Get Your Skirt On

Posted by Filed Under: Gear & Apparel, Outerwear, Women's Running

(Yes it’s that time again. Time to revisit running skirts.)

A few short years ago they were obscure. Reserved for “those” women. Do real runners even wear them?

Running skirts. Are they practical? What’s the point? Some women will say they are comfortable. Some wear them to look cute (what’s wrong with wanting to look cute while we run?). Whatever the reason, their popularity is exploding and runners from the front to the back of the back are putting them on. A few short years ago the choices were very limited and 4-5 years ago there was only one company (that I know of) selling running skirts. I was a skeptic. Now I have tried a few different brands and I rarely wear shorts anymore when I run. Skirt Sports even has a program called “Convert to Skirt” where they give you a deal on a new running skirt if you send them your old running shorts.

The popularity boon is to your benefit. If you are a running skirt convert or maybe just someone who wants to try running in a skirt, you now have a dozen options. Most of these skirts come with built in liners, compression shorts, or some variety of those.

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of current running skirt offerings:

Supernova Running Skort $42

Atalanta Athleticwear
Commitment skirt $60

Calamity Jane Skirt $55

P.E. Skort $40

Moving Comfort
Hopkinton Skort $40

New Balance
Bonita Running Skirt $45

Nike Adventure Skirt$60

Running Skirts
Two styles – prices vary


various styles (including for other sports) – prices vary

About Jessica

Jessica lives in Orange County, CA, home to hundreds of miles of trails and 30% green space along with the Santa Ana Mountain Range. After moving to California from artic Minnesota in January of 2005, she quickly became addicted to trail running, and upon meeting Dean Karanzes at a book signing was inspired to run her first marathon, and subsequently ultra marathon. She completed here first 50K race in July of 2006 and has 50 and 100 mile aspirations. In a short amount of time, Jessica has been active in the Orange County running scene by re-igniting the Saddleback church running group, founding a trail running group, and starting in 2007 launching a series of trail races throughout the county, beginning with the Twin Peak Ultra Marathon in February. In 2002, Jessica had open-heart surgery to repair a leaky mitral valve. Aside from running, Jessica is also a published author and an independent filmmaker. She works as an Information Security Engineer and part time at the flagship Nike Women store. When not out on the trails, working, blogging, writing, making films, or promoting races, Jessica can be found relaxing with her friends at the movies, lounging by the pool, or sharing a tasty meal and a good bottle of wine.

  1. Mark Iocchelli on April 11th at 8:09 am

    This subject seems oddly familiar. 😉

  2. 21stCenturyMom on April 11th at 8:19 am

    Mark, you would look SO hot in that zebra stripe and pink number.

  3. Soozan on April 11th at 11:32 am

    yes yes yes, i keep forgetting to do this. must trade in my shorts now!

    And Mom you’re right, that zebra skirt would look great on Mark.

  4. Jeanne on April 11th at 11:48 am

    mark, there’s only one way out. Get your skirt on!

  5. Dawn - Pink Chick on April 11th at 7:31 pm

    I like the zebra print but they also have a cool looking camoflage pink print. However, a bit pricy fo rmy liking.

  6. Leana on April 13th at 10:29 am

    I absolutely love the skirts, I have tons from SkirtSports. Pricey, but worth it in my opinion..!!

  7. Heather on May 10th at 11:34 am

    I for one spend way too much time in my workout gear. Sure in a perfect world I’d rush right home and shower/change – but instead I always end up running this errand and that… so I love that with a running skirt at least I’m not wandering around in skin tight spandex!

    My fave is

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  9. jenna on October 18th at 8:20 pm

    i am completely disappointed by this invention. now i recognize only some of the older more casual women are wearing these so its not a big impact on the serious athletes of the world, but what a preposterous scam. all i see is women trying to cover up there flabby thighs with more material. shorts are cute enough and do not lose any of the intimidation factor. all i can say is that if a girl in a skirt is infront of me in a race it is all the more reason to pass her.(not that there really would be)

  10. FitnessExcercisesBlog on November 6th at 6:16 pm

    I like this running skirt!