A walking skirt is what I find to be the most sensible walking attire.
The actual skirt style depends…especially as a male wearing them. Start with my updated sensible wear page Skirt (kilt) experiment list – by weight .
- For early morning exercise walking (striding): My sensible attire preference is a mini-to-mid length [33 cm (13″) to 40 cm (16″)] skirt that is lightweight, quick dry, stretchy, drawstring waist, and rear ID or key pocket with zipper. My walking shorts equivalent is my 1″ inseam, 3/4 or full-split, nylon tricot or Supplex® Soark.com running short.
- For backpacking and trail hiking: My sensible attire preference is a mid-length [38 cm (15″) to 46 cm (18″)] skirt that is lightweight, quick dry, stretchy, elastic waist, and has deep hip pockets. Real-trail folk appreciate these skirts, and I see more men wearing lightweight skirts or kilts. My walking shorts equivalent is my 5″ inseam Patagonia Baggies.
- For everyday walking or around town: My sensible attire preference is a mid to just-above-knee length [41 cm (16″) to 51 cm (20″)] kilt style, with a drawstring or belt loops and plenty of pockets. Sometimes I can wear a skirt and feel comfortable in the surroundings. My shorts equivalent are my Patagonia 6″ All-wear Hemp shorts or Patagonia 5″ Stand Up shorts.
Using this criteria, what sensible wear in my Skirt List seem to feel the best – so far?
- For early morning exercise walking (striding): Brine Siren kilt (mini), Patagonia Edge Win skirt (mid), Patagonia Island Hemp Beach skirt (mid), or Purple Rain Adventure Skirt (mid). For a pocket on the Siren kilt, I use the Buddy Pouch , which works nicely with iPhone and ID. The Patagonia Edge Win skirt drop-in pockets and Purple Rain skirt hip pockets are excellent, but I like the water resistant inside Buddy Pouch pocket.
As exercise walking alternatives, consider the Patagonia Happy Hike skirt, or RunningSkirts Triathlon skirt. If later in the morning or if I will see many other walkers or runners, I will wear the Patagonia Edge Win skirt or the Purple Rain skirt. As a male walker, I sometimes get odd, disapproving looks when my walking skirt is 15″ or less long.
- For backpacking and trail hiking: Purple Rain skirt (mid). Equally nice are the the Patagonia Edge Win skirt (mid) or Purple Rain kilt (mid). These skirts are comfortable my pack’s hip belt.
As trail alternatives, consider the Patagonia Happy Hike skirt, RunningSkirts Triathlon skirt, Athena Garments custom wrap skirt. If you enjoy the traditional pleated look, try the heavier Sport Kilt Hiking kilt (16″ best, 18″ OK too).
- For everyday walking and town wear: Purple Rain Adventure kilt and the Sport Kilt Original Kilt in 18″ length.
For an everyday alternative, there really aren’t any for a male. When in town, traditional skirts on a male will draw a “weird look” from others, so I wear a longer kilt style. Depending on your area, you can likely wear an 18″ or 20″ kilt most places with just a few smiles from observers.
Trying several is the best approach to discover what works best for you.