If you’re already a firm believer of their magical leggings and sports bras, here’s another collection that caters to our niche hobbies. First tennis, now hiking. Lululemon takes athleisure to a whole new level, with performance gear designed for all-terrain, outdoor hiking.
A new category for the sportswear brand, they’re introducing a formidable 33-piece series of men’s and women’s items, of adaptable gear that’s suitable for all kinds of environments, while banking on their quick-drying and sweat-wicking technology to go up against climate changes and humidity while on the trail.
The functional aspect of Lululemon Hike extends to convertible wear — sleeves or hoods can be zipped on or off, for instance, depending on your surroundings, and a Convertible Hiking Pant can be easily transformed to shorts halfway through the hike. There are pockets everywhere too, on jackets, shorts and pants to keep all your essential tools close to you, or specific details such as a d-ring for carabiner clips on the Hiking Jogger.
Special attention is also paid to design that moves comfortably as you traverse across rough terrain; this includes stretchable wear, and abrasion-resistant seams that reduce friction for a chafe-free climb. These keen design elements, as well as fully waterproof fabrics and packable items, help set Hike apart from other sports gear.
Some highlights include a Waterproof Hiking Half-Zip Pullover that you can slip on during rainy weather to keep you dry, made with waterproof and windproof yet breathable Glyde™ fabric that will brave us through the humidity. There’s also a Convertible Ripstop Hiking Jacket that’s super lightweight with a stowable hood, and strategically-placed vents for breathability; a nifty detail though is a built-in shoulder bag that zips right into the front of the jacket.
For bottoms and innerwear, try the hike-to-swim bras and hiking shorts, which dry fast and even feature chlorine and salt resistance should you be taking a quick dip in lakes or rivers. The men might want to layer chic Anoraks and Vests over their sweat-wicking t-shirts too.
You may also layer on accessories — a cap or bucket hat made of lightweight ripstop fabric, or a Front Clip Backpack with plenty of pockets and a cinch closure for easy access. A 25L LiftOS™ Hiking Backpack makes for the ultimate weekend companion though, as the technology helps recalibrate weight distribution and relieves pressure points so you’ll feel raring to go.
An earthy colour palette of brown, granite and sage green is almost a given at this point, though the brand further nails the hiker-chic aesthetic with plenty of purple and pops of neon green, or ripple patterns that artistically complement the rough-and-tough aesthetic. This one’s for those who want to look chic and feel thoroughly comfortable.
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Lululemon Hike Collection, available online and Lululemon stores, including the new Raffles City store, #01-11/12.