These Lululemon Pieces Work for Running, Hiking, Cross-Training and More

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One hears it again and again from coaches, personal trainers and fitness experts: work smarter, not harder. The same principle should apply to your exercise equipment. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the plethora of options when shopping for new equipment and putting together a gym. Will these shorts actually improve my performance? Will I be sweating this t-shirt in a few minutes?

The best workout gear is designed for both performance and versatility – what you don’t want is your closet to be clogged with a million different leggings for weight training, shorts for running, jackets for outdoor workouts, and so on Using them every day will help you stay motivated and ready for any workout. Light jogging? Throw these parts up. Cross training inflated? The same piece will take you through your most intense cardio sessions.

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Lululemon’s training equipment has features that set it apart for all-round training, from moisture-wicking material for HIIT to loose-fitting designs for running. Upgrade your old gear with their streamlined workout pieces that can withstand any type of sweat so you don’t have to figure out which of the ten black athletic shorts in your drawer is actually meant for exercise. We’ve rounded up some of their best exercise supplies that you can use for running, hiking, and cross-training – basically any excuse to get your body moving.

1. License to train linerless shorts

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Image credit: Lululmeon

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Lululemon is perhaps best known for their yoga pants, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised in the past with their really tough men’s training shorts. Lululemon’s License to Train Short is a great example of Lululemon’s hidden gem of training equipment, featuring durable fabrics and versatile functions that you need not just for yoga.

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The abrasion-resistant material of these shorts offers all the requirements for a workout short, with a quick-drying mesh waistband, sweat-wicking properties and a stretchy feel (thanks to the added Lycra fiber) that withstands barbells and long stretches alike. Unlike Lululemon’s other lined shorts, we actually prefer the lightweight feel and freedom these linerless shorts offer, which allow for greater freedom of movement. A secure zippered pocket also provides additional storage space for your phone or wallet while you are running or doing cross training.

Obtain:
License to train linerless shorts
at
$ 88

2. Surge Warm 1/2 zip

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Cool air shouldn’t keep you from starting your workout, and while the Surge Warm 1/2 Zip was designed for you to master runs in cold weather, it’s just as good for casual fall thanks to the specially designed fabrics Hikes with a slim fit that you can use under a shell for winter sports, for example.

The fabric will keep the cold out and keep you warm as the temperatures drop, while being light enough not to feel like a bulky sweater when you work out. You won’t drip in sweat even at the end of your workout, as the Lululemon material is sweat-wicking and naturally breathable (but you still get the buttery softness of a good blanket). The added Lycra fabric also gives you four-way stretch that moves with your body as you pound the sidewalk.

Obtain:
Surge Warm 1/2 zip
at
$ 108

3. Metal Vent Tech short sleeve shirt 2.0

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This is the ultimate essential for both running and training as this short sleeve shirt, as part of Lululemon’s Metal Vent Tech, features a seamless construction that is suitable for any movement. The minimal seams reduce chafing during intense workouts, especially those that involve lots of arm movements like lifting weights.

Also, skip the scrubbing with the added spandex of this shirt which also improves stretchability and shape retention similar to Lycra material. The more you can move around in this shirt, the more you’ll probably work up a sweat, but Lululemon has you covered – thanks to their proprietary “Silverescent” technology, the mesh construction is not only breathable, but also inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria , for a shirt that does not retain a sweat odor for days after training.

Obtain:
Metal Vent Tech short sleeve shirt 2.0
at
$ 78

4. Surge hybrid pants

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If you’re exercising in cooler weather, heavier sweatpants can slow you down, but super-thin leggings can leave you with goose bumps. These Surge Hybrid Pants are the best of both worlds, with enough overall coverage to get you through an early morning run and still stay light. Lululemon says they are “tailored to get out of your way” and their streamlined design shows it.

These pants have a tailored fit without restricting your quads, which is exactly what you want for optimal mileage. The waistband lies flat and won’t cut in if you catch your crotch. But for any other type of workout, these pants combine some notable features of other pieces of equipment – abrasion-resistant material if you work out on lots of machines in the gym, four-way stretch, and a zippered pocket to keep your valuables close at hand on your thighs. Excessive sweating is not a problem with these pants as they also dry quickly.

Obtain:
Surge hybrid pants
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$ 128

5. Textured tech hoodie

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A hoodie for training? Don’t just reach into your closet and pull on some old sweater like Rocky and go up the stairs. Get a comfortable, versatile hoodie built for performance like this Textured Tech from Lululemon.

With a relaxed fit that works for both running and exercising, it’s made from 100 percent recycled polyester with some cooling properties that won’t make you tear it off in the middle of your workout. Built-in mesh and taped eyelets provide ventilation to keep you cool, but it also wicks away sweat if you’re worried about how a hoodie can withstand tougher HIIT sessions. From warming up to cooling down and everything in between, this hoodie will be your new training companion.

Obtain:
Textured tech hoodie
at
$ 148

6. Drysense long sleeve shirt

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If you need a long-sleeved training shirt, but it’s not completely sticking to your body with sweat, then this Drysense long-sleeved shirt feels good on sweaty skin without sticking unnecessarily. While the shirt was developed for intensive training, every runner or athlete needs a good long-sleeved shirt for the cooler months that will not get soaked afterwards.

Speaking of running – the fit is pleasantly relaxed for a shirt of this type (with more stretchy Lycra fabric), with underarm gussets for more freedom of movement. With this shirt you can really work up a sweat again, because the “anti-stink” technology wicks away sweat, dries quickly and slows down the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Obtain:
Drysense long sleeve shirt
at
$ 78

7. License to train the pants

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Great for tough workouts or the great outdoors, these License to Train pants are versatile enough to handle anything you throw at them and more. The abrasion-resistant and water-repellent material is more durable than an average workout leggings and is not overburdened even during burpees or even when backpacking.

What also makes them a good choice for longer hiking tours is their “No-Stink Zinc” technology, which stops odors in their tracks when you’ve been out for a while. In addition to handling the elements, it means you can wear them longer and wash less. When walking or hiking, the streamlined fit also gives your buttocks and thighs some air to breathe so you can say goodbye to chafing.

Obtain:
License to train the pants
at
$ 128

8. MicroPillow Tab Run socks

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Whenever you’d like your socks to cushion, hug, and support your foot like a good running shoe would, turn to Lululemon’s Micro and Macropillow Tab Run socks. These all-round training socks are designed for the movement and impact of a runner’s foot, but the lightweight cushioning gives you an extra boost if you’re doing a lot of cardio that includes jumping.

The socks are made of naturally breathable mesh that keeps the sweaty areas of your feet cool and dry. The yarn is also treated with the same “no-stink zinc” treatment as the other exercise equipment, so you can toss your socks in the laundry basket without worrying about them stinking in the room. While an ergonomic cuff protects your ankles from chafing when you run, we also like the fact that the elastic yarn hugs your Achilles tendon and holds a firm hold during yoga or other movements on the floor.

Obtain:
MicroPillow Tab Run socks
at
$ 22

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