[NO] Zin Otter Fullsuit by Rum Wolf Studios


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: Zin0tter

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

Yes, I’ve fursuited heavily with one other suit and attend cons regularly for the past 2 years.

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, there were several issues that the maker was made aware of.

Wear Time

15
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Plantigrade, Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Otter
Filed under Musteloidea

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1750 USD paid in a lump sum
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

May 31, 2019

Buy/Commission Date
December 2018
Completion/Ship Date
March 2019
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Zin Otter 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 is comfortable. The lining on the inside is soft. It is somewhat of a loose fit and has a tendency to move around if you make a sudden movement. The head was bought pre-made in an auction, so the one-size-fits all fitment is understandable. Breathability, eyesight, and weight are all average. Hearing is very difficult with head.

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

I think the head looked better in person than the photos that I saw before purchasing it. The fur seems kind of cheap, but no significant problems yet. On close inspection, you can see where the fur was shaved too short and the backing material is visible. The eyes are very dark, but that appears to be typical with this fursuit maker. To my astonishment the black dots on the muzzle were airbrushed. I was very dissatisfied with this, so I cut them off and glued felt replacements.

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 fitment of the body suit was very bad. I sent a duct-tape dummy to the maker for this commission, but the fitment of the body was far too small and tight. I could not lift my arms above my shoulders nor could I bend over. The first time I wore the body suit at a convention, several seams broke, even with only moderate activity. After the first 3-4 hours of fursuiting, there were 4-6″ rips in the shoulder seams, armpit seams had popped, and seams in the crotch had opened up. There was also a 1″ rip in the fur in the abdomen area. Seams were machine stitched, but the durability seemed a little sub-par. To my disappointment, the front zipper and zipper to attach the tail were loosely hand-stitched using a blanket stitch.

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

Outside appearance is fine. The neck is cut pretty low and is sometimes visible.

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 feet paws are very good very comfortable and uses the sock-like construction. The hand paws also are comfortable and easy to put on and remove.

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

Feet paws look great!

I was happy that the maker said that he prefers 5-fingered hand paws when commissioning them. However, the construction is too big, and the paws look toony and clumsy. There’s also a large difference in the size of the sleeves of the body and the hand paws, and that makes it look like i’m wearing gloves.

I requested resin claws on the hands and feet, however, I did not receive either of those.

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.

Tail is fine. It has a belt loop and zipper that attaches it to the body. I believe the tail is stuffed with poly-fil with some foam reinforcement at the base. The tail tends to twist to one side when wearing it. The zipper is well hidden when attached to the body. The tail zipper was hot glued to the fur and it began to separate at my second convention with the suit (8-10hrs of wear). I reattached the tail zipper by hand stitching it to the fur, and will hopefully see better results than the hot glue. The zipper that attaches the tail in the body suit is loosely stitched using a blanket stitch, and I think I will replace that in the future.

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

The tail looks great and very natural when attached. It is long and just barely does not drag the floor, which is great. It was a little thinner than I expected.

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?

As I mentioned above, there was very bad fitment, and bad mis-matches between the body and hand paws.

Overall Project Quality

No, the construction of some parts were very shoddy, and seems like a cheaply-done fursuit.

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

Initial Contact

Easy, they were responsive to their emails.

Maker Response Time

Initial contact was good, but near the completion of the suit I received no updates or feedback.

Maker Professionalism

Communication was bad at the end of the commission. I received no WIPs. I was told that I would get pictures of the fursuit and it would be shipped out at the end of the week. However, I never received pictures, and the suit was not shipped out until two weeks later. I never received a tracking number for the package. I was not informed that a signature would be required for delivery, and I had to pick up the package from the post office after a failed delivery.

I even paid for some additional features, and did not receive them because the maker forgot.These payments were promptly refunded to me when I brought it up.

Project Completion Time

I was pleasantly surprised that the maker was able to complete the commission before my next convention.

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 Rum Wolf Studios unless they significantly change their practices.


Final Comments

I believe this maker was generally careless when constructing my suit. I detailed exactly what I wanted in my commission in a document that I sent to the maker. Some features that I listed there were ignored, such as the resin claws.

I had a multiple construction issues with my fursuit, and took on the repairs myself, because I believed that I could make better repairs than the maker. I informed the maker of all of my issues and we negotiated a partial refund where they shipped me enough fur to make a second bodysuit and repair my existing suit (value of about $350).

I will continue to fix the flaws that I find after each convention I go to.



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