This is my first review of some kimonos--both by the company Brazilian Fightwear. Before I get to the review, I should say a few things about my shape/size, training habits, and purchasing habits. For starters, I am roughly 200 lbs. and 5'10''. I train 4-5 times per week, and I am usually a cheapskate when it comes to kimonos--that is, I am always trying to find a deal/steal. If you look at the "grappling gear" typelist on the right-hand side of the page, you'll fine more than 100 companies listed. I am regularly cruising their pages looking for sales, etc. I usually keep 5-6 gis in my rotation. When I exceed that limit, I usually pass along my used gis to others if I purchase a new one.
I am also well aware that most of the gi companies use manufacturers in Pakistan and China (Origin is a notable exception). As such, I am not convinced there is a huge difference when it comes to the quality of kimonos being put out by the various companies that are flooding the market these days with new kimonos. So, while there is a huge difference when it comes to style preferences--e.g., heavily patched vs. relatively plain--I am not convinced there is a big difference when it comes to quality/durability.
That said, today I want to review two kimonos from the same company. Both of these kimonos have been in my rotation since December 2014--so, I am able to say something about their durability. The company is Brazilian Fightwear--which is owned by the company that also sells Storm Kimonos and Jiu Jitsu Athletica. The two kimonos I want to review from Brazilian Fightwear are the Recife and the Bahia models, respectively. And while the official homepage lists the kimonos at $169.99 and $159.99, I purchased both kimonos last December (2014) through Amazon.com for $39.95 each. You read that right! I spent less than $40 on each model! Depending on your size and color, you can still find them for roughly $65 via Amazon.com even today. So, the price is definitely right! The question is: How is the quality. You will find my take on both kimonos below the fold!