[YES] Arcane Partial by SaltySuits

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Your Username
Kabelwurst

Item Being Reviewed
Character name, type of commission, etc. This will be used to help title the submission on FursuitReview
Arcane the partial fusuit

Name of Maker and Links
SaltySuits www.facebook.com/SaltySuits/

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Are you reviewing a friend?
Yes

Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
No this is my first fusuit

Character Concept Art

Photos of Completed Product
facebook.com/SaltySuits/photos/a.1098403520222107.1073741847.498250506904081/1098403596888766/?type=3&theater
facebook.com/SaltySuits/photos/a.1098403520222107.1073741847.498250506904081/1098403543555438/?type=3&theater

Date Commissioned or Bought
January 2016

Date Completed or Shipped
April 2016 (for anime detour).

Completion Time
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Price Paid
810

(This review is filed under a sort by price of $501 - $999)

Date of Review
2/28/2017

Do you currently still own the item(s) you’re reviewing?
yes

Price Sold For
If you have sold the item since this review, how much did you sell for?

Did the maker meet your deadline?
Yes.

Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
I had a claw come loose and it was fixed in a matter of hours. Other than that there were/are no issues to speak of.

How many hours have you worn/used the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Give your best estimate.
about 30 hours.

HEAD
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the head of the costume. If you are reviewing only a set of ears, your answers would also go in this section.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear this piece of your costume.

I am highly satisfied with it’s fit as I did many “fittings” where they put foam in all the necessary places for it to fit my head.

The suit has a fan in the snout that pulls hat damp air out the mouth of my suit. The jaw also is flexible and the mouth opens so I can get a straw in there for water and some fresh air. I breathe very well.

Vision is average. No fursuit head has perfect vision but I can see in front of me fairly clearly I just have massive blind spots on either side of my head as is normal.

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume piece looks from the outside.

She’s beautiful! Nothing is lopsided, everything is even. I’m soft and fluffy and really haven’t even had to brush much to keep it that way.

The eyes are resin casted so they have a follow me feel to them. The mouth opens and I have a cute little yellow tongue which gives me variance in my facial expression.

This was an artistic liberty design so I had no concept art to start from. SaltySuits put together some rough sketches, ran concepts by me, then started building so this was a surprise from start to finish. I knew that upon commission and I’m really thrilled about the results.

HANDS AND FEET
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the hands and feet of the costume.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear these pieces of your costume.

My hands were made by SaltySuits but they were made for a different customer. The customer then backed out and I bought the handpaws from them at a discounted rate. I knew from the beginning they wouldn’t fit me because they weren’t made for me. That being said the fingers are a tad long but I figured as much when I bought them.

I have had one claw come loose because I snagged it on a blanket and Salty fixed that in a matter of hours.

The inside of the hands aren’t lined.

The feet weren’t made by SaltSuits

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume pieces look from the outside.

As I stated above Arcane is a beautiful suit. Everything is even, my hands are nice and soft and I haven’t noticed any weird shaving spots.

TAILS
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the tail(s) of the costume.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear these pieces of your costume.

My tail attached by an elastic loop that’s nice and wide so I don’t pants myself every time I wear it. It attaches to a belt and can slide along the belt if I need to sit down. It doesn’t shift much otherwise and lord knows I’ve caught it in doors and bonked it into stuff and nothings has come off. I also am known to hug my tail while it’s still on and that hasn’t stressed any seams or popped anything.

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume pieces look from the outside.

The tail is nice and even in stuffing and markings. Eventually over time stuff starts to sink towards the bottom a bit but if I hang it upside down overnight it all settles back.

My fur is soft and fluffy but as with any tail the underside towards the bottom (closest part to the floor) will start to look scruffy after long wears. Nothing a brush doesn’t take care of.

It was airbrushed for blending purposes and I can’t tell a difference in texture when I run my hands over the airbrushed portions.

My tail is so big and fluffy and I get tons of compliments on it. I also wear it just on a belt out and about so it probably gets the most wear out of all the costume pieces. Overall I’m a bit in love with it.

OVERALL VISUAL SATISFACTION
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with the overall visual aspects associated with the costume.

 
How satisfied are you with how closely the suit matches the concept art?
If there was no concept art, please state N/A
N/A

How satisfied are you with how well everything fits together and matches up?
Do you markings match up at the seams? Are the colors consistent?
Everything is even and lord knows I’m anal about lining things up. All my markings are symmetrical and the colors are consistent.

MAKER INTERACTION AND COMMISSION PROCESS
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with all the aspects of communication between you and the maker.

 
How satisfied are you with how easy it was to initially contact the maker for a quote?
Very satisfied. But I had the advantage that we were neighbors in college so I sort of cheated.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
Satisfied but again we had a face to face conversation. We literally had classes together.

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
My suit was completed in plenty of time for Anime Detour which is the deadline I set. If I remember correctly almost a month early.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
I love it. I’m sweaty, not very careful, and generally really forgetful and the suit has put up with all of my snags, tripping on it, forgetting to hang things, etc.

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service and professionalism of the maker?
Even though Salty and I are friends I didn’t get special treatment. I still had to pay on time, wait my turn in queue and be respectful. None of their other clients got pushed out of the way so I could go first. And that’s the way it should be. This is a business and everyone gets treated equally.

Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
I didn’t have any major cons to working with Salty. At the time they were in college and so sometimes classes and homework would get in the way but I’m not even mad because the suit was still done way ahead of time. And now they’ve graduated so that’s not a problem.

There were lots of pros to working with Salty. For me in particular I knew I wouldn’t pay shipping and could try things on as I went. I know that’s not going to be the case for most people. But I really loved that Salty used quality materials and has made a sturdy beautiful product. When designing the character if I wanted something they’d draw it up and tell me their honest opinion. Like I wanted lots more darker blue but when we put all the fabric samples together Salty was like “oh man I don’t know about that. What if we add the aqua.” So we tried it and it was perfect. Exactly what the suit needed. Salty also explained that dark blue and black on top of each other doesn’t have enough light colors in it to balance out. So it wasn’t like a “your idea sucks” it was “I want you to make an informed decision so you’re happy with the suit when it’s done.” They also educated me about fursuit wear and put up with me asking a million dumb questions as this is my first suit. They didn’t just want the suit done and me out of their hair.

In addition once the suit was made I was invited to join a facebook group of all the characters Salty has ever made. We still get together and do photoshoots at anime conventions. Even though it’s my first suit I already have my own little fursuit family and Salty made sure of that.

I would recommend SaltySuits to anyone. And I actually do link their website on most of my social media sites for what it’s worth.

FINAL SCORE
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Pick one of the scores below that you feel honestly reflects your commissioning experience as a whole, including the quality of your item(s), the appearance, and how you were treated by the maker.

YES

[YES] Positive = The reviewer would recommend this maker to another
[OK] Neutral = The reviewer may or may not recommend this maker, depending on certain circumstances (reviewer clarifies what these are)
[NO] Negative = The reviewer would not recommend this maker to another, unless the maker significantly changes their practices

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