Do-gi Review for 10 Kata Model Dogi from 8 Brands
Shureido NW3: The off-the-rack Shureido NW3 fits quite well in terms of general sizing, but it may need some adjustments, especially in length. It’s not cut for Western body types, so you might want to buy a larger size and make alterations accordingly. The product itself is recommended, but it’s crucial to find a skilled seamstress or tailor to make the necessary modifications. Shureido can also perform these modifications for you, although it comes at a premium.
Hirota MH12: The Hirota MH12 has a similar cut to the Shureido NW3 but is more adequately designed for those with longer legs. It doesn’t require alterations and tailoring for length.
Hayashi Katamori: Unfortunately, we had to return the 100% cotton Hayashi Katamori dogi as it was too small for a size 6.5, as indicated by the chart measurements. It’s possible that this dogi might fit better at a size 7.5, and it seems to share similarities with the Arawaza Black Diamond, albeit missing some finer details, which is reflected in its lower price.
Kamikaze New Life Shihan: The Kamikaze New Life Shihan boasts a modern cut designed for Westerners and is made from a nearly heavyweight canvas of 100% cotton. It pleasantly surprised with its comfortable brushed fabric and 3D cut pants. This German brand delivers excellent value for the price.
Tokaido Kata Master: The Tokaido Kata Master dogi has been sitting in the closet for months due to its unusual cut. It appears to be designed with a style reminiscent of 1970s Karate enthusiasts. It might be worth contacting the distributor to inquire about the age of this product.
Tokyodo JKGA Label: Similar to the Tokaido Kata Master, the Tokyodo JKGA Label features an old-school cut that might not align with modern preferences. It might be a good idea to consider selling both of these on eBay.
Mugen – Orange Label: The Mugen Orange Label offers a standard cut designed for Westerners but tends to run about half a size too small. Despite the sizing issue, this brand’s label is better than expected for those on a budget, making it suitable for beginners. The Japanese family-owned distributor, located in Los Angeles, provides embroidery services and is known for its reliability and customer service.
KI International – Black 0419: The KI International Black 0419 appears to be a basic karate do-gi suitable for workouts where you don’t mind stains or wear and tear. While the fit may not be the best for your size, it can serve its purpose if needed.
|BRAND||MODEL||SIZE||Custom||TOP / JACKET||BOTTOM / PANTS||SCORE|
|Vented||Mesh shoulder insert||1||2||3||4||5||6||12||Jacket Taper ratio||Jacket CUFF layers||High waist||Mesh waist band||Strap -or- Cord||3D Pants||7||8||9||10||11||Pant Taper ratio||Pant Cuff layers|
|Items in BOLD RED contribute to the overall score!||See bottom for legend|
|Kamikaze||New Life Shihan||6.5||NO||NO||NO||97cm||72cm||56cm||22cm||34cm||68cm||85cm||65%||4||NO||NO||CORD||YES||36cm||104cm||32cm||26cm||32cm||88.9%||4||3/12|
Note 1: All measurements are in centimeters and before any washing or shrinkage and follow the Shureido measurement standards found at shureidokarate.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/measurmeent-guidelines.jpg
Note 2: Items in BOLD RED primarily contribute to the overall score!
|Guide to measure jacket|
|1||Jacket lengh bottom of the collar to bottom of the jacket measured from the center|
|2||Shoulder is shoulder seam to shoulder seam|
|3||Sleeve is shoulder seam to wrist|
|4||Cuff is wrist circumference / 2|
|5||Armhole is measured at the shoulder seam circumference / 2|
|6||Slit is measured from top of shoulder to slit|
|12||Middle neck to wrist|
|Guide to measure pants|
|7||Hip is pant leg measured from the diameter of the seam / 2|
|8||Pant length is measured from the top of the pant loop to the bottom of the pants hem|
|9||Hem Width is the bottom hem circumference / 2|
|10||Pant rise is measured from top of crotch seam to top of standard pants (not high waist)|