The Houston International Open has all the makings of being the Texas/central US warmup tournament for the Pans and Mundials (the IBJJF World Championships). It will happen again this year in Houston, February 12-13. Last year notables like Bruno Bastos, Rafael Lovato Jr., Christina Thomas, Donald Park and Bill Cooper competed.. this year I hear Kyra Gracie will be competing (and probably the same people and more..)
Well, with the happy thoughts of weighing in right before your matches, in full regalia, come happier thoughts of lightweight gis. Last year I was cutting it pretty close, so I had to know that my regular BJJ belt weighs .4 lbs (whereas a cheapie karate belt only weighs .2 lbs.) So here's some links and pictures and ideas, if you're cutting it close too... I hope to pull in some discount codes for your purchasing pleasure, so check back for edits!
Break Point's ladies' lightweight gi... only $129 from MMAOutlet.com. Huge size range, though I wish that Break Point didn't assume that ladies from 5'2"-5'5" all weighed 130 lbs or less, and I wish BP included two pairs of pants for ladies' gis.
The mens' BP lightweight is $139 (with two pairs of pants.)
The Atama Ultra Light is $126 there.
The Gameness Air in white is only $118 at BudoVideos. (In blue it's $128.) MMAOutlet.com has a best price guarantee so if you're hung up on this gi you might try to get it for less with MMAOutlet.
The standard is the Vulkan Ultra Light, $135 at MMAOutlet. I have this as my competition gi and my A1 weighs about 2.2 lbs. (I did have the jacket tailored to shorten the skirt a tiny bit.)
Plus, if you're a tiny peep like me or smaller, you'll definitely want to consider a Keiko Raca child's gi in size M4 (it fits me, 5'2" 135ish, just fine) or M3 (for you lady feathers and superfeathers out there). The gi weighs 2.2 and only costs $114 at BudoVideos.
Please comment and tell us what lightweight gi you have, like, etc... Please include the size, model, and weight of the gi. Thanks!