What I thought to try the Lululemon hike to the Swim Range

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    I’m a health editor who tests fit kits for a living and so, of course, when I heard about New Lululemon Hike to Swim RangeI was fascinated.

    The athleisurewear brand has a cult following in the fitness world: not only do celebrities Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner and Lucy Hale wear its tights, but Meghan Markle is also reportedly a fan.

    Celebrities aside, I’ve sweated a lot of the kit before and included in our roundup of the best training leggings, best running shorts, and best sports bras. Why? Because while the price point is arguably higher than some other high street options, the quality is superior and built to last (see what I did there).

    Their new concept is simple but smart: a whole range designed for hiking that also dries super fast if you want a dunk after your walk. Wild swimming has risen in popularity in recent years, and while both hiking and swimming are separately appealing, together they form a double whammy.

    Think about it – how many hikes have you been on in your life where, hot and sweaty, you’ve seen a glorious body of water and only dipped your toes due to lack of proper kit? Been there, done that – that’s where this range promises to come in. That, plus the added benefit that cold water therapy can help soothe delayed-onset muscle soreness — yup, swimming after hours on your feet has physical as well as mental health benefits.

    Ready to hear my take? Don’t miss our guides to the best UK walks, the benefits of walking and the best walking shoes, while you’re here.

    Lululemon Hike to Swim Range: “I’m a health editor—here’s what I really thought.”

    The range was launched in stores last week and consists of two items – a bra and a pair of shorts. They have launched quite an extensive hiking collection along with also – 31 items! – Exciting skirts, coats and bags all designed with hiking in mind. Think packable, lightweight layering systems, fashion-forward aesthetics and colors and abrasion-resistant, highly breathable fabrics and you’re on the right track.

    According to Ben Stubbington, senior vice president of design at Lululemon, the brand has been working on the idea for several years now. “We created a collection of customizable pieces—convertible, packable, and water-resistant—intended to make it easier to spend more time outdoors,” he shares.

    So, how did it go when tested? I wore the kit on a walk in Horsham followed by a river dunk and paddle board and tried the walk swim bra and hiking skirt. Initial Thoughts: As always with Lululemon designs, the fit is flattering and elevated, smoothly bridging the gap between fashion and athleisurewear. That and the kit is also functional – it’s not just about how the kit looks.

    Health Editor Ally Head Testing the Lululemon Hike to Swim Kit

    The bra is supportive, long-line and, thanks to its swimsuit properties, sweats away really quickly. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it dried and there’s no chafing either – key on days when you’re in and out of the water and moving around a lot. I also like the high neckline and color blocking – the outfit feels very 80s.

    That said, I recommend going up a size if you prefer a roomier fit and don’t want the bottom half to roll up. Also to note: Remember to sunscreen the cutout section on the back.

    I also wore the skirt on the hike and it is very practical – it has several practical pockets with different pockets (both cargo and zippered) for your card, phone, keys and more. There are also loops on the front of the skirt for a carabiner or D-ring. Complete with lining bike shorts to support you through your hike, I also liked the drawstring waist and high rise.

    Why was I surprised? Well, I didn’t expect it to dry as quickly as it did, plus I expected it to chafe in the process if I went straight after being in the water. It didn’t, which gets a big yes from me.

    The Walk to Swim series was designed to easily support you while you’re out in nature and it does. If you’re an avid hiker, it’s worth the investment. It’s technically impressive, quick drying, comfortable and flattering – everything you want from Fit Kit. The bra can also be used for workouts like running and high-intensity interval training, and the skirt is fashion forward enough that you can wear it for cycling or even day-to-day. The kit is a bit of an all-rounder, in my opinion.

    Note though – the range is only available for eight weeks, so move fast.

    Shop our favorites below:

    Hike to Swim Bra – £68 | lululemon
    This bra dries super fast – it doubles as a supportive sports bra and swimsuit top, so you’re ready for any occasion. When I tried it on, I especially loved the color block details and high neckline.

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    Hike to Swim Short 6″ – £68 | lululemon
    Made with the same material as the hike to swim bra, these cycling shorts are again designed with both hiking and swimming in mind and are complete with a zip front too.

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    Multi-pocket cargo high-rise hiking skirt-£88 | lululemon
    Sweat-wicking, supportive, and drawstring with multiple pockets, to boot, this cargo hiking skirt is both stylish and practical. I especially liked how much space it has for your keys, purse and so on.

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