Thursday, October 13, 2011

Store Trip Report - Integrity Hot Tank, ACtive Strength Tank, Power Technique Tank, Run Free Crops and More

I got to try on the new Power Technique and was rather disappointed in it. It strikes me as an update to the Power Dance. I really like the straps in the back but the sheer luon body had a ton of fabric and looked like a dress on me. I tried sizing down but that made the bra portion a little tight. The other bad thing is that the bra portion has a tendency to creep up and start the sheer luon part halfway down the bust, erasing your waist and making it look that much more like a maternity top. My local store only had the Ghost and Coal, both rather dull colors. If it comes in a better color I might consider it and just make sure to cinch the bottom but for now it's a pass for me. I forgot to note the price but I believe it was $58. One note, if you are expecting, this might be a great tank for you to try out. There was so much fabric I think this tank could take you through to your ninth month.

I also tried the luxtreme Active Strength and hated it. It seemed to flatten out my chest and was super long - past my crotch. I'm not particularly short (5'5") but I'm not into the extra long tanks lulu has been coming out with.  If you like extra length, you might want to check this tank out. I wish lululemon would bring the Push UR Limits back. The support on the Active Strength tank was low/moderate for busty women.

I tried the Run Free Crops on and liked them a lot. The luxtreme is very thick and when I did the bend over test I didn't expose all. The length is a bit long, I prefer crops that end just below the knee. I thought the gathered panels on the side were a nice feature. I wasn't such a fan of the nearly-horizontal line cutting across the back of my thighs. I could feel it when I tried it on but I know once I start exercising those types of things don't bother me so much.


My local stores also received the Black Swan and Black Live Simply jackets. I really liked Black Swan. The Live Simply hit me a bit lower than it does in this web photo. I like that lulu got rid of the seams around the elbows. The zipper was metal and not a two-way which seems odd for such a long jacket. All in all, it's a very cute jacket in a unique color.

I tried the Tadasana slit crops and liked them a lot. They seemed to fit more like Boogie crops than Gather and Crows to me. I would love a pair of crops like this made a couple of inches shorter. I really liked the wide waistband - it seemed like great tummy control. I think I am going to give them another try on.


I tried on the Integrity Hot Tank in the Black Swan and just love that color. I hope more tanks in solid Black Swan are coming. The Integrity was too revealing for me but I liked it better than the Flow and Go. Like the Flow and Go it has a strap that loops around your neck that I find very annoying since the weight of my boobs really pulls on it. All in all, it's a very cute tank but just not for my chest size or workout needs.

I saw both new Pacesetter herringbone flavor (light and dark) skirts in the store and they both had an iridescent sheen to them. I thought they were super cute.

I ended up buying myself the Black Swan Pure Focus tank. I  just couldn't resist this color. I already have a Pure Focus that I like to wear to spin and as casual wear. I like to wear the Free to Be bra underneath for more support at the gym so I am debating whether I need to get the Black Swan Free to Be or can live with just the black one.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does the pure focus fit tts? I'm ordering online & not near a store to try on,thanks!

Canadian eh said...

I don't know if they're the same but I have Tadasana pants and I CONSTANTLY have to hike them up because they slip down. Hope this isn't the same fit in the crops. I do LOVE the pants other than that, definitely no muffin top!

Anonymous said...

You need the Free To Be bra in Black Swan. :) I just got mine yesterday and I agree that color is just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

If you do not have have big busts, size down for the Pure Focus.

ashleydox said...

I bought both the Power Technique Tank (Dark Gray) and Active Strength Tank (Black) yesterday and I love them both! I'm 6' tall, built, with a 36D chest and broad shoulders, and I usually wear a size 6 in tops - I like the snuggier fit - and I stayed true to size. The length on the Active Strength Tank was perfect on me, and I didn't find either tops to flatten my bust - it made them look amazing! I love the billowy bottom to the Power Technique Tank - I'm hoping to be preggo, so this top will be perfect as I start to expand... :)

Anonymous said...

lulu does free hemming, if there is an item you want but its a tiny bit too long they can do that for you. this applies for pants, crops, jackets, even most tanks and tops

Anonymous said...

Saw the review for the Live Simple in Black Swan...just ordered it! Thanks LLA!

Rachel said...

I'm 5'10", so I think I'd like the Active Strength tank. Too bad I can't find it online!

yogibabe said...

@anon 9:22am- Where from did you order the Live Simply jacket in Black Swan? I don't think the US website has it, or did I miss it?. Is it Canadian or did you order it from a store? I would love to have one!

Anonymous said...

I bought the Live Simply in black swan in the store. It's GORGEOUS. I sold my scuba to justify it (boo no scubas anyway and how overpriced they are). It's only $98! I think LLA reported it was going for $118.

Anonymous said...

"boo TO scubas"

Anonymous said...

What's the diff between scuba and live simply? What's the diff between Stride and In Stride?

Anonymous said...

I've wondered that, too! Anyone know?

J in TO said...

Stride has a hood, in stride has no hood, otherwise they are the same.

Scuba and Live Simply are very different. Scuba is cotton fleece, thicker, shorter, has side panels in body and arms to add to the fitted look. They are cozy and warm and have a deep lined hood.

Live Simply is French Terry -- so it's thinner than scuba. It's long in the body and arms. Hood is lined with tencil (kinda silky). It is similar to the Sing. Floss, Travel jacket and the older Wear With All jacket, except the Live Simply is longer, and has a tencil lined hood. All of the above jackets have thumb holes. :)

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend bought me the Intergrity Hot Tank yesterday and it probably isn't the best tank to work out in but it shows a cleavege so that's always a plus ;)

Anonymous said...

totally agree with wanting the Push UR Limits tank back.. best tank of all time

meganthefatmarathoner said...

Tried on the hot integrity tank today, I love the black swan color but the back was cut too low and my back fat was coming out. Bought the split tadasana crops! I hope the power tech tank comes out in black swan!