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Gwelanmorrep's picture
Try before you buy

I'm fed up with mail-order gi that never quite fit. Is there anywhere I can go to try on gi before buying? I'll be in London for a few days next month, which might be a good place to start. Thanks...

Iain Abernethy
Iain Abernethy's picture

I’m not sure there are that many “storefront” martial arts stores anymore. They were few and far between to start with, and what with the advent of the internet no doubt even fewer. You also have the problem that most gis are manufactured in sealed packets and the store owner may have difficulty reselling one that has been opened. The simplest thing to do maybe to try on the gi of club mates before ordering?

Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

All the best,


Gwelanmorrep's picture

Thanks Iain. A made to measure might be an option; expensive, but maybe less so in the long run if it fits. Anyone with experience? Is the extra cost worth it? What about paying more for 'high tec' material?