Lululemon\u2019s New Moon Drift Collection Is for More Than Just Surfing
30th June 2021

When the warm weather season approaches, you might experience an overwhelming feeling of excitement as you begin to plan your outdoor adventures. From researching breathtaking hikes in exotic locations to planning once-in-a-lifetime excursions for your upcoming trip to a tropical destination, it’s that special time of year when you can disconnect from the mundane, everyday norm and reconnect with…well, yourself—but in a much cooler setting than your home town. During the pandemic, most of us missed out on that thrill last year, but if you were to look for a silver lining to quarantine times, it’s that important lesson to take advantage of any opportunity to explore and experience the great wonders of nature. Mark Healey, a big wave surfing legend, free diver, and photographer, knows this well, and that’s why he was the perfect collaborator for a 10-piece Lululemon capsule collection that includes board shorts, a rash guard, and several other pieces that will have you covered on all your summer travels.

“We saw Mark’s demands of product as an opportunity for robust, in-house, and real-life testing,” says Ben Stubbington, Lululemon’s SVP of Design and Concepts. We knew if we could create something that keeps up with Mark, it would keep up with anyone.”

As a Lululemon ambassador, Healey was no stranger to the stellar offerings of the brand before this partnership. After a number of adventure trips with Stubbington, and a few beers and some great laughs following a SeaWheeze half-marathon run, the duo thought it would be a natural partnership to collaborate on a limited-edition capsule collection, Moon Drift, that covers the pro surfer’s active lifestyle from land to sea. Over a year and a half later, Healey and Stubbington sat down with Men’s Health to give us an exclusive look at the capsule collection—and best of all, we got to test out the cool gear ourselves.

“With my lifestyle, I’m switching gears so much,” says Healey. “I’m really transitioning between worlds, from being on a boat to being in an airport, and then running off to a dinner. I really wanted clothes that could seamlessly transition between worlds. The pieces had to have the right look, cut, weight, feel, and of course, the durability to last through countless adventures.”

Healey lives the kind of traveler lifestyle that most of us could only dream of living. From Indonesia to Australia to Hawaii to Costa Rica, the pro surfer spends most of his year chasing swells around the globe, so he needs the right clothing with the versatility for activities like fishing, surfing, and hiking, as well as a sleek look for dining out on the town. When no day is ever the same as the day before and the unexpected is always expected, Healey requires reliable gear that combines function with great style.

“Everything that I work on is dictated by natural events happening, so I never had schedules,” says Healey. “If there’s a giant storm and there’s a swell in South Africa, I have to get from Hawaii to South Africa. So nature has always led the dance for me, but I always say the most predictable thing in my life is tides. You can go 50 years out and know what the tide is because it’s the gravitational pull of the moon. The moon is calling the shots.”

This was the starting point for Moon Drift, which also influenced the design aesthetic of the capsule collection. Stubbington and his team wanted to make sure this capsule didn’t feel like just another standard surf collection you would expect from any apparel brand. Like Healey’s nomadic lifestyle, the collection had to be exciting, aspirational, and uniquely Lululemon.

“The stereotype of surf clothing is not what we wanted to play into,” says Stubbington. “Mark turned up with these pages of inspiration and documentaries, and we were blown away because it was so closely related to what the design team loves from an aesthetic standpoint, including high art. He had all these images of the sky and land and sea, and we noticed some of the images looked a lot like one of my paintings.”

And just like that, Stubbington’s work of art became something wearable as the team applied the design to short-sleeve shirting and board shorts. But the aesthetic of the collection was only one piece of the puzzle. Healey was tasked with putting pieces to the test, so as the big-wave surfer jetted across the world, he purposely traveled with only the Moon Drift collection in his bag.

Every piece in the collection was carefully thought out so Healey could have just what he needed for his journeys. Details like mesh gussets and laser-cut designs made everyday shirting and pants more breathable, while fabrics with just the right amount of stretch provided the UV protection Healey needs for days in the sun. The Lululemon design team even made sure to add features like ample secure pockets so Healey could easily go from one activity to the next with all the small gear he needed. And most importantly, fabrics had to be abrasion-resistant to take on the elements, and even the sharp chompers of Baby Goat, a goat that Healey rescued in Maui after noticing it was recently abandoned by its mother shortly after birth. Yes, we’re talking goat-proof durability.

“Goats can be highly destructive and he has destroyed so many things that I own,” says Healey. “He grabbed my board shorts while they were hanging up. I didn’t rinse them off after surfing, so anything salty goats love, and he would chew, and chew, and chew on them. Goats don’t have any teeth in the front, but they have these sharp teeth that can cut through anything in the back. At first, I was like, ‘Hey, beat it!,’ and then I realized this is perfect for testing the durability of the board shorts, so I just let him go to town on it.”

But durability isn’t the only reason Healey put his stamp of approval on these board shorts.

“I love the material of these board shorts,” says Healey. “I spent my entire life surfing in board shorts. I’ve worked with premiere surf brands in the past and I’ve been exposed to the evolution of board shorts, and this is a totally different feel. It has a more comfortable feel and more weight to it than other board shorts. Plus, it has just the right amount of stretch. It kind of reminds me of an old-school board short in the way it sits that’s not overly stretchy—a classic feel with cutting edge comfort.”

Another favorite for Healey is the rash guard, which he claims is the best rash guard he’s ever worn. Besides the ideal fit that hugs the body and reduces chaffing, the rash guard is thicker in the front so ocean winds won’t strip heat away from the body when you’re sitting on your board, and a lighter, more breathable feel in the back to release any excess heat.

Beyond surf gear, there are a number of pieces that every guy will want to incorporate into their wardrobe, even if you’re not planning any extreme excursions in the near future. While flying from New York to Los Angeles to chat with Stubbington and Healey, I tested the Moon Drift Pant, and I can honestly say they have become my new go-to travel pants. The mesh gussets on the inner leg area provide both additional stretch and breathability, there are plenty of pockets for the small valuables I need while flying. It even has snaps to taper the bottom of the legs for when you want to make sure your pants won’t snag on anything. And for complete comfort on the upper half of my body while traveling, I paired these pants with the Healey Train to Beach Hoodie, which had the coverage I wanted on my flight with a lightweight, breathable feel so I wouldn’t overheat.

Whether you’re chasing swells in South Africa or just chilling on your local beach with some pals, the capsule collection hits all the marks for everything you could ask for in your summer wardrobe. So as you get amped up for your upcoming summer adventures, you might want to snag a few Moon Drift pieces to make sure nothing stops you from making the most of your time in the sun.

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