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Gear Review: Women’s Active Bottoms

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

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Patgonia Multi-use Skirt

There are people who work out in skirts. And people who avoid people who work out in skirts. Our testers belonged to the latter camp (with an exception made for playing tennis) … and had to admit post-test that their hatred may have been unjustified. “I have to say, it might be better then pants,” said one tester who was impressed by this skirt’s flattering cut, the breezy, mesh boy shorts sewed inside, and the speedy wicking capabilities, whether running or getting a lake shower at the dog park. Patagonia claims that the liner shorts are “compression shorts”, but neither tester found them super tight except around the thigh where a tacky elastic binding holds them in place (one tester did experience some mild thigh creepage). The skirt fabric is made of 75-denier 91% all-recycled polyester with a bit of spandex for great movement. And although they look super short right out of the bag, the flat, thicker waistband and slight a-line shape makes for a flattering 14” of fabric. While skirts on the trail always raises a few eyebrows (check out our hiking dress review from last year), just tell the naysayers that trail runner Krissy Moehl won the 103-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc race (and set the course record) in this very skirt. $55; 4.9 oz. (M); sizes XS-XL; black;

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