Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ice Queen Tights and More

Photo of the new Ice Queen tights with reflective details at the ankle. The Ice Queens are made of brushed luxtreme. Shown with the Race with Grace Half zip. I've worn my Race with Grace a lot this weekend and took it on a walk last night. It's my first brushed luxtreme pullover and I have to say I really like how brushed lux cuts the wind. The flattering fit and details on this pullover are super nice. If they hit markdown I will definitely be looking for a second one.




More Ice Queen Tight photos. Shown with a Core Kicker Tank and a 105F Singlet.

Fresh Teal Ebb to Street Tank


A couple more Mula Bundle Wraps that make it look halfway decent.

59 comments:

Suzanne Martin said...

How are they warmth wise?

Anonymous said...

Bought a pair of reversible black/WAFS wuc this morning. I LOVED them on the WAFS "side". They were soft & opaque. I got them in my TTS 4.
However, when I got home & tried them on the "reverse"/black side : shine city! I am going to go back later today to maybe try a larger size ( which I hope works!)
I needed to replace an old/dying pair of black WUC & was hoping to get a reversible pair so I really could have two pants in one.
But maybe this is a common issue with reversible WUCs? Anyone ever have the same problem?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wahhh-ing about the Ice Queen tights coming only in a 25" inseam - on me, that would hit about 6 inches above my ankle. Very bummed there wasn't a tall version of these. Hello lulu, they're winter tights! They need to cover all skin!

Anonymous said...

Diamond dot roll down pants and dance studio III jackets have been uploaded to the US side.

Anonymous said...

I was asking the question regarding reversible WUC.
They are actually the "black heathered wee stripe" reversible WUC.

Anonymous said...

Hello! OT here but would someone from Australia contact me about sending a Free To Be Wild bra in a 6 Black and Power purple. jenn@skyeye.ca. Thanks a ton

stylista diva said...

I didn't like the Mula Banda AT ALL the first few times I saw it. I do like the light grey color and these recent photos do make it look somewhat decent. I will still wait for something better to come out, hopefully in the same grey. I would REALLY like a fleece lined, water repellent jacket for spring (hint hint Lulu). And while you're at it, some Runday crops in other colors and Om Tees...if you need some style suggestions, I'm available to assist your design department...

Anonymous said...

Some quick reviews for you:
I tried on the Mula Bundle on in a size down and it was a mess. It felt like a baseball jacket with a dropped shoulder. Not flattering in the least. My TTS was even worse looking.
The WAFS fatigue green WUs didn't look appealing online but in person I thought they were pretty cute. Not sheer either and I wore some pretty bright underwear. I bought them, took them home and had my BF check for sheerness again and he said he couldn't see anything. I tried it on with Black Swan, Soot Light, Pinkalicious, Inkwell CRBs and they all looked great with the pants so I think I will be keeping them.
I also tried on the Core Kicker tank. Sweet Jesus, luxtreme tanks are not forgiving. Back fat galore in my TTS and size up.
I tried on the Ice Queen pants with the reflective design on the bottom and I thought they were great. It was soft, felt compressive and not sheer at all. I'm not in the market for a winter running tight but I would totally buy these if I was.
Lastly I tried the Race with Grace crops and I thought they felt a bit thin. They weren't sheer on me (I tried the grey pair) but I didn't feel like it was very compressive.

Anonymous said...

I really like those ice queen pants. The pattern on the bottom is really nice and not too juvenile. I also love the brushed luxtreme tops those have kept me very warm this winter in NYC, which has been brutal.

OT I ordered a pair of yogasmoga crops this afternoon. Can't wait to try and review.

M

W said...

Yeah that last picture of the wrap is better, but I'm still not buying or understanding it.

Love the pictures of the new Ice Queen tights - the front is different without being weird! Thanks also for the review on the Race with Grace - I've had my eye on it!

Mandy said...

The Ice Queen tights say that they're made of IPLux, but that they're for winter running. This doesn't seem like a warm enough fabric to use for a winter run. Has anyone tried the newest run of this pant? What are your thoughts on the fabric?

Anonymous said...

