8 BEST LIGHTWEIGHT HIKING SKIRTS FOR THRU-HIKING FOR 2023

Hiking in skirts might seem old fashioned, but we’ve come a long ways from the full-length skirts of the 1880s. Hiking skirts are now breathable, waterproof and cut at or above the knee for easy walking. They come in a variety of styles and colors to match your personality or hiking style. We’ll walk you through the basics of backcountry skirts – why you would wear them, what to look for when shopping for them and a few suggested models to get you started.

Benefits of Hiking Skirts

1. VENTILATION:One of the main benefits of wearing a hiking skirt is ventilation. Skirts are open at the bottom and offer more ventilation than a pair of shorts or convertible pants. Breezy, they reduce sweating and chafing especially on a hot day. Because they don’t hug legs as shorts do, skirts offer incredible freedom of movement and make it easy to scramble over steep rocks and hop over blown-down trees.

2. BATHROOM EASE:Peeing or pooping in the woods? It is so much more comfortable in a skirt. You don’t have to bare your naked butt or worry about peeing on the clothes that are straddling your ankles – just remember to lift both the front and back of the fabric when you squat. And if you are one of those ladies who uses a female urination device (FUD), then you MUST try a skirt (you’ll thank us later).

3. SIMPLICITY:On a more personal aspect, skirts are more straightforward to take off than shorts or pants. Just slide a pair of base layer leggings up and slide the skirt down.

A NOTE ON LEGGINGS: The biggest problem with hiking skirts is that, similar to shorts, they leave legs exposed. When you are bushwhacking or hiking in a mosquito-infested area, your bare legs are vulnerable to being cut or eaten alive. A quick workaround for that is to slip on a pair of leggings underneath the skirt. When you no longer need the extra protection, simply take off the leggings and toss them in your pack.

How to Choose Your Hiking Skirt

There are several key features you should consider when purchasing a hiking skirt. Here are some of the most important…

MATERIAL

Summer: You’ll want a stretchy form-fitting nylon or synthetic fabric for a summer hiking skirt. These synthetic fabrics are lightweight, dry quickly and stretch to move when you are climbing. Stay away from cotton skirts as they dry slowly and don’t have as comfortable of a stretch. Some synthetic skirts also offer UV protection and a DWR finish that repels rain.

Winter:Skirts can also be worn in the winter over a pair of athletic leggings for example. Wool is definitely your best bet when shopping for warmer skirts. For extra protection from the cold, look for skirts that come with polyester or down fill.

FEATURES

Flare: Most hiking skirts have a slight flare at the bottom to allow for unrestricted movement when walking. Other skirts fall straight from the hip, providing a slim fit some people prefer.

Pockets: Another essential element to consider when shopping for a skirt is storage. Not only should you pay attention to how many pockets the skirt comes with, but you should also make sure those pockets are deep enough to be useful to you.

Adjustable Size: If you are a hard-to-fit size, you may want to search for a skirt that has an adjustable velcro waist or drawstrings.

Snap Closure:Some skirts also include snap closures for comfort.

WEIGHT

You don’t want you skirt or skort or what-have-you to feel like a pair of heavy blue jeans. You want to be dancing around the woods freely in lightweight and breathable garments. Skirts range from as light as 2 ounces to 16 ounces. Aim for a skirt in the 4 to 8 ounce range that has at least one pocket. If you are worried about the cold of winter, as mentioned, ad leggings for warmth.

8 Best Hiking Skirts Models

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer 

Sale
Mountain Hardwear Women's Standard Ghost Whisperer Skirt, Icelandic, X-Large x Regular
  • INSULATION: 800-fill RDS-certified, lightweight, breathable hydrophobic down retains maximum warmth and loft.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN: Ultra-lightweight low-profile quilt pattern creates heat-trapping down channels to provide extra warmth.
  • LAYERED WARMTH: Lightweight warmth makes it incredible for layering for added warmth.
  • HIGHLY PACKABLE: Lightweight skirt design stuffs into its own pocket making them highly packable.
  • SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS: Shell fabric and insulation are ethically sourced and Bluesign approved.

