So I recently ordered a Navy mix stark from END last week. It showed up today. Sizing was a crap shoot, from the polarity of what i've read here, and other online reviews, and then END's horrible measurements. For reference, i'm 6'4, 205lb, with long arms, and I have a 40" chest. I ordered it in size XL, as it was the largest size they carried. I'll give some quick first impressions.
The GOOD: The fit is perfect, in just about every single way. Length, shape, arms, everything. MTM feel to it. I was expecting it to be a gamble, but its flawless (any slouchiness in the photos is from me just trying to move around and get decent angle for the photo. Pardon the shitty iPhone quality). Also, the navy mix color is amazing. It looks really good in photos, but in person, its something to behold. Great depth. Its very interesting to look at, without being loud or distracting. The feel of the wool is really nice as well. Its very smooth, and not the slightest bit itchy. And the texture/weave pattern is great. The metal buttons feel solid, and are attached in a very sturdy manner.
The BAD: Stupid fucking government of Canada. I paid $200 CDN shipped for this stark, which I thought was good. I was expecting to pay extra at the door, but not the $80 I got raped with. 40% of what I paid. Madness. So now its a $280 sweater, which makes the deal a lot worse. Also, the first thing I noticed, before I even opened up the box, is the weight of this sweater. Its....underwhelming, to say the least. I was expecting a thick, beefy, bone crushing weight to it, but in reality, its actually pretty lightweight. I would say it literally weighs about 50% of what my inveralla 3A weighs, if not less. So, fairly disappointed in that.
Overall, i'm pretty happy with it. Would have totally loved it for just $200, but at $280, im not 100% won over. I will look to order another stark, and maybe some more SNS in the future (really looking at a couple fisherman crews and roll necks), but ill just try and make sure its all from Canadian sources. (likely roden gray when they have a sale). Hopefully this little write up will help people looking for a bit of a review, and looking for some anecdotal experiences and sizing advice.