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Fits well, looks good
on January 4, 2015
I bought the charcoal/red in Medium and was pleasantly surprised.
Quality & Use
The red color was very vibrant, just as the pictures showed, which was surprising since the colors are rarely as bright as the model pictures for anything. The gray color was the slightly darker grey as pictured as well. The material was very nice and soft, clearly of good quality, and a bit stretchy. It has a slightly satiny-silky-smooth feel to it that does a good job outlining ridges and bumps of whatever's underneath when pulled taut. The draw strings are very heavy and thick rope-like material, and the hood interior is not only vibrant, but the same smooth material. Seams aren't bulky or thick, yet are quite strong. The material itself isn't very thick though, which would impact the style badly anyway, and is more of a slightly heavier long sleeved shirt than it is an actual sweatshirt. The hood is very small, clearly intended only for appearance and not for use, which is perfect for the style since it keeps it from hanging way down your back and feeling uncomfortable when you sit down with your back against a chair. The shirt itself doesn't have any inner liner (unlike some of the others from this brand), which further differentiates this from an actual sweatshirt used for warmth. It feels very good on the inside either with an undershirt or without, and the seams don't bind, chafe, or constrict under active movement. It doesn't appear it was the intent, but the fabric feels to be slightly moisture wicking as well, though the liner of the hood and the draw strings will absorb and retain moisture. The draw strings are also quite long, almost half again what appears in the pictures (at least for size Medium), but they tend to cling to the front of the shirt ever so slightly so they aren't swinging around all the time, but not so tightly that the static cling is obvious to an observer.
As I mentioned, I bought a size Medium. I'm 5'7" with a stockier build, having a 44" chest and wide muscular shoulders and arms over a 30" waist and 34" hips. Despite what other reviewers said, it fits quite well and I wouldn't change sizes. Understanding that the point of the "hoodie" is to fit tighter and show off the physique a bit, it fits about how one would expect. It's definitely not a vanity size by any means. After the first wear following a wash, the fabric stretches out slightly (like all shirts) so it's not quite as constricting as straight out of the dryer, which is the fit I'm talking about.
Others have mentioned it, and I reiterate that like most of these stylish shirts/coats/sweatshirts coming out of China, the torso's short and the arms are long. For me the torso's surprisingly about the right length, coming down to just below my belt buckle when my arms are down, despite how short I am (5'7"). The arms are however a few inches too long. If you wear it how the model does, with the sleeves pushed back, it works pretty well because it gives a good amount of cloth that gets bunched up, but if you want to wear the sleeves down you'll still have some extra cloth bunching on your forearms or elbows. The cuff part of the sleeves seems to be the culprit, being overly long (as the pictures reveal), but not seeming to have been accounted for when the sleeve length was calculated for the size.
Hood & Collar Size
I've seen numerous complaints from reviewers about the small hood, and I really don't understand what the complaints are about. The style isn't one in which the hood is actually used or functional, so a smaller hood is actually a benefit (not getting in your way when you sit down or wear a coat). The rim of the hood is slightly small for the overall hood size, which gives it that slightly lifted look shown in the pictures that actually reveals the contrast lining. This smaller hood does however contribute to a smaller and thicker collar, which affects the fit and appearance a bit if you have large trapezius muscles or don't have a giraffe-like neck. If you're like me, you should plan on it making your shoulders and upper body look even stockier than a flat collar shirt would.
Arm & Shoulder Fit
Just like every other stylish shirt out of China these days, the shirt was designed for people who have no arm muscle to show off their arm muscles. The arms are narrower and tighter than most, though the slightly stretchy fabric handles even large arms well. I have 16" upper arms and very big forearms (rock climber forearms) and while the shirt felt a tighter than I would have expected, the material stretched easily to accommodate and didn't seem strained. The appearance also didn't seem abnormal, but did do a reasonable job of showing off the arms. Like most long sleeved shirts I've owned though, the cuffs were tight on my forearms when I pushed them up, and the extra long bands of the cuffs didn't do so well in appearance. The actual cuffs are only slightly more narrow than standard, but because of their extra long size and my extra large forearms, I can only comfortably push the cuffs up 1-2 inches instead of half-way up my forearms (as is usual). I suspect this is an issue that might occur for others with large arms as well, since bigger upper arms are frequently accompanied by larger forearms as well. The shoulders have a seam that runs perfectly vertical and stretches well with the rest of the fabric. My very large chest requires the shoulders to accommodate some extra stretch, which it does very well while also wrapping the shoulders themselves well. The shoulder-to-shoulder width is a little more narrow than some other fits, but consistent with a slim fit from any other brand.
Chest & Waist Fit
The chest fits like a dream, surprising for me since I have an overly muscled chest with large pectorals and laterals, and continues to fit well down to the bottom of the ribs. The fit is tight without being constricting, and shows the physique off well. Even if your chest isn't huge, it would fit well and show off the physique, but like the rest of the shirt you're not going to be able to hide moobs (man-boobs) with this. Also unlike some shirts, the arm/shoulder holes are set in the proper position on the chest, so a wider chest will not push your shoulders further into the sleeves and shorten the sleeve length like many other slim fit shirts I've worn. This is a positive since the material itself is more than capable of stretching to fit while maintaining a normal appearance and will cause the material to wrap your chest up to your arm pits rather than giving a wide batwing-underarm effect. The waist size was a slight disappointment to me, but not unreasonable. Nearly every shirt I've ever worn tends to hang a little loose around my waist, and this was no different. My waist is between 30" and 32", which I would have expected would fall within the normal size range for a Medium given the fit of the rest of the shirt. The shirt does fit very well across the stomach and below the ribs, slightly looser than across the chest, but not baggy by any means. It doesn't fit tight enough that you're going to constantly see a six-pack, but it's tight enough that even a slight paunch or toned stomach are going to regularly outlined. For fit people it's safely not ostentatious, but revealing enough to be stylish and attractive, while for those that don't have a flat stomach it will keep them from ever wearing this shirt. The waist being slightly loose could be a design choice based on the stomach fit as well. For those of us still fighting the "fit fat" stomach muscle shelf between lower abs and hip flexors, it keeps the shirt from making it look like we have a gut.