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Shorts and Skirts

The best shorts and skirts, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 30, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Patagonia Baggies Shorts 5" Active Short
$20 - $65
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Shorts Hiking Short
$30 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gramicci Original G-Shorts Hiking Short
$57
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Strider Pro Short Active Short
$35 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Paramount Cargo Short Hiking Short
$22 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts Active Short
$35 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Stand Up Shorts 7" Hiking Short
$48
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Iron Mountain Trail Shorts
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts Active Short
$75 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Purple Rain Adventure Skirt Hiking Skirt
$72 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sport Kilt Hiking Kilt Hiking Skirt
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Happy Hike Skort Hiking Skirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Edge Win Skirt Hiking Skirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Quandary Skirt Hiking Skirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Skhoop Alaska Long Down Skirt Hiking Skirt
$199 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Battle Ridge Short Hiking Short
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Endless Ride Liner Shorts Active Short
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Class V Trunk Active Short
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Dricanvas Short Hiking Short
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Baggies Skirt Hiking Skirt
$49 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Purple Rain Adventure Dress Hiking Skirt / Tank/Sleeveless
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Running Kilts Running Kilt Running Skirt
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Macabi Skirt Hiking Skirt
$85 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
TAD Force 10 Cargo Short - NYCO Ripstop Hiking Short
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Short Hiking Short
$65 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NorSari the original nordic sari
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kühl Z Cargo Short Hiking Short
$65 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Rampart Long Short Hiking Short
$79 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Ultra Shorts Active Short
$55 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
JWalking Designs Mad About Plaid Active Skirt/Kilt Hiking Skirt
$62 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Silicone Trail Skirt Hiking Skirt
$59 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Blyss Running Trail Skirt Running Skirt
$79 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Canyon Short Hiking Short
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zpacks Rain Kilt Hiking Skirt
$59 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Dynamo Skort Hiking Skirt
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Skhoop Gretchen Windstopper Mini Skirt Hiking Skirt
$169 MSRP
RailRiders Jammin' Short Hiking Short
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Craghoppers Basecamp Shorts Hiking Short
Pearl Izumi Pursuit 7" Shorts Active Short
$55 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Horizon Cargo Short Hiking Short
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear Elkommando Kilt Hiking Skirt
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hind Race Day Short Active Short
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Slim Kickins Shorts Active Short
$45 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Eat My Dust Skirt Running Skirt
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Under Armour ArmourVent Trail Short Hiking Short
$70 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Whidbey II Water Short Active Short
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Nine Trails Skirt Running Skirt
discontinued

Recent Short/Skirt Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Columbia Iron Mountain Trail Shorts

A cheap, comfortable, basic short that looks good in town and performs acceptably, but not great, on trail. These shorts are breathable, light, and comfortable but not durable or water resistant. Fit and Comfort: Fit well without issues. This is one of these products that you just don't notice. It is roomy, has a good waist size, and the measurements seem right (If it helps, I bought the 30x10, regular fit). nice, loose fit Shorts are generally easier to get right than pants, but good job to Columbia… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Macabi Skirt

The knee length skirt seems to be nice, but I never got to actually wear it because the sizing chart is way off. I usually wear between a medium and large pant, and the large skirt was much too tight in the waist. Customer service is not great (I repeatedly asked about getting return shipping covered due to the inaccurate size chart, and the person I was corresponding with never responded), so I decided to take my business elsewhere and went with a Houdini skirt instead.  Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Shorts

Outdoor Research's updated Ferrosi fabric delivers big on comfort, stretch, and durability, but sizing and features should be considered with the Ferrosi Short. Having previously reviewed an older version of the Outdoor Research 10-inch Ferrosi Shorts, that had a strong but not particularly long life, I was excited to try their latest fabric update in the newest 7-inch model they’re offering (see my original Ferrosi Shorts review below). After a season of very frequent California trail use,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Patagonia Stand Up Shorts 7"

Sturdy 7-ounce organic cotton shorts build a nice bridge between casual wear and hiking/outdoorsy pursuits. They have a double fabric seat and generously-sized pockets front and back, metal zipper, belt loops. Highly abrasion-resistant, they last for years. On the downside, the fabric is heavy for people who want a lighter-weight pair of shorts, and they take a long time to dry. INTRODUCTION Patagonia’s Stand Up Shorts have been around for a long time. I bought my first pair in the mid-1980s and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Macabi Skirt

Great skirt to walk in. Lighter weight—I wear leggings/tights in winter. Wonderful material! Never had a skirt like this before. I love skirts no matter the activity, and these skirts are just awesome! Best I've ever had!! LOL I feel "fancy" just collecting chicken eggs wearing one. I'm older and I don't like traveling to yoga class w/just yoga pants, this skirt goes right over them. So much more comfortable than jeans and shorts. LOVE. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Baggies Shorts 5"

This prouduct is amazing, very durable, and super cute. I wear these for everything, swim trunks, running, biking, everyday wear, and on long canoe trips.  Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
NorSari the original nordic sari

This sari (think wrap-around skirt or kilt) is not advertised as hiking gear per se, but as a "wearable blanket" designed to be a grab-and-go versatile way to stay warm and cover up. If you go outside, anytime it is cold or windy, this may be for you!     I had first seen the NorSari in some pop-up social media ad. At first, I thought "well, that's just like the wraparound skirts we wore as kids, no big deal." Then I read further. One, because I love the idea of supporting an entrepreneurial product,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Purple Rain Adventure Dress

A Purple Rain Adventure Dress is a nearly perfect hiking garment, especially for hot, muggy, and shaded conditions such as those found on the Appalachian Trail. I wore mine continuously for my AT thru-hike. I prized it for its supreme ventilation, simplicity, functionality, durability, comfort, and quick-drying materials. The side-pockets were perfect for carrying my phone, snacks, toiletries, and a myriad of other things. I never thought I'd find a more comfortable piece of clothing than a Purple… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gramicci Original G-Shorts

Comfiest shorts I've owned. Probably too good to waste on everyday wear—but here in the frozen north, how will I ever know? I bought my first G pants in 2005 and picked up a pair of shorts, in the sale at REI, in 2008. $22 for a pair of shorts? When there were perfectly serviceable and hardy ones, at Target, for three bucks? Gramicci design good stuff. The shorts are made of soft touch, burly cotton, with generous and careful stitching, three roomy pockets, a diamond panel crotch insert, and… Full review