Monday, April 1, 2013

Loving My New Workout Gear! Splits59, Hardtail Forever, Alo Sport!

I did some damage at the Equinox shop today.  Well, they told me I get 20% off for the first month they are open, so of course I did some shopping!  I am actually very very very happy with all my purchases, and I think I might have found the best workout tights EVER!  I do love my Lululemon, and actually almost bought the Run: Proceed With Speed crop this weekend (super cute on).  I didn't buy them because I didn't feel like spending $98 on them.  And then I came home and read reviews online that many people have experienced the seams coming apart while working out at the gym!  How horrifying!  So forget those.

I have been browsing Splits59 for a while now since my first tank purchase there a couple years ago, but they are pretty pricey - even more so than Lululemon, so I haven't really bought anything.  However, everything is made in the USA so maybe it's worth it to support my own country.  I have been loving the Ginger 3/4 Length Tights online, and I was very glad to see them at Equinox today to try on.  As soon as I put on half of one leg, I knew they would be a winner.  Lol.  No, I'm not really exaggerating!  They are a super cute fit and the material is divine!  It's kind of similar to Lululemon's luon, but like the old luon, not the more polyestery, thin and sheer luon.  I tried on a size small which fits perfectly, and they feel slightly more compressive than Lulu's wunder unders.  The wide waistband is just like wunder unders, and they sit at around the same place on my hips.  The waistband has these mesh inserts which make them look cooler than just solid black.  They are $89 on Splits59's website, but $88 at Equinox for some reason.  And with my 20% off, they were a great deal!




They also come in mariana blue and barberry (red).  I was so tempted to get the blue ones too!  The waistband looks metallic in the blue, and so cool!  But I just wasn't sure how much I'd wear the color so I passed.




Anyways, here they are on me, with my new Splits59 Sabrina tank in granita/light gray jersey that I also purchased today.  Just like the Splits59 Chase Long top I have, the material is suuuuper buttery soft, you'd never want to take it off!  Seriously, you must feel to understand.  So much better than any material from Lululemon.  I am wearing this outfit right now as I type!  =D



I got so excited that I took a bunch of pictures of the Ginger crops, so you get almost a 360 degree view!!











I love them!!!  They are not sheer at all, I did many downward facing dog tests.  For some reason I only like to wear Lululemon's luon bottoms to do low impact workouts like yoga or pilates.  But luxtreme bottoms for cardio and more high intensity workouts.  But I feel like these Splits59 Ginger crops are like the perfect combo with the more cottony feel like luon and more compression like luxtreme.  I can truly run first and then go to yoga class!  Cannot say enough good things about them already, can't wait to actually test them out during a workout!

The Splits59 Sabrina top is super cute too I think.  It's a tank without built in bra.  I am wearing my Lululemon Flow Y bra under it in my picture.  You can't really see the bra at all.  But the armpits of this tank dips lower than Lululemon cool racerbacks, so you can maybe catch a glimpse of the bra at times.  I love the color of the Sabrina top I got, with the purple and gray combo.  The back has a ribbed panel as well and it's just super soft, lightweight, and breathable.  I got it in size small as well, which as you see fits loosely as it's intended to.



I think this is an older color, I actually remember seeing it on their website before and liking it.  But never bit the bullet to purchase it.  So this color is no longer sold online.  But I did find pictures of it from Neiman Marcus:




I also bought this Hardtail Forever Slouchy T-Back Sweatshirt and I am so in love with it!  I can't find the light heathered gray color I bought online, so the link goes to a darker gray color which is cute too.  But I like mine better.  I saw it on the mannequin at Equinox and just had to try it on.  So glad I did!  I'm wearing the currant Lululemon cool racerback underneath here.




The T-back portion is a ribbed material and different from the rest of the sweatshirt


I love the back of this sweatshirt!  It's different and looks great and effortless.  Plus it is the perfect top for SoCal weather.  The sweatshirt is on the thicker side, like a regular sweatshirt.  But the open back totally allows you to stay cool.  I got it in size XS, and it fits loosely still.  According to the Equinox shop manager, this sweatshirt is so popular that it's completely sold out at all other Equinox locations.  They have been getting calls asking if they have them, and the only reason they did was because they just opened!  Crazy!  Well, glad I got mine lol.

And lastly, I got this Alo Sport gray cowlneck hooded sweater with button details on the front.  I started looking online at Alo Sport stuff a few months ago too, but had never purchased anything.  So I was glad to try on their stuff at Equinox today.  I tried on a couple tanks, both with and without built in bra.  The one with built in bra is super cute but the bra is not supportive at all and showed headlights.  No thanks.  This is the reason I started buying Lululemon years ago!  Seems no one else can actually put a substantial enough bra in their sports tops.  Maybe Zobha, but I don't really like too much of their designs and I hate their logo (silly I know, but I can't stand it).  I'll keep looking.






