Headgear is excellent. Light weight and adjustable, and it offers good protection (I was hit on the back and top of the head in sparring the other day, and felt the impact diffused... i.e., didn't feel too much contact). Also, it doesn't limit my vision. Shin/instep guards are also excellent. Lightweight, durable, and fits snuggly. I bought large, but could have fit in the medium size; easy on and not too difficult coming off. For the most part it stays in place during sparring. Only once did the left guard turn a little after throwing three kicks in a row; I think it is because they may be a little big on me. The gloves are very good. Feels comfortable whether wearing hand wraps or not. The dual velcro straps provides more wrist support than my other gloves. The only criticism is aesthetic; one of the gloves looks like the foam wasn't put in carefully enough (hard to explain, and its not too noticeable). Otherwise, looks and feels great. Headgear, gloves and shin guards all absorb moisture well, and dry quickly when aired out. The Chikara shorts are wonderful. They look sharp and the combination of velcro and drawstring makes for easy and comfortable adjusting. Roomy and snug at the same time. I gave this bundle 5 stars because I am very happy with it. I'd like to compare with the Tokushu series and compare the quality.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend