Product Review: Redstar Long Sleeve, IBJJF Legal, Ranked Rashguards

I’ve wanted a RedStar gi for a while now.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.  I can’t seem to get myself to part with the money though.  The way I look at it, I have a few gis already, why do I need another?  I did however, feel that I needed a couple of ranked rash guards.  So I decided to give one of their newly produced, IBJJF legal, long sleeve, ranked rashguards a try.

Currently they’re on sale for $29.95.  The regular price is $59.95.  I thought the shipping was a little much at $10.95.  Add in sales tax, and now the price is $46.22 USD.  Still, a pretty good price.

The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the packaging, was that it is thicker than a lot of rashguards I own.  The stitching looked to be very good quality.  The usual RedStar logos are on it, making the colours pop.  It does have “Let’s Roll” on the right arm, which I think is a little cheesy, but not nearly as bad as some things I’ve seen.

The fit is fantastic.  I always order size large as I have a fairly large chest.  If I get medium (which would make the length much better), they always feel too tight.  Anyways, it is a little long for me, but I’m used to that.  And really, length isn’t a big issue as far as rashguards go.  I wore it under my gi last night.  It breathed quite well.  I sweat like a Mexican whore (no offence intended to any whores in Mexico.  I just assume that you sweat a lot because of the heat and a constant elevated heart rate), but the garment did quite well at wicking the sweat away.  My gi wasn’t as soaked as it usually is at the end of class. 

All in all, I’m very happy with the shirt.  It’s a good fit, quality made, and it looks damn good!  I’m looking forward to wearing it in competition so I can show it off. 🙂

Purple Rashguard Front
Purple Rashguard Front
White Rashguard Back
White Rashguard Back

Fuji Victory Gi Review

Gi Front

I have 2 of these gis. 1 blue and 1 white. They are both patched up but still seem a little visually bland to me (I know that’s not what’s important). I’ve had the blue for about 3 years and the white for just over a year. Neither are showing any signs of ware and I wash them after every use. They are very durable. The stitching is still 100%. No fraying at all.

Gi Back

The blue jacket has held its shape well and is very comfortable. The white jacket still seems stiff to me even after plenty of use and washing. As far as meeting IBJJF standards, it seems at some tournaments it easily passes and at others they warn me that it barely made it. Of course, we all know that the IBJJF is a little inconsistent at best. The only complaint that I have this gi is, because it’s so durable, I can’t justify spending any money on a new “cool” looking gi.