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Equipment upgrades and quality improvements

Innovation and new features are certainly part of our mission statement. However, our meat and potatoes has always been the pursuit of quality. We chose our manufacturing partner because they have the same belief in not only creating the most consistently durability product possible, but also continuous improvement. We all want to improve everyday - isn't that why we train? With that said, we purchased several pieces of new equipment to advance our progress in the journey to make the best gi on the market. In this article, I want to introduce to you some of technology that makes our consistent quality possible. New paper pattern cutter First of all, what is the paper pattern and why is it important? The paper pattern is the...

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An Insider's Look: The All New Pro Series

After months of R&D, we're proud to introduce our brand new Pro Series 4, which has been totally revamped to include the following new features: Coolmax shoulder lining for increased moisture wicking ability Coolmax knee lining for increased comfort while rolling Coolmax crotch lining for increased airflow Improved aesthetics via printed seam tape Sourced even higher grade combed cotton Improved pre-shrinking process to bring shrinkage to nearly imperceptible levels Sourced more vibrant reactive dyes that stay color-fast longer to keep your gi looking brand new longer This is seriously the best iteration of our Pro Series to date and I can't wait to see how you guys like it. Cinematic Intro The Making-of Click here to purchase the all new Pro...

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Combed cotton advantage

Because you've come to only expect us to use the finest material, we only construct our Pro Series and Air gis out of combed cotton. What is combed cotton you ask?  "Combing is a technique that has been used in the preparation of textiles for centuries. Essentially, combing is a process that helps to smooth and prepare fibers for use in spinning. Combing also helps to separate short fibers from longer ones, which also helps to make the process of spinning much easier."   "The texture of combed cotton is softer because it lacks short threads to stick out and prickle, and all dirt and impurities have been removed from the thread. Combed cotton is also stronger, because shorter and...

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A great gi starts with great fabric

This will be the first of a series of articles that chronicles the amount of obsessive attention to detail that went into engineering your gis. In this article, we will walk you through the painstaking process of preparing the fabric for cut-and-sew phase of production. Receiving the hemp fabric Our fabric is typically shipped to us in 160cm long rolls called bolts and are arranged on pallets. The fabric comes in a raw unprocessed state typically referred to as "greige" fabric. It has simply been woven from spools of hemp yarn, and has not been washed, dried, bleached, or dyed. Washing the fabric Industrial washing machines are used to wash the hefty rolls of fabric. This is the first step in ensuring that our gis...

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How to care for your hemp gi

Basics Cold wash Hang dry Use an eco-friendly detergent Choose a soap that contains minimal amounts of dyes, perfumes, and other irritants We've had good experiences with Rockin Green Soap's Athletic Wear Detergent Shrink to fit Our gis are preshrunk and you will see minimal amounts to no shrinkage if you cold wash and hang dry your gis. However, your gi is slightly roomy out of the bag, it is possible to shrink it. Try a combination of warm water wash and medium heat dry cycle. For extreme cases you will have to hot wash and hot dry. For natural white hemp gis If you prefer a brighter shade of white for your hemp gi, DO NOT use bleach. Bleach...

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