I did a bad thing tonight and picked up the new Regal Plum Cool Racerback made out of RULU even though I already have the Regal Plum Cool Racerback made out of luon light and it's NWT's. My store actually had both the Cool Racerbacks in today in RULU and Luon Light Regal Plum but they were separated on the shelving. RULU was on the top shelf and the old version was below it. That's how I noticed that the colors are slightly different and I was able to make a slight justification for purchasing the new one. Haha! I actually really wish it was a different color because I LOVE the RULU Cool Racerback but wish it was a new color I didn't already have, or even a favourite color I already do have. I've been wanting a RULU Cool Racerback forever and I think I've blogged that every single fall when the RULU pullovers start appearing so even though I don't love Regal Plum enough to want multiple items in it (it's not in my top 10 colors), I'm really glad to finally have a RULU Cool Racerback. I'd freak if we saw a Sapphire version.
*I forgot to mention that Metrotown had a full run of black and white If You're Lucky Long Sleeves in. If you are in Canada and want to order one from them their number is 604-430-4659.
The material feels the exact same as the new NULU which is simply RULU lined with Coolmax. I was curious to see if the NULU fabric composition (the outer RULU portion) matched up but it wasn't a perfect match. The NULU is 81% Nylon and 19% Lycra Elastine while the RULU Cool Racerback is 87% Nylon 13% Lycra Elastine. Luon Light is 92% Nylon and 8%Lycra Spandex. Lycra Spandex and Lycra Elastane are the same product, it's just with the luon light you have less of it so much less stretch. Luon Light Cool Racerback is made in Sri Lanka and the RULU one is made in Indonesia. I don't think I've noticed any other Cool Racerbacks made in Indonesia so I wonder if they have a new factory up and running this year.
When I tried on the RULU Cool Racerback I loved it. It feels buttery soft and I really didn't want to take it off. The one nit I have with it is that you can see the sheen of the lycra fibres over my bust which is where there is more fabric tension. This is not enough of a bother for me at all, just something I wanted to note for you. You may be bothered by that if you are larger busted than I am and get more visible lycra sheen. The Cool Raceraback was otherwise completely opaque.