Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

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Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby Joynz » Sun 15 Dec, 2019 10:07 am

I’ve only been on one bush walk where someone was wearing a skirt/kilt for hiking. However, lately I’ve been thinking why not?

Skirts can be comfy, protective, light, adaptable etc.

The hiking skirts at this link are designed for women, but the video also shows one being worn by a man:
https://lightheartgear.com/collections/ ... th-pockets

This longer skirt is aimed at women and it seems to be popular with women on the Camino according to a blog I read recently:
https://www.macabiskirt.com/
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby CraigVIC » Sun 15 Dec, 2019 1:29 pm

Yes, I do regularly. I've fallen out of love with it as rain gear a bit but find it to be fantastic for off track walking where your pants would normally get soaked from wet foliage in 5 min flat. Great for keeping pants and jocks dry. Add in gaiters and it workes v.well.
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby norts » Sun 15 Dec, 2019 7:28 pm

I have hiked(AT and PCT) with a couple of blokes who used kilts. Not my cup of tea but they liked them for the hot areas and the convenience when stopping for a toilet break.
Mountain Hardwear make a hiking quilt.
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby Joynz » Sun 15 Dec, 2019 7:42 pm

norts wrote:I have hiked(AT and PCT) with a couple of blokes who used kilts. Not my cup of tea but they liked them for the hot areas and the convenience when stopping for a toilet break.
Mountain Hardwear make a hiking quilt.


I believe the mountain hardware kilt has been discontinued...
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby Suz » Fri 20 Dec, 2019 6:49 am

CraigVIC wrote:I've fallen out of love with it as rain gear
Where exactly does it let you down?
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby Lamont » Fri 20 Dec, 2019 7:42 am

Just a cultural thing. Good shorts offer a hell of a lot of air. My Pata Baggies are superb and nicely voluminous, even Culottish.
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby CraigVIC » Fri 20 Dec, 2019 10:35 pm

Suz wrote:
CraigVIC wrote:I've fallen out of love with it as rain gear
Where exactly does it let you down?


Last I was relying on it as rain gear I was caught in a heavy downpour that was also very windy and found a lot of water smudged between the layers onto my pants. Don't be put off though, give it a go for yourself. A lot of serious hikers are using them. And the try it price is very low compared to premium rain pants.
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby CraigVIC » Fri 20 Dec, 2019 10:37 pm

Just re-read the op and realised I was talking about something else altogether, oops.
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby ofuros » Sat 21 Dec, 2019 6:27 am

...another skirt & kilt link.

http://www.purplerainskirts.com/hiking-skirts
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby legend » Mon 23 Dec, 2019 10:20 am

I changed across to a rain kilt last year. The best thing ever for walking along tracks in heavy rain. It is extremely easy to put on and off when that sudden squall catches you out, and another BIG bonus is you don't put a hole in it when kneeling down on prickly snowgrass, etc (Overpants are much better in wind when walking across the tops).
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby Petew » Mon 23 Dec, 2019 7:37 pm

I've been using a EE rain skirt this year. Not the same level of protection as full overpants but very pleasant to walk in, keeps your shorts dry and can be used as a mini ground sheet/vestibule extender etc. Highly recommended.
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby Gippsmick » Tue 31 Dec, 2019 5:33 pm

Yep. Walked the PCT in a ‘kilt’ from Purple Rain Adventure Skirts and found it awesome. They have a skirt marketed towards women and a kilt marketed towards men. The kilt is split down the front with overlapping panels which can be pinned back to convert into a garment that can pass for shorts. I found it awesome through the Californian desert to keep cooler with the air flow. And it was easy to throw on a pair of thermals underneath on cold mornings. You get a few strange looks but they are not uncommon on the US trails. I was a bit self conscious in towns and would convert into shorts mode. Having said all that, I did revert back to plain old running shorts towards the end of the trail. My purple rain skirt still has a place in the wardrobe.
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Re: Anyone hike in a skirt or kilt?

Postby Joynz » Sat 04 Jan, 2020 6:53 am

Great feedback. Looking forward to reading the linked blog about your PCT trek (among others) too.
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