[YES] Doran Eirok 3/4 Digitigrade Dragon Partial by Fix It Fursuits

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Furaffinity: doraneirok
Twitter: Doran_Eirok

Relationship With Maker

The maker was NOT a friend when the item was purchased, but they ARE a friend now

Prior Experience

No

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes – as it was one of the maker’s very first suits there were some extremely minor issues with toe claws falling out, which she fixed.

Wear Time

26 hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Partial
Style: Digitigrade, Toony
Shipped From: United Kingdom

Species

Made in Year

Transaction Information

960 GBP paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

June 22, 2020

Buy/Commission Date
November 2017
Completion/Ship Date
July 2018
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Doran Eirok, western dragon 3/4 digitigrade partial fursuit with digitigrade padding in a toony style as a commission.

Photos of Completed Product

https://www.furaffinity.net/view/28100478/

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.

I am very satisfied with all such issues. I usually wear a balaclava under the head to protect it from sweat, and while my peripheral and straight ahead vision is impaired, I do not believe it is any more so than normal for fursuit heads. The fit and size are perfect, nothing pokes or stabs. I can breathe perfectly well in the head. It gets warm quickly, but no more than I am given to believe any foam-based head does.

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 delighted with the appearance of the head and would describe it as perfect or better than I’d hoped for when commissioning the suit. It is symmetrical, the shaving is even and very well done, and the overall expression of the head feels full of life and character. The maker did an excellent job matching or improving upon the concept artwork I provided.

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 suit is a 3/4 partial so my answers here refer to armsleeves and digitigrade legs. I am very satisfied with both – the fit is very good, allowing for great freedom of movement as well as a pleasingly chunky/cartoony appearance that helps give a great deal of life to the suit. The waistline was initially a bit larger than anticipated but I believe this to be due to a measurement or reporting error on my own part, and by using a set of suspenders with the legs this has been made a non-issue as well as increasing comfort of wear. Durability so far is fantastic, I have had no issues with seam popping or degradation. The interior is not lined but contains a few areas where pillows or padding is inserted to created the illusion of digitigrade form. I have not yet felt a need to subject any of these body parts to a deep clean, using an alcohol solution spray to disinfect all parts of the suit after use and always wearing a spandex/sweat-wicking layer beneath the suit to protect it. This has so far seemed to work as a great system as I’ve never noticed the suit itself getting very sweaty, the underlayer instead bearing the brunt. The airflow through the suit is understandably minimal given the thick nature of the fur, though if I am outdoors and a stiff, cool breeze kicks up it can penetrate the suit and provide a nice temporary relief. I do not believe the suit to be any more hot than expected or other fursuits.

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 delighted with the appearance. The armsleeves are fairly simple but they play their role well; I am most satisfied with the digitigrade legs as they truly help to present the character, being pleasingly large and cartoony. The construction and shaving is all symmetrical, even, and professional.

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.

I am satisfied with both the hands and feet. The feet are chunky enough that I have to be a bit careful walking around, especially dealing with stairs, but this is well within the realm of expectation. The hands are slightly on the loose side such that, particularly when worn over protective gloves, they can feel as though they might slide off, and if I were to commission them again I might request that elastic be included in the wrist cuff for an added feeling of security and that the cuff be slightly longer so as to ensure that the underlayer does not become visible if I stretch. It is only a minor niggle however and one that I am accepting of, given that a) it was one of the fursuit maker’s first suits and b) it was my own first time commissioning a suit so I was limited in knowing what things to specify or ask for.
The only durability issues I have had are with some of the toe claws on the outdoor feet; where a couple of the claws are angled low enough that the tip can contact the ground while walking, the pleather material has begun to wear and split. I don’t see this as a material problem so much as a matter of fine-tuning the angle that the claw protrudes from the foot so as to allow for adequate ground clearance.
Outdoor feet are based around a store-bought slipper; indoor feet are sewn from scratch and lined to make a soft plush ‘sock’.

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 delighted with the appearance of both the indoor and the outdoor paws. Both are symmetrical, evenly shaved, and constructed soundly. The shape and arrangement of the pads on the indoor pads matches the concept art perfectly, and the material selection produces the texture and appearance I had hoped for.

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 very satisfied with the tail. As a dragon tail it can be a bit of a liability, but it’s designed in such of a way that it curls back close to my legs and doesn’t stick out too far. If I were specifying again I might request that it go outward slightly more to reduce the occasional light thwap against my legs while walking, but this is a small matter. It attaches by two sturdy belt loops that I attach to a belt that I wear beneath the suit’s legs (entering via two openings in the rear) and is quite easy to put on. Durability has been great and nothing has shown any wear or degradation so far.

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 delighted with the appearance. It matches the character design, construction and shaving are expertly done.

WingsGives information about any wings the costume may have.


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

Very satisfied. The wings are large enough to feel dragony, small enough to feel appropriately cute and not a liability versus other convention attendees or tables. They attach securely via a posture correction harness/backpack straps. Durability has been good; initially there was a minor issue of the weight of the wings pulling slowly away from the harness over time due to the glue giving out, but this was corrected by reinforcing the assembly with a pair of short bolts and washers and covering the fixtures with some leftover fur. In this case my partner and I opted to perform this fix ourselves as it felt more straightforward than dealing with shipping and having the maker perform these upgrades, and now I’m very pleased with the end result.

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

I’m delighted with the appearance – the wings are symmetrical, sit well, the shaving looks great, and they make a ‘wagging’ motion when I walk which adds life to the suit.

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?

Overall I am delighted with the suit. It still feels like a dream come true and I look forward to every opportunity to wear it. The process of suiting up and the heat involved once I’m in suit is wearying, especially as I have a mild disability, but I always find it absolutely worth it. I smile hugely every time I see the head or a photo of myself in suit. The overall appearance is great and everything matches up well, looking like a coherent cartoony dragon.

Overall Project Quality

Overall I am tremendously pleased. Everything about the suit delights me, and the only faults I can possibly find are vanishingly small ones that I believe the maker has progressed well beyond in the years since I got my suit. It gives me great joy and I would not hesitate to return to the same maker for future fursuit commissions.

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

Initial Contact

Met the maker in person at a convention when she said she was planning to start a business as a fursuit maker soon. Contacted maker and requested a quote using a custom form on their professional website.

Maker Response Time

Response time was quick, with a day or two, and consistently over email.

Maker Professionalism

Maker was extremely professional throughout the entire process, while also being friendly and approachable. Communication was very clear and they provided frequent updates and WIP information and photos.

Project Completion Time

I am satisfied with the project completion time. I appreciated the amount of work involved, especially for a relatively new maker, but it was clear that it was important to them that they wanted to get things right and I was happy to wait if this meant it would take a bit longer. Even so I felt the build time was fully reasonable and it was delivered several months in advance of the convention I had hoped to debut the suit at. The maker also provided frequent updates so I never felt left in the dark.

Rating

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This means the reviewer would recommend Selkie Suits.


Final Comments

My experience with the maker was fantastic. They displayed a great balance of professionalism and friendly approachability, so I always felt free to raise any concerns I might have had, and they kept me very clearly and well-informed throughout the process. The final result is something I am completely delighted with. I would absolutely recommend this maker, and they would be my strong first choice for where I’d look if I wanted to commission another suit in the future.


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2 Responses

  1. Doran Eirok says:

    Please note: this fursuit maker has undergone a rebranding and is now known as Selkie Suits https://selkiesuits.co.uk/

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