Christian went on a round-the-world training trip in 2011 and wrote a blog, then a book, about his experiences. Here's a two-part interview he did with JitsMagazine...
What could be more natural than to make a gi specially designed for travel and training? It's not the first such (Kauai Kimonos makes a great one and did a custom version for Christian's trip, I have heard that Gorilla Gis makes one too) but it has some nice touches and I am excited to report back to you about this gi. Right now it's available at an introductory price of US$149 on his Globetrotters shop site.
Forgive my selfies in the mirror at my friends' academy-- the guys were too busy rolling nogi to help a sister out! So any smears you see are actually on the mirror (leftovers from writing drilling plans in marker.)
This super light-weight (2.4lbs) gi is available in royal blue or a medium gray. For reference I'm 5'2" 140 lbs, 36-28-38 and this is an A1, after one hot wash and one hot dry.
You can see the pants and jacket are a tad long and the body a bit baggy on my short frame. The sleeves are okay in length.
Let's talk shrinkage while we're at it. This little chart originated from Flowroller Designs and until I looked at their page I had no idea they have a used gi buy/sell program AND a donate-your-gi program you should look into!
Anyway-- here's the diagram with my alterations to reflect the measurements I made....
Before and after a hot machine wash and dry, in inches, measurements made while gi is laid flat. Not much shrinkage.
Jacket A cuff to cuff across shoulders Before 63" After 61"
Jacket B length neck to hem Before 29.75" After 29"
Jacket C sleeve length under arm Before 20.5" After 19.75
Pants E length, front waist to bottom hem Before 37.5" After 36.5"
Pants H waist width Before 20" After 19.75"
Pants I front rise Before 13.5" After 12.5"
You can check out the Globetrotter sizing chart and diagram here.
The gi is made of a very comfortable, light but sturdy ripstop material. It's very well made, and I didn't see any bobbles in the stitching. Note that it is not IBJJF-competition legal (the jacket is ripstop, and the pants have a patch too close to the bottom hem.) But it will airdry in a jiffy, and it packs down to just about nothing in your bag so it is an ideal travel gi.
The patch on the front of the jacket is sewn on impeccably. It's not embroidered; it seems to be dye sublimated, not painted, so shouldn't flake or crack. The emblem on the right bicep is embroidered into the fabric with tight even stitches.
It's embroidery onto the actual fabric, not tape sewn on, and very beautifully done with ornate detail.
The emblem stitched just under the back of the collar is attractive and simple.
All in all, a very comfortable gi not just in terms of weight and packing size, but also when training. It is such thin material you might worry about durability, but having trained for years in ripstop gis, I can tell you it's unrippable and as tough as parachute fabric. In hot weather this gi is a blessing. In addition, the ripstop material helps your hip movement; you'll just glide over the mat.
The gi comes with a free e-book copy of Christian's book, free worldwide shipping and a LIFETIME 100% money-back guarantee. He's also got a VERY nice looking pearl-weave gi, with a sublimated rashguard lining in the jacket, available in black or white. It's a little more expensive but it looks quite worth it.