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Gi Review: Submission Fight Co.'s Hemp SensationWritten by Jeff Nolasco
Submission Fight Co.'s Hemp Sensation has some good, bad, and ugly things about it. First the good: Well it's a 70/30 blend of hemp and cotton. I am a sucker for alternative materials for gis. After my first experience with a 100% hemp gi, I was wondering how SFCo was going to pull it off. The thing of it is, they do. The gi is durable. I put myself and the gi through some tough sessions on and off the mat. I had team mates pulling at from all positions, from the lightest to the heaviest team mates. Off the mats I washed it hot, cold and everything in between. I've even washed it four times in one week. For the most part hemp sensation held up well. I enjoy the cut of the jacket. Now I know that this is a personal preference and it also depends on your body type. I am 5'2" and 145 lbs, and the jacket fit me like a glove. No excessive sleeves for people to take advantage, and not too short to be IBJJF tournament legal. I also liked the look of the embroidery, not too loud and not too thick where it would inhibit my movement. It is a personal gripe of mine to have huge chunks of embroidery on the arms and legs.
And on to the ugly. I first noticed this when I was stretching, but the contrast stitching brought out some of the imperfections in craftsmanship. First of all, I do like the contrast stitching but, I think a thicker thread might have been a better choice. At least a thicker thread on the jacket. The thin stitching brought out some crooked lines on the gi. Also the contrast stitching on the armpit reinforcements were unnecessary, especially since some of the stitching did not line up. While this does not affect the functionality of the gi in the least bit, I know some people would be turned off by this.
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