Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Brand Review: Outdoor Voices Catch Me If You Can Hoodie

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Outdoor Voices Clearwater Catch Me If You Can Hoodie (photo from Outdoor Voices website)

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Clearwater Catch Me If You Can Hoodie (photo from the Outdoor Voices website)

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Back view of the hoodie. The model is 5' 9" (photo from the Outdoor Voices website)
Newcomer American activewear brand Outdoor Voices has been getting a lot of primo press lately so I decided to order a piece to check it out. I am not a fan of the seaming across the legs on the leggings and crops and the bras/bra tops didn't do much for me, but the looser fitting items like the Catch Me If You Can Hoodie, Running Woman Sweats, and the Racerback tank looked like they had a lot of couch-surfing cozy-comfy-yet-with-a-flattering-fit potential. The overall look of the brand is definitely casual, which is by design. A point of interest - part of their design team has a lululemon pedigree.

Though I am a big nylon snob when it comes to my activewear and all the OV stuff is polyester blend (they do have a cotton tank) I chose to be open minded and ordered the Catch Me If You Can Hoodie ($85) in Clearwater. Choosing a color was tough since OV has a lot of pretty heathered colors to choose from. The founder says she prefers heathers and textures because "it disguises imperfections" - music to my ears. Though a limited selection of OV is offered via J Crew and Bandier I decided to order from their website since they offer free shipping and returns.

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The packing tape is their hashtag catch phrase - #DoingThings
Shipping came out of New York (yay for no sales tax!) and was packed up within a couple of hours of my order. It took three business days to get to me.

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Some very cute packaging inside.


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The folder cover that contained my receipt, return label, and a poster.

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Inside of the receipt cover.
Outdoor Voices has a brick and mortar store in Austin and had a summer pop up shop in NYC. 

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The poster.
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Some nice stitching detail on the sleeves. The sleeves have thumbholes.

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Hoodie drawstring is very basic.

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Hang tag. These photos probably capture the color most correctly.


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Fabric content and care tag is sewn into the side seam. This piece is made in the US.

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The Outdoor Voices OV logo is reflective and on the front kangaroo pocket.

These are the measurements for the size L.


The material is super soft and stretchy - very cozy. It feels a bit like a slicker rulu to me. I think it's more compressive than rulu so not as clingy and revealing of flaws. The weight and thickness is very similar to rulu, perhaps a touch thicker/heavier.  I thought the fit was a flattering TTS but if you want to layer more than a tank under it I'd size up. The seams are not flat seamed down the arm and sides but are everywhere else. It's a nice lightweight to/from piece for summer or a nice lounge piece for indoors. From just wearing it around my air conditioned living room, I'd say the warmth is probably on par with rulu or better. Reviews on the J. Crew site are very positive. It's too hot today for me to wear it but I plan on taking the tags off it as soon as I can. I'll update with how it wears and breathes but I like it. I am eyeing the sweatpants to get next.

Anyone else already try Outdoor Voices? How do you like and how is it wearing for you?

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Made in USA.... nice!
Will have to try this brand soon.

LuluAddict said...

Some pieces are not made in the US. They recently moved some of their manufacturing overseas. :( They do identify on their website where pieces are made, however. With free shipping and returns there is no reason not to give them a try. The Moss Jersey, which is what this hoodie and their sweatpants are made of, feel so cozily soft it's definitely worth a try.

Anonymous said...

I've bought a few pieces from the new line by Carrie Underwood (called Calia) at Dicks Sporting Goods. I bought a couple of workout pieces, but mostly casual and to and from pieces. There is some cute stuff. It's been a long time since I bought very much lulu, but I still love reading your blog.

shannon o'malley said...

I have a pair of the Running Woman 'sweats' in the oatmeal color, and I haven't been too impressed with them. The material is t-shirt thin (jersey, so not like 'sweats' at all) and they are unfortunately just a lounging piece for me. Maybe the material in the other colors would feel more substantial, but these feel like pajamas. (I can't imagine running in them -- way too thin for me!) I quite frankly wish I would've returned them, and I feel slightly irritated every time I put them on because they feel very cheap (and they sure weren't...). The drawstring is extremely (almost oddly) long. On the plus side, I did find their customer service to be very helpful in determining my size, and the rep tracked down the color that I wanted even though it was sold out on the OV website. I'm slightly curious how the compressive pieces are because I have heard good things about the brand, but I'll be steering clear of OV for awhile ---

LuluAddict said...

@Shannon - yeah, the moss jersey Catch Me If You Can hoodie and sweat pants pieces are total lounging pieces, I think. For my climate in SoCal the sweats would be perfect.

