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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 December 25, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Showers Pass Gravel 10" Shorts Active Short
$89
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Patagonia Baggies Shorts 5" Active Short
$18 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Shorts Hiking Short
$24 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Strider Pro Short Active Short
$23 - $85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts Active Short
$50 - $319
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear J Tree Short Hiking Short
$15 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gramicci Original G-Shorts Hiking Short
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts Active Short
$41 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Dynamo Skort Hiking Skirt
$29
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Stand Up Shorts 7" Hiking Short
$22 - $48
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Purple Rain Adventure Skirt Hiking Skirt
$72 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Purple Rain Adventure Dress Hiking Skirt / Tank/Sleeveless
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Endless Ride Liner Shorts Active Short
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Macabi Skirt Hiking Skirt
$85 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sport Kilt Hiking Kilt Hiking Skirt
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Paramount Cargo Short Hiking Short
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Battle Ridge Short Hiking Short
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Edge Win Skirt Hiking Skirt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Short Hiking Short
$65 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)
Skhoop Gretchen Windstopper Mini Skirt Hiking Skirt
$169 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Baggies Skirt Hiking Skirt
$49 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NorSari the original nordic sari
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Skhoop Alaska Long Down Skirt Hiking Skirt
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Rampart Long Short Hiking Short
$79 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Quandary Skirt Hiking Skirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Class V Trunk Active Short
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Running Kilts Running Kilt Running Skirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Happy Hike Skort Hiking Skirt
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zpacks Rain Kilt Hiking Skirt
$59 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Iron Mountain Trail Shorts
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Canyon Short Hiking Short
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kühl Z Cargo Short Hiking Short
$65 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
TAD Force 10 Cargo Short - NYCO Ripstop Hiking Short
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
JWalking Designs Mad About Plaid Active Skirt/Kilt Hiking Skirt
$62 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Ultra Shorts Active Short
$55 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: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Elkommando Kilt Hiking Skirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Dricanvas Short Hiking Short
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Horizon Cargo Short Hiking Short
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Under Armour ArmourVent Trail Short Hiking Short
$70 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Nine Trails Skirt Running Skirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hind Race Day Short Active Short
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Eat My Dust Skirt Running Skirt
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Recent Short/Skirt Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Showers Pass Gravel 10" Shorts

The gravel shorts are made for mountain biking and double as a good pair of hiking shorts. Some cycling-related features and adjustments make these a good choice for biking. The shorts have no padding, so I liked these better with a padded undershort for longer and rougher rides. For hiking and cycling, these shorts are a winner. BASIC INFORMATION The gravel shorts are made for mountain biking. They are made from a 95% nylon/5% spandex fabric that has a nice bit of stretchiness that cyclists will… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Purple Rain Adventure Dress

The Adventure Dress's weight-to-coverage and comfort are the best of all skirt or dress options for walking, hiking, backpacking, driving, around the house, and everyday wear. Not much I can add to Twig’s superb detailed review. Mandy Bland’s dress design is suited for hiking, backpacking, travel, and so many other uses. Weight is 188g (6.6 oz) for XL and 200g (7 oz) For XXL. Hangs well from shoulder-to-hem Comfortable movement Wear with or without t-shirt Overall excellent for hiking &… Full review

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 5 of 5 stars
Mountain Hardwear J Tree Short

A super comfortable hiking short for hot and dry conditions. Excellent fit and breathability, when you’re just trying to stay cool. A good-looking pair of shorts which transition from trail to town with ease. I wear them most every day during the summer. We’ve all had it hammered into us: “Cotton kills on the backcountry.” When it gets wet, it lacks few insulating properties, and can lead to hypothermia. But I would like to propose the idea, that in certain hot and dry conditions, where… 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

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