Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Cool Racerback Colors - Passion, Lavender, and Bubbilicious & New No Limit Tank in White is Here!

I picked up my new Cool Racerback in Bubbilicious today.  It looks just like the above photo. It also goes well with my Raspberry, Majestic, and Power Purple, if any of you have those colors.

My store also have the Lavender which was very pretty. I already have a Power Purple CRB so I passed on it.
My store also had a full size set of Fruity Tootie CRBs so if you think you might like one in that color, I'd call the GEC.

I though I might want the Passion but it was a bit too orangey. I like oranges but not in a solid tank. Passion is nearly identical to Kiss from last year.
 Someone was nice enough to post a photo of their Passion CRB on Facebook.

I brought my Persimmon/Kiss striped Flow Y with me to see if it would do and it matches perfectly. If you have any of the following pieces from last spring, Passion goes perfectly. I assume more items will come out in Passion:
Kiss is the bottom stripe in this tank.Persimmon is the middle. I like oranges, but in conjunction with other colors.
The stripes in this top are, from lightest to darkest: Pretty Pink, Persimmon, Kiss (like Passion), and Senorita Pink.
Deep V in Persimmon with Kiss Accent

The other new item my store got in was the No Limits Tank in white. The attached Flow Y bra was white with thin gray stripes. Below is the No Limit in Black. Here is my review of the No Limit from last fall. I like the black version but I don't think I'll get one in white. For one thing, I hate the bra under it. For another, I don't know how see through the white is. I didn't try it on.
No Limit Tank
Oh yes, I asked the sales girl if they were expecting any Athletic Deep Vs in and she said they have been discontinued and pointed me to the All Out Tank.  The Athletic Deep V is probably my favorite all-around workout tank. I'm hoping they put it on hiatus for awhile and then bring it back. It's a bummer.

Zobha Tank - First Wearing Review

Zobha Classic Racerback Tank

Lululemon's recent yoga tank designs and lack of variety in colors have been disappointing so I ordered the Zobha Classic Racerback Tank (it was in the sale section at 50% off - $24).  I wore it around the house yesterday and to spin class this morning to give it a real test drive.  I have a lot of observations but the bottom line is that I really liked the fabric and tank and I will be ordering more items from Zobha.

Fabric - The fabric content is 87% Supplex Nylon and 13% Lycra Spandex. This is the same ratio of Nylon to Lycra that Lululemon uses in luon. I thought the Zobha fabric felt nearly identical to luon in that it had a brushed cottony feel and was very breathable.  It is a bit thinner that regular weight luon - not as thin the light luon found in the Cool Racerback but not as thick as regular luon. It felt a lot like the, for lack of a better word, 'lighter' luon that has been showing up on some Lululemon Groove pants and the Astro pants that I recently tried on.

I wore the tank to spin class and felt it wicked moisture well. I think I felt as comfortable temperature-wise in spin class in the Zobha tank as I do wearing a Cool Racerback.  I also thought it was quick drying because after class I ran down to the Lululemon store to pick up my Bubbilicious CRB and it dried quickly. 

The fabric is pretty stretchy. I don't know if it is any stretchier than regular luon but since it is thinner it does not give the spanx effect that regular weight luon does. However, neither does the luon light that is found in the CRB and the newest tanks like the Intention, Inner Strength, and All Out.

All in all, I think Zobha's fabric rivals Lululemon's in feel, breathability, and moisture performance. I can't comment at this point about durability in terms of stretching, fading, and pilling but I will let you know.  Zohba claims their fabric will hold it's shape and color.

Built in Bra - The built in bra is a very simple shelf bra which is what (I believe) Lululemon used to make until three or so years ago. My Lululemon Spark and Repose tanks only have a shelf bra in them. (If anyone has been wearing Lululemon for longer than three years, can you let me know if cup pockets are a relatively new thing for Lululemon.) For me, a 45-year old DD, I need to wear another bra underneath a shelf bra for any kind of real support, not to mention coverage. I wore a Flow Y under the Zobha to spin class today and the two together gave me moderately high support.  The Zobha built in bra is not as constricting as the typical Lululemon built in bra so doubling up on bras is not nearly as uncomfortable as when I do it with two Lululemon tanks. The Flow Y fit under it perfectly and only the straps showed. Some of Zobha's tanks are starting to come with cup pockets.

Construction Quality- The Zobha tank seemed well constructed.  The side seams are flat locked. This is a nice feature that Lululemon has and is not present in the Lucy, Athleta, and Adidas tops I have. I was going to say the bottom hem wasn't as well stitched (i.e., fewer stitiches) as Luluemon but then I looked at my new Bubbilicious CRB and changed my mind - the Bubbilicious CRB has about half the stitches per inch than my Raspberry CRB. It seems a lowering of quality so I'll have to keep an eye on this in other new Lululemon tanks. I recently had to have my I Just Wanna Run tank repaired for the hem coming unraveled. This is the first time I've had any Lululemon of mine repaired.

The straps of the Zobha tank are about 1 cm wide and were comfortable. I measured them because I've owned a few Power Ys and always sold them because the straps cut into my shoulders. The straps on the Flow Y are 8mm wide. I'm not sure if the Power Y and Flow Y straps are the same but I assume they are. 