I agree that I don't think the Ice Queen tights will be very warm for winter running. If I remember correctly the IPLux is the same fabric as the speed tight cozy*. Although maybe a different composition? The speed tight cozy pants are really not warm enough for anything below ~25 deg F from my experience. I would think the speed tight tech pants would still be warmer than these ice queen pants, but I don't see why lulu would put out running pants in Jan. that will not be warmer than their last running tights (the speed tech tights, which I find warm only to around 10 deg F (windchill around 0F).

Also, maybe it's just me but I get so confused on all of these fabric names of brushed interlock to brushed IPLux. I have to keep referencing the lulu blog post on what makes the speed tights different and what's warmer, but just adding that in the item description would be a lot better. in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, nothing tempting in a month now. I wonder if the WMTM is going to be a bust as well. It's not worth staying late for any of the uploads any more. Bleh!

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:26 am - thanks! I've been reading good things about the roll down diamond WUs.

Anonymous said...

I like the pattern on the ice queen but I'm so confused why a winter running tight is so short in the inseam?? What is the warmest Lululemon winter run tight? Anyone able to compare the warmth of the Run Bandits to the Ice Queen?

perfk said...

those ice queen tights look like they are from Lorna Jane

Anonymous said...

The Diamon Roll Down WUs will be my first non-black WUs ever! I'm working up the confidence to wear all the pretty spring colors. (Yeah, I know the diamond is still kind of black...but baby steps)

Has anyone heard about the length on tallish gals? I'm 5'9" and my last full length WUP in 8 was like a crop.

luluFemom said...

Went to check out the diamond dots on @anon 10:26's tip (thank you!) and noticed a new (???) print on the WUs in the pants banner. I'm more of a Wee Space or geometric prints gal for my pants, but the colors look lovely - LLA, is this new or did I miss it?

Anonymous said...

I just wore these Ice Queen tights to the gym for a run. Warm, opaque, and nice compression! Now I was running inside, but I had to walk in 17 degree F weather into the gym and my legs were cold on the way in, but warm on the way out after my run. Not sure how that would translate into an actual outdoor winter run. The weave is very tight though and clearly warmer than my regular speed tights. I'm 5'6" with kind of short legs and these just barely make it to my ankle. I can see taller peeps not liking the length as there's def some skin exposed at the ankle.

Anonymous said...

I bought the reflective Ice Queen Tights when they were uploaded online and I've worn them twice since receiving them. I really like them!

I'm in San Jose, so definitely not the coldest of places. Wore them both times in the evening, so I'd say the temps were in the low 50s. I was surprised because they feel pretty warm after just having them on for a couple of minutes. I went outside and did 4-6 miles in them and it was great, they never got hot feeling inside which I know happens with other tights that initially feel warm.

They have decent compression, although they aren't quite as compressive as some of my old luxtreme crops. The higher waist band was nice because it keeps your mid-section warm. The zip pockets were a bit useless as they are pretty small. You can put keys in them, but nothing much larger. There were 2 decent sized pockets in the waistband. I put my ID in those.

They are a great length for me, but I'm also only 5'0" tall! They come down to my ankle and are a nice full length tight for me. I bought my usual size 4 and the fit is fine -- I tried the 6 as well but the legs got a big baggy.

Anonymous said...

I love the look of the Ice Queen tights!!! However, I am almost 6ft tall so I don't think they will work. :(

Anonymous said...

"Meh" to it all. That Mula Bundle wrap is never going to appeal to me. It is hideous. I think it's funny when people decide that they've grown to like it (or any ugly item).

Also, LLL still fails to make a winter running type that can hold up to true winter temps. Don't waste your money.

Anonymous said...

I bought the Ice Queen Tights in Baroque Blue this week and Just came back from a winter run. Here in Toronto it's about -12 degrees C. I wore a pair of shorts over top to keep a little warmer than usual. Overall I found them very comfortable. They blocked the wind enough and were nice and bright for night time running. I would not wear them in anything colder than this without a wind pant on top. Otherwise I really like them.

Anonymous said...

I need some advice from folks who are similar in size as I am. My waist and hip measurements are 26 and 33.5. I have been wearing mostly size 4 bottoms. They have enough compression when they are new. After some wear, however, they feel looser. I wonder if I have been getting the wrong size in the first place. Am I a size 2 given my measurements? TIA.

Anonymous said...

