Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More Photos of the Newest Stuff

Black Roses Print All Over
All the Rose Print Tanks 






Power Purple and Heathered Power Purple Multi-Stripe Tanks

Yogi Dance Tanks - Look a bit pouffy to me

Upload Thursday Wishes

What are you hoping for in tomorrow's upload? I might be interested in the Black Roses CRB. However what I am really hoping will show up soon one of these days is the mythical Plum Dash LS. I've been wearing my static wish blue dash around lately and love it. If nothing that I like shows up, I am good. My wallet needs a break.
 I have a photo, GEC, stop denying it exists.

I also would love to see the poncho striped Scuba hoodies. That reminds me, I forgot to post a photo of a possible gray version:

This could be a gray version or the more muted version, it's hard to tell from this photo. Hmmm, not that I look at the photo more, it's probably just the original muted version.


I would love the blue version.


I also wouldn't mind seeing more tanks with this color scheme but I am not a Scoop Neck person.

Product Alert Photos - Power Purple Yogi Dance Tank & Roses Scoop Neck

Power Purple / Heathered PP Multi-stripe Yogi Dance Tank

There are now eight different colors in the Yogi Dance Tank. It's a cute tank but I can't believe they are releasing it in so many different colors. I don't think it works very well for bustier women and I much prefer the Fouette Tank.

A picture of the new Black Roses Scoop Neck tank that is arriving in US stores. Have any of you US readers seen a product alert email for the Cool Racerback in this print? I've only received PAs for a CRB in the Power Purple multi-stripe. The CRB is the only tank style that I like of the three in this print, although if a Heart Tank was released I'd get it. I read on Facebook that someone called the GEC but it's not in the US yet.

A Few New Things Uploaded to the Website


If you click on the This Just In Tab you'll see there have been a few new things uploaded to the website - The heathered power purple multistripe Power Y, the gray pique Define, the Challenge Jacket, the ruffled Wunder Under Pants, and a few more items. There will be an upload tomorrow, too.

Rose Print Craziness

Lemons run wild with the new Rose Print

All the Hustle Jacket Colors - Really Liking the White One


Hustle Jacket Colors- Plum Shale Stripe, White/ Silver Stripe, Coal Shale Stripe. The Plum and Coal look so much better when the reflective stripes are not illuminated by a flash.




The White/Silver Hustle Jacket looks so different from the Coal and Plum versions. According to one of my product alert emails, there is also a black version but I haven't spotted any photos of that yet.





The Coal Hustle Jacket is pretty cute, too, and looks good with the matching Hustle pants.


Info About Polyester Vs. Nylon

To follow up on the Polyester vs. Nylon fabric content in Lululemon I did a little googling. Here is some of what I've found:

The majority of performance wear is made of polyester, polyester spandex, and most rashguards (surfing ones at least) are made of nylon, nylon spandex.

Breathability
It is the weave of the fabric (the size and number of holes) that determines breathability or resistance to air movement. Any woven or knit fabric will breathe - even if the weave is made of rubber strands.
 
SPANDEX
is rubber that is inserted into fabric to give it stretch. Rubber is weak, however, and people can be allergic to it--Latex Allergy-- so when putting a garment with spandex in the dryer, it tends to dry out and the strands break meaning the garment loses compression power.

Polyester vs Nylon
Polyester fabrics perform better than nylon for moisture management because polyester is more hydrophobic. Nylon threads will absorb more water than Polyester, water requires more heat energy to warm than does air, so nylon will feel colder when wet, and stay wet longer, and when saturated impede breathability.

The down-side for polyester is odor retention, and durability (Nylon lasts longer).


Color retention
Polyester is hydrophobic, meaning it does not absorb water. This means that when it is dyed, only the color of the dye dissolves into the fabric (not any water-base), making the dye permanent. Nylon® possesses hydrophilic qualities (that is, it absorbs water). Its inability to repel water causes the fabric to swell and ultimately weakens the molecular structure. The dyestuffs used on nylon® tend to oxidize, a reaction which is catalyzed by light. The microscopic effects range from color fading to complete degradation of the polymer matrix. This is why the colors fade in nylon-lycra® swimsuits over time, but do not fade in polyester-lycra® swimsuits (Man-Made Fiber Yearbook, August 2000).

Polyester holds printing much better because it can take higher heat during the printing which causes a better adhesion. Nylon will melt if it is printed at too high of heat. Check out your rashguards and you will see that most are nylon and they dont hold prints very long.

Feel

  • During the early years, nylon was always considered a smoother and softer fabric than polyester. Nylon was created as a substitute for silk and it shows in its soft, lustrous feel. From its inception, polyester has always been a rougher fabric than nylon, hence its original use in outerwear garment and suits. The refined manufacturing capabilities of today have resulted in softer polyester that in many ways matches nylon and certainly the softness of cotton. 

  • Durability

  • Both nylon and polyester are strong and lightweight due to their polymer-based construction. Nylon is the stronger of the two fabrics with greater stretchability. Though not as strong, polyester resists pilling better than nylon, which is when fibers unravel and ball up at the end. While this does not weaken the garment physically, it is not attractive aesthetically. 

  • Water-Wicking Ability

  • When it comes to fast-drying fabrics, polyester has the edge. Both are naturally hydrophobic, which mean they expel water, ideally to the surface of the garment where it will evaporate. Nylon actually absorbs some water, which means it takes longer for a wet garment to dry.