Flow Kimonos Pro Series Review V3 (A2)
Flow Kimonos has been steadily building their company up over the last couple of years with some solid releases. Always evolving with every batch and fixing little things here and there they’ve now brought out their Pro Series 3.0. Sit a spell with us and have a viddy at their newest version of the Pro Series kimono by Flow Kimonos.
- 480 GSM
- Pearl weave
- Blue with Baby Blue contrast
- Ripstop material neck yoke
- Embroidered logos
- Clean design
- 8 oz Ripstop
- Blue w/ Baby Blue contrast
- Embroidered logos
- Improved drawstring (printed stretch design)
- Six belt loops
This is our second gi from Flow Kimonos that we’ve reviewed. We reviewed the original Pro Series and there are some definite improvements. Flow has done a great job in releasing a solid IBJJF approved kimono that is of normal weight and a great fit. The fit of the 480 GSM Jacket and 8 oz ripstop cotton combination isn’t too tight and it’s not too loose. It’s a little long in the pant region for my taste but those with longer legs won’t mind. Originally this gi was long on me so I did throw it in the dryer a few times to shrink it down. I’ve provided original measurements and will note that the gi didn’t shrink for me in a couple of cold wash/hang dries. I had to put it in the dryer to get it to shrink.
They’ve updated the gi with slightly tapering in the fit, added stronger reinforcements, ripstop material on the neck yoke area, and a pretty bad ass printed drawstring that never comes untied with a single knot while rolling. The drawstring itself is a HUGE improvement to pants and it would be nice to see all companies use this particular drawstring.
The blue kimono with light blue accents is a great color combination, and when you add in the perfectly embroidered red/white logos that Flow has placed nicely around the gi you get a fantastic looking kimono.
The only drawbacks to the Pro Series 3.0 was the color fading and quite a few long, loose strings on the inside of the pants. The pearl weave faded way more than the ripstop material did. It was pretty noticeable on the jacket because the collar is made of ripstop material. Eventually though, the entire gi faded into almost the same color and is hardly noticeable.
“Regarding the fading: For the batch that we’re working on right now, we’re using a dye fixing agent to address the issue that you brought up.”
The loose strings didn’t effect the integrity of the pants at all, but it showed a lack of QC from the factory. I spoke with one of the owners of Flow Kimonos and he was hugely disappointed in his factory and also had this to say;
“The loose strings on the inside of the pants appear to be a one off problem, as I haven’t received any feedback from customers about this. As always, I fully stand behind my product and exchange defective products, no questions asked. I put a lot of thought into designing the last incarnation of the Pro Series and am very proud of the way it turned out.”
Customer service is crucial and in this aspect was great. I think for $140/$150 the gi is priced well and I haven’t heard of anyone else with a Pro Series 3.0 that had a weird color fade as mine did. The structure of the gi is great, no rips or tears at any of the joints or seams. All things considering with the updated improvements I think if you’re looking for a new gi then give flow a shot, they also have a very lightweight gi that is used for competition if you’re in the market for one of those as well.
All the links are below as well as the super detailed review, so viddy well grapplers!!!!
- Great drawstring, never comes untied
- Very breathable
- Non Stretchy
- More than normal fading
- Mismatched fading
Weight Of Kimono: 3.4lbs
Where to buy
White – $139.99
Blue – $149.99
Black – $149.99
More Detailed Review
The Flow Kimonos Pro Series 3 came in the usual see through plastic bag that you see in a lot of gi’s.
The Pro Series 3.0 top is constructed of a blue colored, 480 GSM pearl weave with a light blue contrast. It features an average width EVA foam collar that is covered in ripstop material and is fairly slick. The stitching on the collar is straight for the most part but does have a couple of doubled over stitch lines.
The brand tag that is on the lapel started to fray at the top of the tag. It’s not fraying anymore because of the stitch line that is securing it to the lapel but I will note that a lighter singed it up as well. It has a textured look to it, but is not textured. You will see this a couple more times on the kimono.
There are three spots of branding on the outside of this kimono top.
