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These new Lucky Gi Bamboo Series Fleur de lis have a new type of fabric never really seen before in BJJ gis: Bamboo. They claim to be stronger, softer, very lightweight, and carry a 1 year warranty. That’s pretty cool because although many manufacturers will replace a gi if you call them, there really aren’t any written warranties out there, especially after you wash the gi.
The new gis also claim to be stronger than cotton and hemp and as soft as silk. They also may harbor less bacteria compared to their cotton counterparts. What I think is cool about these gis is that they are made from such a renewable resource. Since bamboo grows very fast and can be cut without killing the plant, it can renew itself very fast.
Like all Lucky gis, these are made to be just as high quality. The top is a 420gram Platinum weave, the same as the last generation of Lucky gis. The collar is made of foam and is very light and flexible. The pants weight 10 ounces and are a low cut fit. They are, however, an inch longer than the old gis and feel very soft.
The fleur-de-lis is an ancient symbol used on many European Coats of Arms for battle. Through different cultures the fleur-de-lis has been interpreted in its meaning in varying ways: purity, light, and as a symbol of courage. It is also known as the floral badge of war. This gi is lined in the ancient symbol to bring you luck. Really, the fleur (flower) just looks cool. It was popular throughout Europe and has varied meanings. It was seen a lot on the feudal battlefields of Europe and still looks pretty cool. Hopefully it brings you some luck!
A1 5’6” – 5”8
A2 5’8” – 5’11”
A3 5’11” – 6’1”
A4 6’1” – 6’5”
A5 6’5” – 6’10”
A6 6’10” – 7’0″
The benefits of the bamboo fabric in the new Lucky Gi:
Deodorizes – These Gis Never Stink
Bamboo actually kills germs and bacteria that accumulate in fabrics made of bamboo. This means that bamboo won’t harbor bacteria as much as cotton fabrics.
Warmer and Cooler?
Bamboo fibers expand when warm to let skin breathe, and contract when cool to trap heat close to the body.
High Quality Construction
These Lucky Gis are made with the same top quality sewing machines and the whole gi is triple an double stitched. The top and the pants have full reinforced gussets through out. The top is made of 520 Light weight True Platinum Weave™ fabric. This is the same weave as the last generation of Lucky Gis very smooth and soft on the inside and course on the outside. This gi is very light yet very strong due to the properties of the Bamboo fabric. The top still has a thick competition style collar, but this time it is made from UV True Temperature™ foam. This a very light and flexible foam. The whole gi fits like a nice suit, is soft like your pajamas, but strong as armor. And, on top of that you will look like a million bucks.
Review from BlackJack (contributor):
“The new top is very light, I would estimate about half the weight of the older Lucky and very thin.The fabric is fantastic against the skin, its got a soft silky feeling that is to die for.
I sweat a lot during rolls and found that the bamboo does indeed breath reasonably well and kept me substantially cooler.Over all this is the most comfortable Gi I have ever worn. The collar is however easy for opponents to grab and manipulate because the fabric is so soft and pliable, I would not really suggest this for a competition Gi. The pants are not made of bamboo but are cotton, they seemed solid but definitely lighter than my older model pants, the knee reinforcements are not nearly has thick as on the older models. Given that the top is so much lighter and thinner this makes the bottoms a good match.
I am 210 lbs and 6 feet tall, the A3 fits prefectely, I am told bamboo will not shrink which is good as any significant shrinking will make the Gi too small. (after one wash and air dry the Gi has not yet shown any signs of shrinking.) The pants are a bit long for me but they are cotton and I might experiment with skrinking them a bit in the dryer. After just one training session (90 min, shrimps/drilling/sparing) there were no issues with tearing or wear, one of my partners bleed all over it and the blood washed right out. I was able to do Gi pull ups with it (I weigh 210lbs) with no problems. I do have a 1 year warranty and the customer support is known to be excellent from this company.
Bottom line, it is the most comfortable Gi I have ever worn, It is probably not a great choice for competitions but may be an excellent summer/training Gi especially for those who want to stay cool. If the Gi can stand up I would consider it the best Gi I have ever worn (for training) and might consider buying another as money permits.”
Where to Buy Lucky Gis in Europe: premiumbjjstuff.com