I’ve bought MANY pieces from you and have always loved the comfort, quality and wash ability. After drooling over your fleece for months, I splurged and ordered it. I was happy with it at first, but was shocked at how much it shrank and thinned out in the wash. This has been washed on cold twice, and hung to dry. It has shrunk beyond wearability for me, and chunks have fallen out (some pilling to be expected, but this is more than that).
I reached out to customer service about a refund/ exchange.
Thanks for the review! We're happy you have enjoyed many of our pieces in the past! However, we're very sorry you experienced thinning and shrinking with your Hilltop Wool Fleece Jacket. We see you've reached out to us at our HelpDesk and have been assisted at this time. However, if there is any need for a follow up, we would love to hear from you again at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Love the color, comfortable enough to wear all day without overheating or getting chilled.
As predicted, the pilling issue resolved with time, as is the nature of the fabric. I love this and it quickly became a daily-wear item for me, and this jacket kept me warm without overheating on a recent Antarctic expedition. With time, though, I realized that I'd love to have slightly longer sleeves with thumb holes. Maybe the next version?
Ok, let me just start by saying that I am not a fleece person. I planned to try this jacket out with low expectations- thought I’d probably exchange for a moto.
But when I received it, I was impressed. The color for me is perfect (forest green). The fabric is amazing, it feels nothing like the Patagucci stuff some friends of mine love. It is kind of spongy and it *breathes*. I use it to bike commute, and can keep wearing it all day. I don’t have problems with pilling. Oh, and the zippers mean I’m not paranoid about losing things.
I thought the piping would make it weird, but it actually makes the jacket. I think it gives it a hint of a fifties design vibe… but on an outdoorsy jacket. (But maybe that is just me.)
Unlike the cropped moto, it covers my butt (unsurprisingly). Which means it stays warm. I actually think a more structured cropped version would be adorable, but that’s not the point of this cozy jacket. It’s a tiny bit unstructured, but I think that’s to be expected. I wouldn’t wear it to the opera, or to a rock show, but to lunch at a restaurant? Sure. Maybe because I opted for a medium instead of a large. (I could wear either.)
Some flaws, in my eyes:
Love the neck- but the zipper can be a little pokey.
I’m paranoid about stretching out the pockets with my phone. Or poking through with my keys. Irrational? Maybe, but I’d feel better if they were reinforced.
I wish there were thumb holes, constantly.
The elastic on the wrists is really tight. I can’t wear any thing under them or it cuts off circulation a bit. Even cotton woven fingerless gloves. Fine on its own, but I would like the option of gloves.
Overall-because of the price, I hemmed and hawed until the return window was closed. I don’t regret it. I have worn this almost every day of the cold San Francisco winter (which isn’t a Midwest winter or anything). It keeps me warm in my drafty Victorian building. I get a surprising number of compliments on it when I wear it outside.
Maybe one day I will trade it out for a moto, but I have grown pretty darn attached. I’ve had it for two+ months now.
So there you go. Considering an elevated fleece? Do it.
I absolutely LOVED this jacket. But when it was zipped up and I sat down the bottom of the zipper poked. And when it was unzipped the top of the zipper poked my chin line on both sides. I examined the zipper and I feel that over time the zipper will not hold up or get any more comfortable. So I'm going to return it. For the price it needs to suit me PERFECTLY. Also: I feel it runs a little big. The medium looked dowdy. The small fit perfectly. If you change the zipper to a better one I'll happily purchase again!!