lululemon’s catalog of performance gear touches all bases, be it yoga shorts, training pants, or smart home gyms. So it’s unsurprising that its first-ever hiking collection has been a seamless addition to the rest of its portfolio. Upon hitting the scene roughly over a month ago, the world-famous clothier has already a garnered fantastic reception for its array of outdoor-focused gear, which makes perfect sense considering everything else the brand is adept at making.
There are several outdoor brands to account for when you look for hiking gear, but it’s difficult to come up with any that outdo the performance prowess of anything from lululemon. As a result, the Canadian athleisure label looks to blow the competition out of the water in the hiking segment, and its introductory capsule has done an impressive job at doing so thus far. To see what we mean, here is our guide to the 8 best pieces from lululemon’s first-ever hiking collection.
Power Stride Hiking Ankle Sock
A good pair of hiking boots or shoes are integral to a day on the trails, but a sturdy pair of socks is just as important. lululemon’s Power Stride Hiking Crew Ankle Socks are engineered from a blend of naturally thermoregulating merino wool, nylon, and elastase, resulting in the perfect combination of stretch and breathability.
Ventilated Hiking Short Sleeve Shirt
The Ventilated Hiking Short Sleeve Shirt is practically a wearable fan — trust us, it’s far more stylish than that makes it sound. It is composed of four-way stretch fabric with sweat-wicking and quick-drying capabilities. It even features mesh-crafted underarm gussets for added mobility and breathability, deeming it a great top for your next trek. It is finished with strategically-placed seams and a mesh chest pocket for extra functionality.
Water-Repellent Hiking Short
It’s always great to have a comfortable pair of hiking shorts in your closet, and you won’t be able to find many options as great as these. The Water-Repellent Hiking Short has an 8” inseam and is available in a handful of unique colors that are sure to liven up your hiking wardrobe. The summer-ready bottoms are equipped with cargo pockets, a zippered back pocket, and a set of built-in loops to clip all your hiking essentials.
Water-Repellent Hiking Short Sleeve Shirt
As you may have realized, a consistent theme throughout this collection is trusty water-repellence, and this stylish buttoned shirt is a seamless blend of weatherized attire and GORP style. The Hiking Short Sleeve Shirt features a handy pair of zippered chest pockets equipped with a hidden phone sleeve, as well as mesh fabric panels placed at the underarms to let you shed any extra heat.
Water-Repellent Hiking Convertible Bomber
A high-quality jacket is an essential element of anyone’s hiking wardrobe, and a bomber jacket is as timeless as it gets. lululemon’s Water-Repellent Hiking Convertible Bomber doubles as a vest when you zip its sleeves off, making it a unique piece of outerwear prepared to take on unpredictable forecasts. It is rounded out with an array of pockets on the front and properly-articulated sleeves to account for your elbow’s ease of movement.
Packable Hiking Anorak
Anoraks are as versatile as it gets, and no hiking line is complete without one. That said, lululemon’s streamlined take on the matter is lightweight and easy to stow away, as it packs directly into its pocket for seamless portability. It is designed to have a relaxed-fitting, hip-length silhouette, and even features all the technical elements you’d expect: water-repellence, a zippered exterior pocket, and a cinchable hood for when you’re trying to keep all that cold air out.
Convertible Hiking Pant
The Convertible Hiking Pant is constructed from an abrasion-and-water-resistant fabric and boasts a streamlined, tapered fit that skims your body for an extra slim look. For added functionality and easier wearability, it has a pull-on waist with an adjustable belt, a locker loop to hold your accessories easily, hand and cargo pockets to assure optimized storage space, and legs that zip off to convert the trousers into shorts. These pants are as versatile as it gets, as you can wear them in any weather.
LiftOS Hiking Backpack 25L
This sturdy backpack is bound to bode well on the trails, your daily commute, and virtually anywhere else you decide to take it. This bag is ideal if your current one is causing too much back pain because it utilizes lululemon’s signature LiftOS tech to distribute weight evenly, has a curved back for lumbar support, and a removable waistband for maximum security. Plus, its exterior pocket can fit a hydration bladder or 16” laptop — as we said, it works for whatever activity you have in mind.