Fit and Comfort  - I ordered the same size in the Zohba tank as I do in most of my other Lululemon tanks - a 12. The length of the Zohba was the same as that in my All Out and Deep V tanks and it hit at about my hip bones.  The width at the armpit was about 3" more than the All Out tank and 1" more than the Deep V. The waist was about the same on all three tanks.  The Zohba didn't flare out as much at the bottom hem as the All Out and Deep V but that could be just this model. I don't have a Power Y anymore to compare it to so I can't remember if that is a straighter tank.

The Zohba tank came up higher in the armpit than in a lot of my Lululemon tanks which is a complaint I have with the newer designs Lululemon is coming out with, and particularly in the Tri Y and Power Y. The tank also showed some cleavage but nothing that made me uncomfortable. My Flow Y exposes a lot more cleavage. It seems the Zohba tanks are cut to accommodate a larger bust because the horizontal line in the tank hit me under the bust like it should.

All in all, I was happy with the fit, particularly through the bust and armpit. I wish the tank flared out more at the hips since I am a pear shape. This could be a function of the tank model I chose so I can't make any general conclusions yet about width at the hips. I thought the tank was very comfortable and think the design is an attractive one. I usually prefer a very open back for the tops I wear for spin but I felt enough of my back was exposed to be cool in class today. If you need extra support, this design will totally hide a Flow Y under it except for the straps.

Conclusions One of the primary reasons I love Lululemon is luon. I love wearing the fabric because it is so soft against the skin, breathable, comfortable, and has great performance.  Zobha seems to have replicated luon pretty well so I will definitely give them more business.  With regards to design, for the past six months or so, Lululemon has not been making many yoga tanks that I want to buy in terms of style, fit, and colors so I am very happy to have found an alternative. I don't know whether I will become a Zobha addict but most likely an enthusiast. They are still a young company so you never know. I don't know if I would like Zobha pants as much as Lululemon's because regular weight luon hides a lot of sins but the lighter weight Zohba might be a better match for working out in the southern California climate.  I will order some in the near future and give you a report.

Zobha offers free shipping and returns so it makes trying them out very easy. Their sale section is pretty good price-wise but like Lululemon, final sale. However, Zobha resells on eBay pretty easily and for good money. They are also starting to offer some tanks and pants in size 14, which Lululemon is abandoning.  Oh yes, Zobha offers a maternity yoga line which is totally awesome. All in all, I think Zobha has the potential to give Lululemon serious competition in the yoga/general exercise market.

Some readers of this blog have commented about their Zobha experiences. Here are three I found:

"Zobha has become my FAVORITE line of workout gear, after my intense passion for Lulul has waned. I mean, Lulu is getting boring to me for the same reasons as you write on your excellent blog: blah designs, same colors over and over, too high prices, etc. I LOVE Zobha's fabric and actually feel that the tops fit me MUCH better. Just to note: I wear a 6 Lulu tank, and in Zobha I wear the 4, thus the sizing difference. I am going to sell some Lulu tops on Ebay so I can get more Zobha. Go Zobha! And no, I do NOT work for them! :)" -- anon
"...I said in an earlier post that I would give feedback on the zobha tank. I got the grace (which is somewhat like lulus scooptank) and the ava, which is a halter. The fabric is a bit softer and a bit thinner than luon. The styling is also very nice. The quality seems good and they have some nice colors. I got size 6 which I usually wear in lulu tanks. The fit was fine but because it is a touch thinner/stretchier, I could have gone down to a 4 as well. They have an inner shelf bra. I decided not to keep them because they didn't offer enough support- please note i'm an A cup on a good so I'm not looking for "bounce" support but for holding in/shaping (I've had two kids, ya know? if you're in the same boat as me you know what I'm talkin' 'bout) - it might actually work well for someone with a slightly larger bust because the shelf bra sat a bit too low under my bust (perhaps a 4 would have been better for me?). So, I'm going to say good for B to small C cup. Don't think it would offer enough support for a larger bust unless you're doing strictly low-impact workouts." -- pilatesmom

"I have Zobha yoga pants. They are thinner than Groove pants so in NYC in the winter not the greatest. But they are comfortable and fit wonderfully, make my butt look good. Also like them for running also I had them hemmed too short." -- Dori

==> Momof 5 - You commented you ordered some Zobha tanks. Can you tell us what you thought of them? Thanks!

Purity Jacket - Photo in The Mat

For those of you wondering what jacket this girl is wearing in the photo it is a Purity Jacket and in stores now. It has a mesh lining and is short like the Principle Jacket. A woman was nice enough to post a photo of hers:
If I see it in my store, I find out more details. I didn't notice it yesterday.

White Sheer Delight - Real Life Photos

Sheer Delight in White
I posted these pictures because this is how the white Sheer Delight looks on me. The straps are on the loose side which I know will fall off my shoulder. It also is a bit see through - you can see the peach color of her tummy in the top photo. I am going to be returning mine today and picking up the new Cool Racerbacks in it's place.

 Cool Racerbacks in Lavender and Bubbilicous
Someone was kind enough to post their photos of their new CRBs in Lavender and Bubbilicous on Facebook. The Lavender looks a lot like Power Purple so I will skip that one. I am really curious to see Passion. I hope it is not too orangey but more coral. My store also had a bunch in Fruity Tootie yesterday so I will compare the two colors. Here is a photo of Power Purple but it's hard to compare Lavender and PP unless the lighting conditions are the same.
PS - I got my Zohba tank yesterday and really like the feel of the material - it's very similar to luon. I'm going to wear it to spin class this morning to really test it's breathability and wicking and I'll give a full review soon.