LLL SeaWheeze sent an e-mail about 8 p.m. EST regarding registration Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. PST. The e-mail also contained this:

REGISTRATION 101

New date, new process. You’ve got Qs? We’ve got As.


When can I register?

Registration opens at 10am PST on Monday, February 3.

Where do I go to register?

Head to seawheeze.com and click register – this is where the fun is going down!

How will registration work?

Registration for SeaWheeze 2014 will happen in four stages. Here’s what you need to know about each stage:

Stage 1: Get It Started

head to seawheeze.com and click on register at 10am PST on Monday, February 3



Stage 2: The Waiting Room

depending on demand, you may land in our waiting room – this is where you will hang out until it’s your turn to register.
wait times in this space may vary. Give yourself up to 60 minutes.
you will be directed from the waiting room into registration on a first come, first served basis.
to keep this process running as smoothly as possible, please don’t refresh, use multiple browsers or open multiple registration pages.
note: getting into the waiting room does not guarantee you a spot. We will notify you if the event sells out before you get a chance to register.

Stage 3: Registration

you will have ONLY 10 minutes to register – so have your estimated finishing time and credit card information ready (Visa or MasterCard only) Picking shorts won’t be a part of your registration – we will be sending out an email to all registered runners in March with instructions on how to order shorts. Don’t worry!
your registration is not guaranteed until you see a confirmation page – be speedy!
quick reminder – SeaWheeze does not have a group, team or relay division (individual registration only!)
bonus! During your registration, you will be able to purchase one Sunset Festival ticket for a friend – just remember: runners get complimentary entrance to the Festival with their registration.
heads up – there are no refunds, exchanges or deferrals.

Stage 4: Confirmation

once you receive a confirmation page, you’re in! We can’t wait to see you at SeaWheeze 2014!

(*your registration is not complete and your spot is not guaranteed until you see a confirmation page)


Note: you must be a minimum of 13 years old or older to participate in SeaWheeze. If you are under the age of 19 you will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver on your behalf . We will be reaching out to you at the email address you provided in registration with a copy of the waiver.

What about my exclusive runner shorts?

We have tweaked the way you will order and receive your exclusive SeaWheeze runner shorts this year. Picking shorts won’t be a part of your registration – we will be sending out an email to all registered runners in March with instructions on how to order shorts. Don’t worry! They’ll still arrive at your doorstep in time for the launch of our training program in late May.

Note: we will be contacting you through the email you provide during the registration process – make sure you give us one you check often!

Both women and men will have the choice between two styles this year. Check out the info on them here."

Anonymous said...

I don't see the diamond dot pants on the us side, am I missing something?

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 5:59 pm - I saw that! Seems super klugey.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:39 pm- there is some detailing at the bottom but I'm not sure that version is on the website. I thought just plain black and plain blue.

Anonymous said...

Im on the fence about keeping my diamond dot roll down wunder unders..they looked prettier in person. THen when I took them out of the plastic they looked sheer, Im talking I could see the tv thru them holding them up without stretching them at all!
But once on, they are just "Meh", I did a bend test and didn't think I could see my underwear.
OT - I noticed a new bliss break hoodie in lulu metrotown emails, heathered grey & heathered dark grey. ALso heathered raspberry and raspberry shirts for the men, hehe.

Jax+Puzzle said...

Anon @ 5:39, I would say probably not - I have a 25" waist and 34" hips and wear a size 4 at LLL, a 0-2 everywhere else (00 at J Crew). The girls at the store closest to me suggested I should be in a 2, partially because I complained about the Ebb and Flow crop riding up constantly above my knee. I purchased the In the Flow crop in plum in a 2 and while they feel nicely compressive and look fine, they are more sheer in the bum than the rest of my LLL. I probably won't purchase a 2 again, even though some of my pants in 4 are slightly on the larger side after wear. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm the only one who likes the Mula Bundle jacket. I went to the store to try it on, and I LOVED it! I had to size down for sure. I love that it is stylish, comfy, a little different, but not too loud. Great layering piece! I'm always looking for good things to wear over my yoga clothes as to/from. This is a nice change from all the color blocking, stripes, ruffles, neon colors, etc. I hope no one else buys it so I can be the only one wearing this jacket, heh heh!

Luli Designs said...

I really like the outfit in the first photo with the Ice Queen Pant with the reflective detail and the Race with Grace Half Zip in white with a hint of pink. Very cute outfit!

