(Read part one of our running skirt blowout.)
To review: I wore each skirt for a minimum of two runs of at least three miles each. My runs are also always on trails though that does not factor much into this review. I analyzed the length of the skirt, coverage, type of undergarment, weight, skirt material, pockets, colors, price, and more. I also did a “wet” test of the skirts to see how they would hold up in rain, etc. Since there is no rain in California this time of year I submerged them in water then put them on for the test.
In Part two of this review I’ll look at the skirts from Skirt Sports, Running Skirts and Atalanta. All of these companies have sprung up as running skirt-specific companies—though most of them offer more than just running skirts. Another thing that sets these companies apart is they all offer skirts with a built in brief—in addition to compression shorts. Personally, I prefer the brief which makes the 3 skirts below my favorites from the review.
One of the pioneers in running skirts, Skirt Sports was founded by triathlete Nicole DeBoom who was seeking something more feminine in running apparel. Skirt Sports offers many styles of skirts in many colors. For this review I tried the Marathon Girl and GymGirl. The GymGirl skirt comes with built-in compression shorts while the Marathon Girl offers a built-in brief. The GymGirl skirts offer a pocket in the built-in compression shorts. Not very convenient to access while running but good for holding an iPod or car key. On the other hand, the Marathon Girl skirt has a velcro-close pocket on the right hip. The GymGirl skirt is the longest in this review and the Marathon Girl is medium length. Both of these skirts are very lightweight, repelled water slightly and dried fast. (Marathon Girl: $50 US; GymGirl $58 US.)
Identical twins and Running Skirts Founders Cindy & Christy kindly sent me their uniquely styled Running Skirt (with built-in brief) and fuller coverage Running Skort (with built-in compression short). Both of these skirts come in a similar silky soft material and they both offer two pockets (on either hip). Their Running Skort offers the most coverage of any skirt in this review. It is also the only Skirt with compression shorts that didn’t ride up on me (though I still prefer the inner briefs). RunningSkirts.com also boasts a very large range of colors. You are sure to find a style and color that fits your desire. I also really appreciated the very friendly and responsive customer service provided by Cindy and Chirsty themselves. (Running Skirt: $48 US (on sale: $24 US); Running Skort: $58 US.)
Atalanta Atheleticwear is another newer company that offered me wonderful customer service, a personal touch and sent me their Inspiration skirt to try. They also offer the Commitment skirt with built-in compression short but that was not included in this review. Atalanta, in fact, sent me the Inspiration skirt in two sizes, a green one that was a perfect fit for me, and a pink one that I gave to my friend Kayla to try. She had previously only run in the Nike Running Skirt but is now a fan of Atalanta skirts. I really enjoy running in this skirt and it has a great lightweight feel to it. Like Running Skirts, the Atalanta Skirts offer two hips pockets—though these are on the inside. The Inspiration Skirt also comes in five feisty and feminine color combinations—one of which is black and white for the less daring (or attention seeking). Unique retro-styling tops of this fantastic skirt—the last skirt in this review. ($48 US.)
New Balance, Adidas, and Golite also offer running specific skirts, but they were not included in this review.
To wrap up:
Cheapest: Moving Comfort, Hind
Most Colors: Skirt Sports, Running Skirts, Atalanta
Best Coverage: RunningSkirts.com Running Skort, Hind P.E. Skort, Skirt Sports Gym Girl
Shortest: Nike, Moving Comfort
Best Water Repelling / Fast-Drying: Hind, Zoot, Skirt Sports Mesh
My favorites: Skirts Sports Marathon Girl, RunningSkirts.com Running Skirt, Atalanta Inspiration Skirt
View a skirt-review table (xls file)of all the skirts reviewed in this post (opens Excel).