Last Thursday, I ordered a bunch of stuff from ThinkGeek*. In the box, filled with Star Trek stuff I ordered, are the exclusive ThinkGeek original Star Trek: The Next Generation Uniform Hoodies; one in Command Red, and another in Operations Gold. When ThinkGeek unveiled their newest exclusive item, I saw a lot of people wonder if it’s worth the $59.99 cost for a hoodie, Star Trek or not. Well, I’ll tell you.
First, here is the product shot for the Star Trek: The Next Generation Uniform Hoodies:
The blue and gold are the screen-accurate colours. The red is a different colour, because the colour used on set is much darker than one would want in the real world. So, ThinkGeek used the appropriate studio-approved substitute red. They are actually very well-designed and well-made hoodies. In the product description, ThinkGeek wrote, “Modeled on the two-piece, Robert Blackman uniforms from seasons 3 forward” which I must argue with. Yes, Season 3 saw the beginning of the two-piece uniform, however, with the exception of some one-time characters wearing a Type-A and Type-B hybrid, the pipping was no longer part of the uniform.
That’s my first little bone. Aside from that, they look and feel great. I’m actually very impressed with how the pipping sits on the shoulders when the hood is down. People with a small stature will see the pipping lay almost to the edge of their shoulders, while people of medium to larger sizes will have the pipping lay closer to how the hoodies look in the above image.
Now, the important part: the fit.
When purchasing the hoodie, pay very close attention to the sizing. Yes, these hoodies are unisex, but they are men’s sizing. Women will want to purchase one size smaller than they normally would if they were purchasing clothing in women’s sizes. Trust me on this. Normally, I wear a women’s small. While a women’s small fits around me, because I’m tall-waisted, women’s small shirts normally sit at around my pant’s waistline, instead of at my hips. The Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform hoodie, on the other hand, goes down below my butt cheeks. The arms are also really long. Below you’ll see the product on a man who’s wearing the appropriate size compared to how it fits on me, in a small. I apologize in advanced for the poor image quality. It is difficult to get a good picture when you have short arms. (click the images for a bigger view)
Again, I apologize for the really bad image. The colour is not that hideous red seen in my image. It actually does look like the colour in the ThinkGeek product shot. But, as you can see, a small will fit big on a female-bodied person who normally wear a small; not only in length, but across the chest, and down the arms. Around the hips, it will still be tight, if you actually manage to get the hoodie to sit there, and not slide down, or move up, when you move. Men should also pay close attention to the measurements. The chest on the small is 42″. A regular men’s small is 34-36″ or 37-39″ depending on the manufacturer. There is plenty of room for your clothing underneath this hoodie.
Regardless of the fact that, on me, this hoodie is a dress, I am pleased with my purchase. I normally don’t like to wear loose-fitting clothes because they make me appear smaller than I am, and that distresses me. But, the comfort, quality, and style of this hoodie makes up for the fact that it doesn’t fit my body type. That said, that won’t be an issue for everyone, only my fellow short and small people.
So, for me, it was well worth the price. For others, I’ll let you decide.
If you do want to purchase the Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform hoodie for yourself or as a gift, then head on over to ThinkGeek.
*Also contained in the box: Two sets of Star Trek: The Next Generation bathrobes (red and gold), two sets of Star Trek: The Next Generation pyjamas (red and gold), Star Trek: The Original Series socks (2 packs) and Star Trek: The Original Series boxer briefs (2 packs). I will be reviewing them later. Also, these items, as well as many more, will be including in my Star Trek Christmas Gift Guide, to be published in a few weeks. I already own The Original Series pyjamas and bathrobe.