SOU is traditional design and foremost a protective equipment.
【Product code: 14_07】
From YAMATO-BUDOGU TOKYO
Sou (蒼) means a greenish blue color like the blue sky in spring that symbolize an earnest spirit and mystery. It is a bogu design following the traditional design and idea of bogu as first and foremost a protective equipment. In the hand of mastercraftsman like Ito-san, traditional design is given new breath of life where high level of ergonomics and easy to use can be achieved without sacrificing its protective function and capability. 100% MADE IN JAPAN.
DESIGN SPEC SUMMARY
・Tenouchi (deer skin/synthetic)
SHORT OVERALL REVIEW ON KOTE
Sou (Kote) offers superb protection and better function. Its structurally strong, long, and thick kotebuton protects the user from hard hits effectively. Its asymmetrical kote design allows superb stuffing of deer fur and polyester on right kote fingertips, wrist and kera protects from misblows during simultaneous hits. Hence it is suited for practice, grading and competition. The overall design shows it is best for daily practice. A good Kote for beginner, experienced player, and female kendoka. Works well as a primary or secondary set. Its strong structure, thickness and elasticity is very well suited for people who frequently practice with hard-hitters.
However, the length of kotebuton and its whole weight might not be suitable for competitive kendo player that prefer smaller target area and lighter weight for speed. The use of mix deer fur and polyester stuffing means that it requires time for the kote to fully mold into the user's shape.