The first important thing about Origin is that the owner/designer Pete Roberts is not only a businessman, but also a competitor at the highest level, most recently fighting his ass off at the World Pro Jiu Jitsu Cup! So the functionality and comfortability should be top notch, and the improvements made on the 2012 model illustrate that commitment to improvement.
Style & Design:
|6'4" 204#'s This is a A-4|
The kimono itself is a solid fit that allows maneuverability but contours the body decently. Though I must admit I find a bit too much room under the arms with the new model. Perhaps my older gi has simply shrunk up a bit and fits better, but the Comp 550 seems to have some added room in the lat's area. The same quality double stitching adorns the sleeves and lapel along the pearl weave fabric. The stitch lines and terminals are clean and locked. Literally no loose threads with this gi manufactured in Pakistan.
|A bit hard to see but notice|
the design improvement
in the knee pad.
|Lapels are identical|
Design improvements include what I think will be the next big addition to all kimono's in the near future, and that is a triangular shaped reinforced knee pad that extends up to about mid thigh. How many times have you rolled with that Judo cat who grabs your pants right above the knee's and rips the shit out of them simply trying to pass your guard!? Being a heavyweight I can only assume Pete ran into many a dude with grips of steel and a general disregard for his gi budget, so he built this reinforced, double layered, and double stitched knee pad. Brilliant idea Pete!
Another great improvement on the pant design is the drawstring "tunnel" system which feeds the cord (again, bonus!) through a ripstop "tunnel" that keeps the pants on your hips more securely, and seems to dampen the wear and tear on the stitching on the pants. I have wore the hell out of this gi for the past 2.5 months and I must say it has stood up to some serious abuse! Absolutely no sign of wear nor tear on any piece of the gi!
Another aspect setting Origin apart is the inclusion of a rash guard with each order. This years version of the orange rash guard is honestly one of the most comfortable rashies I have ever put on my silky smooth skin! Tight but warming keep in mind you are getting a bit of a bonus when you are purchasing an Origin kimono.
|As you can see the "tunnel" system is a big|
design improvement with the Comp 550
Make sure you bookmark Origin's website where you can order a gi, check out some new designs they have come up with including competition minded backpacks (hope to review the OrangaHang in the near future), and follow the adventures of Pete via the BJJ Weekly newsletters!
Thanks to Pete for the sample gi for review, as well as DKB Images for the photo's!