Monday, July 5, 2010

Real Life Photo of the Coal Light Up Jersey

New Products - Push UR Limits, Stride II Jacket

Uh oh, I am in trouble. I have a fatal weakness for the Heathered Coal Wee Stripe and Static Patterns and now it looks like a lot of the new stuff is based on these colors. It is also a lot of grays and blacks which I love.

The pattern on the right is called Static Coal Large Static Wave Stripe. I don't know what the one on the left is but it looks a lot like Static. The one on the left is Static Charcoal. I love that both tanks are two-tone.

I think I prefer the teeny stripes in the Heathered Coal Wee Stripe pattern and the tank on the left is similar enough to the Heathered Coal Wee Stripe Push UR Limits that I don't need to get it, but I really like the one on the right. I'm hoping it comes out in a Zoom Singlet or Pep Tank version.
This summer's Push UR Limits in Heathered Coal Wee Stripe (come and gone already)

New Groove Wunder Under - Looks like in Heathered Coal Wee Stripe and solid Coal

Stride II Jacket in Static Coal Large Static Wave Stripe

Knock Out Short in Heathered Coal Wee Stripe

Boogie Shorts showing the new patterns - Static Charcoal, Static Classic Sport Gray, Heathered Coal Wee Stripe, Static Coal Horizon? Stripe with Electric Orange, Citron, Cool and ? Blue

All these grays and black reminds me of the quilted pattern from a few years ago:

Groove Crop in Static Charcoal

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First Wearing Review - Circle Mesh SE Cool Racerback & Run: Zoom Knee Short

Today I wore my new Circle Mesh SpeciIal Edition Cool Racerback to spin class. Spin class is probably one of the best tests for how cool (or warm) a top makes you feel during a sweaty workout. I have to say I really, really like this tank. The circle mesh is very lightweight and feels soft against your skin. I felt very comfortable in class and probably about as cool as I'd feel if I wore just a bra top. I think the circle mesh does a great job of wicking sweat away, maybe even better than luxtreme.  The Swiftly tank is slightly more lightweight but the fit of the Swiftly is so odd with the large armholes and overlong straps that getting a flattering fit is hard.  I think the better fit and the $10 price difference would lead me to choose the CRB over the Swiftly every time. I  hope lululemon continues to make this tank in the circle mesh - it is a great warm weather tank.

I was curious as to the weight difference between the three most lightweight, breathable tanks lululemon makes - the Run: Swiftly Racerback, the Circle Mesh CRB, and the Run: Energy SL. These are my favorite tops for hot weather workouts.  I suspected the Run: Swiftly would be the lightest and I was right - my size 12 weighed 2.3 oz.  The Circle Mesh CRB, also in a 12, weighed 3.2 oz. The Run: Energy SL in a size 10 weighed in at 4 oz. However, the Energy is not nearly a streamlined tank as the other two. It has a cinchcord and the extra gathering down the back.  I did a ranking of the coolest fabrics a little over a month ago and you can find that post here.

I also wore my new Run: Zoom Knee Shorts to spin. I had bought the Biker Groove shorts when they first came out and these are very similar except in luxtreme instead of luon. I prefer luxtreme for spin class because of the wicking and usually wear luxtreme crops. The Zoom Knee shorts were very comfortable. I didn't have problems with them riding up even though there is no gripper elastic on the inside of the opening. I think the shorts are so long that it's not really a problem. There are still quite a few on loot so if you are looking for a longer luxtreme short (or a really short crop), these are great. I'm 5'5" and once I sat on the bike the shorts rode a couple of inches above my knee. When I am standing they fit similar to the model in the photo above.