Mountain Hardwear Women’s Trekkin Insulated Skirt – Do Winter Right

I’m a bigger gal than I once was. What with having babies and hanging up the wildfire boots (for now) anyway. So, you won’t typically find me in the skirts of the 90s era–minis and the like, denim, flowery, laced, or even cotton. I have, however, fallen for another kind of skirt in a big way–the oh-so adorable yet FULLY FUNCTIONAL skirt. Mountain Hardwear has me hooked with their Trekkin Insulated Knee Skirt. Here’s why.

Mountain Hardwear Trekkin Insulated Knee Skirt

It’s All About the Fit – The Perfect Insulated Skirt

Again, like many moms that still like to chill out and venture into nature, I’m not a hard-bodied Athleta model. Far from it. I have thick calves from hiking, for one, so skinny jeans are almost always out for me. I was worried upon ordering that I’d get into one of those crazy dressing room situations where the skirt doesn’t come past the thighs, despite being the biggest size on the rack… Not so. In fact, I was happy that I ordered a Large. Most times if I don’t know my size by brand, I’ll size up to X-Large to be sure. I’d say this skirt runs true-to-size, if not just a TAD big. The elastic waist somehow creates the perfect balance between keeping the skirt up and not slowly constricting my middle! It’s PERFECT. Really. I RARELY experience a nice fit like this, and it’s heavenly when I get it right!

Actual Warmth in an Insulated Skirt. Who knew?

Skirts are pretty trendy right now. I am generally not in this decade when it comes to fashion and styles — lets face it, things hit the Midwest a little late in the game! But, I am finding that I feel like I look good while I’m out and about donning the Trekkin Knee skirt. So that was one surprise — the other? Warmth! It’s amazing what a few extra panels on front and back will do for overall warmth! I figured it would be exactly opposite — more like air conditioning in the wrong season. So wrong.

Mountain Hardwear Trekkin Insulated Knee Skirt

I wore the skirt for the first time of the cool season Trick-or-Treating with my kids. I was wearing a pair of lightweight Terramar baselayers underneath and my Jambu Williamsburg boots. It was around 40 degrees with constant drizzle. Not nice weather, but not frigid. I was actually a tad warmer than I’d like early in the night. I couldn’t believe the efficiency with which the skirt kept body heat in! I’m imagining toasty warm nights at the hockey rink and trekking on snowshoes to favorite frozen spots in the forest this winter. And ice fishing! The Trekkin’ Insulated skirt would be fantastic for ice fishing — I only worry that it might permanently reek of fish slime!

Dirt on the Insulated Skirt

This isn’t down, so I’m more comfortable ramming through hazel and underbrush without too much worry, however, I do think if you are going to be rolling around in say Blackberry bushes, you’ll want to opt for your snowboard pants or something a little more aggressive.

Super wind-resistant. The quilted feature may serve a purpose, but it also makes it more aesthetic — I have black. I love the look of the Marionberry color (and the name) too!

Special stretch fabric in the waist and hips allows easy movement — and the no-muffin-top style and comfort while still staying in place for function while you’re getting after it is my favorite feature of the skirt design. It’s a GREAT fit.

Four side snaps allow you to get a bit more custom fit, say if you’re hiking in an area requiring large uphill steps or if you simply want to cool down a bit, open the slit!

This is a “knee skirt” but I fee like it’s in between a mini and a true knee skirt (based on where I find my waist and wear the skirt.) If you want it shorter, just hike it up a bit. I think it’s the better value of the two skirts — the mini vs. knee, because it’s a tad more versatile with the snaps and greater coverage behind. (Metal benches can be awful in the winter–a little extra fabric will be well-received come February!)

The skirt retails for $90 on the Mountain Hardwear site.

 

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