When ordering uniforms, check the appropriate charts below to ensure optimum fit. You will most likely NOT wear the same size from all manufacturers. Get out the measuring tape!
The Tokaido uniforms from Japan are some of the best tournament/instructor uniforms in the world, and my personal favorite. When new, they have a blue-ish tint to them, and are somewhat stiff. With wear and care, they will soften up and are brilliant white. They are available in a "tournament cut" for those hardcore martial artists who don't want to have their sleeves and pant legs get in the way of their techniques.
The interesting thing about the Tokaido uniform is that it has been branded as an "instructor-only grade" by some unscrupulous schools out there. The students are led to believe that they must have some kind of instructor credential in order to buy this uniform. I have had calls from students hundreds of miles away, whose instructor was selling the uniform in the $400-500 range, and thought my price was either a joke or I was selling a "knock-off". I can assure you that neither is the case!
When I bought my first Tokaido in 1995, there was a shortage of the cotton used in Japan for this uniform, and I had to wait 3 months to get it, but I can tell you that it was worth it! And at a current retail price of $299.95, it's a great buy. (These uniforms went up about $70 in 2011). These uniforms "snap" really nicely when performing your techniques, so if you're ready to buy that great testing or tournament uniform, consider Tokaido.