|Align Pant (thanks to Ms. K. for the photo)|
|Align Pant hang tag.|
Since Facebook was buzzing with pants-mania and lots of 'I love them' posts about the Aligns, I went this morning to check all the new styles out.
|Align Pant fabric content.|
|Align Pant gusset.|
|Gusset in the Spinerette Shorts|
These were double layered because of all the rubbing against the saddle you'd do in spin. I liked this design feature since I wore pinholes into a pair of Passion Crops by putting a year of spin classes on them. I'm going to guess the gusset in the Align's is this way to minimize pilling in the crotch area since the pants feel super soft and seem like they be might more prone to pilling. It also might be to prevent CT when using such a thin fabric.
|Align Pant waistband pocket.|
The hidden waistband pocket. The educator had to locate it for me - you access it horizontally.
The feel of the new NuLu fabric reminded me of rulu but a tighter knit, more supportive version of it that isn't hot. It felt very breathable standing there in the store. I wore 2008-era Clam Digger crops to the store and I thought the coverage and opacity of the Aligns was similar to them. One interesting thing was that they were fully opaque with a flash so I almost suspect they were designed for that. People are saying the fabric is the softest they've ever felt but if any of you have tried Beyond Yoga pants you know they are very soft. These didn't seem like they would be prone to crazy pilling like Beyond Yoga but I'll be curious to see how they do wear because a lot of times softness = pilling. The support was decent for how thin the fabric is but if you rely on the double thickness waistband of regular luon bottoms to help flatten a poochy belly this fabric isn't going to do much for you. I might pick up a pair of these if they come out in crops since a lot of times I find black luon crops rather hot to wear in the summer. Those of you who got these, do you intend to work out in them? They are so soft I was really tempted to get them for daytime pajamas but I resisted for now. I thought sizing was TTS. They are very stretchy and I am reading some people are sizing down in them but I don't know if I'd recommend that.
|Zone In Tight hang tag.|
|Zone In Tight fabric content.|
|Zone In Tight gusset.|
The Zone In Tight fabric and fit felt a lot like In the Flow and Seamlessly Streets to me except much smoother and softer. I really liked the feel of the fabric in them and I thought they felt nicely breathable. The Cranberry was a bit revealing of my lumps and bumps but that is the only color they had to try in my size. The fabric was nice but I don't know if it's worth the big price bump over the In the Flow/Ebb to Street Pants. Fit was TTS.
|All the Right Places Pant (thanks to Ms. K. for the photo).|
|All the Right Places Pant tear out tag.|
These pants also have the strip-style gusset through the inside of the leg.
These pants were ok but there is a ton of seaming going on. For the price point these are at, I want to be able to use them for running and for me, that means two front slot pockets for gels, a back zip pocket for my car key/ID, and thigh pockets. The opacity and coverage was good on these and the compression seemed similar to other dual-fabric run crops. Fit was TTS.
|Tight Stuff Tight * Reflective Nightfall Tricolor (thanks to Ms. K. for the photo).|
|Tight Stuff Tight fabric content.|
My store only had the Gator and Cranberry in my size. The coverage and opacity of the Gator ones I tried on is the best of the four pants I tried on today - great smoothing, fantastic compression, and fully opaque. They are nicely matte - no shininess at all, even when stretched. Fit is a snug feeling TTS.
|Black/Nightfall Black Tri Color with three colors of reflective dots. (Thanks to Ms. K. for the photo.)|
|Gold logo. (Thanks to Ms. K. for the photo.)|
Full disclosure - the manager of my store surprised me today and said I could have the pair of new pants I liked the best so I ended up getting the Gator Tight Stuffs because of the coverage, opacity, and compression. I put them on when I got home and wore them the rest of the day. As the day wore on I could really feel the compression along the outside of my thigh and knee, right where my ITB tends to ache.
These tights have the standard two gel pocket, back zipper pocket set up. The waistband fit reminds me a lot of the Pace Rivals - a bit looser fit than Inspires but the Tight Stuffs are high rise.
The breathability is excellent. I expected to be hot in these since it was in the upper 80s today but they were really pleasant. I plan to test them out with a run tomorrow.
The big question - would I have paid $148 for these? While I really like the compression, opacity, and coverage of these I am not usually a tights-length person because I find them too hot to run in where I live for all but about two months of the year. Would I pony up $128-138 for a crop version of these? I might have just because I like to try out new fabrics and I liked these a lot. I don't buy solid colored run bottoms other than black because of cellulite issues but these did a really good job of smoothing that away. If they put thigh pockets on a crop version of these then it would be a slam dunk and I would have shelled out the money to give then a try. However, looking at the panel construction, I don't think thigh pockets are possible in these.
Is it worth it for you to shell out $148 for them? If you've been dying for lululemon to come up with a highly compressive pair of run bottoms and you're feeling flush I say give them a try. If you've been sticking to black and print luxtreme run bottoms because of thigh dimples and have been dying to wear color, definitely give these a try. They felt so nice running errands and depending on how they feel for my run tomorrow I started to seriously think about getting another pair. In fact, I ran the numbers to see if it was worth it to take advantage of currency disconnects and order from a foreign site. I thought the Nightfall version with the three colors of reflective dots were especially pretty. That is the pair all the eds in my store were getting.
All in all, I thought the new pant designs and fabrics are nice additions to lululemon's line. The sky-high pricing on them is a major obstacle to me fully embracing them, though. Many people in my Facebook groups were raving about the Aligns and bought them. People have also been reporting their stores were running out of Aligns. However, I see on the website, the US is out of some sizes (mine!) in the Tight Stuffs in the Tricolor and Bordeaux.
Did you try on the new pants and what did you think?