The first running skirt I went with was something from runningskirts.com. They’ve been around for a while, eleven years I think, and they were the first brand mentioned on twitter. When I first went to their site they had a ton of patterns that I was pretty excited about. Unfortunately, because I’m not a lady but a man in ladies clothing, the sizing was a little bit of an issue and the number of patterns to pick from was hugely limited.
There were also two sizing options; I could have gone with their running skirt which has a built in brief or their athletic skirt which is a tad longer and has built in compression shorts. I went with the athletic skirt. I’m not sure how the brief would have fit, but I’m guessing that a brief built for a woman is going to be built a little differently than a brief built for a dude. But then, I’m not an underwear designer, so I don’t know.
Like I said, my print selection was limited, so I went with the pink plaid. The skirt fairy (their customer service person) told me that the pink isn’t really that pink and the gray tones it down.
For all intents and purposes, it did, and in truth, I was quite comfortable with my choice of pattern. The skirt was about mid-thigh, which is longer than I typically wear my running shorts, but for some reason, it made me a little uncomfortable and I wanted it to be a shade longer. Of course once I started running, it was fine.
It had a pocket with a nice little Velcro clasp, but I’m not sure what you could actually put in it. I suppose a key would fit but I’d be worried it could easily escape.
The biggest issue I had with the skirt was probably the sizing. I used their chart and opted for a size 4. My waist is about a 31/32 depending on the time of year, and I wear a size 14 women’s in women’s jeans. Going by waist size I should have been a size 4, by women’s pant sizes I was a size 5, so I opted with the 4. In reality a 3 would probably be better.
The main problem I had with the fit was the looseness of the waist. Not a tenth of a mile down the road and I had to hike it up. If I wasn’t going for just a short run, I’d have turned around and got changed. Every 45 seconds or so I had to hike my skirt up.
For me this was the end. Maybe a size 3 would have worked, but who knows. Overall, it is an option for dudes looking for a skirt or a kilt though the lack of pleats leaves it looking much more skirt than kilt.