enhancing your workouts with luxtreme

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Above: MelEesa, our Men's Designer, test drives some of our luxtreme items in the park near our office.

If you've ever gone shopping for athletic wear, you have likely come face to face with the words "technical fabric". Have you ever wondered what this means and how it can enhance your workouts?

The term "technical fabric" refers to high-performance fabrics created and marketed specifically for sportswear. These fabrics are designed to pull moisture from your skin during periods of heavy sweating, spreading it evenly throughout the fabric so that sweat evaporates quicker and ultimately, you dry faster after your workouts than in a cotton t-shirt.

Luxtreme is a lightweight, smooth-feeling technical fabric that we use in our run line. Luxtreme is what we call an "inherently wicking" fabric, which means that the wicking property is part of the yarn itself and that your shirt will be wicking away your sweat for the life of the garment. Bottom line is that you will be calm, cool and collected before, during and after your workout.

I converted to wearing technical fabrics for all of my active living about a decade ago. So when I was given the task of test-running one of our luxtreme tops for work I decided to pass it on to my colleague Jacquie, who has always worn cotton t-shirts and tanks for her daily run. On a typical day she runs for about 40 minutes -- long enough to build up a good sweat!

If you have worn or worked out in any lululemon garments using Luxtreme I would love to hear your feedback below!

I look forward to sharing more information with you on our various fabrics and how they can make your workouts more fun. In the meantime, if you want a quick read on Luxtreme and our other technical fabrics check out the link below:


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Quick Question about one of the care tips:

Do not use fabric softener as this inhibits the wicking capabilities in technical fabrics.

Does this mean the liquid fabric softener that goes IN the wash like Snuggle, or does it refer to the sheets that go in the dryer like Bounce or both?


Comment by Krissy L — June 18, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

Luxtreme is great! I own quite a few Lululemon items made of Luxtreme, of which my three favorite are my Hills Crops, the Wrap Tech Tank, and the Not So Low Tank. I live in Southern California and do spin classes so staying cool while working out can be tough. Luxtreme is wonderful to work out in. It’s so lightweight and breathable it almost feels like I have nothing on. The Hills Crops have a ingenious design of cool luxtreme on the front of the leg and heavier luon for the backside. It is perfect for spin class. The whole Lululemon run line is wonderful – keep up the great work!

Comment by Carolyn B — June 18, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

Hi Krissy,

I would avoid all fabric softeners. Think of Luxtreme as having tiny little pores that moisture gets drawn into. What fabric softener does is clog those pores. So when you block the pores then the fabric won’t moisture wick. I accidently did it to some of my socks and I have noticed the difference.

hope that helps :)

Comment by Jenna — June 19, 2009 @ 9:47 am

what if we handwash items with a gentle detergent like woolite that doesn’t contain fabric softeners?


Comment by esther — June 19, 2009 @ 11:12 am

What if we use a homemade fabric softener (water, vinegar & baking soda, essential oils)?

Comment by Richard Hudak — June 19, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

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