I liked the GRPPLR as soon as I pulled it out of the bag. White with navy blue stitching and relatively unobtrusive logos is a win. The light but solid construction of the GRPPLR reminds me of my Fuji Kassen II, which I love. All main structural seams are triple stitched and the decoration department features a combination of synthetic woven patches and embroidered logos.
The GRPPLR’s jacket has an EVA foam collar and is made of 450GSM pearl weave fabric, double layered in the shoulder/lapel area and reinforced in the armpits and vents. There are four embroidered logos: sleeves, between the shoulder blades, and on the left skirt area. The jacket’s left interior panel is screened with Strike’s motto “ROLLdifferent”, which sets off my editor’s alarm, but shouldn’t affect normal people. A small patch is sewn at the bottom of the left lapel and there’s logo tape around the bottom seam and inside the cuffs.
Like the jacket, the GRPPLR pants are no-nonsense and solid: 12oz duck canvas, doubled from thigh to ankle with reinforcement at the waist vents and a pearl weave crotch gusset. The drawstring is a 1/4" (6mm) stretchy rope and is held in place with six belt loops. There’s logo tape inside the cuffs, a woven patch on each thigh, and kanji embroidered near the bottom of the left shin.
On the Mat
Full disclosure: this gi arrived less than two weeks after a CT scan showed bulging in my L4-5 and L5-S1 discs, so it hasn’t been subjected to my standard range of stress testing and sweat saturation. But I can say this—it’s a comfortable gi that allows the full range of motion needed for BJJ drills and my FMS / Supple Leopard mobility exercises. I’m about 5’9” / 170lbs and this gi fits perfectly—close enough that I’m scared to put it in the dryer. I often bust out the sewing machine to shorten my gi pants, but these didn’t need it, so A2 wearers with longish legs may find themselves straying into capri territory. See the diagram for measurements after several cold wash / hang dry cycles.
The GRPPLR gi was my first exposure to Strike Fightwear products and these blokes have earned themselves a new fan with their clean design and no-frills aesthetic. My body runs hot, so I appreciate the gi’s lightness, as will competitors who straddle the top of their weight class. The GRPPLR gi sells for £78.99 on the Strike website. Customer in the US should click HERE (they convert currency on the site, current price is ~ $130 + $16 for shipping). For more about Strike, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.