The Feather is the most practical, economical gi that Gameness offers. Priced at around $150, it makes a great choice for someone looking to purchase an affordable, lightweight gi that can stand up to the rigor of frequent practice as well as be suited for competition. While not an ultralight gi, the lightweight pearl weave design keeps the Feather’s jacket comfortable without sacrificing durability.
Though not as flashy and attractive as many other gis, particularly those made specifically for competition, the Feather makes a great “bare bones” choice while still making a suitable competition gi as well.
As mentioned, the aesthetics of the Feather is one of its few flaws. Patches can be found on both shoulders, chest, lapel, and lower skirt, leaving the back of the gi entirely bare. Even though it’s not necessarily lacking in the number of patches it has, many feel that the graphics just aren’t on par with some of Gameness’ other gis.
Also, the patch on the chest looks unnecessary and out of place, seeming to throw off the symmetry of the design. While this may or may not be an issue for someone looking for a competition gi, the Feather still makes an incredible choice for a practice gi, looking much better than many that fall into this category while still being affordable.
The material used in the jacket is a light pearl weave, while the pants are made from ripstop material and are reinforced at the knees.
The lighter weave on the Feather’s jacket makes it a highly comfortable choice while still remaining thick enough to keep durability from being an issue. Users have said that the rubberized lapels in the gi are very flexible and spongy, keeping them from rubbing uncomfortably against the neck. Also, most reviewers have said that they had no problem getting the Gameness Feather to fit them and that it saw minimal shrinkage even after multiple washes.
Truly, the only complaint against the Feather in regards to fit and comfort is the pants. Though they are made of the commonly-used ripstop material, reviewers have stated that they feel very different from any other ripstop pants they’ve worn before, complaining that they are very stiff and usually wrinkled. Still, some have said that this stiffness could mean an increase in durability.
By far, durability is one of the areas where the Gameness Feather shines. For a lightweight gi under $200, the Feather is one of the most “made to last” gis available.
Featuring the same cut as the Gameness Pearl but with a lighter weave, the Feather is purposefully made to stand up to the punishment of frequent use. Also, the knock that the pants take in the area of comfort is a plus when it comes to the durability of the fabric. Even though the cuffs of the pants are not reinforced, they and the jacket both look to be a design that will last a very long time.
As mentioned, the Feather’s jacket is the same, highly popular cut that is used on the Gameness Pearl, but with a lighter 475 gram pearl weave that makes it more suitable for maneuverability and air-penetration (a real plus on warmer days). Made from high quality cotton, the softness of the jacket is another feature that many reviewers appreciate.
The pants of the Gameness Feather are made from a surprisingly stiff ripstop material. They are free of any patches, have two belt-loops, and come with a fabric belt. Even with the complaints about their comfort, many users have praised the durability of the fabric the Feather’s pants are made of. Indeed, for a gi this affordable and light, it would be hard to find a stronger set of pants.
The Gameness Feather is an excellent all-round choice for someone looking to purchase an affordable gi for both practice and competition use. While comfort may be an issue for the pants, the jacket is one of the most comfortable options on the market. Even with the lighter weave, durability is the main strong- suit for this gi, helping it to achieve a combination of resilience and maneuverability that is very hard to find.