Intro: X-Guard Brand gis came to my attention about a year ago. I was looked for a new gi and during my research I kept seeing references to X-Guard and their kimonos. No one had a bad word to say about their service or their gis. The only thing that stopped me from buying one of their gis that day was that they were out of stock. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one that wanted to give these guys a closer look. In December I finally got my hands on an X-Guard gi, the XG5 Element Series Sandstorm. The Element series gis are also available in black and blue to round out the color choices. The Sandstorm is value priced gi (it’s $134.00 which includes shipping) and consists of a pearl weave jacket and 12oz canvas pants.
“At X-Guard Brand Fight Wear, we believe that fashion, quality, and performance go hand-in-hand. Our premium jiu jitsu kimonos, IBJJF approved rash guards, and fight shorts have been mat tested and are cage approved. We listen to our customers, read reviews, and participate in the sport which helps us continually push our Jiu-Jitsu / MMA fight wear to the next level.”
I wanted to talk about the awesomeness of X-Guard. As I said, I’ve been working on creating a patch for my own gi and my buddy Dave introduced me to this company — according to him, they make great kimonos, are fantastic people and do custom patch/rashguard work. So I drew up a design and worked on it painstakingly for a couple of months. Still, it doesn’t look like anything Meerkatsu puts together (and that’s OK with me); it’s a little rough around the edges but it’s what I wanted.
I put my order in for a couple of patches, waited a couple of days and sent an email to make sure things were all received and my gear was getting built. Here’s what I found out: Elmer, the owner of the company, is a REALLY nice guy. He called me personally to make sure I was confident in my order; to talk about the sublimation process; to talk about my experience with another gi company (see my post on Pans if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and to offer his condolences. He did not have an air of superiority; didn’t trash talk a competitor; was very honorable in how he dealt with me and really put my mind at ease.