Thursday, August 4, 2016

Issue with the Finish on the Neck in the Cool Racerback II


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The back of the neck in the new Cool Racerback II is rather clumsily finished.  I checked a few but the mating of the two pieces of the V is not as flat as one would come to expect from a lululemon product. Because this is a print I really like, in a new fabric blend and style I'd like to try, and in an area that is not performance critical for me I am willing to give it a try. I figure if it bothers me I can take it back. I also assume that the design may be tweaked after this initial production run.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not only that (the way the neckline is designed/raised) but the overall stitching/seams quality really sucks. Lulumum has some great photos (of a black CRB II) from a reader on her blog that show these issues really well. It isn't only with the new CRB II, all of their products have been showing really poor craftsmanship regarding the stitching/seams quality.

Anonymous said...

That doesn't look good at all and could become irritating against the skin.

Let's face it, their focus this year in the tank design department has been all about designs exposing the sports bra. The new CRB design is no exception, it's all about getting you to buy more of their bras. It's great that they have changed the fabric blend but let's get real they could have and should have done that to the original CRB. Their intentions are as plain to see as the sports bras under their tanks.

Anonymous said...

I hate that people are rewarding this company by buying their obviously poorly made products. It's one thing to buy something and have it fall apart after wearing. It's another to acknowledge something is poorly made and buy it anyway.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 1:54 pm- Yeah, it's not like I have widely read blog about lululemon and review their products, particularly a major change to one of the most iconic and core items that lululemon makes. I should have made a statement by withholding my $48.

Before I trash a re-design like this I want to be able to speak about it in an informed manner and that means buying it and trying it. I can always return or re-sell it.

It's not like that seam is on the verge of unraveling. It's not as elegant as it could be, that's for sure. It certainly didn't bother me when I wore it for a workout this morning. I've done my part - I took photos, made a post about the area, and I pointed out the area to an educator when I was in the store.

Moreover, have you taken a good look at the construction of other brands? Lots of them don't even flat lock all their seams, just the ones that might chafe.

Anonymous said...

It isn't just about being flat locked or not. I buy a lot of Lululemon, and I notice the sewing craftsmanship is not quality (in more than just the occasional one off item, which is to be expected and I could accept that, but it has been for many items, which is not acceptable when paying this kind of money), it is clear to see many flaws if you pay attention. The stitching is sloppy looking and also prone to coming apart. This is the reason we see so many reviews about unraveling seems/loose threads/holes in the seams/etc. I've even ordered Defines and Scuba IIs where the front stitched Lululemon symbol is noticeably uneven and crooked where it should be matched up evenly on each side of the zipper at the top. Not just one or two items, but many items, and this has been over past couple years I've noticed it this bad.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 3:05 pm - I still think stitching was worse under Day. You could see they were using fewer stitches per inch compared to older products. They've since fixed that a bit compared to the worst days under her but it definitely isn't where it was back in 2008.

I carefully inspect all the seams before I buy. If it looks dodgy I don't get it. One reason I haven't bought into the Tech Mesh pants is because I've seen how the stitching gets with time on those along the mesh panels.

Before I bought lululemon, I used to buy Lucy stuff, and that unravelled a lot on me. I've had lululemon seams come unraveled on me, maybe about a dozen, dozen and a half pieces now, in the hundreds that I have bought, but I also have a store I can bring it to be repaired. The store repairs are a huge reason I stay with the company and don't stray. If they ever do away with the repairs, then I'll start to look more seriously at other brands.

Anonymous said...

Boom. Hit the nail on the head.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I'd say it's a new fabric or not. The Pipe Dream Blue Snake Print one from last fall was backed in Pipe Dream Blue and is quite nice, no fade over my bust in my regular CRB size 2 (32DD/E). I couldn't wear any of the other prints I've tried over past year or so though, way too much white fade over bust and horrible feel compared to my blue snake one. So, as mentioned already, I'm not going to jump to conclusions and assume that the fabric has somehow just changed recently and that it's a good enough reason to justify the price hike.