[OK] Fox Fursuit by R&D Fursuits

General Information
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Reviewer Information
Reviewer
Twitter: sticksthefox

Relationship With Maker
The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience
Not prior to this one

Informed Maker of Issues
Yes, they worked with me to quickly fix the issue

Wear Time
around 4-5 Conventions
Maker & Project Information
Maker

Commission Information
Type: Fursuit > Fullsuit
Style: Toony, Digitigrade
Shipped From: United Kingdom

Species
Fox
Found in Canidae (?)

Made in Year

Transaction Information
900 GBP paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999 as a Payment Plan.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review
13 October 2019

Project Timeline
Contact Date
Oct 2014
Completion/Ship Date
May 2015
Item Completion Time (?)
7 - 12 Months

Item Being Reviewed
Fox with digitigrade padding in a toony style as a commission.

Photos of Completed Product

Head

Wear Satisfaction

As its a resin head its fairly heavy to wear. Initially it was very hard to get airflow without holding the moving jaw open. This was later rectified by adding to large holes in the nose (that were hidden in the silicon nose itself so looked natural). The single strap used to keep the head in place is very uncomfortable after longer periods of wearing and can make wearing the suit head a bit of a chore



Visual Satisfaction

The look externally is wonderful! Even after many many cons its helded up well. The moving jaw works really well and gives a lot of expression to the suit. Over time small parts have understandible taken its toll (such as the black material strip lining the ring of the eyes, nothing unfixable). Given that its is resin it doesnt hold up well to drops or anything like that as you’d expect (I broke the jaw hinges after it fell off the washing line). But this is to be expected of resin

Body

Wear Satisfaction

Body suit initially was too short around the neck area, leaving some exposed areas, this was fixed and patched up seemlessly. The body is very comfortable to wear though a zipper on the inside leg for the stuffing pouch can occupational catch my knee when kneeling down. I feel a more seemless zip would have worked better here.
Its digigrade stuffing pockets are very easy to access making the whole suit easy to wash in a washing machine



Visual Satisfaction

Excellent digigrade look, back zipper has held up well even over time. As with all long haired suits after many uses and washes the fur clumps a little but mostly this is easy to brush out with a slicker brush. This is mostly the nature of faux fur than anything the maker could do.

Hands and Feet

Wear Satisfaction

Initially hand paws lost their claws and silicon rubber paw pads. These hand paws were eventually replaced (free of charge) with the newer sown, larger paw pad design. These are less dexitrious but MUCH more comfortable and well finished. Feet paws are standard outdoor paws with slip on shoes inside. comfy and easy to get on and off. Over time seams between the toes have come undone but this happened about 2 years into suits life. Soles have now worn down, I think a thicker rubber on the underside wouldn’t go amiss, but they have lasted 4 years (which is better than a lot)



Visual Satisfaction

Hand and feet look very cute and fluffy. Have held their shape well

Tails

Wear Satisfaction

A classic belt loop tail. Due to its possition with the back zip its not always that easy to zip up yourself and the holes into the suit for the belt loops have widdened fairly quickly sadly. This makes the tail sag a little and its probably one of the more weak points. However its not uncomfortable in any way as its just a standard belt and tail combo



Visual Satisfaction

The tail itself looks great and has consistently looked great over many years, as said before the holes into the suit for the belt loops let the appearance down somewhat.

Overall


Product Satisfaction

How well does everything fit together and match up?
The whole suit works well, nothing really looks out of place and the proportioning is great!

Overall Project Quality
I feel like my suit was a early day eddition. It was the first of its kind and it shows (internally) in a few places. Externally it looks great and since my suit they seem to have made a lot of changes.



Purchase Process

Initial Contact
Very easy, replied to an email

Maker Response Time
This is the one thing they are bad at, response to emails, updates and ETA changes are incredibly sporadic. The actual turn around time (from start to finish) was actually very quick, but during that time there was very little communication and response to my emails/messages. This put a lot of unneeded stress on the whole process as I had no idea if there were delays or anything like that.

Maker Professionalism
When they communicated they were very kinda and polite, in person they were equally nice, Just the lack of communicaiton was a little off.

Project Completion Time
Was actually very quick compared to a lot of makers in hindsight. However again with very little updates it felt like a long time as I had no idea really when it be ready for

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This review has been marked with a neutral rating.
This means the reviewer MIGHT recommend R&D Fursuits depending on circumstances that have been clarified in this review.

Final Comments
Their suits are great for their price range, they also seem to do a lot of interesting and unusual projects and try to work in any unusal design concept. The suits are of fairly good quality and though are far from perfect are happy to help tweak stuff to make it better for the owner. Their main lack is communication, though it has been many many years since I commissioned them so chances are that could have changed.

At the end of the day Im glad I commissioned them, they were a great first suit for me for sure, but there is room to improve, but equally their price structure reflects this.


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