Material: 100% Nylon Suplex

Design: A-Line

Skirt length: 19 in.

Weight: 6 ounces

The Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer hiking skirt is more than just a pretty skirt. The functional A-frame design has just enough flair that it offers little to no movement restriction without being puffy. It has an outdoorsy look that appeals to men as well.

It is made of a lightweight and quick-drying nylon suplex material and has six pockets. Nothing has been overlooked in the design of this skirt – it has a high waist that fits nicely under a hip belt, zippered front for easy on/off and a snap closure that you can use when you want some extra modesty. It is available in four gender-neutral colors.

BALEAF Women’s 20″ Knee Length

BALEAF Skorts Skirts for Women 20" Knee Length Skort Athletic Long Golf Casual Skirt Pocket UV Protection Navy L
  • Moisture wicking fabric: 90% Polyester,10% Spandex, dry really quickly. Sun protection to prevent harmful sun rays.
  • Skirt Length: 20-21 inches knee length offers more coverage, which is modest & comfort. Build-in Mesh Liner Shorts: 7-inch for enjoy your sports without worries, non see through & non roll & breathable.
  • 4 Pockets: 2 side pockets for storing you phone, 1 waist hidden pocket for your keys, 1 back zipper pocket for your valuables.
  • Adjustable inner drawing provides elasticity. High waist design provides fashionable look.
  • The A-line version looks thinner and sets off the figure, which can flatter different tature. Perfect for various scenes, such as golf, tennis, running, beach, casual, etc.

Material: 88% Polyester/12% Spandex blend and DWR finish.

Design: A-Line

Skirt length: 20 in

Weight: 4.6 ounces (medium)

The BALEAF Women’s 20″ Knee Length skirt is handmade by Mandy “Purple Rain” Bland, an avid thru-hiker who couldn’t find the right skirt when she was hiking the AT. Rather than abandon the skirt altogether, she decided to design her own and test it on the PCT. Now she sells her skirts from her in-home workshop in Oregon.

A favorite among thru-hikers, each A-line adventure skirt is quality constructed from a stretchy polyester-spandex blend with a DWR finish that helps fend off the rain. The wide, moisture-wicking waistband sits smoothly acrossthe waist and doesn’t bunch up against a pack’s hip belt. It includes two pockets and is available in purple or black.

Willit Women’s 19″ Skort Skirt

Sale
Willit Women's 19" Skort Skirt Tennis Golf Athletic Skirt Knee Length Casual Lightweight Skort with Pockets Black L
  • Lightweight & Breathable: Stretch, Soft and lightweight fabric wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you from getting damp and chilled while playing golf or tennis
  • High Waist & Wide Waistband: Comfortable elastic waistband sits flat next to the skin to provide all-day comfort. Inner drawstring for a customized fit
  • 7 Pockets: Front hand pockets and two back pockets secure your valuables. Interior shorts feature two side pockets to store phone or keys. Wide waistband with an interior pocket
  • Comfortable Two Layers: The outer skirt provides effortless movement, while the inner shorts, made of breathable mesh fabric, are comfortable and fresh. Supportive inner shorts feature a 7 in. inseam. Skirt Length: 19 inches
  • A versatile performance product, the women's athletic Skirts Skorts are perfect for running, tennis, golf and other high-intensity activities

Material: Stretchable, breathable, lightweight, water-resistant material

Design: A-Line

Skirt length:not available

Weight: 11 ounces (medium size)

The Willit Women’s 19″ Skort Skirt itself apart from other hiking skirts with its integrated petals panties. This built-in undergarment provides modesty when needed most. More than just underwear, the petals panties have a snap front closure so you can easily pee standing up without having to remove any of your clothing.

The skirt itself is loose fitting with four deep pockets and a wide waistband that won’t interfere with your backpack’s hip belt.

