The Fitting Room: Cool Racerback II


Sadly, the OG Cool Racerback is being ushered out the door. This is especially bad news for me, as my closet doesn’t have so much of a pile but a ‘collection’ of at least 15 Cool Racerback tanks inside. The top itself was never the jazziest, but that’s why I love it so much. The straight hem and long length made the CRB an excellent layering piece, and it became a staple of my WOD wardrobe over the past few years.

This morning, I had less time to kill before work than I’d have liked. Philadelphia, your parking situation is horrible. With less than 45min on the clock to walk two blocks to the store, shop, try on, choose, pay and walk back to the car I was a woman on a mission. Therefore, I only have a few photos of the CRB2 before making like Jay-Z and moving on to the next one.

The Fitting Room: Cool Racerback II ($52 USD…I think)

The CRB2 definitely feels different. The biggest change in design is the cut in the back, but it’s not the only thing that’s been manipulated.

At first look, the cut around the neck and arms remains the same, but the seams are flatter. Instead of that piped trim, it’s wider and lays flatter, which I do like.

It’s made of light luon, and definitely feels lighter than the old design. This is also a plus.

The overall length of the design has been shortened, which I personally do NOT like. I understand I’m in the taller minority, so for many of you peanuts who have always lamented that the CRB is too long, you will welcome this change.

As for the rear view, it’s a minor source of disappointment. In a perfect world, your tank is always centered and is a perfect chance to  ‘show off your bra straps’, which the product description includes as a plus. If you want to show off the fun criss cross of your bra straps, get a Sculpt Tank. Last year’s Var-City Tank is a perfect example of how the bra strap showcase is supposed to work. This tank is meant for function, not pageantry.

The fact of the matter is, we’re not models and don’t have handlers chasing us around trying to make sure everything is perfectly centered. If it’s not perfectly centered, then it’s lopsided like the photo above and it’s juuuust enough to bother me. The nitpick in me also isn’t a fan of how the logo moved down.

Long story short, this is a long tank fallen short for me. Go figure I didn’t wear my usual CRB layer today, so I didn’t have the opportunity to compare them directly. Wasn’t expecting to see one in store today after the USA’s having been passed over on upload this week.

The Verdict: While it felt nice, the shortened length ultimately left me feeling indifferent. Therefore, I left it on the rack. I’m not going to say I’ll never buy one, but I wasn’t in the mood to start a new stockpile today.


  1. Power Purple is an awesome color on you. May I ask how tall you are? I’m 5’7″, and the original CRB length is perfect for me. So I’ll probably have the same opinion as you concerning the shorter length of the II.

  2. I agree with you about the back and as you say there are numerous other tank options to choose from to show off the bra. They are making it almost impossible to buy one of their tanks that doesn’t expose the bra. You said it perfectly, function not pageantry.

  3. I have to say I’m a huge fan of the new CRB, don’t get me wrong I still love the old style too, and picked up the clear mint on the weekend, but I’ve got a ton of them so I am happy to start adding a different version in some colours I didn’t have to mix it up a bit. I grabbed the new camo one, and will be going back for the solid purple and the anticipated true red upon this weeks’s release (if rumours are true). I also picked up the purple LS swiftly after vowing that the $10 price hike would be my line. Oh well, I’m happy to pay the price for something I love rather than get something I’m just so-so on to save $10.

  4. I agree that this is a great color on you. I’m short, so I’ll probably like the new length. But the price hike makes me sick. Ugh.
    Did you try the CRB lace? I’ve been waffling on getting the green one on WMTM. Not sure on sizing, and I’m nowhere near a store. Yes, feel pity for me.

    1. May be too late for you, but I ordered the CRB lace in my lower size (lately I’ve been more comfortable in 10s for CRBs, so I got the lace in 8). I wish I had gotten the 10 because I find it to be more fitted than I would like. Still wearable, but I need the room in the waist.

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