Its summer and its hotter then Hades here in Utah. I don’t train in an optimally controlled environment. I needed something lighter then my heavy Atama Mundial. My Koral MKM was more a medium weight but not light enough. I decided to try a Vulkan Pro Light. I had heard good things about Vulkan from a couple of the other guys who wear them. I ordered my black, A3, Vulkan Pro Light gi from MMAOutLet.com. It came promptly and without hitches.
Here are some of my thoughts about it:
PROS: The first thing I noticed about it was the fit. My other gis are reasonably good fits but the Vulkan Pro Light A3 was a superb fit. I am 6’2" and a average weight of 214lb.
It didn’t have a seam across my back. I do a lot of pivoting on my back and I don’t like a seam in the middle of it.
The waist cord didn’t bind up when tightened. With my other gis I tend to have one short and one long after a while. I then have to work it around until they are equal length again. Its a real pain. It seems a small thing but they can build up over time.
The patches have stayed on. With my Koral MKM I had to re-sew a patch after only a month.
It line dries quicker then my heavier gis. It will dry in half the time as my other gis when I hang it out. It is pre-shrunk but I still don’t throw it in the drier for fear it might still shrink some and I like the fit just how it is.
CONS: Black is a horrible color for rolling in. Every spec of dirt, hair, dust, etc. shows up on me. I look like and feel like a giant lint brush after rolling.
Despite it being pre-shrunk it was still dripping gray water while being hung out to dry. The dye was not totally set I guess or maybe this is to be expected. What ever the case if you set it to drip dry make sure what it drips on doesn’t matter.
I noticed signs of color fading already. It is to be expected with the wear and tear it gets but I’m very careful to wash it according to the instructions. I haven’t had it for more then a month yet. I would expect it to hold its color a little better then that.
Summary: I love it. It has become my favorite gi. I haven’t used my Atama Mundial since getting it and won’t until winter. I highly recommend the Vulkan Pro Light to anyone suffering in the heat or who just wants to try a good quality gi.
For a more in depth review of the Vulkan Pro Light you might try Meerkatsu’s Review. Seymour always goes all out and does stunning reviews on gis.
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