Monday, November 15, 2010

Dark Classic Sport Gray / Persimmon Live Simply Jacket

Ok, it's easier to see the differences between the Live Simply and the Wear With All in this Photo. The Live Simply looks like it could be a tad shorter and has more decorative stitching than the WWA. It definitely has a larger hood. It also has a metal zipper which I tend not to like since they are scratchy.

Comparison of Live Simply and Wear With All

(Top - Live Simply Jacket, Bottom - WWA) Wow, these two jackets are pretty similar. I think the main difference is on the Live Simply there is a little detail at the elbow and a larger hood. Also, the WWA has a double zipper which is nice in such a long jacket.

The Scuba-illow is in the US

I think this is the Scuba hoodie that turns into a pillow. It has the same striped hood liner and fancy stitching. This photo is from an Oregon Store. I wonder where the extra zipper is to zip it into its pouch.

Photo of Black Alpine Pullover

New - Post Run Fleece Pant

Sorry I only have this one half-photo of the Post Run pant. They are made of fleece. They look cozy.

Alpine Pullover & Cuddle Up - First Reviews

A couple of reviews of the new Run: Apline Pullover have been posted on Facebook. Two people have said it's tight in the shoulders and arms. So annoying they keep effing up this area on the running items.

The Alpine Pullover is $118.

People are saying the new batch of Cuddle Ups are running snugger than the previous batch, particularly Very Violet and Wish Blue. The Black (I think I labeled it as Coal) is the loosest of the three new colors.

Feel free to add your reviews.

Photos of New Stuff- Alpine Pullover and Cuddle Up

Alpine Pullover in Haze

Very Violet Cuddle Up

Store Trip Report - Gym Essentials Kit, Belt It Out Pant, Dash Pullover, Yogi Dance Tank and More

I went to the store today with the intent of coming home with the Essentials Gym Kit. I really liked it. It's super padded and the mesh pouch and the clear vinyl pouch detach. The outside zip pocket has little pockets inside to tuck your watch or other things. There is also a hook to hang it in the shower. I nearly bought it but I decided for a few dollars more (it's $48) I'd rather get a new tank. Since I don't travel much, I can get by with a makeup case from Sephora. If you travel a lot, you might want to treat yourself to one of these.

Belt It Out Pant

I tried on quite a few things today. I tried on the Belt It Out pant which I really liked. I liked how the rear abd leg is snug until the middle of the thigh and then it widens out. I think this is a good pant for people with thicker thighs and legs. I'm not a super fan of the belt at the top and wouldn't mind if they just had a band of color at the top instead of the belt loops. However, I tried on the solid black Belt It Out Pants and the luon felt really thin, almost like light luon.

I tried on the Dash Pullover. I really liked this a lot. The Static Coal is very nice - the zipper and reflective band on the arm blend into the print of the fabric really nicely. I also liked the solid Wish Blue a lot since the seams blended into the fabric. As people have written, there is lots of room in the upper chest and shoulders. I think the fit is looser all over than the Inspire (and the older Hills Pullover). I also thought this is a very comfortable running pullover - there are no irritating areas. The ribbed patches on the upper arm and decorative ribbon on the Inspire Pullover really bothered me but there is only soft circle mesh panels on this pullover - it will move very nicely with you. If you don't have a running luon pullover yet, you can't do better than the Dash Pullover. 

As I wrote below, I also tried  the Yogi Dance Tank. It's a cute tank that comes in awesome color combinations and only goes to a 10 so it was a bit small for me. I suspect that even if it went to a 12 there still wouldn't be enough coverage for the girls and I'd still show too much cleavage. I though it fit very similar to the Fouette Tank.

I tried on the Balance Pullover and really liked the simple design and flattering fit. The merino was a little rough against my skin so I'd probably wear it as a layering piece with a shirt underneath. I'll be honest, if it weren't for Luluemon's recent quality problems, I'd unreservedly recommend this top but I'll wait until I read a few reviews before I buy this. I'm concerend about color leaching, snags, and pilling. There are a couple of companies whose sole business is performance fleece (Icebreakers and Smartwool) that I'd be inclined to try first. I at least want to feel the wool to see if it's softer than the Lululemon version. If any of you have felt the Lululemon wool and have Icebreakers or Smartwool clothes and can give me a comparison, I'd love to hear it.

I tried on the new Wish Blue Multi-Poncho Stripe Push UR Limits but ended up going home with the same color scheme in the Heart Tank. I already have three Push UR Limits and wanted something new. I really love the open back design of the Heart Tank. I love that the Heart Tank is a strappy, very opened back tank but has supportive straps and really covers the girls in front. I love this tank. Please consider making it in a 12, Lululemon!

