Our new “FLY LIGHT” gi is releasing next Friday, September 9th! Here’s everything you need to know about how it fits and how to take care of it to ensure it looks and feels great for a LONG time!
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. Also to ease your mind we do provide FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS/EXCHANGES (US orders) on all unworn/unwashed gis within 90 days of purchase. So if it doesn’t fit, no worries, just message us, and we’ll take care of you. And you’re not out a dime. Easy Peasy!
When you receive your gi, try it on to see how it fits. If either the jacket or pants are more than 3” longer than you want them to be, 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. Wash it separately the first few times, and then with like colors after that. The blue dye will bleed a little at first, so don’t risk turning your sparkling white “Northern Lights” gi to a light shade of baby blue. There are mixed opinions on doing a vinegar soak prior to washing your gi for the first time to help with the bleeding and retain the color. We tried it though with multiple sizes and noticed that it did help some.
We always suggest washing your gi in cold water, low/medium spin, and low/normal soil level, and then air drying. 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.
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 jacket is the same 420 gsm Pearl Weave material as our “Northern Lights” gi, and the pants are 10 oz ripstop—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 as one may shrink faster than the other. 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. It still didn’t shrink at all. We’ve had several people testing the gi for several weeks, and they’ve said that it hasn’t shrank noticeably. So again if it’s pretty big on you when you try it on, you might consider switching it for a smaller size.
For any other questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be posting more details over the next few days about the release on September 9th. We’ve got some special things planned for our newsletter followers, so be sure to sign up if you haven’t yet. Until then check out our Lookbook for some cool photos to tide you over.
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