Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Try On Review: Freestyle Tank - Meh

I tried on the Freestyle Tank this weekend in the print shown above (blue space dye). To be honest, I wasn't that impressed with this tank at it's full price of $52. The style is similar to the older Repose tank but the version I tried on seemed to be made of lighter weight luon and frankly it felt kind of cheap to me. Also, when I checked out the built in bra construction, typically one of Lululemon's strengths, it didn't seem to be as elaborately constructed as my other newer tanks. In most of my other medium support tanks, the built in bra is built like a serious piece of sporting equipment with lots of layers of material and stitching. The Freestyle tank seemed like a throwback to Lululemon's older styles, found in the Spark and Repose tanks,where the bra is a basic shelf bra consisting of an extra flap of material and piece of 1" elastic to secure it all. For the past couple of years, the built in bras have been much more elaborate with mesh cup pockets and a 1" piece of elastic with 6 rows of stitching for fortification. The heavy duty construction of Lululemon's built in bras is one of the reasons I am willing to fork over $52 for something I only wear to the gym. The new Freestyle Tank has a very simplified built in bra in addition to very plain styling (there are no real design details (other than mesh straps) like you find on other tanks like the Scoop Neck or Free Ya Tank). Perhaps people have complained that the newer bras are uncomfortable and the Freestyle was an answer to that. I hope that is not the direction Lululemon is going with its built in bras. At full price, I will pass on this tank but I might consider it once it hits markdown rack.

PS - If this was Lululemon's attempt at updating the classic Repose Tank, please bring back the Repose intact. It is one of my favorite tanks.

  • A classic tank for any sporty activity
  • Made with luon, our signature fabric
  • Medium support tank
  • Mesh straps have that barely there feeling
  • Chafe resistant flat seams
  • Tank has cup pockets

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