I also got a pair of older Heathered Charcoal Still Pants. My luluemon has some older colors of Still and Be Stills around and I dug through the pile to try them on. I wear Stills/Be Stills all the time and since Lululemon hasn't been making any new colors I thought I'd get these while they were still available. I'll be honest, I also wanted to get a pair made with the older, thicker luon manufactured under the old quality standards. I'm kind of peeved my new Static Wish CRB is starting to come unraveled at the hem. I haven't even washed it yet. I'm glad I live near a store so they can fix it.

New! Splatter Print Heart Tank

I like the new splatter print (or whatever it's called),  but to pair it with this classic sport gray (heathered ash or whatever it's called) really lessens the impact of the print. It would have been strinkingly pretty with solid coal, solid black, solid very violet but it's so Meh with this color. I'm looking forward to seeing in what other tanks this print makes an appearance.

NEW! Hottie Hot Yoga Bag

Hottie Hot Yoga Bags

People have been clamoring for a purse-sized Lululemon bag so now they've got one. I carry way too much junk to the gym with me - this bag would hold my spin shoes and that's about it. This will be a pass for me but I know a lot of people will like it.

New Awareness Wrap Colors - Wish, DCSG/Persimmon, Black/Very Violet

New Awareness Wrap in Dark Classic Sport Gray with Persimmon Ombre Interior. There is contrast stitching around the pockets.

Wish Blue Awareness Wrap

All Three New colors - DCSG/Persimmon, Wish, Black/Very Violet

NEW! Run: Alpine Tight - Thermal Winter Running Tights

I know a lot of people have been breathlessly waiting for the winter run tights. It looks like your wait is over.

Product Info:
-these high rise thermal winter running tights will give you the warm 'n' fuzzies!
-wide flat running luon waistband with internal drawcord for support, provides inherent quick wicking performance
-reflective pocket zipper and reflective taping for enhanced low light visibility
-wicking tech fleece is brushed on the inside for warmth and comfort
-Solid Black, Black with Very Violet

NEW! Run: Balance Baselayer and Fit Report on Balance Pullover

Run: Balance Baselayer

Product Info:  
-Next-to-skin performance baselayer made of 100% merino wool; natural, renewable and technical
-wool absorbs sweat without feeling damp against your skin perfect for extended winter activity
-Haze, Black, Persimmon

It looks like Lululemon is getting into the performance wool business, trying to compete with Icebreaker and Smartwool. Living in Southern California, I hadn't heard much about those two companies until readers mentioned it in the comments to the post on the new Run: Balance Pullover. I have to say I really like the idea of a natural fiber performance shirt.

Run: Balance Pullover

I tried on the Balance Pullover today and really liked the fit. They only had a 10 and it was a bit snug but I'd say in general this top runs on the larger side. I also like the very simple, yet figure flattering cut. It is 100% wool, there are no circle mesh armpits. I didn't feel particularly overheated (like I do when I put running luon on) when I tried it on the store - it's very breathable. I also tried it on with just my All Sport bra. It didn't feel itchy but I wouldn't say it's a smooth feel like running luon or circle mesh. I'd probably prefer to put a shirt underneath and use the Pullover as an outer layer. If I went to the mountains or skiied more than once a year, I might consider getting this pullover. I might still get it but I would like to try on Icebreaker and Smartwool first. Those company's sole business is performance wool so I'd be more inclined to give them a try first.

New! Live Simply Jacket (aka, Wear With All Twin?)

I was all ready to post this as a new Wish Blue Wear With All until I read the photo caption. This is the Live Simply Jacket. Except for the elbow patches articulated elbow, it looks a lot like a Wear With All to me. I'll post more photos as I find them.

New Cuddle Up Colors - Will These Make it to the US?

New Cuddle Ups in Coal/Lime, Wish Blue, and Very Violet. Cute!

Try On Report - Yogi Dance Tank (with Photos)

Coal / Very Violet Yogi Dance Tank

Very Violet / Black Yogi Dance Tank

I went to the Newport Beach store today to get the Gym Essentials bag and try on the latest stuff. They unpacked this as I was in the dressing room. There are five colors - Persimmon/Coal, Black, Very Violet/Black, Coal/Very Violet, and solid Haze. I thought the fit was very similar to the Fouette tank. I think the front might be a little smaller (i.e., not as much coverage) than the Fouette, though, since I spilled out of it more. It's not for the super-busty but it's a cute tank and comes in some very cute color combos. It goes up to a 10.

New! Apline Pullover - Updated with more Photos

New Alpine Pullover. I don't have info yet but will post when I do. I assume it's It's made of running fleece. It's not as sexy as the Spirit Pullover but much cuter than last year's Run: Racer Pullover. I like the pleated details.