I didn’t like Lululemon’s menswear until I tried these pieces
The brand's new Moon Drift collection is fit for land and sea.
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Short shorts aside, I haven’t tried much from Lululemon. I don’t consider myself to be an active person (my newfound hiking hobby aside) and there’s not a lot from the company that calls out to me. Despite my Reviewed colleagues loving their Lulu running shorts and leggings, I was never too keen on the brand.
That was, until the Moon Drift line. Taking inspiration from surfer, hunter, and free diver Mark Healey’s lifestyle, Lululemon created a 10-piece limited-edition collection of functional apparel built for land and sea. All of the apparel—including pants, long-sleeve shirts, jackets, and board shorts—are water-resistant and offer sun protection and ventilation.
I had a chance to test four pieces from the Moon Drift collection before its official launch: the Moon Drift Pant, Short Sleeve Shirt, Long Sleeve Shirt, and Jacket. Below are my thoughts on each—and which ones are worth buying.
1. Moon Drift Jacket
The Moon Drift Jacket is undoubtedly my favorite piece from Lululemon’s new collection. It’s stylish and full of hidden features that will satisfy outdoor enthusiasts who want to look great on their pursuits. There are four pockets—one on the chest, one hidden in the left forearm, two hand pockets—each with its own flap to hide dangling zippers. The inside of the jacket is lined with soft tiled polyester fleece, while the outside is made of a recycled polyester and Lycra blend, making it both water-resistant and stretchy.
Most mind-blowing—to me, anyway—is the hood's ability to stay put during movement. There’s a thick rip-stop patch at the top of the hood that weighs it down, and Lululemon claims it won’t budge even while sailing or jet skiing. I haven’t had the pleasure to take this for a trial run yet, but it’s a feature that feels brilliant in design.
The perforated holes on the back and sides help with airing out sweat and moisture, which is a nice touch for warm days outdoors. The varied textures and blocky pockets are visually interesting and it’s a huge reason why this jacket is so alluring to me.
But the coolest feature has to be the hidden cord inside the hem, which you can access via the right side pocket allowing you to cinch the waist closed to block out wind.
2. Moon Drift Pant
You’d be hard pressed to find a better pant that could blend in at a party as much as a hiking trail. From a utilitarian perspective, they have it all: large, deep pockets, a partially elasticized waistband with belt loops, durable rip-stop material, snap buttons that taper your leg on the go, and a wide and airy ventilated crotch gusset. They’re made of water-resistant polyester and Lycra—which is a brand name of spandex—that feels lightweight and durable. They also have plenty of mesh ventilation for breathability.
I was equally impressed with how useful the pants’ features are. Both side pockets zipper closed, with a mesh lining on the inside to drain any water should the pants get wet. The back pockets, also zippered, are square and large enough to fit my iPhone 12 with plenty of room for additional items, and the side cargo pockets are snap-buttoned and built to carry bulkier things, such as snacks or a flashlight.
Furthermore, these pants are as stylish as they are practical. All of the pockets are hidden with subtle flaps that conceal the zippers. And you don’t have to worry about sounding like a noisy backpack when walking—the rubber zippers don’t dangle nor do they clang.
The pants' fabric is lightweight but structured enough to retain their shape, but remain plenty flexible to allow easy movement. The silhouette leans on slim—not tight—and straight. I’m a 34 in men’s pant sizes and found the size 34 Moon Drift Pant to fit comfortably at my waist. The snap-button taper at the bottom of the leg is also a nice touch for those needing tighter closure near the ankle. I’m a big fan of the shade of earthy green these pants come in and find them to be versatile with styling options.
3. Moon Drift Short Sleeve Shirt
While this shirt could pass as something made by a surf retailer like Billabong or Quicksilver, it’s Lululemon’s construction that makes it a quality piece. It’s made of Lycra and recycled nylon, so it’s stretchy and water-repellent. The two slits on the side grant even more moveability, and the snap buttons make it easy to put the shirt on or take it off on the fly.
As someone with broad shoulders who sometimes struggles with moving around in constrictive button-ups, I found the shirt to be flexible and roomy. I got it in an XL and it fits true to size. The way the shirt sits on my shoulders is flattering—flat, without any creasing across the chest—while the length doesn’t feel too long for my body type (for reference, I'm 5-foot-11 with a short torso). Although I’m not a fan of Hawaiian-style tops—unless they’re open camp collars—I appreciate this shirt’s toned-down floral in a monochromatic beige color. It feels best suited for casual hikes or a warm summer day spent outside.
4. Moon Drift Long Sleeve Shirt
This shirt looks more outdoor-ready than the short-sleeve version. That could be because the entire garment, sans black zippers, is the same shade of deep olive green, snap buttons included. The metal teeth for each chest pocket’s zipper are hidden behind thin fabric panels, further pushing the seamless look.
Similar to the Moon Drift Short Sleeve Shirt, the size XL fit me well. It’s designed with outdoorsman functionality in mind, with a plethora of perforated holes, armpit gussets, and vents on the back of the shirt designed for cooling off the body. The snap-button sleeves are easy to roll up or down, and stay in place once secured. I found this shirt to be a very comfortable, breezy option for summer. It’s also dressy enough to wear out for a night on the town.
Is the Lululemon Moon Drift line worth buying?
I’m blown away by how useful and stylish the Moon Drift collection is. Every piece I wore felt natural at transitioning from outdoor recreation to indoor occasions, thanks to modern designs that conceal the intended function for the sake of elegance.
While I can't vouch for the rest of the collection, I’m really into the functionality of the Moon Drift Jacket and Moon Drift Pant in particular, and I believe both the long and short Moon Drift shirts are stylish, practical options for warmer days. I never thought it would happen, but I finally consider myself a Lululemon fan.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.