Anonymous said...

Hi all - what is the difference between the Wunder Under Roll Down and the Wunder Under hi/low? I can't tell from the website. TIA

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:39, i am slightly bigger than you and i wear the size 2 speed tights and crops. i have skinny legs and need the smaller size for compression. i don't have any problems with sheerness.

Anonymous said...

Ice Queen Tights are going to be super short on anyone 5'6" and taller. The Toasty Tech tights from last year are much bettering length and warmth! Lululemon should bring these back every winter in different variations.

Anonymous said...

I agree! i ordered them at upload and absolutely love them except that I have a 6-7" bare skin exposed! So frustrating, told them I hope they make in longs... and loved the cute diamond pattern!

Anonymous said...

Another random upload- Dance Studio Jacket in Black only all sizes. Very strange since these were sold out a long time ago??

Anonymous said...

Anon@5:39, I am 26" waist and 33" hips, and I always take a 4 in Lulu bottoms (the tops, I can be anywhere from a 2-6!) I have very muscular quads, though. So I think that makes a difference, the size and shape of one's thighs. I get good compression from size 4's (it's definitely better in my old Lulu tights and crops, but that's because they are cheaping out on the fabric now).

Anonymous said...

I totally agree that lulu doesn't make a true winter running tight, including all the various iterations of brushed, cozy, tech, speed, ice queen, etc. None of them are warm in cold-winter temps, I've tried 'em all! I run when it's -10F & windy out, and none of lulu's tights are warm enough for that. I have an AWESOME pair from Athleta that I can wear on its own in those kinds of temps, so I know it's possible - c'mon, lulu! And please remember to make them long enough for those of us nearly 6 ft tall...

Anonymous said...

Toasty Tech was not warm enough on me and faded really quickly the first time I washed it. I ended up getting the Cozy Speed Tight (now brushed interlock?) as a replacement and love it!

Anonymous said...

@ LLA 6:42 PM, you can say that again! Hopefully wait time in the "waiting room" won't be that long.

sb said...

Thanks for the alert for the Dance Studio Jacket. I just bought one. I bought my regular size from the original style (size up to 6, normally 4 in all other Lulu jackets). I hope they didn't tweak it too much with this version III.

Anonymous said...

Re: winter running tights
I agree that none of lulu's tights cut it for true winter weather, but are there any brands that do? Whennit gets really cold I just wear some fleece pants on top of my tights... Not super aerodynamic, but I'm not terribly speedy when it's freezing.
Also, since I'm rather petite at 5'1", the Ice Queens are my favourite not-too-cold running bottoms. Heavy rain is the winter weather issue where I live, so the ankle length is great. The fabric is great, too, as. It is so tightly woven and compressive that it doesn't hold the icy water.
Last year they were called the Ice queen 7/8 tights... which is clearer for the customer's expectations than what they are doing now.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:39, I agree with the other comments people have made about sizing. I have similar proportions, and while sz 2 fits better, it's always sheer on me. So I size up to 4. Your best bet is to try both sizes on in store and get one of the fit experts to help you out (and of course, test sheerness on both).

Anonymous said...

I agree about the toasty tech crops and also the tops, I have gotten so much use of those crops and also the half zip. they are quite good in cold weather. I have run in them in 18F with some breeze and they held up for up to 3 miles.


M

Anonymous said...

I really think athleta has some great, quality items right now. Can't beat their return policy either. I don't get the athleta hate. I think it's just that it's not lululemon so die hard lulu fans can be harder to convince :) a lot of the fabric content doesn't seem to differ so much from lulu.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:08 am - what can I say? I gave Athleta a try years ago, long before Gap bought them and the underwire tank I ordered poked through within 6 washings so that was it for them for me. Nothing they have has truly grabbed me - except for the Haven wrap that I really like - and the majority of their stuff is made of polyester. The yoga pants are so brushed that they feel like rulu, which is cozy soft and great for lounging, but they do not feel like they would breathe enough in the gym for me. I workout indoors in Southern California so breathability and wicking is super important to me and a huge reason I really like lululemon fabrics so much. I really like luxtreme run crops and the Athleta ones are more cottony feeling which I don't care for.

Anonymous said...

