MKimonos hybrid weave: beautiful but small :(

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by mrfurion, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. mrfurion

    mrfurion White Belt

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    Hey all

    I was hoping to be able to review the MKimonos 10th Anniversary hybrid weave gi I imported (to Australia), but unfortunately on receipt I've found that it's much too small for me.

    I'm 169cm and 62kg, and the website said A1 was up to 168cm and 62kg, so I knew I would be pushing it. I took the risk because the gi was reduced from $170 to $100 - too good an opportunity to pass up.

    I figured that even if the gi was a bit small I could still use it for training, but as it turns out the jacket is so small it just doesn't fit me (sleeves 3 or 4 inches too short and the jacket's too tight around the shoulders).

    I take responsibility for my decision, and I'll wear the return shipping cost and just get a refund, but it does lead me to question the method which gi companies use for sizing. Specifically, why is it ok for companies to list a range while knowing that people towards the top simply WILL NOT FIT into the gi?

    I am a medium-light build with very normal proportions in terms of arm and leg length, but by my estimate I would have needed to be 5'4" or 5'5" to fit into the gi even before it shrunk (I'm 5' 6.5" and the site says A1 goes up to 5'6"). Seems that the sizing chart could be more realistic?

    Anyway I didn't mean to turn this into a whinge. Although I haven't rolled in it, the gi appears to be outstanding in terms of design and construction, and I'm seriously considering forking out $160 for an A2 of the same thing even though I'm going to blow $40 on lost postage returning the first one. Also Luciana from MKimonos was extremely helpful, and my complaint is more about general industry practice than anything to do with the company.

    ps: I'd read the rules first before annoying fellow Aussie mods.

    ~Foz
     
  2. Mucko

    Mucko White Belt

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    mate, i'm in New Zealand and have been emailing Luciana about buying a gi. She hasnt replied to any of my emails.

    They obviously ship overseas then? How much was it to Aussie? Did you have to arrange shipping costs before you ordered (she's not replying to my cost queries).

    Sorry to be asking you, but you're the closest punt i've got to get an answer.
     
  3. Super.Froggy

    Super.Froggy Blue Belt

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    Don't want to sound like a dick but first of you are 1 cm over the size limit :redface: when it comes to clothing you are always better off getting something a bit larger than too small...
    I know the Koral are pre-shrunk but they still do shrink a bit... So when you are riiiiiight on the edge of a size go for the one higher :icon_chee
    Think of it two seconds you saved 60 bucks for something that you can't wear and you'll have to pay to send it back before getting a new one. At the end of the day you lost at least 2 weeks of using a gi and a mission down to your post office hahaha. Not sure it was worth saving 60 bucks :icon_chee:
    I'm 1m75 for 65 kgs and I got several A2 they fit nice :)
     
  4. stu3ufc**

    stu3ufc** Yoshihiro Akiyama

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    you should just sell ur gi onto another team mate and buy again
     

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