User Review: Beyond Clothing Cold Fusion X Jacket
Fabric: Schoeller WB-400
Price Paid: $215
Original Review March 3, 2006:
Schoeller WB-400 is stretchy nylon outer layer with thin layer of fleece inside. Sandwiched between them is a thin membrane of what looks like thin saran wrap. The effect is wind and water resistance, and the outer fabric is abrasion resistant.
The custom part of the concept is good, but the customer service is lacking. My jacket came too short in the torso and I have not been able to get a return authorization to get it fixed. My suggestion is to find a WB-400 garment made by someone else. It's bound to fit better.
Update May 20, 2010:
I ordered this jacket, and waited for it to be custom made. The problem was that I did not know whether to order a zip off hood or an attached hood. I spoke to the owner, and he told me over the phone, that if I was not happy with it one way, he would make it over for me. I ordered it with a zip off hood and specified all the required measurements.
I was not impressed with the zip off hood. When I tried to return it to get another, I was told it could not be done. Then, as if to add insult to misinformation (or was it deliberate?), I was sent a piece of fabric (several years later!) so I could add it to the torso.
The zip off hood was attached with a three or four inch zipper at the back. If you are not using it, it flaps around like a handkerchief in a hurricane. Even when being used, it was not a good fit. I removed the snap that came with it and replaced it, and took in (sewed together) a section of the back of the hood to make it fit. The torso had been ordered to be 26 inches long, but when it arrived, it was 20 inches in the front and 24 inches in the back.
The fabric, Schoeller WB-400 is good stuff. If you can find a jacket made out of WB-400 by any other company, go for it.
But after trying to get the problems with this jacket resolved going on seven years or more, it would be my opinion, to STAY AWAY from Beyond Clothing!
Do not waste your money! Seems like the type of company that, once they have your money, "...oh well! You better be happy with it the way we did it, because, that's the way it is, no matter what we told you!"
And of course they are saying their stuff is "Made in the USA", but if you look it up, Schoeller is a company in Switzerland! The WB-400 is NOT made in the USA!