Friday, May 31, 2013

Today's Shopping Trip: Charcoal WUs, Black Luon Grooves and Astro Pants, Voyage Hoodie, Runbeam SS, and More

I had to return the Runbeam Pullover and Bold Stripe Power Purple Aquamarine CRB I ordered so I made a beeline to my store to try on the new Charcoal Wunder Unders and see what else was new. People are saying the feel reminds them of static luon from a couple of years ago and after feeling them I have to agree. Some people are saying they thought they ran on the smaller side. I am not sure about that. I think they run about average for WUs. I don't think the material is overly stretchy so that may be why people are saying they feel snugger. I thought the coverage was good, the pattern hides flaws but the material is on the shinier side compared to most WUs. I didn't get them for a couple of reasons, one was that static prints dampen visibly with sweat. Another was that I already have black Wee Stripe and Black Space Dye WUs and can live without them. A third was that my Static Charcoal Still pants have pilled badly but I have to say this version of static feels a lot less stretchy than the older version. Now that I am going back and looking at my try on photos as I write this I am thinking they look kind of cute, I might think about ordering them if they show up online on Monday night. The fabric content is 41% nylon, 42% polyester, 17% lycra. As a bonus, they are made in Canada.

I also tried on the new Astros in the Power Purple/Zippy Green waistband and the new Grooves in the Nimbus Twiggy Print. After the yucky feeling of the black luon in the Still Grounded pant I was prepared to be disappointed in these pants but was pleasantly surprised. The luon felt very cottony and soft. I thought the coverage was decent - better than before but not super opaque under all conditions like old school luon. I had on black underwear and in a deep bend I could see my underwear but standing upright or in a slight bend I thought they are livable.

Check out the yellow in the new Multi Groovy Stripe pattern - it looks like Sizzle from the men's side.

My store got the Voyage hoodies in White/Nimbus, Black, Black/Soot, and Power Purple. I liked the jacket quite a lot and ended up coming home with the White/Nimbus one. The yoga board short material overlays the french terry on the back, hood, and sleeve but the front pockets are board short material only. It's a bit longer than the initial batches of Scuba Stretches. I measured armpit to hem at 17.25" in a size 12 vs. 15.75" in my size 12 Laceoflage Scuba Stretch. I thought the fit was a roomy true to size, definitely larger fitting than the Remix Light hoodies (favorite lightweight hoodie, ever!) from years ago. I didn't care for the Power Purple version because there are three different purples used in it (cuffs and ribbed hem are different french terry than the body) and the Black/Soot was kind of masculine, as someone here pointed out. I never get black french terry for fears of fading so that left the white version. If you are in the market for a lightweight French Terry hoodie then you may want to get one of these.

The Runbeam SS has been calling to me in the photos I've seen of it lately. I tried on the White/Aquamarine and White/Nimbus Bold Striped today. I ended up going home with the Purple Pocket one since it was kind of quirky. Since I am busty the pocket hits me higher on the chest. I burn at the mere thought of sunlight and will be doing a lot of summer training runs for my August races so I've been wearing my UPF tops more and had been toying with getting another top. I find the longsleeve and pullover tops too warm to wear but the short sleeve is fine. I thought the White/Aquamarine fit looser overall than the Bold Stripe Nimbus one.

Thanks to Ms. C. for this photo.
I also got a Nimbus Groovy Stripe Bangbuster today. My store did not have the colorful multi stripe ones yet. You do have to pick and choose the pattern distribution, though. I got the one in the top photo.

The last item I got today was a pair of black Pace crops that were on the markdown rack. I like the articulated knees and these were a decent price at $64. I am set for run crops now.

I saw the new White/ Nimbus Groovy Stripe No Limit tank in the store today but some stores are also getting this pretty Cool Breeze/Groovy Stripe Multi NLT and the Pizazz Orange NLTs.

Nimbus Groovy Stripe No Limit Tank and More

Nimbus Groovy Stripe/White No Limit Tank.

Voyage Hoodie and Still Grounded Pant.

A close up showing the side stripe down the leg of the Still Grounded pants in black. The stripe material is shinier than regular luon so it gives the black pant a tuxedo look.

Ignite Tank and Still Grounded Pant.

Zippy Green Runbeam SS and Beach Runner Crop

One Hit Henley and matching Pace Breaker Shorts. This outfit is a little too matchy-matchy for me and can't say I am a fan of the little pocket (not even a working pocket, just a reflective detail) on these shirts, especially bright orange on white. What is funny is that the white shirt shown on the website has a white pocket yet there are complaining reviews saying they got the version with an orange pocket and were unhappy.

Charcoal Wunder Unders

Another photo of the Charcoal Wunder Unders. This woman wears them well. I am hoping to see these on at the store today.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

NEW Charcoal Wunder Unders, New Work It Out Short Colors, Pizazz Energy Bra and No Limit Tank, and More

Thanks to Ms. S. for this photo.

New Charcoal Wunder Unders are out in stores. I am hearing they are super soft.

New Work It Out Shorts in Zippy Green and Power Purple.

New Energy bra and No Limit tank are coming in Pizazz. I have a Flush No Limit tank so can pass on this one but might have to get the Energy.

Pretty new Astro waistband called Groovy Stripe Multi. The pink is Raspberry Glo.

 The new Astro and Groove pant waistbands.

New Bangbuster in Soot Groovy Stripe. It's also coming the in the pink Multi Groovy Print, too. I think I need both. (Thanks to Ms. W. for the photo.)

French Terry Rise Short and Post Practice V shirt. (You're welcome, ladies.  ;-)  )

Thank to Ms. W. for a photo of her Gap pj pants. The print looks familiar...  ;-)

More Groove and Astro Pant Waistbands

Really liking that Astro waistband on the right

More of the Latest

Groovy Stripe Nimbus Energy Bra.

Black Grooves and Astro pants are back. Lots of stores are posting full on bend over photos but I'd rather not use those. I know one person commented she tried them on and didn't find them fully opaque - anyone else try them on yet?

 Voyage hoodie and Bold Stripe Power Purple Cool Racerback.

Aquamarine Ebb and Flow tank and Ignite crops.

Power Y and Om Pant.

Zippy Green Runbeam SS.

 Go With the Flow bag. It's weird how they put the lulu symbol back on this bag after a bunch of stealth bags. I much prefer the symbol visible on the bag. Also, lulu got a new batch of Sigg water bottles in.

Ignite Tank, really like it, and Ignite crops. Shown with the Go With the Flow bag.

Nimbus Bold Stripe Power Y, New Zippy Green Bangbuster, and More

Bold Stripe Power Y and Om Pant. The Om pant looks really nice on this woman. I think I am not tall enough for them.

Voyage Hoodie

Zippy Green Bangbusters have been spotted in stores. (Thanks to Ms. D. for the photo.)

 Cute Core Shorts and One Hit Henley top.

As a Syracuse alumna I hereby dub Pizazz as a true SU orange - shown in the Pacebreaker short.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Try On Reports and More Pics

Ignite and Swank Tanks and Still Grounded Pants. I tried on these pants today in the solid black. I didn't like the feel of the luon - it was kind of stiff and polyestery feeling. I thought the shape of the pants was ok, they seemed to fit a bit snugger than my older Still pants, especially in the crotch. I can't really comment on how sheer the luon was since I was in the extra large dressing room with a funny three way mirror so couldn't get a good look at the rear view. There are also solid white versions of these pants out.

I also tried on the Mod Moves tank. I liked the material and the shape but it runs a bit on the small side, especially for a run tank. I am used to sizing down in a lot of run tops and I am reading from the reviews on the website that some people are sizing up in this. I am a little bummed since it looks like this is one of the styles that will be offered at the Sea Wheeze but my bank account will be happy.

This is how it fit me - too much armpit fat.

I also tried on the Swank tank. I like the look and open back of this tank a lot in the photos, it seems kind of old school lulu to me but it didn't fit me right. It cuts in a bit too much in the front on me and shows too much armpit fat. It looks nice on other women in the photos but I didn't care for it on me. I think it runs on the snugger side.

I also tried on the Ignite tank and liked it but I'd really need a twelve and it doesn't come in that size.

I also felt the Ignite crops and took a look at the content. The luxtreme in these feels just like the Mod Moves crops - stiff and polyester-ish, which I didn't care for but I know a lot of people think the material in the Mod Moves is nice. The backside didn't feel any different than the front to me.

I also tried on the Twiggy Print Om Pant. I do like the material in these but hate that you can't untie the bottom on this version and are stuck with a blousy look whether you want it or not. I have been liking the Twiggy print in the photos but when I tried it on all I saw was pajamas and now that is what I see when I look at the photos.

Thanks to Ms. K for this photo.

I saw the new Soot Groovy Stripe Energy bra. There is quite a bit of difference in the look of the bra depending where the stripes hit so you'll have to cherry pick for optimum pattern.

I'm not sure why the new Soot Light Forme jacket is not called Soot Light denim because it's mostly denim looking luon.

I had wanted to try on the Voyage Hoodie but my store only had the Pullover. I liked it but wish the whole thing was french terry and didn't have the yoga board short panels. I am reading from people who have gotten their hoodie orders than the second color on the jacket is the yoga board short material. I wish they had just made this jacket of solid French terry and not used a secondary material.

I took a look at the Go With the Flow bag in the store and really liked it but for $68 I wish it had padded laptop and ipad pockets. I am hoping it gets repriced to a more reasonable number.