Activewear brand lululemon is stepping into the world of hiking gear with their eye-catching and adaptable lululemon HIKE kit. We had a first look at the funky new range.

lululemon’s a well-known brand in the yoga-sphere, but they’ve taken a huge leap into outdoor adventure and we’re totally here for their new HIKE Range. Encouraging people to slow down and soak up the outdoors with the tagline Stray Awhile, the range inspires others to embrace what we as Explorers all know – a hike is about the adventure, the journey, the detours, and the stories you take away. 

Convertible, packable, and water-resistant – we’re talking quick-dry fabrics, removable sleeves, and compactable gear made for chilly morning mountain tops and long hikes under the summer sun. We were lucky enough to take the new gear out in Granite Country, traditional lands of the Jukambal, Bundjalung, and Kamilaroi peoples. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

Read more: Stray Awhile: 5 Hikes to Experience QLD’s Granite Belt


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LiftOS™ Hiking Backpack 25L

Our favourite feature: weight distribution technology to relieve pressure points

Embracing the detours is all about packing for those impromptu overnight hikes, and lululemon has you covered with the lightweight LiftOSTM Hiking Backpack

It’s 25L in size and features strategically placed straps designed to, literally, take the pressure off by recalibrating weight distribution and relieving pressure points. If that’s not enough, the curved back panel adds additional lumbar support, which we all know is welcome on any hike (and the next day!).


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Grid Fleece Hiking Overshirt

Our favourite feature: longer length ensures your back stays warm and protected no matter the activity

Starting your hike in the chilling AM hours, your toughest decision is often whether to brave the cold for a few hours or risk overdressing and sweating it out once the sun has hit its zenith. Solution? A throwback to our 90s wardrobe with the Grid Fleece Hiking Overshirt.

Featuring mesh fabric that’s quick-drying and breathable, and a multitude of handy hidden pockets, this oversized shirt is just at home on a hike as it is your local coffee haunt.


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Tech Fleece Hiking 1⁄4 Zip Pullover

Our favourite feature: thumbholes in the sleeves

There’s nothing like a little fleece as you cozy around the fire after a long day of hiking – enter the Tech Fleece Hiking 1/4 Zip Pullover. This uber-adaptable pullover features not only brushed fleece on the inside for extra warmth but also mesh panels under the arms for when things start to heat up. 

The hem-cinch waist is perfect for keeping out the windy chill, while the secure phone sleeve pocket will keep your valuables safe as you rock hop across creek beds.


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Convertible HR Hike Jogger

Our favourite feature: zip-off feature turns pants into shorts

Made for jumping in puddles, hiking through creeks, and scaling rock faces – the Convertible HR Hike Jogger is the ultimate in versatility. Whether you’re drying off, cooling down, or trudging through mud, the pant legs zip on and off with ease, while the zippered cuff means you won’t even have to remove your shoes. Win!

The jogger also features a front D-ring perfectly placed for carabiner clips.


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Power Stride Hiking Crew Sock

Our favourite feature: Ergonomic foot-specific design for ultra comfort

Any hiker or trail runner knows a good pair of socks (quite literally) go a long way, and the Power Stride Hiking Crew Sock is just as impressive as the name suggests. With PerformaHeelTM technology, the sock provides stretch and cushioning while also moulding to your foot so they stay in place no matter what you put your feet through.

Made from merino wool-blend fabric with micro ventilation, your toes will stay toasty, and sweat and chafe-free.


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Front Clip Backpack

Our favourite feature: cinch closure and clip features to customise capacity

As a home for camping gear, first aid kits and, most importantly, snacks – a good backpack is the MVP for any hiker. With a range of exterior pockets for easy access and internal pockets to keep sweaty gear separate, lululemon’s Front Clip Backpack is water-repellent (to keep your snacks safe) and features a wide opening and cinch closure to make stashing gear quick and easy.


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Patch Logo Crossbody Bag

Our favourite feature: water-repellent fabric for those oh-no moments

Made for quick day hikes, urban escapes, or to store valuables inside your backpack, this lightweight, water-repellent satchel-inspired Patch Logo Crossbody Bag is all about versatility.

Small enough to stash, while also featuring adjustable shoulder straps, the kaleidoscopically coloured bag helps to keep everything on hand, so you can go hands-free. We reckon you’ll find a use for this well beyond the national park.


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Water-Repellent Fleece Hiking Vest

Our favourite feature: light-weight yet warming

Rain, hail, or shine, there’s no putting off the hike with this Water-Repellent Fleece Hiking Vest, made for adventures and to stash in the backpack once the day heats up. Featuring roomy pockets and a high collar for windy days, it’s the perfect throw-on layer to get you warmed up until the movement or coffee does. 


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Ventilated Hiking Short Sleeve

Our favourite feature: Seams that aren’t placed under your backpack strap – genius!

We’ve all been there, those long hikes in cheap fabric tees. You’re somehow both hot and cold as the midday sweat dries and the chill of evening settles in. If you haven’t learned the secret and importance of sweat-wicking and quick-drying fabric this Ventilated Hiking Short Sleeve shirt is a great place to start. 

With mesh underarm gussets (your partner will thank you later), and strategically placed seams that prevent your backpack straps from rubbing, lululemon has done their research on what a hiker wants.


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Convertible Hiking Pant 27″

Our favourite feature: abrasion-resistant for longer wear

Climate control at its finest, the Convertible Hike Pant 27″ is the adaptable, versatile piece any hiker needs in their wardrobe. Dads are actually onto something with this one. 

Whether it’s unforeseen weather conditions or muddy creek crossings, we’re here for anything that handles the trails as well as we do and these abrasion and water-resistant pants give us a run for our money.


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Stray Awhile: QLD’s Granite Country

We took lululemon’s advice and strayed awhile in Granite Country while we checked out the lululemon HIKE range. Learn how you can experience this beautiful region (and peep our glamour shots!) in this guide.

Read more: Stray Awhile: 5 Hikes to Experience QLD’s Granite Belt


Photos thanks to @caitmiersphotography