I wore the Can't Stop Pants in a felt-like-minus-something-very-freezing-and-windy turkey trot in Chicago and they were fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I think the feel of Athleta's material really depends on the color. When I tried their black running tights (in whatever their normal fabric is...like luon) it was scratchy and not breathable. But the gray ones I tried were pretty soft. Neither fit though and they were two different sizes. The small was huge in the waist, and the XS, while comfortable, was sheer. Also, I don't like most of Athleta's prints. I think they are more geared toward the middle aged crowd as their target market. I WANT to like Athleta since some of their prices are better, but they don't work for me.

Anonymous said...

Re:winter running tights. I think it depends on the person. I'm never cold in the speed tight tech but 1) I don't run below 10 deg F & 2) I'm a very warm runner...I am usually fine with just a swiftly & rulu or Athleta plush fleece on top & only wear a jacket when it's in the teens or snowing. I also have the speed tight cozy & find they're good in temps above 32...but I made the mistake of wearing them on a 55 deg day & was dying because they were so hot. I wore my speed tight luxtremes up until the end of November & even found them to be warm enough (temps down to about 35). I also have the Athleta wind warrior tights. I think they're just as warm as the speed tight tech, but I dont like the lack of pockets & that they do nothing for my butt ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to how the reflective Ice Queen pants fit on someone who is petite (aka- short). Do they bunch up at the ankle thus you lose the nice pattern?

Anonymous said...

I tried on the Ice Queen tights today. They seemed tighter than all the other Lulu tights and crops I have tried on or bought in the past. They were especially snug in the ankles--I have really small feet (size 4 in women's, size 2 in kids shoes), and I had to work at getting my feet through! I also have really small ankles, so I wondered how people with normal sized feet and ankles would fare, the tights were very compressive, but I could clearly see the outline of my panties (which are guaranteed not to give you VPL, and which can't be seen on my other Lulu pants and crops). Anyways, they were the perfect length on me (just ever so slightly flipping up the reflective band). I am 5' tall and 102 lbs. I don't think these would cover the ankles of anyone much taller than me.

Anonymous said...

@ 6:58 AM, yes Mizuno, Saucony and MEC (to name a few) make a true winter running tight; I've run in them all. I can wear my MEC running tights in feels like -20C and not be freezing. My butt is what gets cold the most but my legs are good.

I've tried LLL's (toasty tech tight - puh!) and they do not hold up. I do not get why LLL remains totally clueless when it comes to designing a true winter running tight. Yet they continue to make a bunch of ugly tops and such, totally disposable and a waste of resources, whether that be 'design', materials, the whole manufacturing process. It's very short sighted.

Anonymous said...

Agree that it depends on the winter runner. I also run very warm (I run in shorts and a tank top down to about 40F), and I STILL can't run in deep winter in any of lulu's running tights. As @5:05 PM said, many companies DO make warm-enough tights, so why not lulu? My Athleta Polar Fleece tights are warm enough on their own for running down to at least 0F, and colder if there's no wind. (I know people suggest layering, but I don't like to layer on bottom - my legs are big enough as it is, and I feel like a waddling walrus if I layer on bottom.)

Anonymous said...

the fleece material that lulu has used for a few of their running pants, is warm enough for temps -4C and with light wind, at least for me, I run warm as well, my hands are the only problematic part, sometimes they get so cold it is almost painful. I ordered the ice queen pants and I am petite 5'-3 and 120# boyish frame. I think they will work for NYC cold.

M

Anonymous said...

I purchased a Mula wrap to give it a go. Waste of time. It looks like cross between a moto jacket and a trash bag. Just because they put an Om logo on it, doesn't make it pretty. Big fail.

Anonymous said...

Anon@8:58, the best thing for cold hands are "Little Hotties", the disposable handwarmers. I buy a box at Costco, and they usually last me the whole winter. I couldn't run without them, my hands are always cold even when it isn't cold outside! I open them up about an half hour or so before my run and stick one in each glove. Then when I run, presto, my hands stay warm.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:49 am - lol trash bag. It does look pretty bad. A few of the girls make it look cute but I'm sure they could make an actual trash bag look cute, too.

Anonymous said...

thank you 12:32 in winter if I go past 4 miles in 20ishF my hands get so cold it is all I can focus on while running.

M