Skirts are hitting the big time out in the athletic world. I have been watching them change and improve over the past few years and continue to be impressed. It is not uncommon to see gals wearing them for running races, out skiing or just around Jackson (which we consider the local ski town and people wear their gear to the bar.) They bring functionality and femininity together for women who continue to be active (and hate changing their clothes numerous times throughout the day!)
I wrote a post a few months back about the Skhoop skirt and using it for winter sports. Warm skirt, but definitely not super stretchy for lots of movement. Skirts Sports has another version of an outdoor winter skirt that is definitely more forgiving when using it to be active. The Ice Queen is essentially a winter athletic pant with a skirt for added coverage. I also claim that extra layer of the skirt adds just a tad more warmth (which I find helpful!)
What I love:
– Windproof thigh panels and skirt (HUGE in Windy Wyoming!) The thigh panels extend past the knee making the coverage more than adequate. The rest of the piece (that is not the windproof panels) is stretchy and soft.
– The skirt doesn’t get in the way of my movement, but still does provide a bit of “modesty coverage” especially for aerobic sports where tight-fitting clothes are more comfortable anyway (XC skiing, snowshoeing, skiing).
– They are great for running, snowshoeing, and XC skiing. I did wear them backcountry alpine skiing once with long underwear beneath them, but they don’t fit over the larger alpine ski boots quite as well and I felt as though I should be wearing a little more for the conditions.
– Their boot-leg shape and 9″ boot zipper allows for fitting over nordic ski boots and running shoes.
– The attaching of the pants and skirt is such that no chafing will happen. The construction of the skirt is absolutely secure and tough.
– Two small pockets (hidden under the skirt on both sides) hold an ipod/gel easily. Love the music port too! (see photo below for sizing peek of pockets/music port)
What I am not so crazy about:
– I wish the skirt was just a tiny bit longer….but I think that is more personal preference than anything else. I think it could easily be another 2 or 3 inches and not limit mobility.
– The breathability – I feel like my legs sweat and it gets trapped in the pants so I come away from them feeling a bit “clammy”.
The Stats (right from the source):
Features & Benefits
- Two-panel Windproof Skirt
- Skirt length (medium): 13″ front, 14″ back
- Sonic Music Port under waistband for headphone cord
- Non-chafing flatlock stitching