Originally Posted by Rambo
I was talking to a yoga/pilates trainer acquaintance of mine today and she was telling me about spending $600 at Lululemon. I proceeded to tell her that she was out of her fucking mind but she countered that the clothes are amazing and they've got a 5 year warranty. Can any of you guys speak to their quality or effectiveness? If they're really that good at absorbing sweat then I'd consider plunking down $50 on a shirt.
I work there, but I'll try to remain objective. Regarding quality: There are a variety of fabrics in different blends of natural and synthetic fibers that are conducive to creating a durable product. I participate in a variety of activities (running, boxing, jiu jitsu, crossfit, cycling, free weights) and have found that, on the pieces I own, I can pull and tug on the clothing and the travel on the 4-way stretch material pretty much allows the fabric to bounce back. Not all pieces have 4-way stretch. I wash all my lululemon stuff together (save for anything with a zipper) to reduce any likelihood of "pilling". I've only been working there for 9 months, but since then I've washed my pieces a number of times and they have retained their shape and no tears or holes as of yet. Regarding effectiveness: The pieces I own do a fantastic job of wicking away sweat. I can go to a spin class and be drenched in sweat, but inside of minutes after I'm done my clothing is dry. I have a couple singlets and sleeveless tops with the silverescent woven in; it may sound gross, but I rarely even wash these as they don't smell. Keep in mind that I'm not really a smelly person, anyway. Products with silverescent isn't going to mask your BO, but the fabric itself should not retain any of the odor-causing bacteria. Regarding styling: Well...I can understand what you're all saying about the brightness of some of the pieces. Personally, I pick up the pieces with earth tones and more basic styling. The fits are meant to closer to the body, although the some of the pants tend to have a bit of flair toward the bottom -probably to accommodate for running shoes- although we have been getting pants with a straight leg lately. New lines and pieces are regularly coming in, but we do have staple pieces that will basically come in different colors throughout the year, though black, navy, and grays seem to be stocked year round. Most of the more "masculine" colors go pretty fast, but we get regular replenishment of them. Regarding value: The construction, fabric and features of a product basically drive the price. It's comfortable, functional, and durable (so far). The question remains: how much time do you spend in your workout clothing? You'll get a lot of wear out of it whether you're a weekend warrior or a 7-day workhorse. If you are in the market for new workout gear, just go in and talk to one of the people working there and they'll explain the line to you. The plus side is they're not encouraged to sell you anything but simply educate you about a products properties and possible uses. My personal favorites: The Essential-V's and Essential-T's...I wear these for casual wear and working out. On a hot day you'll notice the difference between these and a Hane's cotton shirt (which I absolutely wear on a regular basis, by the way). During a workout these are surprisingly effective at wicking away sweat. Also, the Pacific Beach Hoodies are uber cozy with a flattering fit. My favorite shorts are the Down Dawg Shorts which I use for EVERYTHING active, except swimming. BTW, whether you're geared up in lululemon or not, most stores offer free yoga on Sundays, come on in and you'll meet some very pleasant people and get a free workout.