PEELGI Octopus Belt 2.0
Design might be "too much" for some
PeelGi is a company from France that is innovating the BJJ “fashion” market with great shirt designs, fantastic rash guards, shorts, patches and now belts. Their style is very Japanese/Chinese traditional and dense. I really like how they tie together the old Japanese and Chinese styles with modern approaches like ribbons and shapes.
We will be reviewing their second edition of the Octopus Belt. This is for sure one of most innovative ideas I’ve seen in this industry. Not only are they embroidering the belt but they are doing it with shapes, pattens and contrasting colors.
Design / Style
The PeelGi Octopus Belt has a lot of details. It’s kinda like a complex art piece. We are going to review the purple one. Every color will have different contrasting color stitching so make sure to check out their website. On this belt the stitching is done in green and it looks amazing. From a distance you can’t tell the color difference.
The Octopus embroidery design is in a lighter tone of green and a salmon pink. The contrasting effect is great. I couldn’t choose a better color combination myself. I also really like the tentacles and sea weave pattern.
The PeelGi black and silver tag is also different than anything I’ve seen before: It’s much, much longer and a “regular” one.
A couple of things I found that I’m not a big fan:
The embroidery on the back is visible which makes it look unfinished because there are stitches and threads all over. When I had my black belt made with Kusakura they offered me an embroidery like this or they would open the belt, embroider the design and then close it. This way the back of the embroidery would be inside the belt. It’s a lot of work and more expensive, but it sure looks great. I wish this was the case on the PellGi Octopus.
Also the grading bar is solid (no stitching rows like the Scramble belt) which is great and looks cool, however I think it’s too small. It becomes visually smaller when you compare it with the huge black PeelGi tag on the other end of the belt.
Finally, when you tie your belt (I use two knots: the regular and the Judo traditional) you always end up showing the back of the belt on one of the ends. The embroidery should have been done on the same side for both ends.
The PeelGi Octopus Belt is super comfortable. It feels a lot like a Ctrl Belt. It will break in nicely and the knot will stay tied longer after a couple of washes. It is 4.5cm wide which makes it one of the widest belt we have reviewed, but I like it since it works perfectly with the thickness.
This belt feels like a premium one, and it’s probably one of the best belts I’ve ever have.
I suggest that you check PeelGi belt size measurements before buying the belt. You will want to buy at least a size bigger, or you’ll end up with pointy end and your knot will be very close to the embroidery design and tag.
PeelGi Length chart:
A1 – 270cm
A2 – 285cm
A3 – 300cm
A4 – 315cm
This belt retails for €25.00 (~$32). You can get it at PeelGi’s website but hurry because they sell out quickly. This is the Version 2.0 of the Octopus belt and they sold out of some colors in a matter of days.
I believe this is a “Love it or Hate it” kinda product. I still don’t have a full opinion on it to be honest. I love how cool it looks and the quality; I just don’t know if I’m cool enough to wear it. Also, be prepared to have everyone in your academy asking you about it. What I’m really happy about is how PeelGi is trying something new. They are pioneering on this and are definitely off to a great start. I can’t wait to see what’s next from them. Maybe an Ocuptus gi? Fingers crossed.
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