|Notice no side seam on the outside of the leg - Athleta was inspired by lululemon in this.|
Floral Fade Sonar Capris ($74). It's probably because the print has a lulu-esque quality or maybe lululemon prints have had an Athleta-esque look about them lately. Whichever reason, there is a growing convergence of designs/prints between the two companies. I made a trip to Athleta last week to check out the new items and ended up coming home with these crops plus a couple of tops. Interestingly enough, a lululemon store posted a photo of a yoga class a couple of days ago and the Sonar Capris were featured:
Athleta Floral Fade Sonar Crop with an older lululemon tank.
I've tried on Athleta's technical items in the past but usually don't care for the fit or feel of the fabric. I have quite a bit of their swim line but have never kept any of the technical wear. The Floral Fade Sonar Capris were the first crops that I've liked enough to buy. The fabric feel and content is very similar to fullux.
Close up of the print.
|Front view, ambient light.|
|Taken with flash. Logo is on the front of the right leg.|
|Back side, no flash.|
The back zipper pocket is big enough to fit my iphone 5S without its case.
The waistband pocket. There are no slot pockets for gels.
Fabric content for a pair of fullux Inspires (Fatigue Camo is the tag I dug up) is 70% polyester and 30% lycra spandex. I found the feel of the fabric on the Athleta capris to be a bit silkier and maybe stretchier than lululemon's fullux. I also think they are thicker. The print is totally opaque. Even though the design is backed in white I don't notice much fade when stretched. I weighed both crops - a pair of Sea Wheeze Chevron Fullux Inspires came in at .44 lb and the Sonar Capris came in at 0.57 lb. so that verified my impression that the Athleta material is a bit thicker. I have not worked out in them yet so cannot comment on breathability.
The fit of the XL Athleta Capris is a bit more generous than size 12 lululemon Inspires.
Inseam: 22.5" (Inspires: 22")
Waist: 17.5" (Inspires: 17")
Crotch: 24.5" (Inspires: 22.75") (crotch is measured from the top of the front waistband through the gusset and back up the backside to the top of the back waistband)
When I line up the backside of the gussets you can get an idea of the difference in the crotch measurements.
|Floral Geo print Athleta Sonar Capris|
I also picked up this pullover - the Heavenly Hail Hoodie ($89) in Glass Blue Heather. Athleta tends to heather most of their tops - I really prefer solid tops - but I thought the effect was most subtle in this color.
I'm not thrilled the fabric content is all polyester but I figured I'd give the top a try. I was after a longer top and this one measures 27" inch from shoulder to hem. This is the same as my Race with Grace pullover. I think the fit is TTS.
I also bought the Chi LS ($54). It's also polyester but very soft. It's a nice basic long sleeve top. I've worn it a couple of times and really like it. The material is thin and can cling so I got an XL so it's on the looser side. I think it's a nice basic. I tried on the Chi tank but found the fit a little problematic. A size Large clung to my tummy more than I liked but the XL was too large in the chest and gaped in the armpits.
Angel Blue goes really well with these crops - this photo shows an Angel Blue Swiftly on top.
Shown with a Fresh Teal CRB on the left and the Angel Swiftly on top. The Athleta pullover is on the right.
Overall, though I tried on a ton of items at Athleta I didn't care for most of them due to the scratchy feel of their fabrics. I really like the fit and fabric of the Sonar crops so I'll be keeping my eye on this style for interesting prints. I definitely like the Chi top as a nice basic so I'll keep my eye for cute colors in this. They also make an extra long version that I might order.