Running skirts are ‘in’ and I”m a fan. A skirt [a skort is more descriptive because of the shorts underneath] is my choice for long runs not only because they are comfortable and functional but forgiving. Running skirts are not just for women runners, there are options for men too, several in fact. However, running skirts are for real men and not the faint-of-heart. I have a video clip to prove it – Matt Fitzgerald, runner, coach and author wears a running skirt during an interview – he appears to be a very real man [link to the video clip is at the end of this post]. Seriously my reader friends, both male and female, do not be a naysayer until you read these reviews and see these skirts in action. In this post I’ll share five reasons why running skirts rule, and follow-up with product reviews, [the women’s skirt reviews are my own, the men’s are not].
5 Reasons why men should where Running Skirts: From a Man’s Point-of-View
“Should a man go running in a running skirt if it makes him happy?” This question was posed on Yahoo Answers, and the answer? Absolutely! The answer, posted by a ‘man’ gives these reasons:
- A mini skirt has LESS restriction than shorts for freedom of movement…[okay...]
- Definitely COOLER! Both features obviously important for running. Many of the women’s running skirts will work fine for guys …
- You will find a brief built in is better than shorts and results in no chaffing and adds support.” [too much information]
- A mini skirt is perfect! The average length of mini sold in major stores is 12 inches long but can vary from 10.5 to 15 inches or so long. The average length (12 inches) happens to be the SAME length as men’s GYM shorts (12 inches)! Men’s RUNNING SHORTS are the same length as “MICRO MINI” SKIRTS or about 10.5 inches long or less” [who knew? This dude knows his stuff].
- I think a “Cargo Mini Skirt” (there are a zillion styles available) [zillions of cargo skirts?] might be best for a guy because of the pockets, belt loops, zipper, etc. Just find a skirt that doesn’t flair out too much for the big hips you don’t have…” [take note guys]. By PatagoniaKidd as posted on Yahoo Answers.
5 Reasons why Skirts Rule: From a Woman’s Viewpoint:
- To look like a girl. Shorts are fine, and I have several favorite pairs, but skirts are more feminine.
- They hide the sweat spots. On long runs when perspiration is inevitable, (yes girls do sweat) because the shorts are hidden under the skirt … I don’t need to say more.
- Fun patterns. Funky patterns and prints in running shorts look weird, but in a skirt look cute.
- Hides the parts you don’t want to show. Forgiving and flattering at the same time.
- Mix it up. Time for a change? Skirts are something new and different.
Product Reviews for Women’s Skirts
Lululemon: I love this skirt. Unique and feminine. I prefer this straight skirt fit over several of the skirt styles from Lululemon, as many are pleated and have several layers of fabric. This one hangs straight. Notice the nice detailing at the hem. Rating: 5/5
Pros: Fabric, which is lightweight, compression under shorts, small pocket on the rear waistband.
Oiselle: I bought this skirt last week at Los Angeles Running Company, and it was the heathered indigo color and the fabric that appealed to me more than the style. Yet after I tried it on, I liked everything about it. Oiselle calls it a ‘bum wrap’ rather than a running skirt, however essentially it’s a skort. I love the fit, [I bought a medium] and how the shorts are longer than the ‘skirt’. In the picture to the left I’m wearing the skirt before I ventured on a run.
Pros: Colour, fit, nice and wide waistband, design, moisture-wicking fabric
Cons: No pocket!
Prana: A fabulous skirt that I purchased last season [size medium] from Prana’s website. The fit is good, though slightly longer in length than the Lululemon and Oiselle skirts. The fabric is nice, but somewhat on the heavy side for exceptionally hot days. This print is no longer available at Prana, but is at Backcountry.
Pros: Print, nice waistband, fit, length
Cons: No pocket
Men’s Skirts [kilts]: Product Reviews
Sport Kilt. A Man in a kilt is a Man and a Half.
Though this kilt is designed for hikers, it is appropriate [according to the company website] “for running, camping, even swimming! [Swimming? Seriously... in a kilt?] It is Cool, quick drying, breathable, lightweight microfiber kilt for the active hiker [or runner] who wants to trek in style and comfort.“ Click here for more pictures of this kilt in action.
Utilitkilt: Form follows Function.
“Pants are lame, and Dockers® are the lamest pants we can think of. They’re so lame that we decided to come out with a Utilikilt so sleek and clean and stylish that your Docker wearing friends would cry in secret shame.” [Really?]
Running Skirts. Matt Fitzgerald interviews the two women owners of Running Skirts (who are identical twins), and though they don’t have a product category for ‘men only’, Matt Fitzgerald tries on skirt for the interview and shows the versatility. Click here to watch the two-minute clip.
Well my runner friends, are you inspired to try out a running skirt? Perhaps my girl friends will be more keen than my guy friends. I get it. But, remember, real women and men can wear the running skirt!