Lanky Fight Gear Pro 550 V1 Review
Before we get into our Lanky FG gi review, we wanted to give you a short introduction into the brand.
Lanky Fight Gear is a Jiu Jitsu Gi and ancillary gear company located in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in May of 2013 by John Robinson, a 3-stripe blue under Renzo Gracie Black Belt John Rallo at Ground Control Academy. At 6’2” and 170 pounds, Robinson wanted to fill a hole in the BJJ market for the tall and slender competitor like himself. Recognizing a severe gap in the market, he founded Lanky to specialize in longer, slimmer cut gear for tall and thin body types.
Historically, Robinson found all too often the BJJ gear which is long enough for his tall physique, were too baggy. And gear that fit snugly was too short. He was determined to fix that, and that is exactly what he did when he founded Lanky Fight Gear. Lanky’s gear is designed and tested on the mat as it should be. Their kimonos, rash guards, and apparel are all made with special consideration in mind for people with thinner, long limbed bodies that have trouble finding gear that fits correctly elsewhere.
Quite simply, Lanky’s gear is specially designed to fit better for those with “lanky” bodies. Makes sense.
Constructed of a pearl weave top and rip stop pants, the kimono is white with red and black accents and grey contrast stitching and rope. Both the gi top and pants are well designed, made of quality materials and slender fit for the “lanky” individual.
In our sample kimono, provided by Lanky, there was no traditional gi bag included. Later it was confirmed by the brand owner that no bags were manufactured for this batch.
The top and pants are neither heavy nor light in weight for what was expected, nor were they either stiff or flimsy. Being a 550 GSM pearl weave top, it was noticeably more resistant to movement than the immediate preceding gi review in which the kimono was 450 GSM. After washing and hanging dry for two days the gi was stiff as expected, but softened up nicely after 12 minutes in the dryer on low heat.
- 550 GSM Pearl Weave
- EVA Foam Collar
- Embroidered logos
- Grey and Red contrasts
- 10 oz Rip Stop
- Pearl Weave Gusset
- Non Stretchy Rope
- Six Belt loop system
Overall, the Lanky Fight Gear Pro 550 V1 is a sturdy, IBJJF-approved, athletic-cut kimono constructed of a 550-GSM pearl weave top and 10-oz. rip stop pants (pearl weave gusset). The kimono is white with gray contrast stitching, red accents, and embroidered octopus logos consisting primarily of black with some red accents.
This kimono was specifically designed to target a certain body type, that being the taller/thinner grappler. As such there are four (4) sizes available, A1L, A2L, A3L and A4L, that cover adults from 5”8” to 6’6”and 130 to 250-lbs.
All stress points are reinforced with either double or quadruple stitching, and the accented seam tape and piping are all folded over prior to stitching. In our sample kimono almost all of the stitching was straight, in place and consistent. There were no loose threads but there were a few missed stitches on the kimono.
The bottom of the kimono skirt as well as the interior of the pant and sleeve cuffs contain an extra layer of fabric in addition to contrasting seam tape.
An initial batch of 100-units was manufactured as Lanky’s production model, and all things considered they did a great job delivering the product as initially intended.
The overwhelmingly obvious “pro” about this A1L and all Lanky Fight Gear kimonos is that they are specifically designed to ONLY fit a certain body type. While other manufacturers are adding A1L (Shoyoroll) or A2T (CTRL Industries), this is not their specialty. Well it IS the specialty of Lanky. So for those grapplers who have the right body type, Lanky is leading the pack in providing kimonos and gear that fit you.
- Athletic fit for, as the brand is patterned after, “lanky” individuals who otherwise have a difficult time finding kimonos that fit properly.
- Shrinkage within acceptable range.
- No patches, all artwork is embroidered.
- Knee reinforcement is like most kimono pants and simply an extra layer of self-fabric used in construction of the pants. It would be nice to see a true reinforcement of, say, thicker pearl or gold weave in this area.
