Robert M Watson Jr
It doesn't look like anyone answered the question about when to buy a hakama...Never buy a hakama. It should be a gift presented by someone who loves you.
I love me enough to buy myself a hak, and I love my friends and family so much that I wont ask them to put out that much money. Besides, I need to make sure it fits right, might as well just pay for it, too. Too much hassle for my peeps.
Hard to find a decent one for < $100 bucks, if that. Don't go for those Century Ebay specials, they wont hold up well. Go for Iwata, Tozando, etc.
When is Bujin coming back?!?!?!?