I picked up a red Atama Mundial #5 (Size A3) and promised I’d do a post comparing it to my Koral MKM Urban Camo (Size A3). I haven’t had as much time with the Atama Mundial #5 as I have with my Koral MKM Urban Camo but so far I’m liking it. Here are some of the key differences I have noticed so far:
- The Mundial #5 gi top is longer by a good 2 inches then the MKM. That keeps it in your belt a little longer while rolling and I have decided I like that. Its sleeves are about 1/2 inch longer too and have a little more room then the MKM. I don’t mind that.
- The Mundial #5 is a little better quality. Why I say this is little details are done. For example: Notice how on the red Atama Mundial #5 they have folded over the end and sewn it for the draw string. On my Koral MKM Urban Camo I did the sewing on the end so it wouldn’t fray over time. The patches also look like they have better borders for the Atama and are sewn to the gi better. I have already had to sew part of a patch back on for my Koral.
- The Mundial is heavier and not as soft for the gi top. Notice the difference in the weave of the two from the pictures. Don’t ask me what the difference is. I just know what I feel. Because I wear a long sleeve rash guard the coarseness doesn’t bother me. The added weight of the Atama is good for the winter right now. I wonder if it will be much hotter come summer.
- The pants of the Atama are softer and a hair longer then the Koral. I think they have about the same fit for me and I like them both. There was one big difference I noted. The cuff is sewn different. Notice how the Koral MKM really will last with all those lines of reinforced stitching. The Atama only has the stitching need to sew on the black strip with their name. I don’t think this bad just in the long run I expect the Koral pants to out last the Atama.
- For those of us who don’t use the dryer after washing our gis, to extend their life, the Atama gi top takes much longer to dry out. Like I said it is heavier. I sat mine out all night in my arid house and it still didn’t dry out by noon the next day. The Koral MKM dries out over night. This worries me because I don’t want a stinky gi but I don’t want it to wear out quicker from the dryer.
When all is said and done they are both fine kimonos and have different qualities that make them a top brand. Over all I like the Atama but think my Koral wins out for now.