Cakulo Women’s Athletic Outdoor

Sale
Cakulo Women's Athletic Outdoor Skorts Skirts Plus Size Tennis Golf Stretch Hiking Cargo Fishing Knee Length Lightweight Water Resistant Travel Hikes Drawstring Skorts with Pockets Khaki L
  • [Water Resistant FABRIC] Cakulo women's golf cargo skirts are made from water resistant and lightweight fabric, which meets your different outdoor activities of golf, hiking, walking, tennis, trekking, cycling or vacation.
  • [2 in 1 Design] Hiking skirts skorts with build-in mesh shorts which make form quick dry mesh fabric to help moisture wicking and breathable.
  • [5 Functional Pockets] These outdoor skirts skorts with five pockets: two deep slash pockets, one roomy pocket and two small patch pockets for holding on many items.
  • [Regular Fit] The knee length skirts is regular fit and 20-21 inches knee length offers more coverage, which is modest and comfort.
  • [Adjustable Waist] The active casual skirts skorts with elastic waistband and drawstring to provide a personalized fit.

Material: 95% Polyester, 5% Lycra

Design: Princess Cut

Dress length:not available

Weight: 6-7.5 ounces for a dress with pockets; 8-11 ounces for non-pocket dress

The Cakulo Women’s Athletic Outdoor fits the bill when you want all the benefits of the skirt in a one-piece outfit. The backpacking dress is not your everyday cocktail dress; it was designed for hiking.

The dress has a slight flare for increased range of motion, a fitted waist, and wide straps at the top that’ll prevent your backpack fromrubbing against your skin. It is available in two versions – one with pockets and one without and can be ordered in several different colors and patterns.

CAMEL CROWN Women’s Casual 

Sale
CAMEL CROWN Women's Casual Skort Skirt Tummy Control UV Protection Quick Dry Golf Skirt with Pockets,Hiking Active Khaki
  • Comfortable fabric: this womens casual skirt is made of polyamide and spandex. The fabric is slightly stretchy, soft to the touch and easy to clean, and does not fade, pill, or wrinkle easily.
  • Lightweight,Quick dry & UV Protection: this womens golf skort dries quickly to help you stay cool and clean. It features UPF 40+ sun protection fabric, which can effectively protect skins against harmful ultraviolet rays during outdoor activities like travel, golf, or hiking...
  • Wide waistband & Tummy Control: The waistband has been widened for a larger contact area to fit snugly, covering cellulite area and flatten abdomen to make you look slim.
  • Utilitarian design: A adjustable drawcord is equipped both sides. It makes you look stylish. Besides, there are two roomy slant pockets for storage of your personal belongings like keys, phone, cards.
  • Boy shorts Underneath: Inner boy shorts for full coverage; Soft breathable and flexible material stretches with every movement you make. You can easily bend down, squat, or get down low to do everything.

Material: 86% Polyester 14% Elastane

Design: Slim-fit A-Line

Skirt length: Mid-thigh, 5-inch inseam short

Weight: 15.87 ounces

The CAMEL CROWN Women’s Casual  is a versatile hiking skort that looks as good on the trail as it does in the mall. The straight cut gives it a slim, flattering fit. Because it is made out of stretch polyester and includes an elastic waistband and a drawstring waist, it is also very comfortable.

As an added benefit, the skort has two drop-in pockets and one zippered pocket where you can store money and other small valuables. It is available in a black UPF 50 fabric.

ATG by Wrangler Women’s Trail Utility Hike Skort

ATG by Wrangler Women's Trail Utility Hike Skort, Black, 8
  • HIKE SKORT. Enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities with confidence. With hidden attached briefs and a dolphin hem, this skort is both stylish and reliable in terms of coverage.
  • OUTDOOR PROTECTION. Perfect for physical activity, this moisture wicking and water repellent hiking skort is built to keep you dry. With UPF 50 protection, you can rest assured you'll stay well protected from the sun in this skort.
  • PERFORMANCE FABRIC. Designed to move, this skort is made with stretch fabric. Perfect for physical activity, it won't restrict movement when you're bending over or squatting down.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT COMFORT. This skort is made from lightweight fabric to help you hike, camp and run comfortably with unrestricted movement. Outseam: 17".
  • ON-THE-GO STORAGE. A hip zip pocket and oversized porkchop front pockets store small valuables like your keys, credit card or cash.

