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Killer Bee BJJ Kimonos offers the consumer the ability to build a gi that fits them and looks exactly the way they want. For the most part submitting your request is an easy process but there are several facts that you need to be aware of when ordering a custom gi. This page serves to assist you during the ordering process.
First lets begin with discussing the different packages we offer.
1. KillerBeeGi Custom Gi Package: This is our flag ship custom gi that gives you many custom options for a beautiful gi at a fair price and in a resonable amount of time, about 30-60 days from order date. You are able to modify the size dimensions for total sleeve length, gi top height as measured from base of collar to skirt end, and also total pant length.
2. Custom Special Edition Gi: You can opt to have one of our new line of Special Edition gi’s modified to the sizing of your choice. We also offer limited stitching color choices.
Next we will discuss the different materials used to make the pants and gi tops.
Gi Top Fabric:
1. Scutellata Weave: This is your standard medium weight gold weave. About 550 GSM. It is softer when compared to the Ligustica weave but also retains more sweat while rolling. It is considered the most durable although all weaves we have are very durable. If you choose this fabric the shrinkage rate is more. About 3-6%. So add 3-6% to the desired measurement you want. For example: Desired measurement: 70 Inches would equal (70* 1.03) = 72.00. The number 72 would be the value you enter so after washing an drying it will be ABOUT that much.
2. Ligustica Weave: This is also a medium weight gi. About 525 GSM. It is our Carioca Weave/Double Pearl. It is only slightly lighter in weight when compared to the Scutellata Weave but holds less sweat when rolling, “feeling” lighter in weight because of it. It is not as soft though as the Scutellata Weave. This weave does not shrink as much. Maybe 3-5 Estimate.
3. Meliponini Weave: This is our basic Single Weave material. Lightest in weight, the softest of all the fabrics, and very breathable. Within BJJ circles Single weave is not considered the strongest of the weaves although we have not had ANY issues with ours. This weave does not shrink as much. Maybe 3-5%.
4. Anatolica Weave: This is our new lite weight material. About 350 GSM. Strong and durable. This weave does not shrink as much. Maybe 3-5%.
All of our gi tops are constructed the same way. Even our beginners gi, the Meliponini, has all of the same construction attributes as our more premium lines.
Gi Pant Fabric:
1. Heavy Duty Fabric: This is our most durable, canvas like fabric, used for our gi pants. It is heavy but is much more abrasion resistant than our RipStop gi pants. Feels heavy when sweaty. This is a 12 oz. weight fabric. 3-5% shrinkage estimate.
2. RipStop Fabric: This is probably our most comfortable gi material fabric. It is lightweight and very breathable. If you buy white make a note not to wear darker underwear, as everyone else will know. The name is rather a misnomer. It is more prone to ripping than our other fabrics and the least abrasion resistant. We do use a heavier 10 oz. weight fabric. Estimate 4-6% shrinkage.
3. Drill Cotton Fabric: This is our most comfortable pants. IMO. Soft material, abrasion resistant, and still breathable. We use a 9 oz. weight fabric. 5-7% shrinkage estimate
All of our gi’s are made of 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that shrinks when washed and dried. Cotton also is an unstable fabric that shrinks and expands in relation to humidity. Please note the estimated shrinkage rates and calculate that into your measurements if needed.
Sleeve To Sleeve Measurement: You will need help to do this if you do not have an existing gi to use for reference. Have your arms extended out like an airplane.
Now have someone measure from the knuckle of your left hand, across the back, to the same position on the other hand. See pics below.
If you already have a gi top that you like the fit of you can use that as well. Just remember to add 3% to your value if you buy a Scutellata Weave gi top or about 1% if you buy a Anatolica, Ligustica, or Meliponnini gi top weave. This is because the custom gi will need to shrink a bit to about the length of what you want it to be.
Jacket Height: This is a bit trickier.
Measure from the base of your neck right where the large vertebrae bone is (C7 Disc), down do a desired length near the area just below your buttock. You will have to decide what is reasonable for your torso height. See pics.
If you have an existing gi, then measure as follows. Measure from the base of the collar down to the end of the skirt. Add the appropriate measurement for shrinkage. 1% for Anatolica, Ligustica, or Meliponnini gi top weaves and 3% for Scutellata gi top weaves. This is because the custom gi will need to shrink a bit to about the length of what you want it to be.
Pant Height: Measure from where you wear your pants down to about 1-2 inches past your ankle bone. This will account for shrinkage. See pics.
If using an existing gi pant that you like the measurements for. Measure from the top of the pants all the way down to the cuff and add 3% to this measurement.
Look over everything and make sure it is as you want it.
If you would like to play around with the color options, go to the below link. It allows you to play around with color options.
Currently, wait times are about 20-60 days from date of order for our standard custom gi.