Look, I’m not going to pretend that I’ve tried and put to the test all the different hakama out there. And I’m definitely not going to tell you where you should buy a hakama.
I’m happy to tell you where I bought the ones I’ve used and which one seems to be the best quality (of the ones I’ve used). Ultimately, however, it’s up to you to do your own research and make your own decision.
With all that said, I’ve owned three hakama. The first two I bought while I was in Spain. They were OK, but not great. They both seemed to fall apart rather quickly. The hakama-dome kept getting torn off. I’d have to keep sewing it on again (and I’m terrible at sewing). Eventually I just gave up and went without a hakama-dome. The stitching on the himo also fell apart. So, the himo were hanging on by a thread (literally). Finally, neither one of them seemed to hold the pleats well (which, of course, could be simply because I was a newbie at folding the hakama).
Anyway, I recently purchased a hakama from Nine Circles. Only time will tell if it will stand up to the assaults of my aggressive Aikido and poor folding ability. But so far I’m pleased with the hakama. There’s way more stitching on the himo than on my old hakama and the stitching seems sturdy. So far, the hakama-dome is still attached, which is also a good sign.
Anyway, that’s where I bought my latest hakama. I’m happy with it.
What about you? Where have you bought hakama and how did it work out?