Review: Tatami Estilo 4.0 (English)
Last week you could read our view on the Zero G, this week we’ve got the Estilo 4.0 for you. A Gi which brought Tatami loads of positive reactions ever since the initial releas, but did Tatami put themselves in trouble with this one?
The previous batch op Estilo 4.0 had some manufacturing faults. The pre-shrunk process was done twice, which caused some trouble with the navy A2 gi. Please contact Tatami for a suitable solution if your gi was part of this batch. They will do their upmost best to help you.
You can contact them at: http://www.tatamifightwear.com/Articles.asp?ID=277
Tatami is probably one of the single biggest gi manufacturers at the moment. With the Nova Basic, the Zero G and the Estilo they have a gi for everyone.
At the moment the single most wanted gear is the collaboration with designer Chris Burns! Thinking Monkeys and Zen Gorillas are everywhere!
Tatami is also the main sponsor for our own Laura Hondorp.
– 550gsm Single Piece Pearl Weave Jacket
– Canvas rubberised collar, opposed to normal twill collar. Canvas BJJ GI collars are much more hard wearing than traditional twill collars and help to keep the shape of the kimono.
– Silver contrast stitching on all Kimono’s
– New applique embroidery designs.
– Triple stitched across all stress points
– Estilo E logo embroidered on arm and left leg
– Inside cuff and lapel trim
– Heavy 12oz Canvas pants opposed to traditional twill. Double reinforced knee padding, triple stitched with over lapped seams.
– 4 Drawstring loops on the trousers to help keep the pants in the correct position on the body. (Well, there are five actually…)
– Rope drawstring as opposed to the traditional twill, which allows for tighter fastening of the pants, and more comfort when training.
As is pretty defualt nowadays the gi itself is delivered in a drawstring gi bag. Not a nylon one as with the Zero G but a durable canvas one. Even though it’s “just a bag” you can find some detailing on it which shows they even put some effort in the bag. Instead of simple knots, the drawstring is stitched together with an extra overlapping piece of fabric. This ensures better qualuty and it also looks a bit better.
DIFFERENCE WITH THE ESTILO 3.0
When comparing the gi with the previous Estilo 3.0 there are some clear changes. The woven patches are replaced with embroidery, sizing is a little different and the extra knee reinforcements are now all the way down to the leg.
There is also a 5th extra loop for the drawstring, the jacket is made of 550 gr/m instead of 500 gr/m and the logotape inside the jacket (along the lapel) has vanished.
The main difference is that the 4.0 just feels way better quality wise. It’s looks like they’ve taken all the remarks on the 3.0, judged them one by one and decided which to include on the 4.0. The result is a gi which is just excellent on all points.
SIZING AND WEIGHT
|UNWASHED||AFTER 5 WASHES|
Somehow i managed to loose the before sizing so i can only provide the sizing afterwards. For refence you can use the review of BJJ GEAR JUNKIE. He als did a great review on a A2 so you can use his measurements.
Even though the weight of this gi is pretty heavy on the scale, it sure doens’t feel like a heavy gi. With 1283 grams for the jacket and 607 for the pants it totalls at 1890 grams. About the same as the Gameness XT (1910) and the Groundgame Titan (1915).
COMFORT & QUALITY
Comfortwise it is hard to find it’s equal. Even though it has some weight on it, when you wear it, you would never say it weighs almost 2kg. The cut is absolutely perfect and the pants turn out very very soft after a couple of washes.
As with all Tatami gi’s the extra reinforcements are all in place, with the additional full length leg reinforcemence. Logo tape is placed at the wrists, ankles, bottom of the jacket and horizontal on the inside of the jacket.
It’s a little bit wider as on the 3.0 so the stitching is a little further apart.
As said before the cut on this new Estilo is really outstanding. Where (especially the 2.0) had an overload on shoulder fabric, this one is cut like a 3000 dollar Armani suit. You might want to wear a bowtie when entering the mats.
The five loops make sure the drawstring will never ride up, and the placing of the middle one makes sure the knot will always stay in place.
The type of embroidery used on this gi is pretty rare. Instead of just stitching everything direct on the gi, these patches are used as something like a “background”, with the outlining of the lettering stitched all the way through. Even in Dutch it was hard to explain, so please, look at the pictures below.
The embroidery is way better then before as you will also see in the round Estilo patches.
Not only the fit is Armani-like, also the styling on this gi is spot on. Black with grey stitching. Awesome color combination!
We’ll find a large Tatami patch on the lapel, the shoulder and the pants and round Estilo logos on the back of the neck, ankle and one arm.
Espcially the big patches looks very nice and sharp, but they might be a big too “flashy” for some. Unfortunately there is no real Classic edition on this one (without the big patches), only the one in the color collection. Their latest release is the Quicksilver, which looks awesome, but, of course isn’t IBJJF legal.
Service of Tatami is unbelievable! The problems with this batch we’re addressed by Tatami themselves so they can solve it. They are not afraid to come out and admit it so that alone shows their dedication to keep their customers happy.
Tatami might have created a problem with this gi, because how are you going to top this one? We’re curious to find out, but untill then this is hands down THE best all-round gi available.
– Excellent fit;
– Outstanding quality overall;
– Perfect customer care.
– None actually. Well okay, give me a Classic version!
*Special thanks to Wouter Swinkels for the pictures and partime BJJ-model/teacher Zohair Abouchoaib for the help.
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