- Mar 24, 2009
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While I agree with you in principle, I think you're misinterpreting the kind of hoodie the product is meant to be. It's made from Dry Sweat, which has always been Uniqlo's synthetic activewear sweat material that has a bit of stretch and and texture to it, rather than some cotton blend equivalent. As a "performance" fabric, the high synthetic % is a feature, not a bug.I guess we will all have quite different interpretations of value, especially insane value. I found the WM fleeces to be cheap to handle, but i've never been a fan of those very fluffy fleeces Uniqlo do anyway.
I was probably a bit harsh in my initial post as i've bought and kept a few things over the last few UU seasons which i have liked, especially the thick, wide cords from last winter and a 100% wool mock neck knit from maybe three winters ago. But i do think the balance between design, price and quality has shifted over the years, and especially since the collabs ramped up. Knits now contain much more acrylic and polyester, AW padded shirts that used to be filled with down are filled with poly, flannels can be entirely synthetic, fabrics described as moleskin are much thinner than previous iterations etc. This is just my experience though. And perhaps i was just unlikely with my +J pieces (although an unlined, 70% poly sweat for £40 doesn't seem that great a balance between design, accessibility and price IMO).
For me the inconsistent sizing, and that there's now a charge for returns, also have to be considered when it comes to assessing Uniqlo's value, too.
if you think of it in that vein (e.g., like Nike's Tech Fleece material or similar), the cost + design + cut feels pretty solid to me.