Size: A2 (Current stats are 5’7” 215lbs 35” waist.)
Weight: 3lbs 9.5oz
Over the past few months, Ronin Brand has emerged as one of the competing go-to brands with their great gis and their competitive prices. This is my third Ronin Brand review and while it’s not their cheapest gi, I was still excited to see what Ronin Brand brought to the table in terms of creativity when they announced that they were going to go a less traditional route in terms of design. The Ronin Brand Samurai makes for the loudest of the Ronin Brand line up with unique embroidered writing throughout the gi, an updated logo contrast stitching, and a silk screen printed samurai inside the jacket. A large patch is also provided for those who wish to have that same samurai on the back of the gi, which I opted to leave off. You will notice that I compare this gi to the Black Eagle Predator a few times in this review and have illustrated comparisons with images below.
Initial Inspection: The first thing that you will notice when you receive a new gi, is that awful chemical smell. My initial assumption was that it is the treatment they spray clothing with to keep the material crisp and the colors vibrant is what causes this smell, being that the entire gi smelled like it, however after a few washes I pinpointed it to the drawstring. The rest of the gi is free of the smell, but the drawstring still emits the odor ever so slightly and fades with each wash. Some gis smell worse than others, this one definitely being one of the worst out of the bag.
Getting past that, the large embroidery on the chest is fantastic. It’s the best embroidery on any gi I have ever seen. It’s sharp and detailed. The same embroidery with an added kanji is on the rear skirt. Smaller, less detailed versions of the front embroidery are located under the updated moon crest logo on both sleeves and on the left pant leg. The smaller embroidery of both the moon crest and the word “Ronin” is not as accurate as the larger embroidery. The contrast stitching is something that companies are going with lately, and while it gives a nice look, you can also see whatever mistakes were made in the stitching. This gi is not without flaw in the contrast stitching. There are a few dropped stitches in the pants, and it is doubled up in a couple spots. The contrasted belt loops, skirt openings and pant waist openings are a nice touch. The material of both the jacket and pants are thinner than the other Ronin Brand gis, making this what I would consider their summer gi.
Bottom Line: The Ronin Brand Samurai gi is a fantastic option for a summer gi but will stay with me even after the summer months end. This is Ronin Brand’s most expensive option in their lineup at $140, also marking this as their first blinged out gi that they have available, with the excellent and large embroidery and the inclusion of contrast stitching. If you are a larger person, be weary of the fact that the pants are cut much slimmer in the seat and thigh area, which may force you to buy a size larger.