Took this one in the fitting room!

I love this sweater too.  It's very thin and semi-sheer.  The material is very light and stretchy.  I love everything about it, including the pointy things at the bottom.  This is a size XS, and I think it's a good fit.  It looks super cute layered over my cool racerback.  

So altogether I spent like $290 or something after tax on all 4 of these items.  I think every single piece I got was totally worth it today.  I'm really in love with them all.  But I'm especially excited about my new tights!  I've been looking for new tights for a while and other than the CW-X Pro tight (great for high impact but I'd never wear them for yoga) and these ones, I haven't been able to branch out of Lululemon.  Beyond Yoga was obviously a fail, but I did try on some Zobha ones today that were pretty cute.  They just were nothing special compared to the Split59 ones that I came home with!

15 comments:

  1. Love this new stuff! I agree that most of Lululemon's new stuff is terrible. I just bought two new energy bras from the upload last night but that's it. Wish they would figure out how to fix the luon and gusset for pants! Even the luxreme bottoms are super thin now. Ugh.

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    1. Yeah, time to start moving on from Lululemon. The Splits59 line does really well at Equinox. I think they are very promising.

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  2. Those all look super cute. I really want to try Splits59 due to missing Lululemon's old quality. Makes me kinda sad though. It's like admitting it. I agree with Anonymous about fixing the loun and gussets. I just got a tank top from them and the seams are terrible. It looks like something I tried to sew together and I can't sew. Thanks for doing a review on it.

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    1. Yeah it's like a slow and painful breakup with Lulu... But it's them, not us. LOL!

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  3. Thank you so much for the review I just ordered the crops in all colors and the sweater! I love it!! I'm moving on from Lulu as well brakes my heart but I can't justify spending 100 for crops that are crap!

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    1. Wow all 3 colors?? Now you are really making me wanna buy the blue ones too! I'm so drawn to them for some reason. The metallic on the waistband looks great in person. I'm jealous!!!

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  4. Literally just decided I needed a new pair of good thick leggings! I'll have to give these a try. And I found the Sabrina tank in a different color on sale at Neiman Marcus. Might pick that up as well. Thanks for the review! (So sad that Lulu's days are numbered, but we must move on!)

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  5. Awesome clothes! I'm on the breakup bus too. It has been a long painful one with LLL but I'm just over it now. I wear a 4 in LLL like you. Did you go for the xs in splits 59?

    I also have an OT question for you... I'm looking for a basic app that I can track my workouts on. I'm visualizing a calendar that shows me what I did each day. Like maybe each workout would be a different color or icon. I know a lot of apps have a lot of cool stuff but I'm just looking for something basic and quick to look at for motivation. Do you have any suggestions? There's like a zillion fitness apps I am searching through and I thought you may have some insight. Thanks!

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    1. Sorry- i just saw your splits59 are small. Good to know. :)

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    2. Hi there, I did get these in size small. But XS actually also works, as the waistband fits tighter. I just worked out in these tonight and they were so awesome! They didn't fall down at all, so I say you can go with either S or XS depending on whether you like slightly tighter fitting or not. Honestly there isn't a huge difference between the two sizes.

      As for the workout app, I actually use the Equinox gym app. It pretty much does what you want and links with what time you checked in and you can record even what class you took. But of course that is a members only thing so if you don't go there you can't really use it. I've also sort of used the livestrong app when I used to track my food. But other than that, I don't really have much experience with this... sorry!

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    3. Thank you so much for your response. I was going to go with the xs on the crops but actually now I'm thinking s. If they aren't that different I would rather them not be as tight fitting. So thank you. You helped me decide!

      Equinox sounds cool. I wish i had one near me. I will check out the livestrong. Thank you!

      Also I want to tell you I originally found you through looking at lulu stuff but now I read b/c you motivate me with working out! That, and I love shopping too. Lol. Thanks for all of your hard work with the blog!

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    4. Aww thank you! Glad I could help, and hope your new crops will fit perfectly!

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  6. I bought a pair of split59 capri tights (do not remember the model/style name) but they definitely did not have the panels/details as the bottoms in the "360 degree" pictures above. I did not like those at all, major reveal up front (camel toe... even in the pictures above, you can see the panty triangle/line) and they did not stay up! minimal waistband and every time I bent down, hello please look at my g string from behind! a little too much for me (and I'm not shy).

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  7. I must have that Alo Sport gray hooded sweater but I can't find it on the website. Where can I get it?

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  8. One of my favorite places for discount workout clothes is the website Simply FIT Clothing. They have really great prices on best workout clothing for men and workout tee shirts for women
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