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Gear Review: Women's Active Bottoms

For those times on the trail when serious hiking pants are overkill.

by: Katie Herrell

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Patgonia Solimar Shorts (Courtesy Photo)
Patgonia Solimar Shorts (Courtesy Photo)
Horny Toad Chilena Skirt (Courtesy Photo)
Horny Toad Chilena Skirt (Courtesy Photo)
Prana Bliss Carpri (Courtesy Photo)
Prana Bliss Carpri (Courtesy Photo)
Patgonia Multi-use Skirt (Courtesy Photo)
Patgonia Multi-use Skirt (Courtesy Photo)

[camp skirt]
Horny Toad Chilena Skirt

“This skirt is a really fun girly bottom that’s more practical that it seems at first,” said one tester of this Horny Toad bottom made from fifty percent Tencel, a biodegradable fabric made from the cellulose of wood pulp (as well as cotton and polyester). “Its generous length (just below the knee) made it great for hiking without flashing the world and I felt modest even when sitting on the ground in various un-lady-like positions and scrambling around on rocks.” A thick, flat elastic waistband settles well under a pack’s hipbelt and the loose, slightly a-line cut allows for lots of air circulation on hot days. Our tester wore it for a manicure in the morning and on a backpacking trip through the Indian Peaks in the afternoon. When the temperature dropped, she just pulled on a pair of long underwear bottoms underneath. Bummer: The fact that its made of 32% cotton means it can get a bit hot and sticky. But it was surprisingly stain resistant: “It didn’t even need a prewash to get out the rehydrated cherry filling from the next morning’s breakfast burritos on it.” A smaller pocket stitched inside is big enough for keys and a credit card, but won’t hide an iPhone. $60; 5.7 oz. (M); Sizes XS-XL; color: black, cypress (green), chocolate (brown); hornytoad.com


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LA
Sep 07, 2010

Joining the rant--are you listening, ANY Company That Makes Outdoor Wear?!?!

TOTALLY agreeing with the others, regarding price, size (or lack thereof, over "small-average"), availability....

I have hips, folks. And I LOVE the outdoors. I do. 'Nuff said. What's so horrible about making clothing for me? I'd give you my money, if only you'd make something that fit me. Lower rise than men's pants, but fuller butt--is it so hard? Is it YOUR vanity--would it be too humiliating to have something THAT BIG (read: anything over size 14-16) in your company's closet? Because I truly do feel the message being sent is--"If you're bigger than what WE say is acceptable, stay out of our winderness."

Regarding price--explain to me why women have to pay more for the same performance as men? Again, the message is subtly--"C'mon, guys! Let's go play!....Gals, if you can afford to join us...."

Getting off soapbox....Sorry. But thanks, that was therapudic.

MrRedwood
Sep 07, 2010

Love that title.

jessie's girl
Sep 06, 2010

i so totally agree with the other comments--women's outdoor-wear NEEDS to be practical first! and wanna tell me why i have to buy men's pants to find zip-offs? either the women's don't have any OR they are 3x the cost--so not fair!

imo, 'performance' skirts (or any other clothing for that matter) are not really 'performance' if they contain ANY cotton--duh! that is the first thing i look for when shopping for hiking gear.

Kathy Handyside
Sep 04, 2010

And while they're at it, it would be nice if clothes manufacturers would make clothes that fit AMERICANS!! We are NOT little tiny petite ASIANS.

Kathy Handyside
Sep 04, 2010

I wish these clothes manufacturers would get back to PRACTICAL OUTDOOR CLOTHING FOR WOMEN!!instead of all this prissy "lets all look cute for the boys" cr@p! I want clothes that fit and make sense for on the trail. I don't go into the wilderness to make a fashion statement and I'm sick and tired of clothes manufacturers only catering to those who do!

Kathryn
Sep 02, 2010

I LOVE hiking in performance skirts! They are comfortable, fast drying and offer a LOT of airflow, which came in handy while hiking the PCT through the Mojave - kept me nice and cool.

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