This article is to compare the Sanabul vs Elite Gi… and answer which one is the best BJJ Gi for the money.
I needed a new plain white Gi without patches. Something cost effective.
A bit of research and it was pretty clear that these 2 are finalists for the best BJJ Gi for beginners…
… but I was surprised to find out that BOTH are worn by some pretty well known BJJ practitioners (including John Danaher)
The costs are almost identical… so what are the key differences?
Let’s get started:
[2019 June Update: If you use the Elite Sports Coupon Code MIDYEAR10 there’s 10% off… click here to see if the sale is still on]
Comparison Table: ‘Sanabul Essentials v.2 Ultra Light Gi’ vs ‘Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light Gi’
Customer Ratings: Sanabul vs Elite Gi
At the time of writing this the Sanabul Essentials Gi has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
The Elite Sports Gi has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.
That’s still pretty good (for both of them).
The difference is because the Sanabul Essential v2 only gets a 3.9 out of 5 for ‘Craftsmanship’.
Reading the reviews you see pretty quickly that ‘Craftsmanship’ refers to how their Gi’s fit (more on that below).
Winner: The Elite Sports Gi (just)
Sizing and Fit: Sanabul Essentials v2 is BIG Compared with the Elite Sports Gi’s
Sanabul Gi sizes are a little different from every other Gi in the market
[That’s a quote directly from their website]
While 87% of customers say the Elite Sports Gi fits as expected…
… only 72% of customers say the Sanabul Essentials v2 fits as expected
[just under 20% say it’s ‘somewhat large’ or ‘too large’]
That being said… Sanabul don’t hide the fact that their Gi’s are like this:
Our Gi’s tend to run a little larger than some of the other brands, so we created a size guide that is more extensive than any other brand
[Other user reviews indicate that when the right chart is used the Sanabul Essentials v2 Gi fits as expected]
This means that in the Sanabul Essentials v2 I’m a size A2…
… but in the Elite Sports Gi (and most other brands) I’m an A3:
Winner: It’s a draw (so long as you use the Sanabul Gi Sizing Chart)
Can you use both the Sanabul Essentials v2 Gi and the Elite Sports Gi in IBJJF competitions?
No. The Sanabul Essentials v2 has a different color gusset/crotch area which is not allowed under IBJJF rules.
It can only be used for training (or in other competitions that don’t enforce the IBJJF rules)
[Sanabul do make another Gi that is IBJJF approved. Check out their Sanabul Highlights Pro Competition Gi]
Winner: The ‘Elite Sports IBJJF Ultra Light BJJ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi’ (hint: it’s even got IBJJF in its full name!)
The Free Belt Factor: Sanabul vs. Elite Sports Gi
Elite Sports give you a white belt.
Sanabul include ANY color belt.
Personally, this is a non-issue for me
If you’ve earned a Blue / Purple / Brown / Black Belt… you probably already have one.
But: I guess having a spare to keep in your gym bag COULD be handy…
Winner: Sanabul Essentials v.2
Good things both the Sanabul Essentials v2 and Elite Sports Gi have in common:
Both of these Gi’s are:
- Single weave
- Ultra light weight
- Treated with anti-microbial agents
- Treated with anti-odor agents
Pretty much… if there was only one to choose from, I’d give either as the best BJJ for the money
But since we’re choosing…
Verdict: Which is the best BJJ Gi for the money… Sanabul vs. Elite Gi?
To be honest they’re pretty well even.
Here’s how I’m looking at it:
For training only:
I like the Sanabul Essentials v2 Gi
For training AND competition:
The obvious choice is getting an Elite Sports Gi
[If you’re going to buy, be sure to use the Elite Sports Coupon Code MIDYEAR10 for 10% off]
Comment below if you have any questions about the Sanabul vs Elite Gi…
…since I’ll be getting one of each I’ll definitely be able to tell you which is the best BJJ Gi for the money!