Lululemon Hike Collection Review
Does Lululemon’s Hike collection make me want to hit the trails?
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Cargo pants are evolving (no, we don’t just mean into shorts)—into a serious style statement. As Gen Z ditches skinny jeans for baggier styles, the garment once synonymous with utility is trending with the fashion set. Celebrities including Bella Hadid and Robert Pattinson have been rocking the look recently, with the latter turning heads in a voluminous cargo short. For those of us who may not be a “Batman” star strolling New York City, there’s a much more functional way to wear cargo pants: Lululemon’s new hiking collection.
On the heels of the Lululemon footwear launch, the athleisure giant expanded its offerings once again with Lululemon Hike, a collection of trail-ready styles in both men’s and women’s sizes. In addition to cargo pants, the line features easily-transformable jackets, leggings, and more. To see whether the hiking pieces are as high quality as the Lululemon activewear we’ve previously tested, I tried four styles: The Convertible High-Rise Hiking Jogger ($159), the Hike to Swim Bra ($78), the Cargo Super-High-Rise Hiking Tight ($138), and the Convertible Ripstop Hiking Jacket (currently sold out).
What are we wearing?
What is Lululemon Hike
While many Lululemon styles fit in at a yoga or spin studio, the company branched out into outdoor-wear with the launch of Lululemon Hike in July 2022. The brand describes it as a collection of “adaptable pieces” that are “convertible, packable, and water-resistant” for outdoor adventures. Many of the designs feature zip-on sleeves, hoods, and other functional accents that adjust to changing weather quickly.
The collection consists of 33 designs spanning men’s, women’s, and unisex sizes. Prices range from $28 to $198.
What I like about Lululemon Hike
The zippers and pockets are handy
Because long-sleeve tops and long pants are too warm for extended wear in the summer, I wasn’t able to test those on longer outings. While the fabrics felt breathable, they weren’t breathable enough for 90-degree heat. That said, all of the styles I tried from the Lululemon Hike collection are brimming with functionality. In addition to the zip-off legs, the cargo pants feature two sizable cargo pockets, a zippered pocket, and a loop for a carabiner. They don’t look too utilitarian for more casual outings, but thanks to the “water repellent” and “abrasion resistant” material, I could also see them providing peak function for, well, scaling a peak.
The other pieces aren’t short on storage either, as the jacket has two zippered pockets plus a detachable pouch. Even the leggings have one zippered pocket on the right thigh, which is the perfect size for storing a key during a run or hike.
The cargo pants are trendy, even for everyday
The Lululemon cargo pants are more stylish than your average hiking gear (and most cargo pants—sorry Robert Pattinson). Especially in solid colors, the design would fit in on the trail or paired with a crop top for a casual, TikTok-approved look.
There are plenty of hidden features and messages
When it comes to clothing, I get far too excited over surprise features—especially functional ones like a removable hood or pockets in dresses. Lululemon Hike is packed with hidden-yet-functional elements, and I especially love that the hood of the jacket can zip into a collar-like casing if you don’t need it. The pieces also have some purely aesthetic surprises, such as the message “detours welcome” printed in tiny letters on the back of the sports bra.
The leggings and sports bra are super soft
As is true of many Lululemon products, the fabric is what makes these pieces stand apart. The stretchy waistband of the cargo pants is made of a breathable material that didn’t weigh me down on a hot day. The leggings and sports bra also have the signature buttery soft feel that Lululemon is known for, and both kept me relatively cool despite the heat wave.
What I don’t like about Lululemon Hike
The sports bra runs small
Although I ordered the Lululemon Hike to Swim Bra in the size recommended for my measurements, it’s difficult to get over my head and feels far too constrictive when breathing heavily mid-workout or hike. After skimming through the Lululemon website, I noticed that 13 out of 14 reviews shared the same sizing dilemma. That said, if you’re shopping the style, you may want to order a larger size than you normally wear. Be sure to double check the sizing chart first, however, as Lululemon’s size recommendations already equate to a size above most brands. For instance, I’m typically a 4 but ordered a 6 based on the Lululemon-specific size guide, which means two sizes larger than my usual size may have been a better fit for me.
The jacket is boxy
The sizing up advice doesn’t apply to all of Lululemon Hike, however, as the Convertible Ripstop Hiking Jacket has the opposite issue. When zipped up, I found it to be too baggy and unflattering for my own personal style preference. I wonder if a smaller size would have made it less boxy. Plus, while I appreciate the hidden hood, I haven’t found a use for the zip-off sleeves or the pouch that comes with it. Afterall, if I want to cool down, in most situations I’d just take the jacket off entirely rather than remove the sleeves—a look that I didn’t love. That said, the perforated back panel can be cinched closed to limit airflow, which—while it doesn’t drastically change the look—could be functional for colder, windy days.
Some of the color options aren’t very flattering
In addition to the boxy jacket, which I would reserve for hikes and outdoor adventures, the leggings are similarly unsuitable for everyday wear. I felt a bit self-conscious walking around in skin-tight, bright purple leggings, and the drawstring seemed unnecessary. While the zippered pocket might come in handy, I’d still prefer to wear a non hiking-specific pair of leggings on a typical day—such as the Lululemon Align Legging.
Is Lululemon Hike worth it?
Yes, if you’re looking for utilitarian pieces—and can find the right size
While those who don’t hike regularly might prefer Lululemon’s more stylish athleisure offerings, the Lululemon Hike collection is filled with comfortable fabrics and functional details. Thanks to the comfy waistband and plentiful pockets, I’d recommend the cargo pants for anyone hiking in unpredictable weather (or simply trying to tap into the resurgence of the ‘90s trend). As for the other pieces, proceed with caution when picking a size. Luckily, if you love the style but not the fit, Lululemon offers free returns within 30 days of the delivery date. The Lululemon Hike collection is selling quickly, so be sure to shop before styles sell out.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.