90 Days Later: Newaza Nation A4 Kimono Review

Dustin over at Newaza Nation (also found on FB here) has quietly been slaving away in the Pacific NorthWest making what he feels are the best gis out there.  To that end he’s made a bombproof gi that will last longer than most of the guys in your intro to BJJ class.  There is only one style of gi but the available options make this a gi for everyone.  There are 9 sizing options for the top and pants (A1 thru A5 with half-sizes/slim cuts) and it’s now in white and grey.  For those mutants out there you can even mix and match the top and bottom to get exactly the fit you need.  A quick email to Dustin and you’ll be taken care of at no additional charge.  The most current size charts are here.  At $110 this is a great option for anyone looking for a simple gi and especially for those that are on a budget.

Each kimono is made out of 550g, medium weight gold weave and has a traditional all fabric lapel.  The pants have either 3 or 4 loops (depending on size), the knee pad starts at mid-thigh and continues all the way to the cuff.  Back in mid-May I posted my original review of an A4 kimono that Dustin sent me.  Since then I’ve wore the gi 20 times (about 30 hours on the mat).  After each use I’ve washed the gi in cold water.  I hang-dry the pants and put the gi top in the dryer on normal heat.  As you can see from the tables below there hasn’t been much shrinkage since I got the gi.

90 days later - kimono full 90 days later - Pants Full

Kimono Top

Out of Package

30 min in Dryer

90 Days Later

A- Cuff Width

7″

6.75″

6.75″

B – Sleeve Length

25″

24.75″

24.75″

C – Chest Width

25.5″

24.5″

24.5″

D- Skirt Width

26.5″

25.75″

25.5″

 

Pants

Out of Package

Hang Dry

90 Days Later

A – Waist

23.5″

22.5″

22.5″

B – Length

40.5″

40.25″

40″

C- Cuff Width

10.75″

10.5″

10.25″

D – Inseam

30.75″

30.75″

30.25″

The stitching and fabric of the kimono have held up incredibly well.  The fabric has gotten softer and more comfortable and none of the seams have shown any signs of wear.  Below are pictures of the collar, the top turned inside-out (to better see the interior stitching) and also the back.  As you can see from the photos everything looks new and the color hasn’t faded either.

90 days later - collar close up   90 days later - inside out top   90 days later - kimono back

The material of the drawstring loops has frayed some.  The seams connecting the loops to the pants is still in perfect shape.

90 days later - pants loops
Here a few more pictures.  One is a closer look at the interior stitching of the arm/armpit and the other shows the small patch at the bottom of the kimono skirt.

90 days later - inside out arm     90 days later - kimono skirt patch closeup

Final Thoughts:

  • $110 for a gold weave kimono that will last for years
  • Pants and Top can be different sizes and available in half-sizes (slim cuts) from A1 thru A4
  • Portion of proceeds goes directly Hire Heroes
  • Excellent customer service from Dustin
  • Now IBJJF Legal!
  • For someone my size (6’4” and 195lb”) the A3.5 top with A4.5 pants should fit very well.
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