Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pic - Black Denim Polocrosse Pant

I don't think I've seen an unflattering photo yet of the polocrosse pant. The black denim version seems to be everyone's favorite.

Try On Report: Run: Recharge Tank, Run: Cross Train Pullover, Fireside Pant

I tried on the Run: Recharge Tank today.  I was curious to see the new silverescent circle mesh material because I am always on the lookout for lightweight, wicking, and cool tanks.  The fit is similar to the Pep Tank but snugger and not as loose through the straps. The material felt thin and lightweight and I could see where people said they found it kind of scratchy against their skin. It wasn't irritating to me but I definitely noticed a texture. It's funny because the outer side is very smooth but when you run your fingers on the inside it feels rougher. The feel is probably closest to the knitted silverescent material found in the swiftly tees and racerbacks but even that is softer. I'm not sure of the point of this material because when you put on a circle mesh top it feels immediately cool and smooth, almost soothing against your skin. The wicking ability of the circle mesh is just awesome. The regular Silverescent and luxtreme are also very silky feeling against the skin. The Silverscent Circle Mesh is just not as pleasing to the touch as lululemon's other fabrics. Aesthetically, I don't care for the look of the silverescent circle mesh at all. The black tank I tried on had a very obvious honeycomb pattern. I didn't get the Recharge tank because I think it's boring looking and the static (or classic sport gray, or whatever it is) luxtreme color blocking is just not pretty. If a cuter, more flattering tank comes out in this material I would be open to trying it but right now I'd prefer to buy tanks made of circle mesh, luxtreme, or silverescent.

 Great close up showing the cotton decorative strip (click for larger view)

I also tried on the Alarming Run: Cross Train Pullover. It's a cute top but I think it's rather warm for my climate here in Southern California. Also, I'm not really that into hooded technical tops. I also like a zipper front to control cooling and you can't really do that in this top. There are no cuffins, only thumbholes on this pullover. The circle mesh paneling is rather minimal. My entire side and half my arm are circle mesh in the Energy and Hills Pullovers so the Cross Train pullover will be warm. I thought the fit of the Cross Train pullover was very roomy. What is odd about this top is that the black stripes up the sides and in the back are made of cotton, not a technical material. It's the same material you find running up the side of the Flashback crop and some of the Lulu pants. I wonder how that will wear, with the cotton rubbing against the luxtreme in the wash.

I tried on the Fireside pant. I won't be watching for these to hit the markdown rack.  Well, maybe I'll get a pair if they hit $9 like my Vita crops. The pants fit snug all the way to the ankle, just like in the above photo. French Terry is just too thick for that kind of cut to look cute. I like how the pant fit my rear, so it's too bad they didn't make these pants in a wider leg like the Lulu pant or the Dance Sweatpant. They would have been really cute. I also like how the front pockets zip shut.

My store did not have any Scuba hoodies and once again they told me they don't expect them until it really gets cold. I saw the Charcoal Wear With All with the Citron dip dye hood:
The hood looks a lot brighter in photos than it does in person. It almost looks like the Citron gets dirty. Now that I've seen it, it wouldn't be the reason I chose this particular Wear With All.

Headband Porn

I am such a headband junkie. Displays like this really get me salivating. Too bad the US stores never have these many headband options. I've had an especially hard time finding new colors of the Mesh headband which is my favorite. All the latest colors seem to come out in the Slipless which rips my hair out and gives me a headache. I think I will be visiting a store or two today so I'll let you know what I see and try on.