Re: Affordable Hakama...
Most aikido-ka (particularly, the Aikikai ones) who have been to Japan would end up buying the Iwata hakama. IMO, in term of value for money, the aikido hakama by Fuji Daruma are worth considering.
The pleats are deep and the straps are long and thick - easy to tie and untie.
I bought mine at Shobudo (a MA shop near the Tokyo Dome). Anyone knows where I can order them online?