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lululemon vs Athleta: Always Effortless Jacket vs Canopy Parachute Jacket Short

Comparison between the lululemon Always Effortless Jacket and the Athleta Canopy Parachute Jacket Short. Which one takes the cake?

I’m going to try something new today. We’re going to compare lululemon’s Always Effortless Jacket against Athleta’s Canopy Parachute Jacket. At first glance, these jackets seem almost identical, but let’s dig deeper to find out which one is really worth your money.

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picture of the lululemon always effortless jacket next to a picture of the athleta canopy parachute jacket short

lululemon Always Effortless Jacket


  • Water-repellent
  • Wind-resistant
  • Zippered pockets with a hidden phone sleeve
  • Hidden zippered pocket under the storm patch
  • Stowable hood
  • Cinchable hem


  • Relaxed fit
  • High collar
  • Cinchable bottom hem for customized fit


  • Lining: 100% Polyester
  • Body: 100% Nylon
  • Mesh: 89% Nylon, 11% Elastane




There are 7 colors to choose from:

  • Medium Olive
  • Grey Sage (featured in this post)
  • Dune
  • Frontier
  • Rustic Coral
  • Porcelain Pink
  • Black

Buyer Reviews:

67% of reviewers gave this jacket 5 stars.

Athleta Canopy Parachute Jacket Short


  • Water-repellent
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Breathable
  • Cinchable drawcord at hem
  • 2 secure zip hand pockets


  • Relaxed fit
  • High collar
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Cinchable bungees at the bottom hem for customized fit
  • Body length in size medium: 20.5″


Made with Recycled Nylon


Originally priced at $158, all colors of this jacket are now on sale for $39.97-$39.99, depending on the color. I’m not sure what makes two colors worth 3 cents more than the third color, but … that’s what it says.


There are 3 colors to choose from:

  • Mountain Olive (featured in this post)
  • Tuscan Gold
  • Black

Buyer Reviews:

This jacket has far fewer reviews than the lululemon version (28 reviews for this jacket vs 185 reviews for the Always Effortless), however the majority of the available reviews are positive.

64% of reviewers gave this jacket 5 stars.

Final Verdict

Features: lululemon

Based on the website details, both jackets seem to have similar features. Both are water-repellent and have a cinchable bottom hem. While the Athleta jacket is abrasion-resistant, the lululemon jacket is wind resistant – so maybe a trade-off there, depending on what you’re looking for. lululemon takes the win on this category though bc of the stowable hood; the Athleta version doesn’t have a hood and what good is a water-repellent jacket if it isn’t going to help keep my hair dry?

Fit: tie

Both of these jackets are designed to fit loose/relaxed, both have a high collar and both are a cropped length.

Fabric: tie

The Athleta site didn’t provide as many details as the lululemon site on material breakdowns, but both appear to be made primarily of Nylon, so this category is a wash for me.

Price: Athleta

The biggest differential between these two jackets was price. The lululemon Always Effortless is full price at $128 while the Athleta Canopy Parachute Short is on sale for $40 (down from $158).

Colors: lululemon

The lululemon jacket won out on color choices, with 7 options, while the Athleta jacket only comes in 3 colors.

Buyer Reviews: tie

Buyer reviews were pretty even. Although the lululemon jacket had far more reviews than the Athleta jacket, the 5-star percentages were pretty close. The lululemon Always Effortless Jacket had 185 reviews with 67% of reviewers awarding 5 stars. The Athleta Canopy Parachute Jacket Short had 28 reviews with 64% of reviewers awarding 5 stars.

Winner: lululemon Always Effortless Jacket

Although Athleta’s $40 price tag is very attractive, I don’t see the point in a light rain jacket that I wouldn’t actually wear when it’s raining (bc of the lack of hood). The lululemon Always Effortless also offers a wider color selection, which I really like (Frontier, Porcelain Pink and Rustic Coral all caught my eye!). So, for me, the lululemon jacket wins this first round of #lululemonvsAthleta.

Which would you choose?

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The opinions and positions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of lululemon or athleta.

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