- The best heavy BJJ gis
- The best women’s BJJ gis
- The best kid’s BJJ gis
- The best BJJ gis on Amazon
- FAQ (which color gi to get, what’s my gi size, etc.)
Best BJJ gi Top 3
You asked what’s the best BJJ gi? As I said it depends on what you want, so I’ll go into more details later. But here’s my general top 3 for the best gis for BJJ. (You’ll see these come back in the different categories later as well.)
1. GoldBJJ Aeroweave
The GoldBJJ Aeroweave is my favorite BJJ gi of all time.
It’s 270 grams per square meter, which is ultra light. In fact it’s 22% lighter than other lightweight gis, and 40% lighter than normal gis.
What’s awesome about lightweight gis is that they cool you off much better during training, which makes a big impact on your cardio (because nothing slows you down like overheating).
Lightweight gis are also much more comfortable.
And you’ll thank yourself for getting a light gi when you need to make weight for your next competition.
The Aeroweave is also very strong and durable due to reinforced stitching.
I basically consider this to be one of the most premium BJJ gis ever made, and it’s really still very affordable.
That’s why I recommend this gi to everyone.
2. Sanabul Essentials
The Sanabul Essentials gi is the best selling BJJ gi on Amazon and has been for a few years.
It’s hugely popular, especially among beginners and white belts. I dare to place a pretty high bet that multiple white belts at your gym train in this gi (and a few colored belts as well).
The reason for its popularity is simple: it’s extremely cheap and still good quality. (It’s not the absolute cheapest option, but it’s by far better value than the even cheaper ones.)
I recommend this gi highly to all beginners, and I don’t blame colored belts who get it either. It’s just great value for the money.
3. Origin Comp DNA Atleta
The Origin comp DNA Atleta is a gi from a premium BJJ gi brand that’s quickly becoming more popular.
Jocko Willink, a retired Navy Seal, is the public figure for Origin. You may have heard about him. He is the guy from ‘Discipline = Freedom’ and the ‘Good’ motivational speech.
Origin stands for quality above all. All their gis are made in America.
The Comp DNA Atleta is Origin’s most popular gi to date. It’s a light, slim and strong competition gi of the highest quality.
Let’s find the best BJJ gi for you
To find the best BJJ gi for you I need to ask you a few personal questions…
Don’t worry, it’s not about your love life. But I do need to know about your body type, your financial fire power and your hopes and dreams. Is that ok?
Nice! Let’s get started then.
The simple method to find the best BJJ gi for you
I made a simple quiz to find the best BJJ gi for you. It consists of only 3 questions. I estimate that this quiz is enough to find the best BJJ gi for ~80% of people. So let’s start with this quiz.
Did the quiz help you find your best gi for BJJ? It might have, because for most people these 3 considerations are enough to make an educated choice.
But, if you want take this search a little deeper, we can do it!
Let’s talk about what the best BJJ gi is for people in a few different categories, or go to the top of the page to easily find the category you’re interested in.
The best BJJ gi brands
Before I tell you what the best BJJ gi is for who I want to make a general remark about brands. There are a few gi brands that you’ll see again and again in my lists, because they make great products. My 3 favorite BJJ gi brands are:
Other brands that you’ll see me mentioned repeatedly are Fuji, Tatami, Shogun, Elite Sports, Venum and a few others.
The best BJJ gi for beginners
A beginner at BJJ needs a gi that’s good enough. There’s no need to spend a fortune on a gi as a beginner, but you also shouldn’t blindly buy the cheapest option you see. Here’s my 3 picks for beginners:
The Best BJJ gi for Competition
Competition is a whole ‘nother ball game. You need a gi that’s very strong, but also a light if you’re cutting weight, and those 2 things contradict each other a little bit. Here’s the 3 gis that I think best solve this dilemma:
The Best Premium BJJ gi
If you have some money to spend you can get a really nice BJJ gi nowadays. From a premium BJJ gi you can expect that it’s more durable, comfortable, breathable, stronger and better looking. My top 3 picks for premium gis are:
Also read: 7 Best Premium BJJ Gis | Better than Yours
The best cheap BJJ gi
Do you just need any BJJ gi for what little money you have? No worries, life’s like that sometimes. Here’s my top 3 options for cheap BJJ gis:
Also read: Best Cheap BJJ Gi | 6 Affordable Options
The Best BJJ gi for guys that are big, short, stocky, muscular or fat
Are you a huge person? Only horizontally or in every dimension? It doesn’t matter, here’s my top 3 picks for guys that are big or stocky:
Also read: Best BJJ Gi for Short & Big Guys | 4 Fat Gis
The best BJJ gi for Skinny, tall and lanky guys
Are you tall and skinny? So am I! (I’m Dutch, so it’s cultural heritage.) It can be harder to find a gi if you’re lanky, but here’s my 3 favorite gis that either come in special ‘L’ (long) or even XL sizes.
