|Sea Wheeze Mermaid Cool Racerback Race Shirt|
2013 Sea Wheeze Half Marathon Race Report, Part 1: Travel to Vancouver and the Expo
2013 Sea Wheeze Half Marathon Race Report, Part 3: The Race
This mermaid Cool Racerback was probably "the" top to get. It's lululemon's version of a race shirt. There were numerous complaints last year that workers had what amounted to a race shirt but runners didn't get a similar item so people were very glad to see that corrected this year. Unfortunately, these ran out within a couple of hours so lululemon either has to make more for next year or perhaps have people pre-order them when they sign up for the race. Disney does that with commemorative pins - you order them when you sign up for your race and you pick them up with your packet. The expo workers had a similar top except the mermaid was on the back of the shirt.
|The Pigment Blue speeds have become "the" shorts to find.|
Some of the Speed Short styles for sale. Last year I think they had Speeds and Groovy Run shorts and only up to a size ten so a better selection all around and this year they sent the coveted plaid pattern to runners so a good choice all around.
There were four colors of Swiftly tops available in Burning Yellow, Pigment Blue, mint, and a bright salmon color. The mint and Pigment pretty much sold out but there were a lot of yellow and salmon left when I went to the store at noon, after the race. Unlike last year, the Swiftlys had the special race logo so that was a nice change. Last year I got a plum striped Swiftly tank but no Swiftlys grabbed me this year.
Some of the SW Inspires. You can also see they came in that bright Salmon color, too, in the photo with the rack of swiftlys. Those were a horror show. I was behind a girl wearing them in the race. I don't know why her friends didn't clue her in on how awful they looked. I could tell she didn't have underwear on and could see every ripple and dimple on her thighs and backside. Ugh.
Some of the Track Attack skirts for sale. My sister got the black and the triangle print one for herself.
A couple of the Fast Track shorts. My sister got a couple pairs of these for my niece.
The two Scuba styles that were for sale. These were sold out in everything but a few size two yellow ones by the second day. The yellow Scuba is tagged as a "stretch" but the striped is the "Sea Wheeze" one. I got the striped and it's very soft and thick. Lululemon should definitely offer Scubas again next year.
Some of the Stuff Your Bra styles for sale. These were super popular and I know a few people who bought them for the race.
What some smart women did was get the solid Pigment Blue men's cap. I wish I had spotted these. These were perfect. Next year they should make something like the Classy Cap for the ladies.
There were also Warm Up Crews for sale but these weren't super popular.
The Work It Out Track pants went over like a lead balloon. They were marked down within hours.
The Yoga on the Run Duffels were not too much of a hit. The pigment and silver one was marked down within hours, too. Compared to the pretty plaid bag they had last year, these were a major disappointment.
A couple of the Mod Move tank styles.
|The men's "race" shirt. It says "Van Sweaty" on the back.|
A couple of the mens items - a rulu pullover and 5 year tee. I didn't really care for any of the men's items. My husband likes Pace Breaker shorts but they only had solid black with orange or mint mesh. There was a pigment blue Metal Tech Vent but it's a fairly common color for lululemon and I was hoping for something different. A lot of the men's items were trimmed in what I'd call "girly" colors such as the mint or the salmon or a rainbow of the race colors. I just didn't see anything I thought my husband would like so passed on it all for him.Overall, I think I preferred this year's race merchandise when it came to color combos compared to last year's. I know I found more items to get. They also offered nearly everything up to a size twelve, which was good since they didn't offer anything in that size last year. I definitely like that they had a "race" shirt and think they need to do that again next year. Other suggestions I would make for merchandise would be to offer a woman's long and short sleeve tees in vitasea, like an Every Yogi. My niece mentioned she would prefer a cotton top tee shirt instead of a technical top. That could be another option for a race shirt. I was also hoping to see a running luon pullover like the men got. I would definitely get one. I was also disappointed there were no long sleeve UPF tops like last year. The Warm Up Crew, Work It Out Track Pants, Speed Demon Hat, and Yoga on the Run Duffels were duds. All the CRBs and Scubas were hits and I'd put Track Attack shorts into that category, too.
What did you guys think of the merchandise? What would you like to see for next year?
PS - I forgot to write they also had a yoga mat for sale and a poster (for $30 but included a yoga mat strap). Neither of those sold super well and were left over on Sunday.