Woolpower – as great as they say?

It seems to be really hard to find any negative reviews for the Woolpower brand of clothing made in Sweden. Which, given my recent experience with them, is kind of surprising.

I’ll say immediately that the actual material they use is great. A combination of breathable, odor-resistant merino wool on the inside, and a durable blend of polyester and polyamide on the outside. What could go wrong?

Everything else, apparently. I’ve had to return Woolpower every shirt I’ve ordered so far, and the reason is that both the fit and quality control are atrocious. I very much doubt it’s a coincidence that both of the shirts I ordered were badly stitched. I only took a photo of the second one when I decided that I would write about it. You can see it below: the zipper is clearly not centered.

woolpower zipper misaligned

Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but for the price they charge and all the good reviews online, you’d think the quality control would be better than 2/2 with uneven or defective stitching. The first one I ordered had the fabric between the zipper and the shirt coming apart at the seams.

The other issue is fit. I’m a fairly skinny guy. I weigh about 135lbs for a height of 5’9″. It’s very rare for this to happen, but it’s been consistent with Woolpower (and one other brand which shall go unnamed): the fit around the armpits is way too tight. So tight, that after an hour of walking you will develop sores from friction. This is in a medium size that otherwise fits just fine.

Woolpower, in their expensive, Made in Sweden wisdom, have also decided to disregard many of the other advancements outdoor companies have made in clothing in the past few decades. For instance, Arc’teryx, as a rule, seem to put beard guards on everything. Even if you don’t have a beard that gets caught in zippers, they add a bit of warmth by putting fabric between your skin and metal.

Oh, and instead of using YKK zippers, Woolpower uses a proprietary one that doesn’t run smoothly at all and inspires zero confidence in its long-term durability. For a shirt that costs $100, you’d think they would bother to put in a bit more effort.

So, to recap: Woolpower costs as much as Icebreaker or Arc’teryx but has poor quality control, fit issues, dubious zippers, and few of the non-fabric advancements in clothing of the past 30 years.

/rant over.

p.s. Their socks are great.

5 thoughts on “Woolpower – as great as they say?”

  1. I also purchased the 400-weight half-zip turtleneck and within an hour of wearing it, the seam under the arm unravelled from armpit to elbow. Major bummer.

  2. Hi, I saw your notes and would first of all take the opportunity to appologize for the bad experience you have had with our garments. I would also like to say thank you for letting us know your feedback. Unfortunately, this note have reached us much too late, thus another appoligy is in place! I would like to know if you were able to hand the product back? Our policy is to always ask the retailer to take a product back and replace it with a new one. We need to see the products handed in, so that we can look at it and find out if there is something we can do to change, improve or remove. I work with exports for Woolpower and what our end users think about us is of great importance. Please contact me if there is anything I can assist you with further. My name is Eva Arnlund and my number is; +46 70 2335212. Kind regards from us at Woolpower.

  3. I’ve owned a pair of the fire resistant long johns for 4-5 years. They are definitely the most expensive underwear I’ve ever owned. They arrived in great condition and are extremely comfortable, and they are still in perfect condition (granted, I do not wear them every day). I also purchased a Woolpower 400g weight balaclava at the same time, and it is also still in good condition.

  4. New Woolpower customer here, owner of the zip sweater in 200 weight, and I’m favorably impressed with the quality and fit. The company has been in business for over 50 years which I think reflects the quality of the brand, though the imperfections with your sweater were unfortunate and should not have left the factory. Glad that the company reached out to you to hopefully replace it.

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