I recently came across Vandal Kimonos and I was really impressed with their gear. They are based out of Hawaii and make a lot of really cool BJJ gear. I reached out to them to review some products and they told me about a great product for a great cause. The Groundwork Project is a Gi and also a great project to help underprivileged kids learn Jiu Jitsu. The Jiu Jitsu Groundwork Project was started in 2014 and currently helps kids in Hawaii, which Vandal Kimonos would like to expand to help children worldwide. I think this is an excellent cause and they donate 50% of merchandise sales to the project which they also accept donations directly. One of the things I like about Vandal Kimonos is their extensive size chart. They have additional fitted, long, and Husky sizes to accommodate athletes of all sizes. This was a pleasant surprise for me because I typically have trouble finding the right size Gi being 6’3″ and 150lbs. Its either way too short or too baggy, but I was very excited when looking at the Vandal size chart.
Vandal Kimono Review
When I first opened the packaging I noticed the Gi comes in a pretty cool Gi bag. The bag has a cool design with the VK logo and the iRoll Groundwork project, it also features a small zipper pocket you can use for a mouth guard. When I first put the on the Gi I was immediately impressed by the fit. It fit better than any other Gi I have worn in any martial art before. The jacket is a 450gsm Pearl Weave cut and the pants are 12oz. I really like the black and green design, and the inside of the jacket looks sick. The EVA foam collar is very nice, and the jacket itself is very comfortable. The Gi has a very solid construction and is triple stitched at all of the major stress points.
It is usually hardest for me to find a pair of Gi pants that fit well without being a little bit baggy. The Vandal Kimono Gi pants fit exactly how I think Gi pants should fit. They are very comfortable and have a great length. The pants are held up by a an 8 loop tie system and the pants don’t bunch up at the waist. Some of the loops are thicker than normal which really helps hold the pants up better. The canvas pants are about 12oz and have a nice long knee pad area.
The iRoll Groundwork Project Gi sells for around $169 and 50% of the money goes to the project. You can also donate money directly to support the cause. This isn’t a bad price for this Gi, I really like the quality and design of this Gi. I think the excellent fit alone is worth the price tag. If you are looking for a unique Gi to add to your collection or you want to help support a cause that helps underprivileged kids learn Jiu Jitsu, this is the Gi for you. Check out some of the other excellent products Vandal Kimonos makes.
Vandal Kimono Size Chart
Like I said, I really like the various sizes provided by Vandal Kimonos. They offer additional sizes to accommodate all practitioners. Sometimes when the general sizes are your only option it can be hard to find something that fits well. I can’t tell you how much easier it is to roll with a Gi that fits correctly. If you are looking for something to fit a unique body type you can follow the size chart to find what you need. Usually the longer the gi the wider it is, but thats not always the case with people.
Here is the size chart from Vandal Kimonos website:
NORMAL SIZES HAVE A ATHLETIC (FITTED) CUT
(L) LONG SIZES ARE SLIGHTLY LONGER FOR LANKY ATHLETES
(F) FITTED SIZES ARE EXTRA SLIM FOR SLIMER ATHLETES AND WOMEN
(H) HUSKY SIZES ARE LOOSER FITTING FOR HUSKY ATHLETES
|M0||3’0″ – 3’8″||35 – 45|
|M1||3’9″ – 4’4″||45 – 60|
|M2||3’10” – 4’6″||60 – 70|
|M3||4’6″ – 4’11”||70 – 85|
|A00||4’8″ – 5’0″||70 – 110|
|A0||5’0″ – 5’4″||110 – 140|
|A1||5’4″ – 5’8″||140 – 170|
|A1H||5’4″ – 5’8″||185 – 215|
|A1L||5’6″ – 5’11”||135 – 165|
|A2||5’8″ – 6’0″||165 – 195|
|A2H||5’8″ – 6’0″||220 – 250|
|A2L||6’0″ – 6’3″||165 – 200|
|A3||5’11” – 6’3″||195 – 240|
|A3H||5’11” – 6’3″||250- 275|
|A3L||6’2″- 6’5″||195 – 220|
|A4||6’2″ – 6’5″||240 – 270|
|A4H||6’0″ – 6’4″||270 – 350|
|A5||6’5″ – 6’8″||270 – 350|
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