Nice Fit and Fabric, but Overpriced

Reviewed by Grad Student on a Budget from Cambridge, UK on Sunday, September 14, 2014
I liked a lot of things about this jacket, starting with the fit. This jacket had a fit similar to the OR Radiant Hybrid Fleece Jacket and the OR Longhouse Jacket, except this jacket, as the name suggests, has a hood. The cut was generally good for my hourglassy smallish medium frame (34C bust - 27" waist - 38.5" hips, with broader shoulders). I ordered a Small and a Medium, and while I could get the Small on, it was definitely too tight at the bust and shoulders. The Medium fit generally well, especially through the torso, following my curves. The sleeves were somewhat too long (to the knuckles on me), and no thumb-holes. Barring the too-long sleeves, this fleece basically fit me perfectly, even in the hood. I also loved the colors – Desert Sunrise was a coral raspberry; “Aquarium” was a flattering turquoise mint. Unfortunately, one major thing prevents me from giving the Soleil Hoodie a glowing review. The material was disappointing: while very soft, it felt flimsy to me, and the pile felt very shallow. Even on a warm September evening I could feel the breeze on my skin through the fleece. It also seemed delicate - like the kind of fabric that would disintegrate and/or pill within a few washings, and definitely within a season. This is really a shame, as I loved the cut and colors. I contemplated getting it to wear around the house, but at this price point that just didn’t seem to make much sense. I hope OR keeps this design and fit, but makes the fleece much more substantial for this price - maybe by using actual Polartec (ideally Power Stretch)
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