Super Light Travel Gi
Rip Stop (jacket and pants)
Hard on the grips
Gets soak easily
Not a fit cut
I have seen and heard about the Globetrotters brand before, but I had no idea it is way more than a brand. They are almost like a BJJ team and I really like what they stand for: no more BJJ politics. I’ll briefly try to explain but make sure you check their webpage out for more info. Christian Graugart is a BJJ black belt who is from Denmark. He decided to travel around the world and visit different BJJ academies and train. He then noticed the ugly and sick politics that some affiliations have like: “You shouldn’t train on another academy,” “You can’t train with someone that is a (insert belt color),” “This training is exclusive to our members” or “Don’t ever show this technique.” The list goes on and on. So he decided to create a team that is against teams and called it BJJ Globetrotters.
There are no affiliation fees, no patch wearing requirements and you can represent your team on any competition. Those are just a few of the mission statements on the BJJ Globetrotters. They are more like a statement than anything. It’s a way for you to show that you love BJJ and want to spread the art to as many people as possible. It’s a way to make new friends and connections through the art of Jiu-Jitsu and that you are free to enjoy and learn the way it best pleases and suits you.
As you probably noticed, I’m now a big fan of what they stand for and strongly suggest you check their webpage out for more info.
Now for the review:
We are going to review the Globetrotters Blue super light travel gi which is a full ripstop jacket and pants. This gi is designed to be light and comfortable. Since, it dries in a short amount of time you can pack it in your bag and visit different academies on your next trip. Now, you do not need to worry about carrying your double weave super heavy gi.
I’ll also keep this one in my car when I’m home. As my old teacher would always recommend to me: “always have a gi, a belt and change of clothes in your trunk, you never know when you’ll have an opportunity to train.” He would ask me every time I was going out of town, “you are taking your gi, right?”
With a nice concept and interesting design, the Globetrotters Super Light travel gi retails for $149 and it’s available at Globetrotters’ website.
STYLE / DESIGN
I’ve got the Blue version of the Globetrotters Super Light Travel Gi. A gray one is also available. The blue is darker than the pictures they have on their website. All stitching is the same color of the gi.
The details are all white and the design is plain. They have incorporated the “travel” theme on the gi by having an embroidered airplane on the top back, multicolor ocean waves embroidered on the whole bottom part of the back and white birds flying on the inside of the right side of the lapel (silkscreened).
There’s only one Globetrotters embroidered logo on one of the shoulders and a big patch on the right side of the bottom lapel.
The seams on the inside and the sleeves are covered with a black Globetrotters tape which is not scratchy and the stitching is good.
Overall, this is a very minimalistic design and makes this gi perfect for you to walk in any academy and be accepted. I can’t say the same for the grey since some places, like the one I train at, only accept white, blue or black gi.
The jacket and pants are made of ripstop material. I really like ripstop pants and this is the first ripstop jacket I’ve tried. The quality of both is excellent. I’m not sure if they designed this gi to be worn just when you travel, but I have worn it several times for single and double classes. The only issue I have had is with some stitching lines that came out of the embroidery of the ocean waves on the back.
Everything else still looks new which is great. I believe this gi is going to last a very long time, and if you get it to be your travel gi only, it will probably last you forever.
The cut of this gi is very square and basic and it does the job. I noticed minimum shrinkage (less than 2%) and this gi weighs only 1.213 grams. That makes the Globetrotters Super Light the lightest gi we’ve reviewed here by far.
The ripstop material of the Globetrotters Super Light on the jacket takes a little time to get used to. However, I only encountered two problems: one of mine and one from my partners.
My problem with the gi is that after a regular bout of training on a winter day in California the gi jacket was soaking wet. It’s not a big deal, but you definitely notice toward the end of class. I usually don’t have that problem with regular cotton jackets.
The other little detail is several of my partners did not like how the grip on the sleeve felt. They complained mainly about how hard it is to get a grip.
Besides those two details, I really liked the cut and how light the gi feels.
WRAP-UP / PRICE
The price of the Globetrotters Super light travel gi is $150. Is it worth it? I have to say it depends. IMO, I don’t think this should be your main gi. I don’t believe it was designed for this. However, if you want the lightest gi and are planning on using it when you travel to save on space, this is an amazing offer. I don’t travel much, but I’m leaving this one, with an extra belt, in my trunk just in case.
The Globetrotters Super light travel gi is available now at Globetrotters’ website. While you are there take a look at their videos and their history; you might want to consider joining in and getting one of their cool patches.