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Style Guide: Urban Explorer

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All too often, city dwellers seem to think that their opportunities for outdoor exploration are inherently limited by their proximity to concrete and crosswalks. Of course, the hustle and bustle of urban living can mean that getting outside is a bit more challenging. However, we’re here to remind you that you don’t have to go out of your way to find adventure. In fact, with the right attitude and a healthy dose of curiosity, anyone can get their fill of escapism — even whilst staying within the city’s limits.

With this in mind, we’ve curated a look that’s guaranteed to inspire your inner urban explorer. On the one hand, it could be something as simple as scoping out a new coffee shop down the street. But it could also mean that you walk to work some days instead of taking the bus. Hell, you could finally go on that day hike that you’ve been putting off for far too long. No matter how you choose to do it — try getting out of your comfort zone once in a while. With pieces from lululemon’s 2021 Fall Collection, at least you can count on feeling comfortable in your own clothing.

lululemon The Fundamental T

This shirt from lululemon says it all in the name. Simple, no-nonsense, and essential to any wardrobe, it combines a cottony-soft feel with superior abrasion-resistance and quick-drying properties. Oh, and while we kept it clean with the white colorway pictured here, it’s available in some 16 other options, including everything from ‘Tonka Stripe’ to ‘Tide Shiburi.’

Purchase: $58

lululemon Commission Pant

While most pants will come with some kind of compromise — performance vs. presentation, comfort vs. quality — this is one offering that allows you to have it all. That’s because, in spite of its clean, chino-inspired design, the Commission Pant comes with handy details such as four-way stretch Warpstreme fabric, hidden zipper pockets, and even flip-up cuffs to keep you visible at night.

Purchase: $128

lululemon Textured Tech Hoodie

Layering up is key during fall hiking, and you won’t find a better mid-layer than lululemon’s Textured Tech Hoodie. Crafted from 100% sweat-wicking recycled polyester, it boasts a host of thoughtful details like integrated mesh and bonded eyelets for ventilation, as well as a built-in locker loop for easy hanging.

Purchase: $148

lululemon Navigation Stretch Down Vest

On those colder days, however, you’re going to want some extra material to stave off the air’s added chill. We’d suggest the Navigation Vest from lululemon because it boasts toasty ThermoChannel insulation, water-resistant DiamondStretch fabric, along with a streamlined fit that works on its own or under a shell.

Purchase: $168

Heimplanet Motion Arc 20L Backpack

When you’re in need of a pack that’s prepared for anything your day has in store, this option from Heimplanet is easily your best bet. Sleek in design and superior in functionality, it sports a hard-wearing 210D ripstop nylon construction and some helpful interior organizers like a laptop sleeve that doubles as a pouch for hydration bladders.

Purchase: $170

Alba Optics Solo

These outdoor-ready shades from Alba Optics are as robust as they are retro, designed with a durable-yet-flexible frame and a pair of scratch-resistant VZUM lenses. Pop the side flaps on for some extra coverage or remove them altogether for improved visibility; no matter how you choose to wear the Solos, they’re sure to elevate your urban hiking experience.

Purchase: $205+

HOKA ONE ONE Kaha Gore-Tex

Combining the comfort of a running shoe with the build quality of a boot, HOKA’s Kaha hikers are ideal for long days out on the trail. And because they come with features like a Vibram Megagrip outsole as well as a GORE-TEX bootie, they’ll keep your feet feeling secure and dry all the while.

Purchase: $220

Garmin Instinct Solar

From its tough Gorilla Glass display to its long-lasting solar-powered battery, Garmin’s Instinct smartwatch is a wearable that’s purpose-built for adventure. So, while it may be billed as a multisport option first and foremost, it does offer a host of nifty navigation functions such as multi-GNSS support, ABC sensors, and Tracback return-to-start routing.

Purchase: $399