It's a shame the Raptor (for guys) and Raptora (the ladies' version) was a special edition gi that's no longer available. I am still going to review it-- in case they make another run of it, or if you can get your hands on one some other way.
The Raptor has already been reviewed a few times, by JiuJitsu Sweep, on Sherdog, by Meerkatsu, and the Grappling Addict among others. Megjitsu reviewed the Raptora, both in pre-production and official versions. And my review of the Predadora is found here.
The short version: really nice silky soft twill pants with a slimmer cut than the Predadora, a rashguard-lined jacket that's pleasantly roomier than the Predadora, with gorgeous embroidery, and very little shrinkage. But some flaws in quality control cut the A+ down to an A-.
Stats on an A1:
Weight: 3.5 lbs-- quite light for a lined-jacket gi with non-ripstop pants.
Pants measurements: Waist 20.5", Leg length 32", cuff 8.5", front rise 9.25", rear rise 11".
Jacket: Front length, shoulder to hem 27", width at armpits 17", armpit to cuff 19", cuff 6". I could not accurately determine if there was any shrinkage at all-- measurements varied by 1/4" here and there but it could have been user error.
Can't explain how well I like the fabric of the pants-- twill that feels worn in, but not worn out. Kind of the same texture as 1000-thread count fancy hotel sheets, only sturdier. I hope Black Eagle continues to use this fabric for future pants, although I like ripstop too-- this stuff wears very well and is extremely comfortable. But the stitching had some skips and errors:
The double layer over the knee extends far up the thigh and down to about six inches above the ankle. When you're on your knees, you're still on the "padding" which is good-- but just barely. I wish they would have reinforced the whole front or at least down to the ankle.
Fancy embroidered eagle on the lower left leg.
After six months or so of regular wear, there are a few loose or fuzzed-up threads in the eagle, but no unraveling or serious issues.
Here's a small example of quality control problems: such nice reinforcement of the triple-seamed construction inside the pants/crotch, but a handful of loose threads. To be fair, there's no deterioration of the seam or other impact, so I suppose it's predominantly aesthetic.
You know I love pants with six belt loops. Raptora-- got 'em.
French seam, wrapped and folded onto itself.
As for the jacket-- it's more comfortable than the Predadora, because it offers more cross-over across the front and is looser under the arms without being boxy and enormous like most mens' gis. The skirt is a little bit longer than the Predadora without being too long-- it hits just below my hipbone but above the crease where thigh meets torso. While I love the Predadora pants, the Predadora jacket makes me feel like I'm literally bust-ing out of the jacket (while I'm a 36 C right now, the Predadora jacket makes me feel like a 38DD. Or something.)
I give the Raptora a solid A--- it's one of my favorites because of all the comfortable textures, the lovely color scheme, and the nicely-fitting jacket. Too bad there were some stitching boo-boos, but they do not affect the wear and lifespan of the gi.