I know that's incredible because I'm a girl and I'm into sport and all girls love Lululemon, right?
But here's the thing - whenever anything is just too hyped up I tend to avoid it. Whether that's a movie that just bombards the world with ads, a new fruity flavored light beer, or a new super hawt running fashion statement. Even if it's a race (hello - mud runs) if everyone is just bananas for it I approach it with caution because my personality is that I know that I might hate it.
But before Ironman France I was hunting for an outfit to wear on the run segment. I had actually thought I would have a new team suit but about 8 weeks before I knew that wasn't going to happen so I was shopping. I figured this was the one event where I could splurge for expensive shorts because I'd already spent a kings ransom on all the other parts of the race not to mention I'd pre-purchased the race pictures and wanted to look cute.
The Lululemon Athletics near me is actually right next to my favorite running store Footworks. I love Footworks but their apparel has been sort of sporadic lately in my opinion. This is perhaps in deference to the fact that a powerhouse apparel store moved in next to them (ya think?!).
Who tries on running shorts?
Then I tried on about 15 running shorts and running skirts. This is totally unlike me. Seriously I usually pick up any brand of sport short that's on the sale rack (brooks, underarmour, moving comfort, even Nike) and do fine without even trying them on. But this would be my first $50+ running shorts so I felt the need to try them on.
|These are under armour shorts that I picked up for $5 on sale at an outlet ... no issues. I'd never thought I was picky with run stuff.|
I selected a running skirt. I was very excited and had to resist the temptation to do an extra run just to wear it.
|It is really cute, right? The back is ruffles ... super cute. Sadly non-functional.|
"Hi, my name is Amy and I hate my Lululemon running skirt."
Fearing that I was a substandard female I guessed that maybe it would be better after they were washed but sadly even after 3 wears and washes this running skirt is just not good for me. I mean I really tried because I wanted to love it. But ... In fact I hate it. There you have it my confession.
|They have little shorts inside with grippers that keep the shorts in place. They are super snug ... a little too tight for my huge biking quads actually.|
I suspect that there is no way any woman who actually runs designed this skirt and here's why I think this. There are several seams that rub up against your sensitive girl parts and hurt like crazy. It's just impossible to wear these shorts without underwear and not be miserable.
|This is the inside of the shorts. Do you see all that stitching? Not comfy for me. Also it's not cotton here it's basic spandex which I think is not a great idea but I never wore them long enough to find out.|
Don't hate me the lululemon hater.
Anyway - it took me a long time to write this review because honestly I'm kind of afraid other girls will hate me for my non-lululemon position. Also I didn't want to just be a Lululemon basher - it didn't seem right.
So, I've remedied that. I'm going ahead with my unhappy review. But I've also emailed Lululemon about it. I've given them the link to the blog post. I'd love to know what they have to say about these shorts. I am not looking for a refund because I am clearly outside of their return policy which is very clear and not unreasonable. I have worn (without undies) and washed these shorts - they won't take them back. The policy is clear and I'm okay with that.
|This is my email to the available address for Lulu. We'll see what they say.|
But these are billed as running shorts. Its in the name Run Pace Setter skirt. And at least for me they are IMPOSSIBLE to wear for running.
So we'll see if Lululemon responds. They probably won't - I'm not holding my breath. I won't be horribly crushed if they don't. I just felt wrong writing such a negative review without sharing it with them to give them a chance to say whatever they want. Maybe it's me, maybe I'm the only girl in the world who can't wear these. Oh wait ... actually I know that's not true. I did a quick google search and found others who were unhappy. Admittedly maybe it's just us. Could be - who knows.
So how about you? Do you wear Lululemon, do you love it or hate it?
Oh and Post script - I do still love the Lululemon crew that comes out and cheers at racers - they are great. They have the best and funniest signs, ever.
LuluLemon responded to my email very quickly. On a Sunday even. In fact I've received 4 emails so far as we work our way through this process. They have offered a return credit which they didn't need to do but it does make me happy. They also informed me that in fact their running apparel like these shorts are meant to be worn with underwear. So that's good to know. In my opinion it means these shorts aren't meant for me and that's okay too (not every product will work for every person - that's just life). But in the end they are standing by their product and offering a return which is good service in my opinion. Thank you Lululemon for doing that.