- Embroidered artwork with the octopus theme cannot be removed and therefore dictates the theme of the kimono.
- Limited size options.
- A few areas where the stitching was misaligned.
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More Detailed Review
The main inspiration for this kimono, Lanky Fight Gears’ first gi, was quite simply fit and quality. The objective was to craft a sturdy pearl weave gi with heavy reinforcements in the top and pants, with a bit of unique styling in the various embroidery placements. They wanted something sleek, but still would still stand out. This is where the grey contrast stitching and red accents come into play. As well as the octopus logo of course.
An initial batch of 100-units was manufactured as Lanky’s production model. Future batches will be similar, but with subtle improvements garnered from personal use and feedback.
All things considered, being the first gi by a manufacturer, Lanky did a great job delivering a product as envisioned.
The bag that the gi was shipped in was a thick plastic bag to protect the Kimono. There was no drawstring-style cloth bag included with the gi that was provided to us by Lanky Fight Gear.
Weighing an even 42.0-oz., the top is constructed of 550 GSM pearl weave with a medium-thick, EVA foam collar that is covered with rip stop. The back of the top is a single piece of material, with an interior covering across the shoulders (yoke) of an extra layer of pearl weave material.
The decorative aspects to the top include the word “Lanky” embroidered on the upper back of the kimonos, starting 3-inches below the collar. This is in directly alignment with, and the same size as that located on the seat of the pants. As with most kimonos there is a brands patch on the lower left exterior of the collar by the hip. Finally there is an embroidered octopus logo on each sleeve in the upper arm area. This logo is of the same size and design as that found on the pant leg as previously described.
Inside the top there marquise-shaped armpit reinforcements, as well as large triangular reinforcements at the bottom of the skirt where the kimono is split at the hips (aka the “side split”). The treatment of reinforcement and side split piping here is the same as was described above for the pants. Interior seam tape is present along the interfacing skirt bottom and sleeve cuffs.
In addition to the stylized seam tape, on the bottom of the skirt below the seam tape there is an extra layer of pearl weave fabric running a full 1.5-inches from the bottom of the skirt for added strength. This treatment is similar in the sleeve cuffs, except the extra reinforcement is not pearl weave, it is rip stop which is again located underneath the seam tape. This triple layer of fabric makes for a heavily strengthened kimono.
All stress points are reinforced and either double (armpit), or quadruple stitched, and the stylized black seam tape is folded over prior to stitching, leaving behind no scratchy, irritating edges.
Additionally, there is a layer of rip stop covering some of the seams on the interior of the gi. Most notably the seam running along the length of the collar from the lower chest area all the way up and around the neck to the other side of the chest in a horseshoe pattern. This same tape runs from the armpit reinforcement to the collar, perpendicular to and intersecting with the aforementioned seam tape.
In our sample kimono almost all of the stitching was straight, in place and consistent. There were no loose threads but there were a few incidental missed stitches on the gi in areas that should not impact the long-term durability of the kimono.
For those of you who like a sturdy, stylized kimono this would be a great option for you. There is plenty of room to apply your own patchwork as well, should you desire to dress up the tool of your trade.
Weighing in at 21.1 oz., the pants are white, and constructed of medium-to-medium/heavy weight rip stop (listed as 10.0 oz.), secured by a non-stretchy, contrasting grey rope drawstring. The gusset is made of white pearl weave, and there is both double or triple stitching and reinforcements throughout the pants.
The grey rope is secured across the front of the pants via a six-loop system. Said loops are made of a contrasting red cotton canvas and not rip stop like the pants. The loops are average size as far as the area in which the rope transverses is concerned, allowing the reviewer to fit one finger in completely. This is also the case with the conduit along the front and back of the pants where most of the rope resides. That opening is equal to the circumference of the reviewer’s pinky finger, making it a challenge to change out the current rope for a replacement at some point in the future should that be necessary. The grey rope arrived with a small knot tied at the end, and the cut ends already melted to keep them from fraying.
