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[YES] Miles Smilodon Partial by Ugolek Fursuit Studio

General InformationGives some information about the item and the person writing the review.


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Instagram: miles.smilodon

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

No, this is my first fursuit

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, I told the maker about some flaws with the silicone and they told me how I could cover them up.

Wear Time

40+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Partial
Style: Toony
Shipped From: Russia

Species

Smilodon
Filed under Felidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

480 USD paid in installments
Filed under $500 and under.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

There was no ETA given


Date of Review

July 29, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
February 2018
Completion/Ship Date
March 2018
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Miles the Partial with no padding in a toony style.

Photos of Completed Product


HeadGives information about the head of the costume. If reviewing a set of ears, the answers would also go in this section.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The head is very lightweight and pretty comfortable. Nothing actually touches my face inside the suit, just under my chin where the movable jaw padding rests. Sometimes this padding/jaw will press uncomfortably on my throat, but besides that the head is fine to wear. The fit is good, it’s not too tight or too loose and the fact that it’s so light and not too bulky means I can emote well in it and I can wear it without my neck getting sore.
There are several points inside the head where padding can be attached or removed with velcro; this helps make the head more comfortable and allows you to adjust it to fit better. There is padding for the top of the head, but it still gets a little uncomfortable to wear after a long time suiting. After attaching the lower jaw padding I was able to open it much wider and much more easily than before. The jaw opens fairly wide, but cannot fit an ordinary water bottle. It opens and shuts pretty smoothly, but it is not practical to move while talking, as it does take a bit of pressure to move it. After a few months of owning the suit, I modified the jaw padding to make it larger, so I can open the mouth wider/more easily.
Ventilation is pretty good. I have no other fursuiting experience to compare it too, but I only get short of breath if I’m moving very actively or talking constantly – for ordinary wear, I have no problem breathing, and if it gets stuffy I can always open the moving jaw to get some more fresh air.
There is a blind spot, but it’s not bad and easy to compensate for. I have no issues seeing through the mesh, but the back of the mesh is white, which means glare is a problem sometimes. It doesn’t totally blind me, but it makes it a lot harder to see if there’s any bright lights shining at me. Peripheral vision is actually better than I was expecting. I suit a lot with no handler, and I’ve never had any trouble getting around, even in very crowded con spaces.
The head is partially lined. The interior of the headbase is covered so no rough edges are exposed, but everything else is unlined. Picture of the inside of the head:

The bright pink pieces are the removable padding, there’s a third on the top of the head. Not shown is the elastic strap that holds the head on.
When I first unboxed it, the inside of the head had a faint chemical smell I’m assuming was from some of the materials used. It wasn’t bad and it went away completely after a couple days.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

I am very satisfied with the head appearance. It’s symmetrical, and good looking overall; all the fur is handled very well. Shaving is super smooth with only a couple tiny flaws, mostly around the muzzle and chin. The transitions between various fur lengths are perfect and probably one of my favorite details of the suit. I also love how expressive it looks; with angles and the moving jaw I can create a variety of expressions and moods. The maker followed the references I gave them and did a wonderful job staying true to my character design and bringing it to life. The fur is very high quality, the white is super fluffy and the grey and black are shorter and VERY soft. All the fur is easy to brush out and keep the suit looking good.
The lower lip and the teeth are made of silicone. They are very detailed and well-constructed, and seem very sturdy. The eyebrows are made of fabric (not sure what kind) instead of fur.
Detail of the mouth with the shorter tongue:

The suit has two fleece tongues, interchangeable with velcro. Super soft and they both look great.
The head has follow-me eyes, which function well and are very sturdy. The paint job on the mesh is also very well-done, and the colors are super vibrant.
The whiskers on the head are made of plastic, with black markings at the base made from silicone and airbrushed spots. They do get a little bent out of shape thanks to the material, but I have never had one come detached or badly bent.
The nose is made from fleece, and while it looks very good, the fleece does pill and requires some upkeep to look nice.

There were a couple minor flaws with the appearance, most obtained during transport or through wear but I was able to fix most of them myself.
Most notable is a few flaws in the airbrushing around the lip and nose, it’s a little lopsided and choppy in places.
After a few months of owning the suit, I noticed the silicone lip was starting to come detached, I contacted my maker for advice and they explained how I could fix it. I was able to easily repair it on my own and it’s been fine since.
The white fur around the muzzle, where it’s shaved short, shows through to the backing in places. It’s hard to notice unless you look closely and there aren’t any bald spots, just places where the backing can be seen. There is also some minor wrinkles in the fur on either side of the mouth.
There were a couple issues with the silicone that happened during shipping. One piece was caught in the fur somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be; I was able to carefully cut this out without any change in the appearance of the fur. Some black specks had also melted into the silicone on the fangs, but I contacted the maker and they directed me to cover it up with more white silicone, and now the difference can’t be seen.

Special Attachments and Features Information about any special or unique features this piece has with regard to the reviewer's satisfaction of them.

Since my fursona is a smilodon, my fursuit has two large saber teeth. They are made from silicone filled with what I believe is polyfill. I’m super happy with how they look, I’ve seen saber teeth on fursuits handled in unsatisfactory ways in the past so I took a risk getting them on my fursuit but it paid off. They are soft and flexible, meaning they don’t get broken from taking a few knocks, and I can move my head without them getting in the way. The transition from the muzzle to the fangs is smooth, and they are super sturdy.
The biggest problem is the surface of the silicone is slightly sticky, meaning fur and dust gets stuck to the surface a lot, and I have to clean them often. This usually isn’t enough to be noticeable from a distance or show up in photos.
The top of one of the fangs is not entirely attached to the head all the way around, leaving a very small gap between the silicone and the fur of the muzzle on the inside. It is too small and out of the way to notice while the head is being worn, and can only be seen from directly below it. My only concern is that this gap may grow or get worse with time, but for now it is small and not a problem, and has not gotten worse in the several months that I’ve owned this suit.
The surface of the silicone is not completely smooth, it’s a little wrinkled and bumpy, but this makes it look natural and it doesn’t bother me. It is also difficult to notice unless you’re looking closely at the fangs.

