Lululemon Fleece Flurry Review
Cons: Expensive, lacks breathability, thicker fabrics
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Lululemon Fleece Flurry
|Price||$168 List||$169.00 at Backcountry||$159 List||$99 List||Check Price at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Fabrics are cozy, thick, and stretchy, great thumb loops and pockets, fully fleece lined hood, very mobile, weather resistant||Breathable, durable, helmet compatible hood, awesome thermoregulation, high value||Warm, extremely breathable, cuts the wind, soft and cozy fabrics, stretchy and great mobility||Super breathable, great price, wind resistant, quick to dry, long arms and torso, thumb loops, stretchy||Super warm, inexpensive, cozy and comfortable|
|Cons||Expensive, lacks breathability, thicker fabrics||Not weather resistant, expensive||Pills after washing, style isn't for everybody, breast pocket is small and seemingly unfunctional||Lacks water resistance, fit constricts under arm pits for some||Not breathable, thicker for layering, pills after a few washes|
|Bottom Line||If comfort is what you crave, this fleece has it all but will cost you||The reigning champion that simply can't be beat for versatility||Our go-to layer when a balance of breathability and warmth are key||Highly breathable and built for the backcountry||A high value and maximum comfort fleece|
|Rating Categories||Lululemon Fleece Fl...||R1 Full Zip Hoody||R1 Air Hoody||Vigor Full-Zip||Benton Springs|
|Comfort And Fit (20%)|
|Layering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Movement (15%)|
|Weather Resistance (5%)|
|Specs||Lululemon Fleece Fl...||R1 Full Zip Hoody||R1 Air Hoody||Vigor Full-Zip||Benton Springs|
|Main Fabric||93% polyester, 7% elastane||Polartec PowerGrid (93% recycled polyester/7% spandex)||100% polyester||Solid color: 93% polyester, 7% spandex||Polyester|
|Unique Features||Thumb loops, hidden phone sleeve in pocket, "Cuffins" that fold over fingers for warmth||Hidden zippered pocket, balaclava hood fits under a helmet, brick-patterned insulation balances breathability and warmth||Ultra breathable and windproof face material that is stretchy and comfortable||Flat lock seams, UPF 30, thumb loops||Extended collar|
|Weight||15.05 oz||12.05 oz||10.6 oz||10.85 oz||13.4 oz|
|# of Pockets||2 hand||2 hand, 1 hidden zippered pocket (right hand)||1 small chest, 1 hand||2 hand, 1 chest||2 hand|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Lululemon Fleece Flurry is the best when it comes to comfort. It's a non-technical smooth, and silky polyester fleece feels plush and warm against the skin. The fit is suitable for ladies of any size, while the fabrics offer some weather resistance. It comes with a full zip design, two handwarming pockets, and a lavish hood. If comfort is what you craze, be sure to check out this chic fleece jacket.
If you love to bask in silky fabrics, which provide luxurious warmth through the coldest days of the year, this snuggly fleece is one of our favorites to hunker down in. It is made out of 97% polyester and 7% elastane. We typically chose this layer to walk the dog in the midst of winter, layered with an insulated jacket.
The softest of fleece materials line this jacket, and when agitated, generates warmth. It doesn't only insulate when dry but will keep you toasty, even if accidentally caught in a rainstorm.
It features a full hood with a nice collar that is also fully fleece lined. The arms are super long with "cuffins" at the end that folds over the hands and function as mittens. This feature is incredibly awesome when you're caught in unpredicted weather. Overall, this is one of the coziest and warm non-technical jackets we've tested. It's geared towards keeping you cold in nasty weather, which also makes it incredibly cozy and comfortable.
Comfort and Fit
When comfort is a top priority, this jacket wins out against all the competition.
This polyester fleece jacket features a microfleece that is super-soft against the skin. The exterior fabric is silky smooth and stretches at every seam. It hugs all curves of the body, offering coverage through the arms and hips. The torso is about the medium length and comes down a mid-hip level on our 5"6 testers. It also has big fat thumb loops that we're completely in love with. This fleece will flow with the body and snuggle down with you when coziness is what you crave.
As a result of all these excellent features, it's the most comfortable fleece we've tested so far. The thicker materials engulf the body, while the stretch fits most women well. This isn't a fleece for those that don't like a 'hip hugging' because that's exactly what it does.
While this jacket is incredibly warm, it's non-technical in nature. It's doesn't offer great breathability, even though Lululemon claims that this jacket is made for 'running'. The materials are quite heavy and thick. When looking closely at the materials, you can see how it lacks porosity and doesn't breathe well. This was validated by our own tests.
We tried taking this jacket for a short run and immediately took it off after just five short minutes, in cold weather. Actually, we went home to change. Since then, we didn't try to use it for running. Instead, it became a goto for working remotely, doing yoga in the living room, and the occasional hike with the dog.
This jacket offers good layering ability, but because of its thicker design, it can get caught on tighter shells.
The smooth-face fabrics articulate well with other smooth layers, and it fits nicely under our roomy coats and jackets — without bunching or catching. You can also stack a base layer underneath. Given that the fit is rather tight, we preferred to wear it with a t-shirt or tank top instead of a long-sleeve shirt. You can also layer a backpack over the material, but unfortunately, the handwarmer pockets become unusable.
Ease of Movement
The stretch of the fabric on this jacket is ample. There are no constrictions through the chest, arms, or shoulders, making it mobile and great for activities like yoga, walking, and doing chores around the house. Reaching up and down, it doesn't move, which any busy women would appreciate.
In fact, this ease of movement is what makes it so darn comfortable. All the seams stretch while the arms and torso are relatively long. Overall, we're happy with its mobility.
The thicker fabrics offer a surprising level of water and wind resistance.
While gardening in fairly windy conditions, this jacket kept the wind from blowing right through, and down to our skin. Its water-resistance is excellent! It almost seems as if it has a DWR finish because when introduced to water, it beads up and doesn't absorb. Even when agitated, the water doesn't soak through and keeps you dry. This is also helped by the water-resistant zipper that is completely sealed. If you get caught out in the rain, no need to fret; this jacket will still keep you warm and protected.
Lululemon is known for its pricy pieces, and this is no exception. While expensive, it's one of the highest quality and most comfortable fleeces we've tested. We're not entirely convinced that these lavish comforts are worth the cost. However, if comfort is what you crave, you might find yourself rolling out the dough to pay for this fleece.
The Lululemon Fleece Flurry is indeed the best when it comes to cozy comforts. This jacket will wrap you up in some of the softest materials tested. The stretch is even and elastic, fitting most women comfortably. The exterior is exceptionally weatherproof, warm, and easy to layer underneath a jacket. Wear it is on its own during the warmer months or in a layered system when temps drop. It's non-technical, and best used for a leisurely hike, hangouts around the house, and heading to work.
— Amber King