There are many different types of weave, and only a few of them are what can be called standard. The rest are proprietary weaves for a particular brand. With so many options out there and little literature explaining them, it can be hard to tell what you are buying. We explain the weaves below, but please be sure to check out our Jiu Jitsu Gi Buying Guide for help in determining which gi is right for you.
The Single Weave Gi is often a popular choice as they are lightweight and affordable. This makes it a great choice for those who are just starting Jiu Jitsu. Single Weave Gis use less fabric than other weaves (which is why they are more affordable), which makes them lighter and thinner than other weaves. A lighter Gi will keep you cooler while grappling, but they won’t be as durable and it will be easy for your opponent to grab your Gi and maintain a strong grip. Due to the lightness, Single Weave Gis are a popular choice in competition when you are close to the weight limit in your tier.
The Double Weave is the same weave found in the Single Weave, just done twice over. This gives the Double Weave Gis much more durability, weight and thickness. Thicker Gis are considered advantageous in competition because it is more difficult for your opponent to grab your Gi and maintain a strong grip. It is this thickness that may also make the Gi harder to maneuver in if it is not the right fit. Due to the extra material used in Double Weave Gis, they are more expensive than their Single Weave counterparts.
Gold weaves are a hybrid of the single weave and double weave. The goal is to maintain the strength, durability and thickness of the double weave with the lightness of the single weave. With this combination, Gold Weave Gis are especially popular for competition.
Many manufacturers have their own proprietary weave that is often hard to understand when compared against the weaves above. Usually weaves are labeled as a single, double or gold if it is that type of weave. If it does not, we put it into the other category. These are weaves such as “Pearl Weave”, “honey comb weave”, “platinum weave”, “ripstop weave” etc. Usually these weaves are somewhere between a single weave and a gold weave. While many Light Gis are Single Weaves, the Ultra Light Gis tend to fall in the other weave category as they need to be much stronger weaves than the single weave to allow for less material to be used.