Friday, January 8, 2010

Drinking the Kool-Aid: Gear Review

I admit it, I have totally been sucked in by lululemon lately.  I will admit to finding a lot of things quite expensive although I am really happy with the quality of things I’ve bought.  I stopped in when I got home on Monday and I managed to get a great deal on a running jacket – the Run: Velocity Jacket II.  I do have a running jacket, but it is quite lightweight.  I thought that this jacket would see me through some cooler weather runs and I was pretty excited to try it out on my run on Thursday.DSCN2719

It was –25C when I left for work in the morning, but there were promises of the day warming up to a whopping –7C.  By the time lunch hour rolled around it was –9.6C, there was minimal wind and the sun was shining (a rare occurrence around here lately).  I dressed up in tights, a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve mid-weight layer and some Smartwool socks.  Throw on the jacket, plus gloves and a toque.  The jacket has thumbholes and cuffins that you can pull over your fingers though in case you forget the gloves (or need some extra protection).DSCN2714While it was a bit cool walking down towards the pathway along the river , once I got going it felt amazing out.  I found the running hard in Australia, most likely because of the humidity down there.  Here in the crisp, cool weather it felt so much better.  I was happy to see I actually gained a bit of speed back!  As the sun kept shining down as I started to warm up.  Thank goodness for the pit zips on the jacket!DSCN2715There is also a special spot in one of the pockets to hold your iPod, with a hole to route the cord for the earphones.  Plus you can write you name and phone number in it in case you accidently misplace your jacket.DSCN2721I loved the jacket and I’m really happy with my purchase.  With the right layering it will definitely work well in the cold and snow, and it is waterproof so it would be great in the rain too.  Have I mentioned that it has a stowable hood too?  And finally, the jacket looks good enough that I’d use it as an every day jacket in the spring.  And since it has silver woven into the lining of the coat it won’t stink, so it will be perfectly useable at any time!  Did you know the silver is recycled from old Kodak film?  Interesting, eh?DSCN2716Sadly the jacket doesn’t seem to be available on the website anymore, but there are other jackets with similar features there.  You never know, there is generally a plethora of lululemon stuff on eBay too.

22 comments:

teacherwoman said...

sweet jacket! love the color too!

Nikki said...

1. Nice coat!
2. My mokey arms are always too long for those thumb holes
3. My running jacket is just a thin shell - me thinks I could use something similar!

Julie said...

My favourite running jacket is a Nike Sphere Thermal. I LOVE IT!!!!! I've had it for over 6 years and it's still my favourite. :) :)

Mike Russell said...

Great review. I love reading what other people use successfully, even when it doesn't apply to me. Glad you are keeping warm!

Lily on the Road said...

Dang, you had me interested until you said it was no longer on the website...sounds perfect for snowshoeing and skiing....

Lily on the Road said...

I stand corrected, it is still on the website....double dang, now I might have to get one!! LOL

Lily on the Road said...

okay, now it IS sold out.....that will be all...LOL...

Wes said...

I lurve new stuff! Good for you for getting out there in the cold and running. That will be some great mental training on Iron day...

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I've always thought that Lululemon had beautiful clothes, but I questioned the functionality. Thanks for clearing that up!! :)

Marci said...

I love lululemon. In fact I have become so lulu-obsessed I won't wear any other brand for running and yoga (well maybe cwx compression pants). I also love their comfy everyday clothes. I think they are worth every penny! Thats a great jacket, I almost bought it in black!
I hope they come out with some tri gear.

Rainmaker said...

I wonder if they can put silver in my running shoes and socks too...

Run Sarah said...

Almost all my running clothing is Lululemon, I find their stuff fits me well. My jacket is the one from last year and isn't very breathable though, I might have to look into this one.

strewth said...

That's a gorgeous jacket - love it!

Badgergirl said...

Love the jacket! I need to find myself a running jacket.

D said...

I love me some Lululemon. No surprise really... I *am* from Vancouver :)

D10 said...

I really like the jacket. It certainly looks like you got your moneys worth on this one. Way to brave the cold too.

Charisa said...

pretty :)

Alisa said...

Lululemon is expensive but the two items I have from there look like the day I bought them and that was over 2 years ago!

Lucinda said...

Oh wow. I want one.

And other rain/wind/and now running jacket is about 4 sizes too big.

Hmmm.

lindsay said...

looks like a nice warm running jacket! i love thumbholes :) greatest invention ever.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Great review! I am always worried to order online because of my height, things never fit quite right.

Ali said...

I love lulu ... great jacket, I love thumbholes.