Thursday, December 30, 2010

Try On Report - Outward Bound Jacket - Really Nice Plus Sale Report & More.

I tried on the Outward Bound Jacket today and really, really liked it. I probably would have gotten it if it were about $50 cheaper. I just couldn't bring myself to spend all my gift certificate money on one jacket. I thought it fit very nice all over - arms, shoulders, hips - and gives a slenderizing silhouette unlike in the Hustle Jacket. I like that it looks a bit like a blingy ski jacket. I thought the black was slightly roomier in the arms but that could have just been at my store and in my size. The jacket is just long enough to cover your rear in the back which I like. There are drawcords in the pocket to cinch it tighter at the bottom. It felt toasty warm and I was so tempted to get it because we are headed into a cold snap here in Southern California. However, I would probably only get a few weeks wear out of it every year and the rest of the time it would sit in my closet. For $188 I would want to show it off year round. My one peeve with this jacket is that at this price point it should have a stowable hood. Not the thick hood that puffs up and distorts the collar like in the Hustle Jacket but something you could pull out just in case the weather turned on you. All in all, a really nice jacket.

I tried on the new special edition CRB but did not care for the weird back at all. On the other hand, I do like microstripe Snorkel Blue better than regular snorkel blue.

I ended up getting a Define Jacket in Passion today. I was in the mood to buy a bold colored jacket and I spent a lot of time looking at new jackets. I tried on the Sailor Stripe Define which is super pretty but I thought a bit too bold for me. I also tried on the Sailor Stripe Stride but the store didn't have my size and I'm just not a fan of the hood covering up the back. When the right color combo hits I think I will end up getting a Stride some day, though. I also tried on the Faded Zap Define which my kids liked best but they're only 7 and 9 so their opinion doesn't really count. I tried on several black Define jackets but just couldn't pull the trigger on a boring solid black jacket. I prefer my black jackets to have something special like embossing or other details to make them stand out. I ended up getting the Passion Define and deciding I liked it in the jacket form because I can leave the zip down and not have the color come right up under my chin. I colored my hair the other day so it's darker than it was when I tried on the Passion Resolution long sleeve and Passion definitely looks better with darker hair (or great with blonde hair but it washed me out with my previous light brown color). I really wanted a matching tank to get with the jacket but the only ones the store had were the microstripe Power Y, the microstripe SE CRB, and the passion Inner Awareness, all I like a lot but not love. I know there is a Passion Push UR Limits coming but I don't know if I will get it. However, it turns out that I had a bunch of matching tops already in my closet. I have been hanging on to my print tanks and I have a handful in peach,persimmon, and alarming. They all go really nicely with this jacket.

Sales - I went to both the Newport and Irvine stores today. The Newport Beach store had a bunch of tempting stuff on the markdown racks in my size - Still shorts in Coal, STCH, and Black for $39, Astro crops in STCH for $39, the coal black roses print tee was $34 (this may have just been in the 12), Coal Still pants for $59, STCH Knock Out Shorts for $29, Everywhere Bags in Very Violet and Teal Zeal for $49. They also had a bunch of Astro and all the Belt It Out pants for $79. They also had three Persimmon Dash Pullovers for $69 in size twelve (didn't really check the other sizes too much except four for my sister/niece). They had some older colored Swiftly tees for $44. The Challenge tanks were marked down to $44 in all sizes. If you are looking for some deals you might want to check out the Newport Store. The Irvine store didn't have nearly as much and seemed to be remainders of what they had marked down right after Christmas.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm in BC, Can and did purchase the outward bound jacket and have worn it twice now for running in cooler weather (-5C) and it was great! My only fault with the jacket is that when doing it up the zipper sometimes catches in the fabric. Other than that .. it's great .. but, yes, pricey. Hope to get a lot of wear out of it this winter!

Ourcrazychaos said...

I want the Outward Bound jacket so bad but refuse to pay that price. One of the posts stated that she wears it over her Scuba hoodie which made me think that it wasn't to thick or bulky. Which brings me back to the why is it so dang expensive.

Anonymous said...

Luluaddict, do you think that we will see this Jacket on sale ?
It seems like people buy it anyway...in spite of the price ....?
I love it but don't want to pay this much ..

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 9:51 pm - It's hard to tell if it will be on sale. It's very cute and fits well/flatteringly. The only flaws are that it doesn't have a hood and the hefty price tag. I think if you feel you will get a lot of wear out of it you might want to bite the bullet and purchase it now. You can hang on to it until the return period is up and see if they do a price adjustment but the Canadian side is already sold out of the larger sizes in all three colors and it has been uploaded for less than one day. I didn't get it because I would only be using it for a gym to and fro jacket on chilly days. I don't think I would get $188 worth of wear from it. However, my sister, who lives in Oregon and is training for a marathon would get quite a bit more wear out of it and would probably spring for a jacket like this.

@ Ourcrazychaos - it wasn't super thick/bulky but it was quite warm. I think the price is a bit high, too. I'm pretty sure the girl wearing her scuba under the jacket isn't running in it. If I layered the Outward Bound over running luon and ran in it I'd be pretty toasty.

Michelle Q said...

Thanks for the sale report! I'm tempted by those Stills in Coal! I wonder if I will be able to hit the Newport Store tomorrow...

Kate said...

When I first saw the Outward Bound Jacket I didn't like it. But it does look really good on the model. Saw it in stores today, but didn't dare try it on (incase I fell in love with it). It gets cold here (currently -21C), but I don't run outside (I'm a treadmill girl) so I really wouldn't be using it for it's purpose. Maybe if it's discounted...maybe.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the sales report as well! I haven't had a chance to hit up the NB store so this is good to know. Hopefully i'll get there first thing tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Luluaddict, I have some questions about the passion define jacket - What is the zipper pull like? Is it the three metal rings like on the movement jacket and some of the strides? Or is it the metal round logo one? Also, is there any microstripe trim, or is it just solid passion all the way through?

LuluAddict said...

The Passion Define has the zipper pull with the three metal rings. The inside of the collar has Passion microstripe.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a mil for the info!! Much appreciated!