I bought the Honey Badger Gi about two months ago from Tatami Fightwear. Before I bought it I was wearing an old Judo Gi, which wasn’t especially appropriate for BJJ because the sleeves were the wrong size, and the jacket was too large. It was okay for just training in, but if I wanted to go to competition, it probably wouldn’t have flown. Either way, I decided to treat myself to snazzy, BJJ-specific Gi.
Originally I wanted the Phoenix Gi, but Tatami were out of stock in my size, so I decided to plump for the slightly more expensive Honey Badger Gi (it was £105 inc. shipping). I chose it mostly because I thought the artwork by Meerkatsu was really cool (it’s two snakes entwining a snarling honey badger – hence the name). I like the style of the Gi with the white stitching on the black cloth, and the material seems very strong and versatile. So far it’s been washed several times and I’ve seen no evidence of dye running (even when I’ve washed it with other items!) or of fading. I’ll have to see how it holds up over the next year or so in terms of holding it’s colour.
There were no custom options with this gi – black cloth and white stitching is the only colour it comes in, and the sizes were fairly limited when I went to buy it. I am quite a small person (5″3’/53kg) and I had to buy the second to largest size according to the size chart which seems a little odd to me! Having said that about the customisation options, the style and the artwork go really well together, so it doesn’t need to have many custom options when it comes to design.
In terms of being competition ready, however, there is a problem. Being new to BJJ I hadn’t read the IBJJF rules from top to toe when I bought this gi – I didn’t realise about their restrictions on colour and on style. They do not allow jackets where the collar is a different colour to the rest of the jacket. This, however, only seems to be a problem for IBJJF as I have messaged the organiser of another competition in which I am competing in the gi and they seem to be perfectly fine with the different colours. The other thing that is worth mentioning is that the gi is fairly weighty. I’ve taken it on holiday with me and it does take up quite a lot of space in the suitcase, and when it’s weight (with sweat – ew!) it weighs rather a lot. Having said that, Tatami now does a range of travel gi’s which are a lot more lightweight if you know you’re going to be travelling with your gi.
At A Glance: Each is rated out of 5, with 5 being excellent and 1 being poor
Price: ♦ ♦
Style: ♦ ♦ ♦
Choice/Custom/Size Options: ♦
Artwork: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Competition Ready: ♦ ♦
Durability: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Until next time,