Combat Skin Samurai in Combat
Peal Weave Jacket
I recommend this gi if this is not your first one and you have a good rotation already.
Huge back embroidery
Good gi bag
Inside Rashguard on jacket
Pearl Weave reinforced knee area and gusset are on the pants
Maybe more color options? This gi would look amazing in white
I wish the price would be cheaper (even though is a fair one)
Combat Skin is not the oldest brand around but they have a wide variety of products, and I really like their designs. Today, we are going to review the Combat Skin Samurai in Combat Gi. With embroidery work on the gi (and on the bag) my first impression of this gi couldn’t be better. I almost didn’t want to wear it because it is such an amazing piece. Check out my thoughts on it:
Design / Style
The Combat Skin Samurai in Combat have several details that will put this gi in a special category. This is not your normal everyday day gi because it is really nice. I would put this gi in the same category as the Enzo Nippon, Ronin Imperial and some of the special Shoyoroll models like Rio and 7th Son.
When you first get the gi you’ll instantly notice the quality and design are the gi’s strongests points. The Samurai in Combat comes in a unique fabric square bag that zips up closing it completely. This is a first and I really like it. When you open the bag up, the gi itself comes in a “regular” gi bag which has beautiful embroidery on the front. The image is of a full armored samurai applying an arm bar to another one. The embroidery on a gi bag is also a first. Some gis don’t even come with a bag! Also, the place where the cord goes through, on the bag, is heavily reinforced with a leather material. Easily, one of the best looking gi bags out there. You do not have to pay extra for the bag; it comes all together.
For the gi itself: Embroidery is EVERYWHERE! Two samurai helmets and the COMBAT SKIN logo are embroidered on the side shoulders. Another logo of the brand is on the bottom left side of the jacket, and on the back is the image of the two samurais. The image is 19 inches tall, and it’s beautiful. I’ve never seen an embroidery work this big on a gi. The details are impressive and the embroidery quality is one of the best I’ve seen. If you don’t like the embroidery on the back then it is no problem, at Combat Skin’s website you can order it without. It’s always nice to have option.
To complete the whole piece, the inside of the jacket is covered with a rash guard material featuring more art with two other samurais. The material goes up to the shoulders which makes the inside sleeves uncovered. We already reviewed other gis with that feature, and I still don’t know if I like it! I’ll explain: in my experience the material doesn’t make the jacket feel warmer, nor does it get in your way. However, it does make it more vulnerable to tears and rips, and I honestly don’t get much benefit from it because I always train wearing a rash guard. One thing is for sure: It does make the gi look AWESOME. Especially in this case, where there is embroidery work on the back and the rashguard on the inside which makes the jacket look like a solid, unique art piece. I almost don’t want to wear it because it’s so nice and beautiful.
The color of the Combat Skin Samurai in Combat is a navy dark purple-ish blue with red contrasting stitches. It reminds me a lot of Dynasty’s Raging Demon that we recently reviewed.
For the pants: Ripstop material, reinforced Pearl Weave gusset, rope drawstring and Pearl Weave knee reinforcements. The knee reinforcement area extends all the way to the end and is cut at an angle for better movement. What else could you ask for? Well, there’s more: The loops for the drawstring are long and designed to distribute the strength of the drawstring making it more uniformed. This way you get to keep your pants in place for a longer period of time, and it’s more comfortable than having 4 – 6 points where the drawstring is being held. I love this design, and it works.
For the official specs:
- 450 GSM lightweight pearl weave
- One piece jacket with no back seam
- EVA foam collar
- All outside artwork 100% embroidered
- Inside artwork sublimated on light rash guard lining for maximum comfort while not increasing weight
- Heavy reinforced seams at pressure areas such as the underarms, vents and crotch
- Seam tape lining used to ensure durability and comfort
- 12 oz canvas cotton (rip stop)
- Rope drawstring
- Full width drawstring loops keeping drawstrings in place for maximum comfort
- Cowboy style knee pads for better movement (diagonal across pants)
Fit / Comfort
The Combat Skin Samurai in Combat is not perfect. The seam tape on the sleeve cuffs and the pants are scratchy. This is a common problem, unfortunately. The scratchiness didn’t go away after several washes and I’m tempted to undo the stitches to get rid of it completely. I’ve done this before, on the VHTS Galaxy and had no problems.
Another issue I had with this gi is the cut of the pants, which is a little too baggy. I’m 5’7″ and weigh 175; I got a size A2. The pants go all the way to floor and that is far from ideal. This seems to happen to me a lot, so it might be because of my body build. So, consider getting your size in The Combat Skin Samurai in Combat since the shrinkage is also not a problem.
I have already told you that this gi looks amazing. The embroidery is fantastic and the navy blue color with the dark red contrast stitching is super nice. It is very unique, because after a couple of washes the blue becomes a little lighter and I love the effect it gives. Another good looking aspect are the colors of the embroidery; they match perfectly with each other. The blue dragon, found on the back with the samurais, looks really cool giving the impression that it “pops” off the gi. It is fantastic design work; I am so impressed.
The Combat Skin Samurai in Combat retails for $165. It’s not the cheapest gi around. However, it is probably one of the best and most beautiful gis you can get. The navy color is unique, the embroidery on the back is certain to draw attention and the high quality gi bag is a nice bonus. We can’t forget about the pants, the great design with the diagonal reinforced knee area, the full width drawstring loop and the Pearl Weave reinforcement on the gusset and the inside knee area. Considering all of that, this is actually a very good price for what you’re getting. I wouldn’t recommend this to be your first gi, but if you’re looking for something special I strongly suggest you check out the Combat Skin Samurai in Combat. This gi is available now at Combat Skin’s website.