I purchased this brown monk robe and hood costume with one thing in mind: I have never dressed up to go to the Texas Renaissance Festival and decided that 2012 would be the year I'd finally do it. This will be my fourth year to attend this wonderful event and I decided to go as a monk, simple and easy to put together.
While looking online for a decent costume, I found myself jumping from page to page of different types of costumes that had varying degrees of comfort, authenticity, and price. The robe, which I bought from Jalic, Inc. here on Amazon, arrived at my house in perfect condition. I immediately tried it on and found that not only was the fabric of a comfortable make, it looked and felt just gritty enough to pass for an authentic monk's robe from the Middle Ages. The hood, which is a separate piece, fit comfortably over my head too.
The fabric is breathable, but I warmed up rather quickly while testing out this costume. Since the Texas Renaissance Festival isn't until October/November, there's a decent chance that a cold front might push through and I'll be very comfortable in this costume. Otherwise, I'll be reasonably comfortable on a warm Texas fall day while wearing this.
Of course, while I'm wearing this costume, I plan on drinking large quantities of mead, so I'll probably be doing a lot of sweating regardless of how hot or cold the weekend will be!
If I have anything bad to say about this costume, it's the fact that there's a massive tag in the top of the hood that might pose a problem. Mind you, it isn't uncomfortable, but if anyone sees it, they'll immediately know that this was a "bought" costume and not handmade. I might end up cutting the tag out just to save face with the hardcore Rennies.
Otherwise, this is an excellent costume that is VERY roomy, even for an XXL guy like myself. The sleeves are very long and I'll probably have them hemmed a bit, and I might end up taking a bit off of the bottom of the costume as it is very long. I highly recommend this costume and Jalic, Inc., who shipped this costume quickly and securely.