Hands and FeetGives information about the hands and/or feet of the costume.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The handpaws fit pretty well, and are only slightly uncomfortable due to them being unlined. The claws are silicone and sturdily attached, and there’s a good amount of allowance up my forearms so I don’t have to worry about skin showing. The paw design features short fingers, which means my dexterity is a little limited, but I was surprised by how much I could do with these paws. They are unlined, so they’re a little scratchy on the inside. Putting them on is easy, but unfortunately taking them off is another story, especially once I’m sweaty from suiting for a while.

Almost all of my problems with this fursuit are because of the paws. At first I was perfectly happy with them, but they are not holding up great now that I’ve had them for a while. A lot of this was due to my own mistreatment of them; while I think the seams could be sturdier than they are, my own use contributed to a lot of the problems I’ve had, and you may not have any issues if you’re more careful than I was.
In the past couple of weeks, I have had to repair at least five holes in the paws. Part of this is because they’re so difficult for me to take off. The thumbs are too small for me, meaning I was having to tug on the thumbs harder than I should have in order to remove the paws once they were sweaty and sticking to me, and seams started to split around the thumb area on both paws. I do have wide thumbs which I failed to mention to the maker, because I didn’t think it would be an issue. I also made the mistake of letting someone too large for the paws try them on, which probably contributed to the issues I’m having now.
The paws were fine for several wears. Before I lent them to someone, and before I attended the events where I was removing my paws very often and pulling on them too hard, they had no issues. I still like them, just be aware that you may need to be extra gentle with them if you buy from this maker.
Where the seams split, the material starts to unravel, making it somewhat difficult to repair.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

Though they aren’t super sturdy, I do love how these paws look. I love the shape and design of the paws, and they followed my design perfectly. The claws are silicone and they all point the right direction, with a very nice shape, and the pawpads are also well-shaped and super cute.
Just like the head, the fur is super soft and very high-quality. The markings are sewn in and symmetrical, and the colors look great.

Both of these pictures were taken not long after I got the suit.
The paw pads are fleece, so like the nose, I have to deal with some minor pilling.
I’m not sure what material/fur the white fingers are made out of, but I’m not a big fan of it. It looked very good at first but it’s gotten somewhat bumpy and choppy the longer I own the paws, and bits have started to come somewhat unraveled, sticking out awkwardly instead of laying smoothly.
Overall the paws were great at first but have not held up very well over time. However, you may not have issues if you treat them better than I did.

TailsGives information about any tails the costume may have.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The tail is great to wear. It slides easily onto a belt and is pretty comfortable, I usually don’t even notice if it’s there. It only has one strap, meaning sometimes it will slide to the side of my belt, but this also means I can move it out of the way to sit down, and I generally don’t have issues with it moving around too much. The strap is also very sturdy and secure, I’ve had zero issues with it in my time wearing this suit. It’s pretty bouncy and has a good wag to it, so it looks animated rather than stiff and unnatural.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

I love how the tail looks. It’s very shapely and perky, and holds its shape well. The fur is great and the effect of the fluffy fur on the bottom is exactly what I was going for. The markings are symmetrical and match the design. Tail being worn:

OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.


Product Satisfaction How satisfied the reviewer is with the overall look and feel of the costume in its entirety.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything matches great. The proportions are good and it’s all super consistent with the maker’s style; I got exactly what I was looking for when I commissioned them.

Overall Project Quality

I’m very happy with this fursuit. The paws have been giving me some issues but everything else is exactly what I was hoping for and I’m very glad that I commissioned this maker. Especially considering the affordable price, I think it was absolutely worth it and my experience with them overall was very positive.

Purchase Process Details the interactions between the customer/reviewer and the maker of the item with regard to the buying process.

Initial Contact

It was very easy to get in touch with the maker. I found out about them through their Furbuy auctions, and contacted them via Instagram dms, and all of our conversations have been through Instagram. They communicated measurements, etc. well, using images to help show exactly what I needed to measure.

Maker Response Time

Their response times were super quick. I have never waited longer than a day to hear back from them, and they usually replied within a couple of hours at most.

Maker Professionalism

They were friendly, but still professional. Very good customer service, they were very easy and pleasant to work with. They gave me a rough overview of the process, but did not go into specifics – however, I never asked for any either. They never made excuses or overshared with personal details. I believe English isn’t their first language, but they were always very clear with what they needed from me and we never had any trouble communicating at all.

Project Completion Time

Very satisfied. There was a fairly short queue, and once mine was up it was completed fairly quickly. There was not a ton of information about the queue or completion dates provided to me, but I’ve heard that new customers are now being provided with a rough estimate of when it will be done.
Shipping took about as long as the suit took to make, roughly a month. While this was unpleasant it was not the maker’s fault, they shipped my fursuit out only a couple days after it was completed but it spent a while sitting in customs. Package tracking was provided, and the box arrived safely.

Rating

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"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

YES!
This review has been marked with a positive rating.
This means the reviewer would recommend Ugolek Fursuit Studio.


Final Comments

Fantastic, affordable suit. Maker is very easy to work with and great about staying in touch even after your project is completed. Had some issues with the upkeep of the paws that were partially my fault, would recommend careful treatment of handpaws but it’s not a deal-breaker for me. Mostly sturdy construction and consistent, amazing appearance. Would definitely recommend!

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