The knees are reinforced across the front of the pants with an extra layer of self-fabric. This runs the entire width of the front of the pants for a length of 18-inches. Starting at the upper thigh and covering all the way to 8-inches above the cuff of the pants.
The cuff on inside of the pants is lined with an extra layer of rip stop fabric, topped by an 11/16th-inch, folded-over, black seam tape with the following repeating words: “FG LANKY” in grey and red lettering. This tape is a contrasting fabric that feels like cotton/poly blend.
The side split at the hips is piped with the same red contrasting cotton that is used to construct both the belt loops. Just below the side split is a triangular reinforcement made of double-thick rip stop, quadruple stitched in place.
An examination of the interior construction of the pearl weave gusset shows further attention to detail with triple stitching and two white, triangular rip stop reinforcements in key areas in both the front and back.
The decoration on the pants consist of the standard brands patch and size tag on the right front hip, an embroidered octopus with the word, “Lanky” stitched across the front near the bottom of the right front leg where the knee reinforcement ends (4-inches x 5-inches in size), and a larger (7.5-inch x 3.5-inch) “Lanky” on the back of the pants midway between the gusset and top of the pants. From a creative aspect the scripted word “Lanky” is in black with a red section toward the beginning of the “L” that gives the impression that this lettering is made out of a jiu jitsu black belt.
Finally, there is a pocket stitched on the inside of the pants, presumably a place to hold your mouth guard and/or competition ticket.
Overall the pants are solidly constructed and project the feeling of a well-constructed, durable kimono.
So after the first wash and then line drying indoors for more than 2 days, followed by a 12-minute tumble dry on low heat (merely to soften up the kimono), the shrinkage was as follows:
Kimono Top @ 1.845%
Kimono Bottom @ 4.483%
Overall @ 3.128%
These findings are within an acceptable range for Pearl Weave and Rip Stop kimonos and should be expected when purchasing any gi. It might be possible to shrink it further if desired, but that is not our objective at this time. As we report back on the fit, feel and durability of the kimono over the next twelve months (April 2014 to April 2015), we will measure the garment in a year and provide those results in our final update to this review.
The sample gi provided to, and examined by us was a size A1L Pro 550 Lanky Fight Gear kimono. This is a fitted gi made specifically for tall and thin individuals. Some other brands have recently added sizes such as A1T or A1L to their production in an effort to appeal to similarly built, slender individuals.
From a weight perspective, the top weighs in at 42.0-ounces, and the pants are 21.1-ounces. This is comparable to most other fitted 450 to 550 GSM kimonos and medium-weight rip stop pants.
Similar kimonos in fit and/or feel include: Atama Pearl Weave, Tatami Estillio 4.0, Inverted Panda, Various batches of both Shoyoroll and CTRL Industries, and Manto Diamond. The top to the Lanky Pro 550 feels very much like the Atama Mundial #9 kimono, but the pants are very different from the Mundial.
Where to buy
Distribution of the Lanky Fight Gear Pro 550 V1 Kimono is handled by Lanky’s website:
$150, with $5 shipping throughout the United States through Lanky’s web site: http://www.lankyfg.com/
$185 Australian (approximately $174 US), with A$13 flat rate shipping (A$15 for express) within Australia through: www.OzBJJ.com
No other Lanky FG gi reviews at this time
The Lanky Fight Gear Pro 550 V1 Kimono is in the possession of a brown belt student/instructor at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Kailua. He trains practically every day of the week and will put this gi through rigorous testing over the next 12 months (From mid-April 2014 to mid-April 2015). His feedback on: shrinkage, fit, feel and durability of the kimono will be added to this online review at various intervals throughout the year.
This is done to provide the consumer with the most thorough, detailed review of the kimono available anywhere. While initial impressions are nice to have, nothing compares to a review that includes thorough, long-term testing of the product. And that is what we endeavor to do. So check back later for updates.
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