17.3.14

BJJ Gi Review: MKIII by Predator - Black Eagle. The new design


http://www.black-eagle.co.uk/predatormk3competitionbjjgiblue-p-3518.html

Gi Review: MKIII by Black Eagle. The new design
Disclaimer: The Part Time Grappler is sponsored by Black Eagle & Predator Fightwear. Having said that, this did not affect the objectivity of my review for the simple reason that Black Eagle ASKED for a review. They wanted to know what was good and what they could do even better.

Short BJJ gi review: This is a very good competition gi. It's sparsely decorated, even less than before, which allows addition of team and club patches without it becoming too much of the good thing. The gi jacket has been re-designed to offer a wider skirt (for loopin chokes) but maintained the nice collar and sleeves. The gi pants are still ripstop and uber-light. The gi feels very soft and nice to roll in. Take it to a comp and you won't regret it. It is currently priced at £94.99 (approx. $158 or€114) for the blue and £84.99 for the white model on 


More detailed gi review

The lapel is very nice. It's thick, but not too thick. It's rubbery, but not too rubbery. It's one of the best things about the gi.


Also check out these reinforcements. I'm sure other brands do them too, but for a clumsy, slightly heavier grappler like me, they are brilliant. I also roll with big guys so when and if they go for a Brabo grip and yank, I'm not worried they'll tear the gi.



The material is the same as the previous generation Predator and I'm happy they stuck with it because it's awesome. It's very soft even after several washes and Black Eagle maintain that their gis shouldn't shrink, ever!

The pants are very nice. Very light and very resilient but roomy for my big thighs and fat behind. What you expect from a competition gi with rip-stop pants. The whole gi is very light and very resilient. As I said above, this is a good gi.

The BJJ gi market today is full of high quality products, but also a lot of shit. Even within the great brands, you will have to think about your own needs and wants. I prefer a lighter, resilient model that allows me to add my own designs without it becoming too much.

If, however, you want an already blinged up gi with canvas pants and contrast stitching, the Predator MKIII is not for you.




Measurement chart:

Out of the bag:

Wing Span : 159 cm (62 1/2 inch)
Wrist Cuff: 16 cm (6.5 inch)
Jacket Length: 77 cm (30 inch)
Jacket Width: 69 cm (23 inch)

Waist Width: 56 cm (22 inch)
Outside Leg Measurement: 100 cm (39 1/2 inch)
Inside LM: 73 cm (28 1/2 inch)
Ankle Cuff: 24 cm (9 1/2 inch)

Weight: 1.5kg!

After 5 washes at 40 degrees: same measurements. Zero shrinkage!


Here is the official word on the gi from Black Eagle:


Premium Competition grade Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Uniform, and this is the 3rd incarnation of our popular BJJ uniform.

Predator Competition BJJ Gi in Royal Blue

The Predator range of BJJ gi has proven itself at the highest level. Cut to the limits of IBJJF rules, our Predator offers competitors significant benefits in reducing unnecessary advantages for opponents.

Completely IBJJF legal.

Jacket is made from 450 gram Pearl Weave, pre-shrunk, and with all usual re-enforcements. Trousers are RipStop, with rope style drawstring.

Embroidery only to shoudler and upper arms, for a clean looking gi!

Available in sizes A1 to A4

Belt not included!


SIZE INFO

5'1"-5'5" 110-140lbs (A1)
5'5"-5'9" 140-170lbs (A2), However, I'm 5'10" and weigh over 187lb and the A2 fits me perfectly.
5'9"-6'1" 170-200lbs (A3)
6'0"-6'4" 200-250lbs (A4)



I'd like to thank the Black Eagle team for sending me the new gi to review. Keep up the great work.

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ZHOO ZHITSU IS FOR EVERYONE!

Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi

Proudly sponsored by Predator Fightwear: Built for the kill and Brutal TShirt: Made By Grapplers For Fighters


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