Back in May I wrote up a review of GILLZ Performance Apparel on this blog. Today I left a review and rating on their Facebook page, dropping them down to three stars and discussing the reasons why. (SEE BELOW) I love their ideas and like the feel and designs of the shirts. However, the quality control has just proven to be bad. I think they really run the risk of taking an emerging company and damaging the reputation by outsourcing the manufacturing to someone who just isn't turning out a product that does justice to what these shirts could be. I know I'm not the only one who's had these issues with the shirts. I can't imagine how tough it is as a startup in the outdoor clothing industry, but stay on top of the QC because that's the one thing I know I don't want to sacrifice when purchasing products for a saltwater environment. I welcome any input from GILLZ Performance Apparel and will certainly share any response.
9/12/17 FB Review
"I love the look, feel and design of the Pro Striker long sleeve shirts with the integrated face shield. The design is top notch. They stay cool on the longest and hottest days on the water. I'd love to give them 5 stars BUT...the quality control on the product falls well short. I've had five shirts and four have come unstitched on the sleeve cuffs. This began as soon as the first wearing and washing. The first one I sent back for an exchange, which took awhile and only after several e-mails and a phone call. I have't bothered with the others yet. This is the type of manufacturing flaw which should be caught after the first runs, and not on products shipped months apart. Given the number of shirts I've had with this defect, I'm confident this is a fairly common issue. Correct this and it's a no brainer. I really love the shirts. The question is, do I risk more of the same problems or switch to one of the numerous other brands sacrificing features I really like for better quality control?"