Tested By Us: lululemon Outdoor Hiking and Trail Running Apparel

When it comes to functionality and comfort on the trail, lululemon is leading the charge. Our team spent spring and the first stretch of summer putting new pieces from the brand’s line to the test – both in the backcountry and a little closer to home – and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.

From breathable shorts made with 100% recycled fabric that fights chafe to functional leggings that merge comfort and utility together, lululemon is spearheading the market in sustainable outdoor clothing that is not only durable but sleek and trendy as well.

We’ve highlighted some of our favorite outdoorsy apparel from lululemon’s summer 2023 lineup and have the results from our team’s testing period below.

Cargo Super-High-Rise Hiking Tight

These leggings are the perfect mix between a comfortable athletic tight and a more rugged hiking pant. The Cargo Hiking Tights are super high-rise (which we love!), and our team found them to be incredibly functional for long, rocky hikes with a lot of scrambling.

The tights feature multiple fabric D-rings and hooks that allow for clipping your bear spray or keys, and the deep stretchy pockets offer a ton of storage.

See the Cargo Super High-Rise Hiking Tight

Pace Breaker Linerless Short

The Pace Breaker shorts are made to be your go-to, no matter how you choose to sweat. From running, hiking, or rec league practice, the shorts are designed with an ultra-soft waistband and low-bounce pockets so you can move with ease.

The Pace Breakers are made with insanely comfortable 100% recycled polyester that is comfortable and designed to keep you out longer. These shorts also feature breathable mesh-like vent panels at the lower back, just below the waistband, and as strips that run down each leg.

See the Pace Breaker Shorts

Waterside UV Protection Long-Sleeve Shirt

Ideal for sunny days spent on the river, the Waterside Long Sleeve Shirt features UV protection (UPF 40+ ) and a relaxed fit to stay comfortable even on the hottest days.

The shirt is designed with a silky-soft quick-drying mix of polyester and elastane and is made to retain its shape, even when wet.

See the Waterside Relaxed UV Protection Long Sleeve Shirt

Hotty Hot High-Rise Lined Short

Fellow hikers with curves understand the struggle of finding athletic shorts that are comfortable while doing more than just lounging around. The Hotty Hot shorts are just that – breathable and comfortable enough for long summer backpacks, and (most importantly) they don’t ride up.

These were tested on a hot and humid multi-day backpacking trip, and our reviewer stayed cool and almost forgot the shorts were there with how little riding up they did over the course of the trip.

See the Hotty Hot High Rise Shorts

Mist Over Windbreaker

Stay out on the trail, rain or shine, with the Mist Over Windbreaker. Our team loves how lightweight and comfortable this jacket is – and the water-repellant material makes this a go-to for a rainy day in the woods.

Thumbholes help keep you warm as the temperature drops, and zippered pockets keep valuables dry and secure. Our favorite feature? This jacket packs into its own pocket, so it’s easy to always keep at the ready for when an unexpected shower pops up.

See the Mist Over Windbreaker

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Colleen Goldhorn

Colleen Goldhorn is an outdoor industry creative who is based in Montana's beautiful Bitterroot Valley. She has hiked over 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and continues to be an avid hiker, backpacker, and adventure seeker throughout the Rocky Mountains. Colleen owns a creative studio which specializes in design, photography, and writing for outdoor brands. Her work can be viewed at colleengoldhorn.com, or on Instagram.

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