1. On the lower left lapel, near the side split there is embroidered text that reads “Flow pro” and measures 12.5 cm long (almost five inches) and 3cm tall (1.25inch)
The embroidery is flawless on this logo and looks fantastic in my opinion.
2. On the left and right sleeves there is your typical Flow Kimonos logo. The circular flower measures 6cm around with a text that reads “Flow kimonos” under it. Both of the logos on the sleeves are done extremely well.
3. The back of the kimono, 4.5 cm from the collar and centered, is the same flower logo as the sleeves but only has text that reads “FLOW” under it.
The embroidery for these logos are all phenomenal.
The only taping on the jacket runs on the inside of the skirt and the sleeve cuffs. It’s made of a light blue drill cotton and measures one inch high. Both the jacket skirt and sleeve cuff taping is secured with four rows of light blue stitching.
As an added feature, the inside neck yoke is made of ripstop material. Most companies use a reversed pearl weave or a sublimated printed fabric now. I didn’t notice a benefit to the ripstop honestly, but it’s a change of pace from the usual suspects we see.
The brand tag that is on the neck yoke is a unique one. It looks like it’s a textured material but it’s not. It’s weird and I don’t know exactly how they did it but I like it. It’s also secured onto the neck yoke, and then the neck yoke was stitched to the gi so there is no contrast square outline on the outer portion of the jacket. Unfortunately, it’s also fraying at the top of the tag like the one on the collar. It’s only the top of the tag though.
Directly below the grey brand tag there is a small white size tag. A2
As for reinforcements, they are your standard that you will see on most kimonos with added features. Quadruple stitched cuffs and skirt, triple stitched arm sleeve/chest seam. The side split reinforcement varies between gi companies but you will either see a triangle or a square/rectangle reinforcement. The Pro Series has the square/rectangle version made of rip stop material.
The side split has a light blue drill cotton contrast to it secured by two rows of stitching.
The Pro Series 3.0 was made well with the exception of the color fade as mentioned above.
The Pro Series 3.0 pants are made of a medium thickness, blue 8 oz ripstop cotton and have light blue contrast stitching to them. There are six belt loops that secure the improved stretchy red printed rope.
The rope is a printed rope and is the best rope I’ve come across to date. I don’t know why it stays tied so well but it does. I can tie it with a single knot and it stays tied until I’m done rolling or until I have to retie my pants from someone tugging on them. Unfortunately it started to unravel in the washer but a quick singe with a lighter fixed it.
The belt loops are a light blue in color, secured by a single row of stitches around them, and I can hardly put my index and middle finger inside of them. They measure 1.75 inches (4cm) at the opening.
The pants have an extra layer of ripstop material for a knee pad but doesn’t provide much padding. Most ripstop pants are like this so there is no trouble with them.
There are three spots of branding on the outside of pants.
1. On the left quad of the pants there is a woven patch that is secured by a single row of stitches. The patch measures 8 cm wide by 4 cm tall and reads in white letters “flowkimonos est 2012 “, and also has the a 1/4th of a corner of their flower design in yellow. This woven patch also has the same similar textured look to it as the jacket brand tag.
2. On the right lower leg, six inches from the bottom of the pant cuff, there is an embroidered “FLOW PRO” logo that measures five inches long by 1.75″ high.
3. On the back of the lower left leg of the pants in the calf region, is the same embroidered logo as the back of the jacket top.
The pant cuffs feature a layer of taping the same light blue colored fabric as the jacket taping. The pant cuff taping measures 3.5 cm and is secured by SIX rows of light blue stitching.
There is a brand tag like the one on the inside of the jacket, on the inside of the pants waist. It is also fraying on the top of the tag like the others on the kimono.
The construction of the pants was fantastic, but it is noted that the inside of the pants did have quite a few long and loose strings that needed to be clipped off. All embroidery though was done extremely well.
Well, I seem to have misplaced the beginning measurements but when I find them I will definitely give an update. The Pro Series 3.0 was around 2 inches longer in the beginning. This is after a few hot dries and will not shrink anymore.
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