Review: Lululemon Ride On Rain Jacket

When Lululemon approached me and Trisha to review some products from their new Ride On collection, we were intrigued. First, because we are fans of Lululemon (I love their yoga pants and tops with built-in bras). Second, because free stuff is fun, as long as it does not suck and waste room in our closets. Finally, because it’s really cool to see a mainstream brand acknowledge the growing popularity of transportation bicycling.

We recently received several pieces each and overall we are impressed, especially since the collection is not covered in pink and flowers (not that we’re opposed to such, but we see a bit too much of that in women-specific bike wear). We definitely have mixed reviews on some of the items, which we will talk about later, but I wanted to post specifically about the product that I absolutely fell in love with: the Ride On Rain Jacket.

Lululemon Ride On Rain Jacket – Unzipped

As you can see, the Ride On Rain Jacket is similar to a classic rain trench, but it is optimized to be worn for transportation cycling AND it’s super elegant.

The fit of this jacket stands out as unique among all rain jackets I have seen. The fabric is light and drapes beautifully. The waist is cinched by pulling two drawstrings on the inside of the jacket. Brilliant! This allows for a perfect fit and makes the shape so much more flattering.

Soft lining, inside pocket, waist cinching drawstring

Zipped with waist cinched

The fabric is breathable and not heavy, which is important for a rain jacket, because I’d rather get wet by the rain than by sweat. I wore the jacket in 30 degree weather by simply layering a cashmere sweater underneath. This jacket performed well in light rain and windy conditions. I have not had the luck to test it in heavy rain yet.

On the bike

The hood is large to fit over a helmet, although I usually find a helmet alone sufficient to keep my head dry and a hood could interfere with peripheral vision. There is a drawstring on the hood to keep it in place the also helps with vision.

Zipped up with the hood

The back of this rain jacket is the best part, in my opinion, with an elegant and stylish shape that drapes nicely over my thighs and keeps my pants dry all around. I had no problems with the back getting near my wheel on either my Dutch bike or my Rivendell (which has no skirt guard). There are cords that can be pulled to bunch the bottom up and stop it from draping.

The back

The cuffs are strongly reflective and there is some additional reflective strips around the pockets. For a jacket made specifically for bicycling, I would prefer more reflective pieces and I’m bewildered by the decision not to include more, especially on the back.

Reflective Cuffs

Reflective cuffs at night with flash

This beauty of this rain trench does not fully come through in photos, so I made a quick video to give you a better idea of the draping and fit.

Now, price – $298. Would I walk into a store and pay that much….ummmm, probably not. Would I stalk the store in hopes that it eventually would go on sale? Absolutely, although that usually does not end well for me.

I’m not saying that the jacket is not worth the price, because it seems to be very well-made and it’s so unique, but I’m not exactly rolling in the dough and I’m not the type of person to drop 300 bones on a rain coat. BUT now that I have the jacket, I want to wear it every day forever, so who knows.

Lululemon sent me a size 8 and I think a size 6 would be a better fit, but because I can cinch the waist, it’s not a big deal.

You can learn more about and buy the train trench via Lululemon.

If you’re interested, you can see the rain coat I’ve been using for years here. I bought it from Patagonia and it was not cheap (over $160) but it leaves much of my legs exposed, does not always cover my seat, and gets very icky humid inside. The Lululemon jacket is an improvement.

{This review is my own personal opinion. I was not paid for the review, I just get to keep this sweet trench. Lululemon is not a sponsor of LGRAB.}

  • http://www.myhyggelig.blogspot.com/ my hyggelig

    Interesting, I was not aware LL was doing bicycle-related clothing.  I’ve been a fan ever since I walked into the store when I lived in SF.  Their clothes have been worth the investment for me, and I would think this coat would be no different.  Where is the coat made?  I also have a Patagonia coat, so it is interesting to hear your comparison.  I avoid riding in the rain, but if I had to, this looks to be a good option and if it is well made and well designed, the price I am sure is well worth it.  Better to buy once, than buy cheap things that will never suffice and end up in the landfill.  Thanks for the review.

  • http://www.myhyggelig.blogspot.com/ my hyggelig

    Interesting, I was not aware LL was doing bicycle-related clothing.  I’ve been a fan ever since I walked into the store when I lived in SF.  Their clothes have been worth the investment for me, and I would think this coat would be no different.  Where is the coat made?  I also have a Patagonia coat, so it is interesting to hear your comparison.  I avoid riding in the rain, but if I had to, this looks to be a good option and if it is well made and well designed, the price I am sure is well worth it.  Better to buy once, than buy cheap things that will never suffice and end up in the landfill.  Thanks for the review.

