My take: misfire, with a little meh thrown in.
As a third degree Knight, I have thus far resisted going into the fourth degree as the cost of the old uniform was prohibitive. I simply didn't have the money for a tux, chapeau, gloves, sword, etc. And frankly, I thought it looked ridiculous on most of the men who wore it. So will I be leveling up now that the new, and presumably less expensive, uniform is out?
Well, maybe not.
The new uniform resembles a military one. It is very similar to the uniform of the Legion (association of Canadian veterans). We would be mistaken for soldiers regularly, and that's what I don't like about the change. The honour of looking like soldiers should be the privilege of soldiers and soldiers alone. I did not serve, therefore I have no right to look like someone who did.
As I said, this was a misfire. I was not against altering the uniform as such, but this replacement is a mistake. But, having said that (and here's where the 'meh' comes in) I will still be a member, pay my dues, and help out with our functions around the parish.