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Designed for alligator arms?
on March 4, 2014
I like this hoodie. It looks good, the lining is great, and there's a high quality to the build. Compared to the bargain bin hoodies I usually get, the fit is fantastic even on my goofy torso. Really, it's one of the nicest hoodies I've seen in this price range, but one thing kills it for me: short arms.
For reference, in dress shirts I wear a 17" neck and 36/37 sleeves that usually need to come up a touch (whether I actually pay to get that done varies with how much I like the shirt). The XL hoodie fits perfectly until we get to the cuffs, which pull up significantly when my arms are outstretched. It's not like we're talking softball shirt length, but they do come up higher than I'd wear a watch. When my arms are relaxed, it's usually fine and, to be fair, my wife hasn't said anything about the sleeves, so maybe it's not as noticeable to others as it is to me, the wearer.
Still, I actually haven't even washed the thing yet out of fear that I'll lose a great hoodie to the whims of shrinkage (when the season's over, I'll try it and hope for the best). I understand that some of the logic in keeping the arms shorter than pretty much every other hoodie I own could be the positioning as 'work wear' since someone using it outdoors while busy with tools or machinery wouldn't want unnecessary, loose fabric flopping about, but the cuffs are nicely made and seem like they're more than capable of keeping another inch of sleeve out of the way.
If you've got short or even average length arms, I'd tell you this is a great buy. If you're like me, however, and more of a knuckle-dragger, I'd have to tell you to pass, lest you suffer the same disappointment I did.