The Storm Supreme Brazilian jiu-jitsu gi has a reputation for being one of the finest kimonos on the market; some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the world support this claim. If you’ve ever been to a competition you would’ve no doubt seen them in action.
The Storm Supreme BJJ gi is without a doubt designed with a specific niche in mind; the pro fighter. The jacket is made with 550gsm, 100% cotton Storm weave – their own design. Yes, it’s pretty heavy, but that doesn’t in any way effect the comfort. One of the standout features is the ultra-resistant breathable fabric. This not only provides enough support to prevent warping the collar and sleeves, but also helps air circulate around the body. This significantly reduces the onset of fatigue in a way that no other heavy gi can achieve.
It’s very difficult to fault a garment of such a high calibre, especially when it was designed with specific buyers in mind. The weight may be a problem for newcomers or those who prefer something extremely lightweight, but if I were to nitpick, I would say that the price is the only real issue. At £200 it’s quite steep, but then again, a pro grappler should expect to pay out for a pro kimono…
Unlike my other gi reviews, instead of discussing the benefits of ultra-lightweight material – which can be found on my BJJ gi buyers guide – I’ll be discussing the engineering of this unique design. When Storm developed this gi they were met with the issue of weight. Too much weight can be detrimental to performance by causing fighters to fatigue faster. However, they managed to find a way to bypass this issue by creating a fabric that has breathable airy materials. While this still means fighters have to adapt their training to the demands of their weight class, it makes the physical sport much more bearable.
The Storm Supreme comes in either white or blue. It has minimal patchwork featuring only a large Storm logo on the left shoulder. The lack of patches in high impact areas doesn’t impede the strength of the garment due to the ripstop material, which allows it to handle a great deal of strain. In addition, the material is treated with an anti-micobial chemical – essential for the wellbeing of a serious fighter.
The Storm Supreme is pre-shrunk; therefore, there’s no faffing around with sizes – what you see is what you get. The jacket is nice and loose around the shoulders, providing plenty of room to use a full range of motion. The trousers are equally as comfortable and provide plenty of leeway around the crouch. While it is quite spacious the material isn’t easy to hold; therefore, fighters are no less susceptible to attacks.
I’m not always this enthusiastic with my BJJ gi reviews. Not many gis make the grade in every department, but the Storm Supreme will meet the expectations of even the most disciplined fighter. This is without a doubt one of the best gis that I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing.