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- The new Navigation Stretch Down Jacket from Lululemon offers a super light feel with ThermoChannel construction for warmth without additional bulk.
- Thanks to the two-way stretch material of the jacket, you can move around easily during your active day.
- The color of the burnt camel is unique, sophisticated, and goes with everything in your wardrobe.
FOR MANY Men, the first cool breeze of fall may trigger. Your beach body goals came and went (good luck next year), the holidays are coming (time to put your finances in order), and you literally need a jacket. Yes, the carefree summer days are over. However, freshening up your outerwear doesn̵
Technological advances in fabric and construction have resulted in a new wave of exciting hybrid outerwear that combines the best of bespoke coats, bulky ski jackets and the hooded sweatshirt you had that will wear for longer than you will ever admit. The result? You can have the ideal mix of cold weather comfort and style without sacrificing your personal preferences.
A brand at the forefront of all of these modern menswear innovations is Lululemon. It has cultivated a devout following of men who appreciate minimalist design, flattering silhouettes, and features that complement an active lifestyle. And if there is one item in the fall collection that reflects the overall appeal of the brand, it is the Navigation Stretch Down Jacket.
Stay warm without overheating
FALL IS NOT The easiest time of year to wear, as temperatures can fluctuate widely within a day. Choose the wrong jacket for your fall trip and you will be shivering or sweating profusely all day. This is a large part of the attractiveness of the navigation jacket.
The lightweight design offers the perfect combination of a windproof, water-repellent fabric with an even distribution of down insulation (called ThermoChannel construction) to provide just the right amount of warmth.
When a brief cold snap hit New York City a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to break out my new fall jacket, although I was skeptical. The navigation jacket was lighter than I thought, but still insulated with quilted down that I usually reserve for those boneless, tooth-chattering “damn, it’s damn cold” winter days. On a day like this, with forty degrees and the occasional gust of wind, usually a little shift equation with a leather jacket would work just fine. To my pleasant surprise, the navigation jacket felt just right.
With no ribbed cuffs, the jacket allows a slight flow of air while maintaining warmth. With the light, even distribution of the down filling, this is not really the case feeling as if you were wearing a puffer jacket.
The two-way stretch allows you to move around easily
I HAVE still meeting someone who loves a good leather jacket more than me. But even I’ll admit that taking something more active than a leisurely stroll can feel limiting. When I took my dog for his daily park trip, the ball in one hand and the leash of an adorable animal that was dragging me to the mile-long meadow in the other, I knew this Lululemon jacket was the only choice to go with my outfit surpass.
We ran, we played, we chased squirrels (um, he hunted squirrels). All of this allowed me to move freely and comfortably, as if I wasn’t even wearing a jacket thanks to the two-way stretch. Despite its incredible flexibility, the jacket retains its body shape for a stylish look.
It’s as stylish as it is functional
TO LOOK GOOD is also important during the cold season. When I think back to the down jackets I wore as a kid, I looked like some kind of artificially dyed marshmallow. I would prefer something that shows more of my body shape. Well, the Lululemon down jacket has the warmth I need without the bloated atmosphere.
This jacket doesn’t provide enough warmth for the coldest winter days, but is light and thin enough to be used as a stylish mid-layer under your coat, providing maximum warmth with a sharp look. Even people who are usually confused by layers can figure out this trick.
And the color of the burned camel – rarely seen on a down jacket – is a perfect color choice. It goes perfectly with everything in your wardrobe: navy, olive green, shades of gray and more. And since the monochromatic look is a major trend this season, you can easily wear it with Lululemon’s City Sweat Joggers in the same color and some brown sneakers. It’s just stylish for men of all ages. If you prefer something more traditional, the jacket is also available in black.
As those days get shorter, the Navigation Stretch Down Jacket will be a welcome addition to my fall layering arsenal. It’s versatile, comfortable, flattering, and durable – just what you’d expect from Lululemon. That’s one less thing to worry about this season.
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