We Tried Lululemon’s New Hike Collection—Here’s How It Holds Up On The Trail – CNN Underscored | Gmx Pharm

Hiking can mean different things to different people. There’s the kind of hiking that requires miles of uphill trekking in deserted, uneven terrain, and there’s the kind that looks a bit like a normal walk in a park. No matter your preference or ability, Lululemon’s new line of hiking gear promises to keep you feeling comfortable, supported, and secure thanks to its use of durable, abrasion-resistant materials and high-tech add-ons from storage to ventilation.

Released on July 5th this year, the men’s and women’s apparel and accessories list is designed to make time on the trail a breeze. It features 33 convertible, packable, and water-resistant pieces, from cargo leggings to oversized jackets and roomy backpacks. All pieces are designed to prevent chafing, keep you both cool and warm thanks to their thermo-regulating properties, and look fresh as a fiddle in combination with all your favorite sports. Prices range from $28 to $198.

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As a lifelong Lululemon fan, I’ve noticed almost every detail that sets this line apart from previous ones. Really trying to keep up with the times with trendy hues (hello lilac, tan and multicolored) and I could tell right away that the line was a departure from the brand’s previous minimalist pieces, right down to the new alphabetized logo . Each piece serves a function that goes beyond protecting your body from the elements: the Hike To Swim shorts and bra double as a hike short and a swim outfit, eliminating the need to bring a change of clothes on both shore and sea excursions. The set is also an ideal option for particularly sweaty hikes, where a spontaneous swim in a lake invites you to cool off.

Living in an urban jungle, I couldn’t immediately take these babies on a hike in the traditional sense. Instead, I took her out on my treadmill first by running a Peloton Tread Hiking Bootcamp class. That way I could see how they’re doing when I’m sweating tons (hello, uphill speed walking) and see if they’re providing enough flexibility during the cross-training components of the workout. Then I went for a hilly and windy walk in the scorching Montreal heat.

While they showed plenty of sweat stains in the purple-brown colorway, the Cargo Super High-Rise Hiking Short was the most compressive bike-style pant I’ve worn and kept me comfortable during both activities. The pockets are so deep I thought I lost my credit card and would have to call my bank. Although they arrive for a cool $98, you also get storage for an entire fanny pack. Had I gone up a size in the wedgie-inducing Multi-Pocket Cargo HR Hiking Short, I would have imagined it would feel super airy and light, which is really all you could ask for when trudging through the wilderness and tour a city on foot or subject your body to rigorous things on a treadmill.

The pieces that spoke to me the most weren’t so much the tops or bottoms, but the coats. Brownie points go to the Convertible Ripstop Hiking Jacket for featuring a detachable and convertible purse, detachable sleeves and a hood that allows you to adjust your body temperature on the fly. If you’re planning a hiking trip in the near future, I can’t think of a more space-efficient piece of luggage or carry-on that’s suitable for virtually any climate.

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The best thing about hiking is that it is both a summer sport and a fall sport. I fell in love with the Grid Fleece Hiking Overshirt, which features mesh ventilation, fleece fabric, generous chest and arm pockets for your phone, and a longer back to keep you covered while you’re on the ground. While it certainly works well on breezy summer nights, it’s a real winner of a top layer all year round.

Of all the items I’ve tried from the collection, I can see that the Power Stride Hiking Crew Socks clocked up the most miles. As with most cardio-forward activities, our feet are the foundation of any hike, so these well-cushioned, sweat-wicking socks are certainly a step in the right direction. At $28, they’re a little more than what most of us would rather spend on socks, but I see them as a way to turn old sneakers you might have lying around into more satisfying hiking shoes that your feet can’t keep up with blistering or overheated. The wool blend 3D knit provides a nice contour around the foot and arch and has extra padding on the heel to protect against blisters. While I wouldn’t walk in them as they err on the thicker side, they made for a super smooth stride during an hour-long powerwalk in my neighborhood.

Finally, as someone who prefers to explore a trail or town hands-free to spare my back, I appreciate that you’re almost worth a little in a selection of their pieces like the Convertible High-Rise Hiking Jogger and Water-Repellent Backpacks can pack fleece hiking vest.

Also, due to the use of thicker, more durable fabrics across the board, I noticed that the sizing fitted slightly differently. While I typically run a size 4 in all Lululemon leggings, I’ve learned that I probably need somewhere closer to a 6 or 8 in the less-forgiving gear of this new line for a lot of freedom of movement. If you intend to shop online, you can opt for a larger size, especially if you’re hoping to take advantage of the hidden and outer pockets for your bulkier items like phones or, fittingly on the theme, trail mix.

Whether you have some serious hikes on the horizon or are simply planning to climb your number of levels in one day, Lululemon’s hiking collection has something for everyone. The intentional use of materials and specifications adds a little value to each piece, from ample storage to ventilation to protection from anything unexpected that you might find along the way.

While the pieces certainly don’t come cheap, I currently own dozens of Lululemon pieces that have stood the test of time, marathons, and international travel, and I imagine most items will hold up in a similar way. Lululemon’s Hike collection seems to have a special focus on longevity and durability, so your cost per wear should drop significantly. And if you don’t consider yourself a “wanderer,” these pieces may change your mind.

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