This article is to review the Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi…and to find out why it gets my pick as the best BJJ Gi for beginners.

But also:

If you’re not a beginner?

Whether it deserves the 4.7 stars it’s got from 1,197 Amazon reviews

Let’s find out.

My Review: Here’s my thoughts and opinions of the Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi…

So why did I choose this Gi over others?

I needed a new, plain white Gi with no patches (for travel and drop-ins)

But, because I already have a few Gi’s, I wanted one that was good value for money.

After quite a bit of research it came down to 2 finalists: Sanabul vs Elite Gi: The Best BJJ Gi for the Money

Sanabul vs Elite Gi - The Best BJJ Gi for the Money

[In the end I decided to get one of each]

I ordered the Elite Sports Gi first…

… and based on my experience so far, my next Gi will also be another one of these

Why is the Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi the best Gi for beginners?

This is the criteria I used:

  1. Price and value for money
  2. Accurate sizing
  3. Material type
  4. Durability

Design & style: First impressions

When I pulled this out of the packaging, the first thing I though was:

“This isn’t as plain as I thought it’d be”

Good.

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi - Unpackaged

It has enough patches and color to break it up…

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi - Unpackaged and Unfolded

…but they’re in the right places so it’s still IBJJF legal

Sure, it’s not a limited edition Shoyoroll… but it’s good for me. And I always like to remember the rule:

“Make sure your gear isn’t better than your Jiu Jitsu”

Even though I bought White, the Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi also comes in:

  • Royal Blue
  • Black
  • Navy Blue
  • Pink
  • Grey

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi - Available Colours

[It’s only the White, Royal Blue, and Black that are IBJJF legal]

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi: Sizing and fit

The Elite Sports sizing chart gives you options based on height and weight… and there’s an:

  • L option for slightly taller people
  • H option for slightly heavier people

Elite Sports BJJ Gi Size Chart

On Amazon, this Gi’s rating is ‘fit as expected’

I was right on the edge of an A3 or an A3L. So I checked Amazon’s ‘Customer questions and answers’ about the Elite Gi:

The A3 fits perfect for my height and weight (6’1” and 90 kg or 200 lbs)

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi - Sizing and Fit

Click here for feedback on Amazon from people of different sizes who’ve bought this Gi

And:

No shrinkage

[It’s a pre-shrunk Gi]

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi Price: Here’s how I got mine cheap!

Elite Sports’ gear isn’t very expensive so you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s a cheap brand made just for Amazon…

…it’s actually Amazon’s 3rd best selling item for Martial Arts Clothing

But after a bit of Googling, I found the best place to get their gear is direct from their website

[Elite Sports were having a 12% off sale using Coupon Code SAVEMY12, click here to see if they still are]

Elite Sports BJJ Gear

My thoughts on its price:

It’s not just that it’s the cheapest Gi, but also that it’s approved for use in IBJJF competitions

This makes it a good Gi for both training and competition…

…saving me from buying another one

And if you’re a total beginner?

It comes with a free White Belt

But also, material type and washing:

If you plan on training more than once a week then you really only have 2 options:

  1. Buy more than one Gi, or
  2. Buy one Gi that dries quickly

Why?

A pre-shrunk Gi can still shrink several inches if you put it in the dryer so that’s not an option…

… and wearing the same Gi without washing it is DEFINITELY not an option

So this means:

  1. Because it’s pretty cheap you could afford to buy 2 and rotate them, or
  2. Because it’s quick drying you could get away with only having to buy one

[And not wear the dreaded damp Gi]

My results from using the Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi

The material is very light and comfortable (unlike some other Gi’s that I cook in!)

In fact:

It’s the lightest Gi I own.

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi - White Gi Black Belt

This makes it a good Gi for travel, and one that I’ll continue to use for summer training.

Winter?

I’m writing this in the middle of winter, and haven’t felt like it’s too thin (because I always wear a rash guard anyway)

Durability: How has it lasted?

I’ll be honest, I’ve only had it a few weeks

Being an ultra light single weave Gi it’s not likely to last as long as some other materials…

…but it’s shown no signs of wear and tear yet.

The stitching is all reinforced, so I’d expect that to be the case

But a couple of good things:

  • It doesn’t stink (it’s Anti-Odor and Anti-Microbial)
  • It hasn’t shrunk after several washes

Conclusion: Very happy with the Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi

Overall, I’m really impressed with the Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi.

I highly recommend it especially if you’re wanting a Gi that:

  • Can be used for both training and IBJJF competitions
  • Is fast drying
  • Means you don’t need to buy two separate rashies, or
  • Is cheap enought that you could buy 2 if you wanted to, and
  • Still has an element of style

Click here to see if the Elite Sports Coupon Code SAVEMY12 still works

Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi

9.2

Durability

8.5/10

Sizing & Fit

9.0/10

Design & Style

8.5/10

Comfort

10.0/10

Value for Money

10.0/10

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Accurate sizing and fit
  • Comfortable
  • Quick drying

Cons

  • White Belt is a waste if you're not a White Belt!