[NO] Ulfer Fullsuit by Sanctuary Suits


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Furaffinity: ulfer22

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

Yes, I already own an old fursuit and wanted something different.

Informed Maker of Issues

No, because the communication was poor to begin with.

Wear Time

30+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Plantigrade, Toony
Shipped From: United Kingdom

Species

Wolf
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

400 GBP paid in a lump sum
Filed under $501 - $999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

YES – the ETA was accurate


Date of Review

September 7, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
May 2015
Completion/Ship Date
May 2015
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Ulfer plantigrade fullsuit in a toony style as a commission.
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 fit is quite loose and roomy, however there was bits of balaclava literally ‘hacked’ away inside, so it makes for some uncomfortable wearing, and I cannot use a separate balaclava, because the flappy one inside damages the second one. Also, on arrival, I found a rusty needle sticking out of the foam where my chin sits. When I put it on, it scratched against my eyelid, which is not where you want things to scratch!

Ventilation is surprisingly good, the head does not get too stuffy, but since I sweat a lot, unfortunately the hacked balaclava does no good for that, and it means sweat regularly gets into the foam or the eyes, since I cannot wear a second balaclava.

I am quite an experienced fursuiter, and the vision in this, I have to say is one of the best I have experienced. I cannot fault this whatsoever. It is just a shame the rest of the head is in poor condition.

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

The symmetry of this suit is perfect. The colouring and markings of the fursuit is not perfect, but I know getting the exact colour for my orange/yellow was going to be a colossal pain, so as much as it is incorrect, I really am not complaining because it looks a lot better with the current yellow!

Shaving of the fur is good, but in some cases it does seem like the fur has been stretched. I have had to repair a tear on the nose/muzzle in a very visible place due to how the fur has been attached and stretched. The fur is DF and maintaining it can be a chore, but once it’s maintained right, it is quite soft and fluffy, which I cannot complain about at all.

The eyes have had to be reglued back into place, which seems to be a common problem with this maker. Unfortunately, this does mean at the right angles, the glue globs are visible and it does make the suit look a lot more tacky than it should because of it. Eyes definitely need improving.

Overall, I am satisfied with how he looks, it is just a shame that the build quality leaves a LOT to be desired. A little practice and effort and this actually could be a good maker.

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

The difference for my fursuit is the colourings. Not many fursuits have an odd or bright colour, like yellow.

They have pulled this off quite well, it is just a shame the neck and the body’s yellow doesn’t match up straight, but that’s always going to be a thing that would be difficult to pull off in a suit!

BodyGives information about the main body of the costume. If reviewing a separate set of pants/legs or torso, 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 body is extremely tight on my chest where the zip is, and the zip was a poor quality plastic one which broke after the third time of wearing him. I had to replace it with a metal zip, but due to the lack of extra material used for… well… breathing(!), it has now made him tighter still. I hide the fact by wearing a shirt now, because I feel if I don’t, the zip won’t hold.

The interior is not lined, but that’s not something I am necessarily fussed about either!

Airflow is good, no complaints there.

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

The body looks quite good, it is just a shame that there are rips and tears in places that there shouldn’t be. Every time I wear him, I find a new hole which I have to repair, and it is not like I am rough with my fursuit!

Apart from that, the look and feel is good and it matches what I requested.

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

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.

Paws fit perfectly well, no problems there. Maybe an addition of pawpads/claws would be good, but that’s just my personal preference.

Footpaws fit well because they are built around a trainer which is my size foot. It is just a shame there is way too much foam around the top, so the footpaw and the fur around there gets damaged EXTREMELY easily. I can’t complain though because it has held up well in elements that they are not meant to be in, which is my own fault!

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

The appearance of both is spot on, I can’t complain here.

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.

I am happy with the tail, it fits well and using a double loop instead of a single one is a very good idea, so well done on that respect.

Problem is, the loops are sewn on very crudely, and after a few wears, I can already see the threads coming away from the tail itself. Sooner or later, this is going to need a repair.

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

It looks exactly like I wished, it is just a shame it is a little ‘tailtip heavy’ so it feels like I got a weigh weighing my back end down!

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 doesn’t quite fit right. The neck stripes don’t match with the body due to how it is made, but don’t let that put you off because I know how awkward it would be trying to match up.

Things do feel a little tight, but apart from that, it’s definitely wearable and suitable.

This is not exactly within the same style for this maker, but I know what I requested was different. They pulled it off well, but the quality leaves a lot to be desired.

Overall Project Quality

Overall look, I am VERY amazed with this. I was happy and proud when he turned up. Everything looked the part.

Overall quality, no. Not when sharp, rusty objects are left sticking out of foam. The jaw ‘moves’ but it is due to crudely cut shapes in the foam, which means that every time the jaw moves, it cuts further into the foam and threatens to make the jaw fall off the fursuit (Which I have repaired myself manually as I don’t wish to send it back for some off repair).

Price was actually amazing for what I got, but people have to consider if it is worth paying this for a long term investment, like my suit was going to be. Short term ‘go between’ would be fine.

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

Initial Contact

Very well – met via furmeet

Maker Response Time

Too long. Not much response when requesting times/receipt of payment.

Maker Professionalism

Poor. Communication was lackluster and after they took my money, it seemed to go quiet until the product was done.

Project Completion Time

Times were as random as they could be. It was done quick, but I wouldn’t have known that!

Rating

FursuitReview scores by having the reviewer answer the following question:
"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

NO!
This review has been marked with a negative rating.
This means the reviewer would NOT recommend Sanctuary Suits unless they significantly change their practices.


Final Comments

Personally, I would not recommend this maker. As much as the fursuit look is AMAZING, and I have no complaints with that, working with them and the quality of the product is shockingly bad.

If the maker put some time into their suits, used quality material and kept the practices of sewing/gluing to a good standard, this review would definitely change to a yes. Unfortunately, due to having to repair my fursuit every time I wear him for one reason or another, I cannot give that review.


3 Responses

  1. Wolf says:

    You can’t really expect “long-term investment” quality for 400£.

    • FursuitReview says:

      Price is not an excuse for bad craftsmanship or lack of professionalism.

    • Ulfer says:

      My first fursuit cost this much, and he is ten years old. He is still wearable and usable if I wanted to. Price is not an excuse for bad craftsmanship. It is a shame because if it wasn’t for that, I see this suit lasting for the same amount of time.

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