Medium Weight 100% Cotton Dogi
Ideal for Daily Training
The SHIKON, meaning Samurai Spirit (formerly TAW), is designed for everyday all around training. Strong enough to last yet light enough for comfort, the SHIKON will provide you with many years of service. The SHIKON employs shorter sleeves, larger pants, and a lengthier jacket for optimum ease of movement.
Material: No.11 cotton canvas (100% cotton)
Expected Shrinkage: Length: Approx. 3% / Width: Approx. 2.8%
MADE IN JAPAN
I received this dogi I today. The weight is exactly as it is as described. I had the dogi custom tailored in the sleeves and length of pants as i have done on previous purchases. Great medium weight quality dogi for the price. This is the 3rd product I have ordered from this website and the service was once again excellent. I will be ordering more in the future because I am extremely satisfied with all aspects of my purchases that I have made.
This is a great dogi. Nice weight, I'd say in the USA it's probably right between 8oz - 10oz. Snap is good on top and pants. Stitching is outstanding. I did alter the length and asked the manufacturer to add for shrinkage, after about a dozen washes it looks like the addition was perfect. As you may know this dogi will have a blue tint to it for awhile (it's added to counter act long term yellowing, as blue is a complementary color). In dim light it looks really blue, less noticeable in bright light. It's suppose to whiten out after a few months of washing.
I purchased a size 6 Tokaido Shikon for myself about a year ago. The material and the stitching are both excellent. Although it's a "middleweight" gi, it feels thicker and snappier than most lower-tier "heavyweight" gis. For example, my previous gi, a 14oz cotton Tiger Claw Hayashi, feels lighter than my 10oz cotton Tokaido Shikon.
I'm subtracting one star because Tokaido's inflexible sizing does not work well for many westerners. I am a white American, 6 feet (183cm) tall, about 200 pounds (91kg), and the size 6 gi fits me poorly. The sleeves are too short by 3-4cm, the shoulders are too narrow by about 2-3cm, and the underarm measurement (the "E" measurement on the chart) needs to be let out at least 3-4cm. As it is, the sleeves rest almost comically short on my arms and my underarms are pinched.
Of course, it wouldn't be fair to subtract points simply because I ordered the wrong size. The real issue is that there's no possible correct size, short of paying double for custom