|Polyester print Wunder Under Pants on left, Nylon Pace Rivals on right - note how vibrant the Pace Rivals are.|
A significant portion of lululemon fans are Princess and the Pea-types - we're very attuned to the tactile feel of fabrics against our body. I'm betting many of us got hooked on the brushed cotton feel of vintage luon and the silkiness of luxtreme. Not only did we like the pleasant feel of these fabrics but we also appreciated the breathability performance. When full-on luon and full-on luxtreme were introduced three years ago it was to mixed reaction. The material often felt harsh and prints were a polyester/lycra blend instead of the nylon/lycra used in the solids. Not only did the polyester often feel different - people have described it as icky, scratchy, slick - but the material was often thick, stiff, and less breathable, which made for a hotter workout.
Posey Print in March prints started fading less and were more saturated and vibrant. A peek at the fabric content tag had a clue as to what was going on, the full-on luxtreme was now a nylon/lycra blend - no more polyester. The new no-fade nylon fabric has been used on several recent prints: Pop Cut, Dottie Tribe, Deep Sea, and now the new Emperor Blue Hounds Camo. The new luxtreme fabric most often showed up in run bottoms, such as the Pace Rival crops. As can be seen in the photo at the top of this post, the Pop Cut print came in both polyester-blend (Wunder Under Pants) and nylon-blend full on luxtreme (Pace Rival Crops).
What is interesting about the new Emperor Blue Hounds Camo print is that luon has also gotten rid of the polyester: