Thursday, November 18, 2010

Try On (and Sale) Reports: Alpine Pullover, Balance Baselayer, and Balance Pullover


I tried on the Alpine Pullover today and I agree with the reviews I have read that it runs snug in the chest, shoulders, and upper arms. If you are larger chested you might want to size up in this top. The Haze pullover I tried was pulling in the front. It is not nearly as roomy as the Dash Pullover. If you are looking for this top, the El Segundo store had a ton in Black and Haze. I wonder if there will be another technical fleece pullover released this season. Last year there were two- the Spirit in early October and the Run Racer Pullover at the end of December.

I tried on the Balance Baselayer and thought it runs on the large side, about a size large. It was very soft and I liked the simple design. It is very breathable - I didn't feel too warm at all when I had it on next to my skin. I like both the Balance tops but if I had to choose, I'd get the Balance Pullover.

I almost bought myself the Balance Pullover in Black today. If hadn't already spent a fortune this month, I probably would buy it. I really, really like the design and look of this top. (By the way, I hate when the model slouches in the photos. There are way too many of the new style photos where it looks like the photographer told a joke and the model is about to double over laughing. Also, move the model's freakin' hair out of the way, we need to see the clothes.) The Balance Pullover is just a great, simple flattering design, especially the black one where the zipper adds a little visual interest. It feels very breathable against the skin - I wasn't hot at all when I had it on over just my bra even though it's a wool top. However, when I tried it on over my CRB, I warmed up right away. I may go back and get it, but I think I will wait and see if I can grab one on markdown. I am worried it will be too warm for Southern California. I used to wear wool all the time when I lived back east but it's just too hot out here, particularly if I am going to layer it over another top.

I also saw the Scuba-illow. The back zipper is that harsh metal zipper (with a big pull!) Lululemon has been using lately. I HATE that zipper. My Remix Lights have a metal zipper and they are much smoother - I can run my fingers along it and not have them catch and get scratched. Please use those metal zippers. Anyway, the back zipper is just plain ugly and adds nothing to the design of the jacket. The whole pillow idea is so dumb. However, I will say I really like the heathered charcoal color, though. It's quite nice and even has a bit of texture but I'm not a fan of the Hamburglar striped hood. The Haze scuba is very pretty, too. I won't get it because it's too light a color and I like to be able to set my jacket down without freaking out about a little dirt.

The El Segundo store had a nice little markdown rack going - they had a couple of Everywhere Bags marked down to $59 (in teal), they had a lot of Rock Out pants on markdown - I think to $79, they had a few Still pants at $69 (the Coal with the Heathered Coal Wee Stripe Waistband), some running shorts (I think the speed shorts and I want to say they were $39), a bunch of Tadasana jackets (I think at $79), some reverse groove shorts for $34, some tall Grooves for $79, a couple of Swiftly tees and Swiftly racerbacks.Oh yeah, I forgot to write they had a bunch of Inspire crops on markdown (at least in the upper sizes), I think $79 or $69 in colors like oasis and lolo.

11 comments:

RunMama said...

My lulu had the Tadasana Jackets for $59, also a lot of Rock Outs for $69 and $79. I liked the Balance LS, didn't get to try the Pullover. I found the merino was not as smooth or stretchy as my Patagonia tech merino though.

LuluAddict said...

I'll have to try the Patagonia tech merino. I am curious to compare Lululemon's to other brands. It didn't seem super soft and that it would potentially start itching me if I started sweating, especially in the pullover, which seemed rougher than the baselayer.

Glow said...

My Lulu didn't really have any great sales sadly. Just a couple Insight tanks, Swiftly SS, Community Pants (which have been on markdown there for a while now), and soem crew neck t-shirts. Nothing caught my interest there really. Now if only they would get those Balance Baselayers already! Oh well, I'm already approaching my $300 monthly Lulu spending limit anyway!

Anonymous said...

Was the balance pullover TTS??
I tried on the balance baselayer in a size 4 (it doesn't come in 2) and it was WAY too big!!

LuluAddict said...

I thought the baselayer was true to size, maybe a bit big. It was very roomy in the shoulders and upper chest. It reminded me a lot of the Energy and Dash Pullovers. The balance baselayer was definitely very large.

RunMama said...

I thought the Balance LS was tts for regular lulu stuff, but it's part of the Run line which I find is snugger in general. The styling is very similar to the Energy Pullover. How I wish lulu would make this exact same Balance LS design in running luon.

jpalmac said...

Oh BOO!! I ordered the coal earwarmer yesterday and just noticed that today I got an email that the item is out of stock and my order has been cancelled. I'm SO bummed! It was a small purchase but I really wanted that thing :( I've seen a few posts about putting stuff into their cart, that doesn't actually hold an item prior to purchase right? I'm going to have to call the GEC tomorrow. Daggone it...

Anonymous said...

the thing about merino running gear is that it's meant to be "functional", not beautiful... So don't expect it to remain smooth and nice! Definitely more of a "base layer"/long-underwear type thing, rather than something to wear as fashion

LuluAddict said...

I was on the backpackgeartest.org website yesterday reading reviews about Icebreaker merino active wear (skin 200 and bodywear 260) and all the reviews were very positive about how well that brand held up and people felt good enough about it's appearance to wear it out to dinner. Looking at the photos people put up, I'd say the Icebreaker looks a little more finely woven and smoother (shinier) than the Lululemon Baselayer products. One of my concerns about Luluelmon is that it is starting out looking rather rough and I can imagine it getting rougher with age.

Additionally, the Balance Pullover is meant to be a top layer so I would think it's meant to be worn to be seen.

Anonymous said...

^^agreed (about the lulu one potentially looking rough with age).

My icebreaker bottoms look pretty rough, but I also wear them under ski pants for downhill skiing.

My logic with the balance items it that (lately) even luon appears worn/in rough shape after a short while, so I can't imagine that they can get merino wool (a very pill-y fabric) not to look like crap if they can't even seem to achieve this in luon (which they used to be able to do, but sure haven't in the last couple years).

time will tell!

Anonymous said...

I thought that the wool would look very pilly after only a few wears, especially in the bust and underarm areas. It looks already like a fine fuzz has formed, so I want to wait and see how the wool wears before I'll purchase any lulu wool. But the black pullover is beautiful and so figure flattering!