Material: Polyester/Spandex skirt with Semi Compression Mesh (poly/spandex) shorts

Design: A-line

Skirt length: 16.5″ front, 17.5″ back, 7-inch inseam short

Weight:not available

Our favorite skort in the SkirtSports’scatalog is the ATG by Wrangler Women’s Trail Utility Hike Skort. It is a longer version of the popular Gym Girl Ultra skirt and is designed for active use.

It includes a pair of semi-compression shorts that help prevent chafing, and three pockets: one on each leg and a zippered pocket in the back.Made with UV 50+ fabric, the Happy Girl Skirt is available in 20 different vibrant colors.

Little Donkey Andy Women’s Lightweight

Little Donkey Andy Women's Lightweight Puffer Sport Skorts Warm Quilted Skirt Black S
  • SOFT, LIGHTWEIGHT and STRETCHY: Adds warmth for runs on cold days with plenty of flexibility. Comfortable down skirt for various occasions
  • WARM INSULATION: Pull on down Skirt as an extra warm layer during a cold-weather running outdoors
  • COMFORTABLE FIT: The sides and waistband of the quilted skorts are made with a stretchy knit fabric to keep it from restricting movement., allowing you to power through any activity.
  • DURABLE WEAR: Filled with ultra light recycled insulation
  • SAFE STORAGE: Features a hidden pocket in the waistband, allowing you store your valuables with peace of mind.

Material: 20D rip-stop nylon with stretchy fleece side panels and 20D nylon taffeta lining

Insulation: 800 Fill Power EX Down

Design: A-line

Skirt length: 17-inch

Weight: 4.2 ounces

When the weather outside turns cold, you’ll need some extra insulation in your skirt. One of our favorite picks for cold weather hiking is the Little Donkey Andy Women’s Lightweight.

The Superior Down Trail Skirt is stuffed with an 800-fill down and constructed with stretch side fleece panels. Pair the skirt with some wool or fleece leggings, and you will stay toasty warm on your next winter hike.

Cakulo Women’s Athletic Outdoor Skorts

Sale
Cakulo Women's Athletic Outdoor Skorts Skirts Plus Size Tennis Golf Stretch Hiking Cargo Fishing Knee Length Lightweight Water Resistant Travel Hikes Drawstring Skorts with Pockets Black M
  • [Water Resistant FABRIC] Cakulo women's golf cargo skirts are made from water resistant and lightweight fabric, which meets your different outdoor activities of golf, hiking, walking, tennis, trekking, cycling or vacation.
  • [2 in 1 Design] Hiking skirts skorts with build-in mesh shorts which make form quick dry mesh fabric to help moisture wicking and breathable.
  • [5 Functional Pockets] These outdoor skirts skorts with five pockets: two deep slash pockets, one roomy pocket and two small patch pockets for holding on many items.
  • [Regular Fit] The knee length skirts is regular fit and 20-21 inches knee length offers more coverage, which is modest and comfort.
  • [Adjustable Waist] The active casual skirts skorts with elastic waistband and drawstring to provide a personalized fit.

Material: waterproof 15D silnylon

Design: tube

Skirt length: Mid-calf length (25 to 29-inches)

Weight: 1.7 ounces

The Cakulo Women’s Athletic Outdoor Skorts is a barebones rain kilt. You slide it on, snap it up and go hike in the rain. When the storm is over, you can scrunch it up and throw it in your pack.

The 15D silnylon isn’t stiff and moves along with you as you hike. It also doubles as pack cover or ground cloth. The only gripe is that it may drip water from the hem which would go into your shoes if you don’t have gaiters.

Leave a Comment