Everything you need to know about Lululemon


When it comes to Lululemon leggings, we know that they're pretty pricey so it's super important to make sure you pick the perfect pair for you. This can be a bit intimidating at times due to Lululemon's numerous styles and fabrics. 

Luon, Luxtreme, Nulu, Nulux, Everlux, Everstreme.

Ok, that last one isn’t actually the name of a lululemon fabric. But looking at that list, it could be, right?

All those fabrics names sound pretty fancy, but what do they actually mean? Which leggings are best for HIIT classes? yoga? being a mom or a student?

Let’s just dive in.

Luon

Created in 1998, this is the fabric lululemon was built on (and the only one they offered for the first 8 years). Back in the 90s, the founder of lululemon noticed that women in yoga classes were practicing in cotton pieces with no stretch; he knew that people loved the feel of cotton but needed a material that would perform for them and move with them through poses. He created a solve: a new fabric he called Luon, a proprietary blend of Nylon & LYCRA in an open loop knit – and lululemon was born.

Luon feels like cotton, but has four-way stretch and moisture-wicking capabilities (meaning it’ll both breathe and wick sweat away from your body during that hot yoga class).

Best For:

This material is designed for low impact activities such as yoga, barre, pilates, etc.

Key Styles:

You’ll see Luon in the classic lululemon styles like the the Wunder Under family (This pant is the traditional legging look, has a high-rise waistband and comes in a couple other fabrics as well)

 

Luxtreme

Launched in 2008, this material solved for runners. It’s much more compressive than Luon and feels slicker – more like Spandex than cotton – although it’s also blend of Nylon and LYCRA. Luxtreme has the same technical features as Luon (moisture-wicking, breathable and four-way stretch), although it actually dries faster. Hot tip: If you have pets that shed and you’re looking for something that won’t pick up fur, go with Luxtreme or Nulux.

Best For:

This fabric is best for high-impact activities such as running, interval training, CrossFit, spin, etc.

Key Styles:

Most of the pant you’ll see in this fabric will have deep pockets on both sides of the legs as well as small pockets in the waistband and a drawstring.

 

Nulu

Nulu fabric was launched in 2015 as a “naked sensation” although I don’t think they technically call them that anymore. Now they’re referred to as a “next to nothing” feeling, I think. This is hands-down the best-selling fabric, and my personal favorite for everyday wear (between shorts, special editions and the regular tights, I have at least 10 pairs of Aligns).

Along with being designed to feel like you aren’t wearing anything (in a good way, I promise!), this fabric has a buttery soft hand-feel … and is very delicate. That means no high-impact workouts or any kind of intense activity since the process used to create that buttery soft sensation makes the fabric susceptible to natural pilling over time and with heavy use. These won’t be the most durable leggings you buy from lululemon, but they’ll probably be your favorite.

Leggings made with Nulu fabric are the top choice for pregnant women. A quick Google search for ‘lululemon pregnancy’ or ‘lululemon pregnancy pants’ will show you how Nulu fabric are revolutionising the field of maternity pants.

Best For:

Nulu is best for light everyday wear (I wear this fabric to work almost everyday) and light-impact workouts like barre, pilates and yoga.

Key Styles:

Since it’s the most popular and best-selling style, you’ll see the most options within the Align family.

 

Nulux

Nulux was launched in 2016 as the high-impact companion to Nulu fabric. It’s my favourite workout material and I own an embarrassing number of shorts and tights from the Fast and Free family, which is the main pant option you’ll find in this material. Nulux is lightweight, cool-to-the-touch and feels like you’re wearing nothing while also staying in place perfectly during any type of high-impact workout. You’ll feel compression in the waistband, but through the leg truly feels “next to nothing.” I get asked a lot about the durability of the raw hem at the bottom and I promise you, it doesn’t fray, so don’t worry.

Best For:

This fabric is best for high-impact activities such as running, interval training, CrossFit, spin, etc.

Key Styles:

The main style family you’ll find in Nulux is the Fast and Free. Just like the Aligns, this is a very popular style so it comes in a ton of different varieties. It’s divided into two main categories: those that have reflective dots on the bottom of the legs and those that do not.

 

Everlux

As the newest revolutionary fabric, Everlux was launched in 2017 as a solve for sweaty studio workouts that were somewhere in the middle of the low- and high-impact. These are great for Zumba classes, cardio classes and spin classes – basically any indoor class that gets your heart-rate up (but doesn’t involve long-distance running). Everlux is designed to feel cool on the skin and to dry very quickly.

Best For:

Indoor studio classes such as Zumba, cardio, spin, weights, etc. (anything that doesn’t involve long-distance running, really).

Key Styles:

We’ve only seen Everlux in a handful of styles so far, the main one being the In Movement family. 

 

Quick Summary 

Fabric
Feel Best for Key Styles
Luon Cottony Stoft Low Impact  Wunder Under
Luxtreme Smooth and Slick High Impact

Speed Up, All the Right Places, Pace Rival 

Nulu Buttery soft, naked sensation Very low impact, casual Align 
Nulux Smooth and slick, naked sensation, cool against the skin High impact Fast and Free
Everlux Cottony, but feels cool against the skin Sweaty studio classes In Movement, Invigorate, Wunder Train