We're crazy excited to finally release our new 450 CALIBER gi out into the BJJ world! It will be available online at GroundFighter.Net this Friday, July 21. Here's everything you need to know about how it looks and fits, and how to take care of it to ensure it looks and fits great for a LONG time!
This is the first release of our new CALIBER competition series. Named for its high-quality construction and innovative features that elevate this kimono to a new level of excellence. You’ll battle to the best of your ability in this armor!
Adult sizes will be $115 and youth sizes $90, which includes FREE shipping and FREE exchanges on US orders. We do have some in between sizes, but don’t worry, we will also be offering mixed sizes as well. All 450 CALIBER gi purchases will earn DOUBLE Advantage Points during release weekend. Plus, our newsletter subscribers will get early access to the release on Thursday. So go sign up if you haven’t already because the first 5 orders will receive a FREE custom 450 CALIBER gift package!
We provide both actual measurements (pre-wash) and suggested fit ranges to help you understand the size information of our gis. Since every single body is uniquely different, the suggested fit range is only a suggestion, but it’s been pretty spot on for most people so far. Don’t worry if it doesn’t fit though, with FREE SHIPPING & FREE EXCHANGES (US orders) you’re not out a dime. Just message us, and we’ll take care of you.
When you receive your gi, try it on to see how it fits. If the jacket is more than 2” longer than you want or if the pants are more than 1” too long, we suggest exchanging it for a smaller size. This gi doesn’t shrink much unless you really try to—see below for more on shrinkage.
We recommend you wash your gi before rolling in it. We always suggest washing your gi in cold water, low/medium spin, and low/normal soil level, and then air drying to start. Never tumble dry your gi unless you want it to shrink, and even then do so VERY carefully. Washing your gi separately with as few chemicals as possible will ensure your gi lasts even longer. However, we often wash ours with vinegar and/or Oxiclean to reduce body odor, and have never had any issues. Avoid using bleach though because it may damage the fabric.
Sometimes shrinking your gi down can be tricky. For the least amount of shrinkage, wash it in cold and let it air dry. If you want to shrink your gi, take small steps at a time and pay careful attention. Here are some suggestions based on our experiences. The Pearl Weave jacket will shrink more and faster than the ripstop pants, though neither shrink near as much as other gis.
The first wash may shrink your gi anywhere from none at all to 1-2 centimeters. If after the first wash in cold water you still need to shrink it, you can wash it in warm and let it air dry again. If after that you still need to shrink it, by more than just a tad, you can wash it in warm water and tumble dry on low heat, but check it every few minutes so that it doesn’t shrink too much. Be sure you’re checking both the jacket and pants. Do not dry for long periods of time or on high heat as it could possibly damage the collar.
Here is an example for you. I am 5’6” and 125 lbs, and I wear an A0. I washed mine in cold water, medium spin, and normal soil level, and then let it air dry. Neither the jacket nor pants shrank at all. So the second time I washed it I washed it in warm water, medium spin and normal soil level, and then put it in the dryer on Perm Press for 15 minutes. The sleeves shrank about ½” and the pants about ¼”. Same process for the A2L, the sleeves shrank about 1” and the pants about ½”.
If you read all of that you are now both very informed and super excited. 😊 To tide you over until Friday, check out our LOOKBOOK for some cool photos.
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