My husband and I have been avid fan of Black Diamond Equipment company for several years. We often engage in outdoor activities that require solid and reliable gear. We choose to support Black Diamond, and literally trust our lives to their equipment. Skis, poles, rock climbing gear (it's my husband who's the climber in the family), axes, base layers, water-proof jackets and pants for harsh weather, and more. So you can imagine when I saw their new athletic tank top, I was excited!
My passion for yoga has me constantly on the look-out for comfortable and supportive clothing to help support and enhance my practice. Black Diamond currently does not have a yoga line, however, many of those clothing items can easily double as yoga apparel. I chose to review their latest tank top, the new Sheer Lunacy Tank. I am very thankful Black Diamond has allowed me this opportunity.
Another great reason to love Black Diamond...if you're not 100% satisfied with the item's quality, they will repair it, replace it or refund it without any the fine print and with no questions asked. That's a sign they trust their products as much as they tell us to.
This is certainly a high quality and well-make tank top. Made out of polyester, it is light and naturally moisture-wicking. The inner-bra came with padding (which can easily be removed) but I removed them because I'm already "plenty there", if you know what I mean. The inner-bra support is highlight of the shirt and one of the best features, in my opinion. It's thick material offers coverage and support, while the racer-back straps keep the shirt in-place and sturdy on the upper-body.
The seams throughout the tank top are tightly sewn and I've experienced no friction when dropping the shoulders or arranging myself sideways! I really love how the remaining fabric (all but the bra) is soft and light, woven to a slightly snug band that sits just below the waist.
FIT & COVERAGE
I struggle to find the perfect yoga shirt, and it's a tough one to nail down. This tank top has come very close. The bra is almost perfect, though a little low on the chest (for me personally) when going upside-down for longer periods of time.
The rest of the shirt has hit perfection 100%! The open-back style and loose-fitting material give that "barely-there" feeling that I know you love just as much as I do! There's lots of air-flow, especially on hot days, or when practicing a hot-yoga routine.
I particularly love the snug band around the low waist because it keep the shirt in place most of the time (while still allowing for fluidity in movement) and prevents it from sliding up (or down, depending on your perspective) when doing inverted poses. THAT is a huge plus for me, because I don't like when my shirt falls over my face when upside-down.
I can't say enough how comfortable this shirt is, especially with the deep open back feature. Supportive, soft, light-weight and so flowy...I could wear it to bed!
The extra material around the waist stays in place due to the low-waist band, and makes twists and binds quite easy and with no clothing restrictions.
COMFORT & MOBILITY
With a Black Diamond seal of highest-quality on the back, there is no question this shirt was made for yoga. I will say though, it is a little pricy, but in my experience you can't pay enough for quality, comfortable and durability these days.
All of Black Diamonds products are top of the line and they offer free shipping if you throw a few other things in your shopping cart. I could also recommend their camping gear and head-lamps especially! We have several of those hanging around the house.
Black Diamond Sheer Lunacy Tank - $65 - Colors: Amethyst, Coral (shown above), Citrine, Black
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