I went to the store today to return my Static Lolo Purple CRB. It turns out that I like the the static lolo the least of new the CRBs. My favorites on me were the static dark classic sport gray, static oasis, static alarming, and finally static lolo. I almost exchanged the lolo for the gray but the store had a random Wish Blue I Just Wanna Run on markdown for $29 so I got that instead. I don't wear my CRBs that much to workout in so I know I'll get more wear out of the IJWR. I also got the plaid baseball hat. From the photos I was worried that the plaid might be a bit loud or overwhelming but it was very understated in person. The color code is PROP/Black. I'm not sure what that stands for - power purple something? The hats are pretty popular. The educator told me they got ten in and I got the last one. Comparing this hat to my Potion Purple baseball hat I got in the Spring, they are nearly identical except for the zipper pocket. The pleats are still the same in the back. The new baseball hat has the logo moved to the back and made larger. It also has a small (more like tiny) metal lululemon tag on the front left side liked they used in the cashmere blend knitted items.
I tried on the new Community Jacket and the newest Track and Field jackets for comparison. I really liked the Community Jacket. It's a great lightweight jacket that has some nice features like big pockets, a soft circle mesh lining, and a hood. I only wish it was a couple of inches longer, more like the Track and Field Jacket. As you can see from the photos above it's a good 2-3" shorter than the Track and Field. The Community probably came to the top of my hip bones (I'm 5' 5") which the worst spot for a puffy jacket. This is a jacket that most likely looks best on very petite women or very tall women. I also wish you could tuck away the hood. I like this jacket a lot but for me to pay full price it has to be perfect. I will keep an eye out for one in my size to hit the markdown rack but I am not hopeful - it's pretty cute.
Run: Fast Crop
I tried on the new Run Fast crop and really liked them. They reminded me a lot of my favoite Passion crops - especially the very supportive fit and feel in the front and along the side of the leg. The fit on the back of the leg felt slightly different to me. Maybe that was due to the inseam being moved to help with chafing on the Run Fast. I have to agree with the author of the Superficial Endeavors blog, I like the wide waistband on the Run Fast crop. It's very comfortable. The things I didn't like about the Run Fast so much is the length - I prefer the just below the knee length of the Passion. I also don't care for the mesh opening and the louvered pleating at the leg opening. The Passion crops have a small ribbed luxtreme cuff and I prefer the feel of that out of all my running crops. I have enough luxtreme crops that I don't need these but if I did get them, I'd probably slot them in as my third favorite crop behind my Passion and Team Spirit (no mesh on the opening but has gathers up the side of the leg) and ahead of my Zoom crops.
I tried on the Cobra Crops and really loved the feel of them. The waistband is wide and looser fitting than Wunder Unders. It was a super comfortable feeling. I had been toying with the idea of getting a pair of Wunder Unders but I think I would pick these over a pair of them even with the $18 price difference. If you like Wunder Unders, try the Cobra Crop.
I tried on the Journey Jacket. It's cute but not practical for me - too short and too young looking. Also, my boobs pushed the pockets out and ruined the look of them. I thought it fit on the snug side.
OK, what is the story with the new Gather Racerback? The educator told me they are now luon but the tag says organic cotton with lycra and so does the website. However, it sure feels like luon but there is no red "luon" tag on the tanks. I have an older Gather racerback and it feels like cotton and much different than the new ones. I bought it off ebay for something like $25 so I like it well enough but the new ones are much softer.