  • Jax+Puzzle

    Thanks for the review, Dottie. The trench looks very nice on you, and functional too! I also love your bicycle tee :-)

    I would be VERY reluctant to spend this much on a Lulu piece at this time – I became a fan in the new year, and recently purchased a bunch of yoga tights and tops, but the quality just isn’t there for me. It’s the same two issues in multiple pieces, mainly threads coming undone and dye issues. Overall very disappointing, as Lulu fits me so much better than other brands, the fabric is soft, and the colors can’t be beat.

    • Kim

       This is disappointing to hear, because I dished out for a lululemon yoga top over 5 years ago, and have been so happy with how well it has held up. I don’t normally spend that much on exercise clothes, but was thinking of buying another one because I’d been so pleased with the first.

      • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

        Same with me. The yoga pants and tops I bought nearly 5 years ago are still in great condition.

        • Girlydoll

          Five years ago the product was still being made in Canada.  Now the items are made in China… Cuz we all know how high their quality standards are over there.

  • Commentmonkey

    I find lululemon’s politics pretty gross in general, but I’m extra grossed out that that jacket only comes in sizes up to 12. Guess what, lululemon, big girls ride bikes too.

    • Redheadwiththread

       I agree.  The first time I went into a Lululemon I was rather startled that they don’t even carry XL women’s shirts.  (They do go up to an XXL in mens)  For those of us that are built larger, it almost feels like an insult.  The jacket is beautiful, but it is hard for me to get behind a company that promotes active fashion for women of a limited size.
      However, I will say that I appreciate product reviews!

  • http://lladybird.wordpress.com/ Lauren

    Oh, I like that jacket! There really isn’t enough sport/cycling gear that is both flattering to woman and not super pink/covered with flowers.

    An alternate to the Lulu jacket is making one, provided you have the sewing skills! The Minoru jacket by Sewaholic is actually fairly similar, especially if you made some adjustments. And even if you bought the most expensive weatherproof fabric, it would still be under $300 to make :) I actually made the pattern up last year & I can vouch for it’s awesomeness!

  • http://profiles.google.com/juleskills Julie Hardee

    If LuluLemond reads these comments, I would like for them to know how pleased I am that the very pretty model on the website wearing this raincoat is wearing a helmet. That makes me so happy. She even has the helmet on with both color ways of the coat. 

  • Montrealize

    Totally overpriced for a rain coat that is not that much different to a regular one. Especially when you know their items are NOT made in Canada anymore but in Asia.
    The year they did the switch, the prices did not do down. Talk about lining one’s pockets!!

    • http://www.myhyggelig.blogspot.com/ my hyggelig

      disappointing to hear of the move of manufacturing to Asia.  likely why people have seen a change in quality.  this is happening a lot in business (Po Campo comes to mind).  when we as consumers stop demanding cheap prices, we will stop getting cheap product.  yes, the raincoat isn’t ‘cheap’ as it costs over $200 – but then protest paying top dollar for lesser quality by not purchasing.  yes, it’s all about increasing margin dollars and keeping investors happy.

  • Illiniwu

    It’s hard to find cycling friendly but not sporty clothes for women.  seems like they only make them for the men (levi’s commuter series, outlier).  so it’s nice to see another retailer trying to do something for women.  the tops look flattering, but the bottoms ugh.  the seaming around the crotch and thighs, what an eyesore!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      We’ll be reviewing some of the bottoms too! Stay tuned. —T

  • http://twitter.com/lovelybicycle Lovely Bicycle!

    I have some samples from Lululemon as well, and this jacket was one of the pieces I liked. I do not see any blatant quality issues with the pieces I received, but then I never bought their earlier stuff to compare. Their sizing seems a little off to me, like the 8 is more like a 4/6 maybe. 

  • http://cestaz.blogspot.com/ Cecilia

    It’s a bit pricey, but after getting caught in a storm whilst in my slightly-too-short-rainjacket and ending up with a wet saddle… I’d definitely consider it! It looks gorgeous too!

  • http://twitter.com/kara_lara Kara

    This jacket looks so lovely on you! There are so many features that make it special. Maybe we shall meet on the sale rack…

  • blisschick

    Thanks to all of the wonderful, informative comments here about Lululemon’s business practices. I had been a fan of theirs for the past few years, but now that they’ve shipped manufacturing overseas . . .

    Love the jacket, though!

  • http://www.me-go.net/ Megan

    I love this coat! Sadly, I could never stomach the price tag but I might look into sewing something similar. I would probably need an XL too, since even women’s fitness companies don’t account for busty ladies.

  • Marie

    What a nice looking coat! I love how the back is longer than the front. I am a bit of a coat collector; my most recent purchase is the Arc’teryx Alpha SL (http://www.liveoutthere.com/alpha-sl-jacket-45-html.html). It is crazy light and waterproof, and as a bonus, Arc’teryx is Canadian, too! And, for the ladies who were mentioning that Lululemon isn’t available in lots of sizes, Arc’teryx goes up to a pretty roomy XL (47″ bust).

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