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

Try On Review: Free Ya Tank - A Winner

If you are in the market for a strappy open-backed tank, take a look at the Free Ya tank. This tank is very flattering with an a-line cut and longer length. There is lots of detail at the bust and Lululemon hasn't posted the cutest version of this tank - black with a contrasting white 3 Print at the bust which I was able to try on at the store. It's hard to tell in the photo but the shoulder straps are really two straps overlayed on top of each other. The bottom one is sewn in to the garment but the top attaches via hooks. The girl at the store told me you can cross the straps but I didn't try it on that way. This is a lower support tank so there is only a 1/2" strip of elastic in the built in bra instead of the 1" in the more supportive tanks. If I didn't already own a bunch of strappy tanks (I already have the Twisted, Gather V, 3 Set, and Movement tanks), I would totally get this one.

  • Free 'ur back with this wide scoop back tank
  • Made with luon, our signature fabric
  • Low/medium support tank w/ built-in bra
  • Adjustable strap that comes with it's own pocket to keep u'r strap inside u'r tank
  • Bra has pockets for cups