Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sea Wheeze Shorts - The Latest Lululemon Snafu

It turns out I am not the only one who didn't get the size Tracker II shorts she wanted. There are more than a few people complaining on the SW Facebook page about the same thing. I am reading that size ten Tracker II shorts are also sold out now (update - size 8 Tracker IIs are gone now, too) and may have sold out fairly early today (apparently the 12s were gone in 15 minutes and the 10s shortly after). I guess I was lucky to get mine when I did.

The de-coupling of the short-ordering process from race registration makes sense now. Lululemon pre-ordered the registration shorts from their factory months ago and they obviously underestimated the demand for the larger sizes. I assume they threw a lululemon customer curve (average size is six) on the order instead of a more average person curve though you would think they'd have sale data from last year's expo to help them figure out size demands.

In addition, I know there were a number of runners who ran the Sea Wheeze who couldn't fit into size twelve shorts even if they were able to order them. It seems a shame that they are discriminated against this way. I suggest one way to solve these problems would be to change the registration perk from a pair of run shorts to a screen printed Swiftly. I would think screen printed Swiftlys could be made to order and heavier runners could wander into the men's shirt sizing if they needed to. I've said it before but I would really prefer a race shirt to shorts. The shorts are a different and neat idea (it's like you are members of a secret club when you run across another person wearing them since you have to be 'in the know' to understand what that particular color/logo means) but maybe it's an idea that should be retired now.




This is the shirt that employees got to wear for the first Sea Wheeze and which my husband was lucky enough to snag on eBay a few months after the race. Even if this doesn't become the race perk, I'd love to be able to buy a shirt like this at the expo.

I'd also suggest also making future race perks, whether shorts or a shirt, pick up at race only. I have a feeling that quite a few of race registrations were from people who had no intention to run and only wanted to flip their shorts on eBay for profit.


Update - Just got a tweet from a reader. The size eight Tracker IIs are gone now, too. I'm really surprised the demand for Trackers was so underestimated. I saw so many people wearing the longer Track Attacks on the course last year - they were very, very popular and were very popular in the Sea Wheeze re-sale market on eBay. I'm also kind of shocked that Speeds were offered in a size twelve. I didn't even know they came in that size. Not that I would have ordered them. I definitely like the longer coverage of the Tracker IIs/Track Attacks/Groovy Runs. My size four sister and size six fifteen year old niece also prefers the longer Tracker II short.



Upon further thought, I guess lululemon could keep the short as the registration perk but if you got them at packet pickup instead of in June then they'd have time to make them to order instead of guesstimating the sizes they need.

Anyway, I was a bit bitter this morning I couldn't get my first choice in sizing but it just spurred me on to lose my winter fluff that much earlier (hello Jillian Michaels Diet Bet). I'm glad I was able to get the next size down, though. I'd be super bummed to have to order a size six in the Tracker and I wouldn't even bother with Speed shorts.


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I actually don't understand the love for Tracker shorts. I have a pair of Track Attacks which are pretty much identical, and I never wear them. They ride up horribly between my thighs when I run so I have to pull them down every two steps...and while wearing them casually, they gave me the worst chafing ever on the backs of my thighs.
My legs are far from perfect, but the speed shorts have never given me chafing and are too short to ride up. And I have visible cellulite regardless of whether I wear the Tracker or Speed Short, but I'm proud that my legs can carry me through a half marathon.

Anonymous said...

I can't say I'm too surprised that the Tracker IIs are selling out first. I'm 4'11 and a sz 2 in their shorts and I think the Speeds are too short!

Anonymous said...

WMTM up. Run Amuck LS tops are on sale as are track tees. Nothing for me, though.

Anonymous said...

OT: Anybody get the confirmation for the Mon night orders? I didn't get any email confirmation; been searching for it. But my PayPal account has been charged. Was there another system glitch??

Anonymous said...

OT - Are there any angels out there who could pick up a pair of cadet Ebb To Street Pants, size 6 for me? So sad that I missed out and nowhere near a store! issysea@gmail.com
Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

OT - Are there any angels out there who could pick up a pair of cadet Ebb To Street Pants, size 6 for me? So sad that I missed out and nowhere near a store! issysea@gmail.com
Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I ordered Monday, but early afternoon & my order shipped & processed within 2 hrs. I'm in Canada & paid with my CCard. No problems whatsoever.

Seattlite said...

I'm sorry Luluaddict :( That's super sucky.
I'm definitely excited for the trackers and was surprised that my size ( 6 ) wasn't the first to go, as it seems 6 is often the first size to disappear online (or maybe that's just because I am looking for that size so I notice it).

I reeeeallly love the idea of shorts instead of a shirt, because of the uniqueness of it; but agree that they clearly need to be more prepared for this. I'm hoping they have some cool logo-filled swiftly stuff at the expo. And I'm REALLY hoping that this years design is awesome because year 1 was fantastic, but last years seemed sooo weird to me. Wasn't a fan.

Also, YAY PIGMENT BLUE!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I agree that they should offer a shirt instead of shorts for the sea wheeze. I don't think that I can run more than 4 miles in the tracker short, like 8:22 said they ride up and chafe like crazy, I only wear them for workouts at the gym.


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Anonymous said...

Crazy, especially since size 12 is in reality size 10 or even 8. They have plenty of time to make them, or make registration earlier (6 months prior) and have shorts there during packet pick up. Seriously LULU hire someone that does big city marathons like NY or Chicago.

Anonymous said...

No need to be "SHOCKED" that Lululemon dare offer size 12 running shorts. HOW HORRIFYING. I liked your website until I just read this post. Being smaller than a size 10/12 doesn't mean you are more fit or even more attractive; you simply have a different body type WHICH IS WHY THERE ARE DIFFERENT SIZES.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 12:45 pm - Not shocked they offer size 12 running shorts - size 12 SPEED shorts. I haven't noticed them offering speeds in a 12, ever. That is where my shock comes from.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 12:45 pm - In addition, do you not read this blog regularly? I had a post two before this one about not being able the size 12 Track Attack shorts I wanted for the Sea Wheeze. I take a 10/12 in bottoms.

Anonymous said...

Anon@12:45, reading is fundamental. You need to re-read the post because your reading comprehension is off! You know, I have to give LLA credit because she could have just removed your comment without addressing your nasty attitude. A lot of other bloggers would have done that. Good on you, LLA for allowing Anon@12:45 her free speech and addressing her negativity with class and dignity.

J said...

@12:45 I visit this blog precisely because of its size 8-10-12 love! And to read fit reviews from gals of every size and body type. Perhaps you misread something?

Anonymous said...

How do the Tracker II shorts compare in size to the speeds, groovy runs, turbo and shake and break shorts? I tried on a size 4 and it had too much fabric in the legs and was a bit baggy in the front. There weren't any size 2s to compare.

Anonymous said...

This is unfortunate about the shorts sizes! Wow, just like trying to get hot items at regular retail, they have even made getting the short size you are entitled to a hassle! When you are booked in this race early enough - hello LLL it sells out - you should be able to get your size. Not like an other race where if you sign up last minute, you get what you get. Agree as well that this is why they probably need to move to a shirt, but also agree that the unique offering of a short is nice. But not if you don't actually get the right size. What happened here? They had this all down in year 1 and wanted you to have the experience of training in the gear.