Old School/New School Balance.
The style of ths sweater is really top notch. I love the old school alpine design with the new twist of the hand pockets and hood. Makes this a classic that will fetch compliments from your grandparents and your kids' friends.
Heavy weight, wear as a mid- or heavy jacket. The idea of facing the 100% wool shell with the no-itch fleece interior is excellent. The wood collar ends on the hood and waist adjustment strings add a quality old world touch. This will get some wear this winter, I can tell already!
Suggestions to get that 5-star rating:
1. Move the hand pockets back to the sides a little. They are so far forward that there isn't enough room for a full size pocket. I don't have huge hands, but I can only bury them up to the wrist and no further.
2. At the underarm, replace the fleece lining with something thinner. The wool shell is already fairly thick, and adding the fleece makes the sweater bind just a bit under the arms. It's not severe, but it does feel a bit like you have a mitten stuffed under each arm. This isn't an area where you need the extra warmth, so why not go for a thinner insert right there? It would help the sleeve fall about 1/2" longer and. hey....see my sizing comments below.
Sizing: I'm 6'2", 175 lbs. 43" chest, 31" waist, 34/35" sleeve size. I ordered a large. The chest is actually slightly snug, the waist has plenty of room but is not baggy. The sleeves come right to the wrist, but don't rest on the base of my thumbs. I would have loved another 1/2" to 1" there ideally, but the length is workable. Since there is no elastic wrist cuff, my baselayer sticks out slightly but doesn't look strange.
Overall: High quality item, and I'm very happy with it.