With the Predator, UK-based martial arts uniform company Black Eagle establishes itself in the BJJ market as a maker of low priced, high quality gis. They earn high marks for durability, fit and especially price. This is a solid gi that’s a perfect choice for beginners (or anyone else) who want to stick to a $100 budget.
|Quality / Durability||Very Satisfied|
|Fit / Comfort||Satisfied|
|Style / Design||Satisfied|
|Overall Rating||4-5 Stars — Good to Great|
Steve, the owner of Black Eagle, contacted me about reviewing their Predator gis after getting in a new batch. After some back and forth, we decided to mix and match an A2 top with A3 pants since I fall in the borderland of sizing charts. Those sizes worked out fine, with the pants being slightly baggy, which is to be expected when going up a size.
A minor note about the color of the gi. The jacket and the pants aren’t quite the same tone of blue. When I mentioned this to Steve, he said the ripstop fabric in the pants can “take” the dye differently. This isn’t a knock against the gi, since it looks fine, and it could be due to my mismatched A2 and A3 top and bottom. The difference in color lessened after a few washes.
After wearing the gi for the past five months, I remain impressed with the quality of construction and stitching. Nothing has frayed, torn or stretched. Shrinking and fading has not been a problem, but I also cold wash and hang dry. The craftsmanship is on level with gis with much higher price tags.
At £60.00 (about $95 USD), you’ll be hard pressed to find another gi of this quality with such a low price tag. Other brands could easily sell the same gi for $125-150. The women’s version is 50% cheaper than the men’s, and while I haven’t worn one (sorry), I would recommend any female jiu-jiteiros on the market for a new gi pick up one or two. All things considered (especially price) Black Eagle is a smart buy that I highly recommend.