Gi review: Shoyoroll the Count gi


Overall impression and fabric

The Shoyoroll gis are sold in batches and usually pre-ordered. This means once the gi is sold out (quickly) the only place you can usually get one is on eBay. Although you can not actually purchase the Shoyoroll Count anymore, it is most likely very similar to soon to be released Shoyoroll Rio Koi (Batch 12, see picture below)

The Shoyoroll Count is a white gi with grey stitching and yellow details. The name comes from Mitsuyo Maeda and his name can be found in red Japanese characters on the sleeve and below the knee. The Count has the standard SYR fabric weighing 450 grams and is considered a pearl weave gi.

The first thing I noticed about the jacket is that it is light but sturdy and comfortable on the skin. This was a very positive thing because most lightweight jackets seem to be either really coarse or feel like a t-shirt.

Some Shoyoroll batches have rip stop pants while others have cotton pants such as the Count. I have worn many rip stops and seen the shoyoroll rip stops and have to say I prefer the cotton ones. Of course, the rip stops are slightly lighter, so for a serious competitor, they might be a better choice.

These cotton pants remind of Tatami Estilo in terms of design and cut (Tatami runs a bit bigger). If possible, the Shoyoroll fabric is even more comfortable than the Tatami. I have to say, from all the kimonos I’ve tried, I’d say the SYR pant fabric and cut are the best.
The pants also have double loops for the string, and the string itself doesn’t seem to come undone as much in average gi pants. The gusset is reinforced with extra stiching and gold weave fabric.

The fit and sizing

I had heard that SYR sizes run a bit big, so I wear an A2, while my average kimono is an A3. The gi fits me nicely and the cut is slim, similar to Keiko. SYR produces size A3 slim, which I guess would be a super slim cut. The official sizing chart is below:

Measurements of my gi (5 washes in cold water only)

Key issues with fit

- Slim fit all over, pretty snug around the shoulders
- Sizes run a bit big, but not as big as the Tatami Estilo

In this review I compare the fit and size to a Gameness Pearl weave (A3). If you want to see how it compares to other kimonos, just take a look at the Gameness Pearl review.

Although SYR’s sizes are big, the A2 is clearly smaller than the A3 Gameness. The jacket is slimmer, there is less space around the shoulders and the sleeves are shorter

The size difference is not so big with the pants. The Gameness pants are considerably wider and slightly longer than the Count’s pants.  

One of the best things about the Shoyoroll Count is the collar to weight ratio. While being a light gi, the collar is sturdy and thick. Here you can see that although the Gameness pearl is heavier than the SYR, its collar is not as thick

The sleeve cuff length is 17 cm which is the same as Atama A3 that has the tightest sleeve I’ve measured. Again, SYR seems like a very good choice for a competition gi.

There are a lot of nice little details and embroideries on the gi. There is even some “rastafari” colors inside the sleeves. However, they are only sewn on top of fabric, instead of being part of it.
The basic logo:

Inside the collar:


Some character stuff..

..and Ethiopia stuff


 Key issues:

- Comfortable, light and slim jacket and pants

- Good for competition due to tight sleeve cuffs and fairly thick collar

- Nice design with a lot of cool tiny things without going over the top

- I’ve heard there were some quality issues with the Compadre and Americana gis, but couldn’t find any serious flaws on this one.

Overall grade:
10-/10 (can’t think of anything wrong with this one, but surely it could somehow be improved)


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