There’s almost something magical about going to karate class and putting on your uniform and belt. When I don my gi I feel like a different person, someone better and stronger than when I’m not wearing it. My super suit of choice is the Pro Force 14 oz Ultra Heavyweight gi. I have tried light weight uniforms before, but they were never to my liking. There is just something about kicking and punching and hearing the snap of the gi that just makes me want to stop and smile.
The Pro Force 14 oz Ultra Heavyweight gi is really like a suit of armor. It is made from 100% brushed cotton canvas. It is cut over sized and has reinforced stitching at the stress points. The jacket and pants feature 6 rows of stitching along the hems. This uniform set includes the jacket and traditional drawstring pants and comes in either black or white. Unfortunately there is not belt included in this set. The Pro Force gi is available for sale at Asian World of Martial Arts for $99.95 (plus shipping). For the price you pay you are getting a good quality gi. It is not the top of the line one, as there are more expensive uniforms on the market, but it is definitely a high end model. If you want this gi, but can’t afford the high price that Asian World is selling it for then you should check out Kinji San at www.kinjisan.com. They are selling this exact same gi for $77.95 (plus shipping). I have purchased the Pro Force Ultra Heavyweight gi from Kinji San and had a very positive experience shopping with them. This wasn’t some knock off or replica. It was the same uniform that Asian World was offering, just at a lower cost.
As with anything you buy there are going to be good parts and bad ones. Fortunately with the Pro Force 14 oz gi there are more positives than negatives. My favorite features on this uniform are the extra stitching on the cuffs of the pants, they way the pants fit, and how there isn’t a lot of extra material around the midsection. I also like that the jacket ties are slim as opposed to the big bulky ones that some gi’s have and make it hard to tie. The pants aren’t too form fitting or too baggy. There is enough room to move around, but they aren’t baggy in the crotch or butt area. I’ve had karate uniforms that are baggy in the pants and in the torso area and it makes it hart to train. This uniform wasn’t like those, it was very comfortable to wear.
There are a couple of con’s that I’ve noticed in the course of using this uniform. My only experience with this gi is with the black one and it is real disappointing to see it start to fade. All of the one’s I have used start to fade around 6-8 months of use. Some fade worse than others, but you would think they could figure out a way to make the color last longer. My second problem with this uniform is the fact that the jacket is just a bit too short. When I wear mine the jacket doesn’t make it down far enough to cover my butt. That might not be a big deal to some, but most female martial artists don’t want to feel like their butt is hanging out for everyone to see. My final complaint with this uniform is that when you wear it regularly you stink stays on the gi. I wash my uniform regularly and I’ve tried to was it with vinegar, but no matter what the smell always comes back. Those are just a few things I wish that could be changed about this gi.
I would recommend this gi to anyone looking for a durable uniform that will last a good while. If your purchase a white uniform then you won’t have to worry about fading so your uniform should last longer. When you order make sure you check out the sizing chart. I am 5’7″ and 155 pounds and I war a size 4 uniform. The specs for a size 4 are up to 5’11 and 185 pounds. When you order keep in mind that they are 100% cotton and will shrink. If you are interested in the Pro Force 14 oz Ultra Heavyweight gi you can get it at www.awma.com or www.kinjisan.com.
Sources: www.awma.com, www.kinjisan.com