accident_prone, on Nov 10 2009, 05:31 PM, said:
i want to get one, but he is out of stock in my size and since judo gis are slow sellers for him, he's not sure when he will re-stock.
if i ever get my hands on one, i will post a review and see if it is tournament legal.
I'm very sure it's tournament legal. Howard is a stickler for following all the rules of governing bodies like IJF, IBJJF, CBJJE, etc. I've had four HCK jj gis, and they were all top notch. Very durable and an "ungrabbable" collar. Some refer to it as a "cheater" gi. Personally, after I'm done with the two Howards I have now, I don't think I'll be getting another one. In jj, it's kind of an antiquated gi design. Most players -"most," not "all"- now want super light, sleek and comfortable gis.
Howard jj gis are boxy and seem to be a cut that's almost between a jj cut and a judo cut.
I'm tired of the boxy, heavy, and hot-thing, but it may suit you just fine.
Having said that, I know there are world class athletes like Dan and Dave Camarillo who swear by HCK.
Just my two (overpriced) cents.