The best lightweight BJJ gis
Lightweight gis are my favorite. They’re super comfortable and breathable, which helps you cool off. I feel like I lose 20% of my cardio when I don’t wear a lightweight gi because I overheat (especially in summer). And here’s my top 3 best lightweight BJJ gis:
The most durable (heavy) BJJ gis
Heavy gis are super strong and durable. And they’re warmer which is nice when you train BJJ in winter. Here’s my 3 picks for heavyweight BJJ gis:
The best women’s BJJ gis
When I started Brazilian jiu jitsu women trained in A0 men’s gis… Fortunately, there’s plenty of real women’s BJJ gis available now. Here’s my top 3 picks:
The best BJJ gis for kids
Does your kid do jiu jitsu? I’m so jealous! My baby is 6 months old and he hates the baby gi I got him… Anyway, here’s my 3 picks for the best BJJ gis for kids:
The best BJJ gi on Amazon
Do you want to buy a BJJ gi on Amazon? I get it, it’s so convenient. And you can do it too, no problem. Here’s my top 3 best gis for BJJ on Amazon:
BJJ gi Buyer’s Frequently Asked questions
By now I hope you know which BJJ gi you want to buy. But you still may have some extra questions, which I answer below.
What BJJ gi should I buy?
What BJJ gi you should buy depends on your needs. If you want a really good BJJ gi that’s pretty affordable, I recommend the Gold BJJ Aeroweave. If you want a very high quality gi I recommend an Origin gi. And if you want any gi that’s good enough I recommend the Sanabul Essentials.
How much does a good jiu jitsu gi cost?
A good jiu jitsu gi costs around $100. You can get a good enough jiu jitsu gi for around $60, and you can get a really good BJJ gi for $120.
How do you pick a jiu jitsu gi?
To pick a jiu jitsu gi you ask yourself what you want from the gi. Do you want a lightweight or heavyweight gi, which color do you want, is it for training and competition, which size, and so on. Once you know what you want it’s easy to choose the right gi for you.
What makes a gi good?
What makes a gi good is the quality of the material, the weave, the reinforced stitching and the design. A good BJJ uses more or stronger material and extra stitching in important areas to become more durable. And a good gi will look better (you’ll know this when you see it).
Which color should my BJJ gi be?
Your first BJJ gi should be white, and your gis after that can be of different colors/ Note that the color of a BJJ gi actually has no formal meaning (unlike belt color), so you can get whichever you like. BUT, some gis only allow white gis, and most tournaments only allow white, blue and black gis.
Also read: What color bjj gi should I get?
How do I know my gi size?
You know your BJJ gi size because you read the gi size chart of the gi you’re going to buy. It’s important to read exactly that chart, because the charts can differ a little bit across different gi brands and models. And if you want a general indication of your gi size you can use my gi size calculator.
Also read: The Complete BJJ Gi Size Guide | Gi Size Calculator & 3 Gi Size Charts
How should a BJJ gi fit?
A BJJ gi should fit comfortably. The sleeves and pants should be within 2 inches distance of your wrists and ankles. It should fit tight enough to not be baggy, but it shouldn’t impede your movement while you do jiu jitsu movements.
Also read: How Should a BJJ Gi Fit? (Guide) | Too Big or Small?
Can I use a Judo gi for BJJ?
Yes, you can use a judo gi for BJJ. But it’s not ideal, because judo gis are made different. They’re heavier and more loose fitting, which is great for standup but worse for on the ground.
Also read: BJJ Gi Vs Judo Gi | 6 Secret Differences To Love
Can I use a karate gi for BJJ?
No, you can’t use a karate gi for BJJ. Karate gis are too thin for grappling sports (as they should be because in Karate you have to be as fast as possible). You need a real BJJ gi for BJJ.
Also read: BJJ Gi Vs Karate Gi | 7 Secret Differences To Love
What do you wear under a gi?
You can wear a T-shirt or rash guard under your gi, or you can choose to wear nothing under your gi. Some tournaments actually require that you don’t wear anything under your gi.
How long does a BJj gi last?
A BJJ lasts about 1 to 3 years, depending on its quality, how often you wear it and how you wash it. It lasts longer if you get a thicker or more premium gi and wash it on a low temperature and hang dry it.
Can a white belt wear a black gi?
Yes, a white belt can wear a black gi. The gi color actually doesn’t mean anything in BJJ, so it’s not like only black belts can wear black gis.
Can a white belt wear a blue gi?
Yes, a white belt can wear a blue gi in BJJ. BJJ doesn’t attach any meaning to the color of the gi, only to the color of the belt.
Do I need to buy my own gi for BJJ?
Yes, eventually you need to buy your own gi for BJJ. But if you’re just taking a trial class you can usually borrow a gi at the academy, or train for once in normal sports clothes.
How many BJJ gis should I own?
You should own 1, 2 or 3 gis depending on how often you train and your climate. If you train multiple days in a row you need more than 1 gi because you need time to wash your gi in between classes. And if you live in a cold climate it takes more than 1 day to hang dry your gi, so then you need 3 gis or more.