LuluAddict said...

@Shannon - I forgot to ask - how is the material wearing? Any pilling or bagging out?

shannon o'malley said...

No pilling so far, but I haven't worn them a ton. The material is definitely very soft, and I suspect it will hold its shape. (However, it's a rather loose style on me, and it's doubtful I'll be too rough on it sitting on the couch!) Overall, I do like the style so I would be curious how the other colors look and feel -- I often don't have good luck with active wear in lighter colors! Had the material either been thicker or the price quite a bit less, I would've been ok with the pants. There wasn't a lot of bang for the buck...

Anonymous said...

I'll be visiting OV's website for sure....

On a different subject....Athleta sent me an email concerninf their rewards card....will Lulu everdo that....like ever?

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 5:03 pm - from what I understand rewards programs are expensive to implement/run, so not sure on lululemon having a program.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review.

One thing I am not a fan of from any brand is excess packaging and use of paper in particular. No need for it. I actually cannot stand that LLL encloses (new in the last year or so) a "portfolio" paper with the paper receipt with their order, just so they can print some sh*t on it about interacting with them. Wasteful. OV seems to go over the top with the excess packaging and paper. Order/Return info and receipt are all that are necessary.

I totally GET IT that they (OV) are marketing and presenting the goods to you but it's unnecessary imho. All companies should be aiming to be more environmentally friendly from manufacturing to packaging etc.

Ingrid! said...

I've been very tempted to order from OV, but I'm concerned about the light colors of their tights and ... er... sweat marks. Any word?

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:36 pm - I get that. It's more for me to toss in the recycling bin. Though, now that it's closer to Xmas I might re-use the box for gifts. I have seen people get stuff in a poly mailer on IG so maybe I got the full show for a first order and maybe will get a streamlined package with a subsequent order.

Lululover said...

It looks cute, thank you for the review! On a similar note I also have been trying to branch out from lulu. I'm really liking Carbon38 web site, mostly because they have a huge variety of brands there. And their costumer survive is great, they will issue you a refund even before they receive the items. As far as brands I'm liking Alo yoga and Alala for gym stuff and casual wear, Vimmia, Ve Active. Michi is great too, amazing quality and super soft, but more on expensive side. I just wish the re-sale market was as good as lulu

shannon o'malley said...

Sorry to chime in again, but I really dislike excess/ unnecessary ship packaging as well. (I have stacks of red lulu bags from online purchases that I should bring into a store so they can be recycled. Unless it's a different style bag, I wish they wouldn't send one with every order!) And I order quite a bit from Kit and Ace, and the packagjng they send their stuff in ridiculous. It's a rather large, very heavy-weight box, and it's usually housing a very thin t-shirt. It's a very nice box and all, but I don't need an expensive box and fluffy packaging to sway me to like a brand.

Anonymous said...

I have the same hoodie and also bought the pants in the same material. I find both crazy comfy and they are my go to when I get home from work or want something neutral and lightweight to layer up for gym. Also great for long flights. I've had mine for over a year, wear them at least a couple times a week, and they are in perfect form -- no pilling or bagging.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:07 pm - thanks for the feedback! Do you have any of their compressive leggings or sports bras? How does it compare to lululemon stuff?

@Ingrid - yeah, I'd bet it shows sweat marks.

D. D. Ramsell said...

Im a avid brand finder and comparer. So far the best pants hands down are Lulu fullux in the bum. I teach class and see every brand out there and none are totally opaque but Lulu fullux. Full on luon is see thru, luxtreme is see thru. UA, zella, OV, SB, LJ, Splits. ALO.all of em thin out in child's pose. Downdog, ect...OV is rather cheap vs Lulu, nothing very special about each piece...IMHO

LuluAddict said...

@DD - agree fullux is usually nicely opaque. I think some of the textured luons like the jacquards and space dye twist are also nicely opaque, but a bit on the warm side.

Anonymous said...

I just got a two piece kit in navy (the athena crop and 3/4 warmup leggings) and I was impressed with the quality. The leggings stay up and were a flattering mid rise. Also, I was doing an intense workout class where I sweat a lot, and somehow they didn't show on the fabric at all! Not sure if that would be true for the grey color but the navy is more of a medium blue rather than an almost black navy, if that makes sense, so I was happy sweat marks didn't show. I also thought getting two pieces for $100 was pretty good value (and I like the crop top for spinning classes). I would say the material is a bit thinner than wunder unders (the older ones--I don't have anything in the new fabric Lulu has) but thicker than the Lulu running tights.