Roots Carnivale Gi Review
We recently did an interview with the owner of Roots Brand Kimonos Mike Murphy to get to know the “roots” of the company and see what he’s about. (click here for the interview “Rollin’ With Roots”) We also have been looking at the Roots Brand kimonos since their introduction on the F16 Sherdog Forum last year. We finally got our hands on their second release, “The Carnivale”.
When I opened the package this is what was facing outwards of the clear Ziploc type bag the kimono was shipped in.
That’s pretty cool, not many companies will do this. Most of the time you’ll get a sticker and a promo sheet for other items but hardly ever do you get a thank you letter for purchasing their product. It may be printed out but I still think it’s cool to do. Props to Mike for that
Pulling the gi out of the package and looking it I immediately noticed how the green stitching and accents really stand out on the white. I mean contrast stitching will stick out like a sore thumb on a white gi but this one really stood out for some reason.
I’ve been wanting a Roots brand kimono since their first release “The Tide” and was stoked to finally have one. Needless to say I was going to go over this gi with a fine tooth comb.
roots carnivale gi review
- 550 Crystal Weave One Piece Jacket
- EVA Foam Filled Collar
- Drill Cotton Collar Cover
- Mixed Cut for Competition and Everyday Training
- White with Green Contrast Stitching
- Yellow and Green Patches
- SUPER SOFT!!!!!!
- Heavy Reinforcement on the Seams
Design of Jacket:
Simple design on the company tag (I ripped the size tag off though, was a little irritating)
This is the same seam tape as they’re reinforcing every seam with
As you can see here, the stitching from the inside tag shows on the other side and goes through the embroidered Roots logo. I asked Mike about this and he said he tried every thread and even clear thread didn’t look good and showed. This was the best solution in his opinion. roots carnivale gi review
Now this is where Roots Brand stands out in my opinion
Reinforcements out the wazoo!!!! I haven’t seen another company do a reinforcement like this and I’ve seen a ton of gi’s.
This jacket was made incredibly well. They really paid attention to the details that make a difference and the comfort that can come with it. The jacket is super soft and is going against the trend of 450 Pearl weave jackets with a 550 Crystal Weave.
I like it. I like the construction. I like the details, the reinforcement, the style.
Bravo Roots….Bravo. You’ve really outdone yourselves.
- 10 Oz Drill Cotton Pants
- Reinforced Knees
- 6 loop Drawstring System
- Chord Tie
- Crystal Weave Gusset
- Heavily Reinforced Seams
Design of Pants:
Laid out you can see how far the knee pads go down, covers the knee area nicely
These pants are made extremely well and are a great fit. They’re super comfortable and don’t ride too high or too low. The belt loops are placed perfectly and are also a great length and do an amazing job of keeping the chord from coming out of them. A lot of pants have loops that are really long and the chord comes out and almost goes into the pants while in the wash.
Once again, great pants.
The Fit of the Carnivale
All pictures are after a few weeks of heavy use and rotation!!!
When I got this gi it was a little long on me in the Jacket so I threw it in the dryer for 30 minutes and this is how it now looks.
The Pants on the other hand were slightly longer than this and after a few weeks of use and cold wash/hang dry only they shrank about an inch or a little more.
This gi is ridiculously soft. If you remember my review for the Flow Kimonos Pro Series gi when I said
“The jacket was ridiculously soft….like the snuggles bear from the fabric softener commercial. That bears name is snuggles for a reason.”
Yeah….multiply that by a lot and you have how soft The Carnivale is. Stupid soft. Like I can’t actually describe how soft this freaking gi is. It’s soft for me and for my partners. I almost don’t wanna use it because it’s so comfortable for them they could take a nap with it.
It was a little stretchy at first while rolling though but after quite a few washes the weave has tightened up and it’s not as stretchy now. Still ridiculously soft though.
The grips are a little hard to break on the sleeves as I’m not used to having wider sleeves but it’s an adjustment I’m making and getting better at.
The collar is soft, thick, and slick. Easy to break that grip at first.
The pants were also a little stretchy at first but have tightened up as well. They do go about an inch longer after a few hard rolls but shrink back to size in the pictures after you wash.
If you get this gi on the pre-order it’s $110. If you don’t pre-order it the the price goes up to $144.99.
I’m gonna have to say you would be crazy not to get Roots brands next gi if the price is the same. This is an amazingly great quality gi and Mike really paid attention to a lot of detail and really outdid himself with this gi. I could see him getting HUGE if his releases stay this great of quality.
I would like to have a bit tighter of a cut though for competition, it’s what I’m used to and just a personal preference. I would still recommend this gi to anyone and everyone that asked my personal opinion on gi’s. So with that being said,
DO NOT MISS OUT ON THEIR NEXT RELEASE!!!!!
Roots Carnivale Gi Review