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Lululemon Athletica - Their workout clothes any good?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Rambo, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    [​IMG] Capris? Really.

    heh, I remember in college, playing intramural football, and the in thing to do was to take sweatpants and pull them up to the knees.

    I don't know what was wrong with us.
     
  2. TRINI

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  3. cb200

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    I've only used their yoga pants and running shorts but the durability and performance has been quite good. I wash my shorts every time I use them and they have held up quite well. The pants fabric hold up pretty well, my wife is into yoga and the pants last her a good while. I don't go for the tops as I think they are overprice for mens wear but my wife uses the tops and they seem to be good. Women's athletic tops need a bit more engineering and can justify the higher prices for men it seems there are other options.

    I'm not saying that they are the best but I like the fit, performance and durability of the shorts I wear.
     
  4. User

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    I don't own any Lululemon clothing, but looking at their website, the price seems to be on par if not cheaper than other athletic gears, such as cycling and triathlon...
     
  5. monkeypunch

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    I think their men's underwear is a great deal. Low friction, well constructed, and $24/pair. I also have two shirts and two shorts. The shirts are made with an x-static based textile they use called "Silverescent". There's silver permanently bonded to the textile fiber, which is primarily marketed to eliminate bacterial odors but also has the nice benefit of greatly mitigating any static buildup issues. All of these were washed by my gym for a year now and are in remarkable condition considering how poorly my socks have held up to what must be a particularly industrial laundry setup [​IMG] The shorts are probably the least impressive, but you could do a lot worse in the price-range.
     
  6. jaydc7

    jaydc7 Senior member

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    Isn't this brand only for women?


    Technically no, but in all actuality yes... All of their men's clothes look rather feminine.

    My gf would wear it 24/7 if she could.
     
  7. laughter95

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    buy under armor. i swear by their heatgear/cold gear/ compression shorts. i've had the same sets for the past 8 years now and they're still perfect.
     
  8. Che Danger

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    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.
     
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    Okay, so I've been trying out Lululemon for awhile now.

    Make no mistake --- their clothes are expensive and likely overpriced. I purchased two t-shirts, one pair of shorts, and one pair of sweat pants.

    However, they do fit very well, and make me look slimmer at the gym. :p Also, even though the material is synthetic, it doesn't feel crappy like UnderArmour, Nike Dryfit, Reebok, etc. They seem to hold up well to machine washes and air dry cycles.

    Other than the cost, the only other complaint I have is that the tags on the t-shirts are very long and occasionally annoying when it sticks out. I should probably cut them off.
     
  11. Michigan Planner

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    Lululemon is singlehandedly the best thing to happen to women's fashion in the past 10 years.

    Women getting comfortable showing off their ass in yoga pants has led to them wearing leggings at every opportunity possible and I'm so not mad at that.


    This is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the thread title. My gym is overrun by 20-year-old girls and 35-year-old soccer moms decked out in the overpriced Lululemon stuff and when I go to the mall, I always make it a point to walk past their store so I can check out the girls that work there and wear those yoga type pants to work.

    I cannot speak to the technical superiority of this brand of clothing opposed to any other and I've never done any yoga so I always wonder if you really need technical, sweat-wicking clothing for something like yoga? Is it that strenuous of an activity?
     
  12. Aaron

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    I've been wearing their stuff for several years now. I actually just bought these and I have a pair of one of their first men's shorts and I still wear them (they've been backpacking with me all over the world).

    The shorts and tees are comfortable and a lot better quality than Under Armour, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Dri-Fit, etc. Some of their designs for men are dodgy though. But it lasts a long time, fits and moves really well. Just stick to the basics. Plus, when you go into a store the SA's are all hot and fit.
     
  13. Garment_Guy

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    I own several pieces by Lululemon and am very impressed with the fit and quality of the clothes. Their tees are excellent in my opinion.
     
  14. gamelan

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    if you are really looking for something functional and looks decent, Patagonia Capilene thermals. their silk and mid weights are great for just about any workout. the mids and heavys will take you into the fourth season in comfort.
    -Jeff
     
  15. hrb

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    Consider the fact that females are generally wearing clothes in a much different way than males at the gym/yoga etc. Both males and females often wear tight, and flattering, but in very different ways. Lulu does this quite well (obviously) accentuating the good things and hiding the bad. Typically, guys aren't looking to accentuate their ass at the gym. (if you are, good for you, whatever floats your boat.) lulu apparel isn't going to do anything more than a dri-fit top or other will do with respect to moisture wicking.

    To their credit the quality is definitely there. I own a few of their hoodies and a running jacket that have outlasted most, if not all, their counterparts. Shape hasn't changed, colour hasn't faded, and they don't shrink as everything is pre-washed. (can't speak for the ass hugging pants.)

    i am doing my utmost to refrain from giving any advice/opinions on males wearing their pants, since you didnt' ask..





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    I should have been more specific with my request for info. I know that they're expensive and and its only worth it blah blah blah. What I want to know is if their does a better job at wicking sweat, keeping its shape, holding up through multiple washings, keeping from loosing color, etc. that much better to warrant its premium cost.

    The yoga woman swears that they're the only shirts that keep her mildly sweat free through her workouts. Otherwise, she says that she's drenched in sweat.
     
  16. Che Danger

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    They're actually designed to be removed! You can just rip those bad boys right off.

    Okay, so I've been trying out Lululemon for awhile now.

    Make no mistake --- their clothes are expensive and likely overpriced. I purchased two t-shirts, one pair of shorts, and one pair of sweat pants.

    However, they do fit very well, and make me look slimmer at the gym. :p Also, even though the material is synthetic, it doesn't feel crappy like UnderArmour, Nike Dryfit, Reebok, etc. They seem to hold up well to machine washes and air dry cycles.

    Other than the cost, the only other complaint I have is that the tags on the t-shirts are very long and occasionally annoying when it sticks out. I should probably cut them off.
     
  17. Master-Classter

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    Here's the old thread I've got some stuff from there and my opinion is that the stuff is pretty well made, the cuts are great, and they're a little pricey, but worth it in the end. I feel and look really good wearing their stuff, honest.
     
  18. akatsuki

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    My wife likes them... they look reasonably nice for workout clothes, the logos aren't huge, and they are the "standard" nice yoga/women's workout brand.

    Just like I prefer Nike stuff to a lot of other brands personally - it isn't as cheap, but it works for me.

    Regardless of what you buy, use a sport laundry detergent if you want to maintain its wicking performance if you actually sweat.
     
  19. rogerclinton

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    I should be more in line with my request for specific information. I know they are very expensive and only worth so much more. I want to know is that if they do a better job in the capillary sweat to keep its shape, raised through a variety of washing, the color is consistent from the lost, and so much better, it is worth its premium cost.
     
  20. pebblegrain

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    I'm more curious as to why every white girl on the entire east coast owns these shorts? they are fucking hideous [​IMG]
     

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