Mata Leon Kimonos really made a breakthrough this year with their great TV BJJ commercial which was a worldwide hit with over 314,000 views on youtube. We had previously reviewed their first Gi “The Gentleman” and loved it. Mata Leon are the sponsors of Turkish BJJ/ MMA fighter Ertan Balaban. I was contacted by Emre, the owner of Mata Leon, and they sent their new model: the Rudeboy gi. For the moment they offer 2 kimono models, white and blue. Emre sent me the blue “Rudeboy” model. It took about 5 days to arrive from Turkey to Serbia where I live. The first impression that I had when looking and feeling the gi was that this was different from the previous model. This gi has a lot of great details and features which most gis don’t have. It feels slightly heavier than the ultra light gentleman gi, and the material is top notch. The blue color was a great quality royal blue. It really is a beautiful gi to look at.
Here are the specs:
550GSM Pearl Weave Jacket
11Oz Twill Pants
Light Grey Stitching
Light Grey Cords
Embroidered Logo on Shoulders
Embroidered “Rude Boy” Logo
Light Grey Inside Tapeing
Fully IBJJF legal
Weight for the A3: 1,9 kgs
Sizing and shrinking:
I’m 1m85, 86 kilos so I ordered the A3 size. When the gi arrived and I tried it on it was almost at the right size so I washed it cold (30 degrees) to keep it at that size. Shrinkage is minimal if you follow the directions. After about 5 weeks of training everyday in the gi, it hasn’t shrank and perfectly fits me as you can see on the photo.
Material and durability:
The jacket is made from high quality cotton. It feels really durable and you can see that it will last a very long time. The lapel is quite thick.
Pants are strong twill fabric with reinforced knees, which makes them perfect for everyday training.
This gi is loaded with reinforcements at the key stress areas.
This is the strong point of this gi: it looks great. The blue and grey lining looks very classy. The Mata Leon letters letters on the shoulders reminds me of Atama Mundial model. Looks great.
Feeling when rolling:
Training: I wore the kimono every day for 5 weeks. The weight at 1,9 kilos is perfect. It’s like a perfect compromise between a light and strong gi. It is very comfortable to roll in. It’s great for everyday rolling and also practical for competitions. The cool details like the inside collar or the rude boy logo are the extra plus points on this gi.
The rudeboy gi retails at around 129 euros which places it in the mid price range for gis. It is a great quality mid weight gi with durable pants and a cool design.