If you’re tired of running shorts that chafe, or leggings and cycling shorts that are too tight, then it could be the right time for you to try a running skirt.
Running skirts come in many colors, patterns and have different inner short lengths you can choose from. A running skirt should be lightweight, made from fabric that allows you to move freely. Pockets are a must-have feature, too, so you can take your phone and a protein bar with you.
Our top product is the La Sportiva Xplosive Skirt, as it’s suitable for a variety of activities from hiking to running. Its body-mapped venting system keeps you cool, and the stretch fabric moves with you.
Depending on your budget and needs, we have found many other great options to choose from.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
La Sportiva Xplosive Skirt
ASICS Fuji Skorts
Ultimate Direction Hydro Skirt
1. La Sportiva Xplosive Skirt
You’ll find that this skirt gives you a consistent fit when you are out running.
The stretch fabric moves with ease, without restricting your movement. You won’t have to worry about chafing, as it has seamless construction and flatlock seams.
With the body-mapped venting system, there’s plenty of breathability that will keep you cool while you run or play tennis. A wide waistband with a zippered pocket in the back lets you store keys, cards, and other valuables.
The inner shorts are made from soft, lightweight nylon that helps to move moisture away from the skin. At 14 inches with a 2-inch inseam, they are almost as long as the skirt itself. We thought they are maybe a bit loose, and prone to bunching up into the crotch area. You may have to stop mid-run and adjust.
- Body-mapped venting system
- Wide waistband
- Zipper pocket in the back
- Polygiene Anti-Bacterial
- The inner does have a slightly looser feel to it – it could bunch up into the crotch area and you may have to stop and move it back into place
2. Salomon Agile Skort
Salomon’s Agile skort is lightweight, and its AdvancedSkin ActiveDry draws moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and cool wherever you are.
The outer skirt provides extra coverage and has reflective detail to help with visibility in low-light.
The integrated tights are slightly longer than average. That helps prevent chafing while adding extra support. The ribbed elastic waist has a hidden drawcord to provide a snug fit and hold the skirt securely in place.
This skort does run small and you may need to order a size bigger for a comfortable fit.
It has a zippered side pocket where you can keep a protein bar or energy gel for your activity. With a variety of colors to choose from, you can have a skort for all your sporting ventures.
- Longer, integrated tights
- AdvancedSkin fabric
- Reflective branding
- Comes in a variety of colors
- This skirt runs small and you may want to order a size up
3. ASICS Fuji Skorts
When you’re exercising, the last thing you want is to feel restricted. This skort is made from breathable stretch knit fabric that moves with your body.
The blend of polyester and elastane wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool and dry.
The shorts are slightly longer but don’t peek out from underneath the outer skirt. This helps to prevent the skirt from riding up and you’ll find that the flatlock stitching helps prevent chafing.
Even though the skort has flatlock stitching, some may find that the inner thigh seams may cause some chafing.
It has a hidden zippered pocket on the left side that makes reaching for your keys or energy gel quick and easy. The waistband is elastic, and you can adjust the fit with a hidden drawstring.
- Hidden pockets
- Breathable stretch knit fabric
- Flatlock stitch
- Elastic waistband with drawcord
- Some may find the seams of the inner thigh cause some chafing
4. R-Gear Unbeatable Skort
If you participate in a variety of activities like aerobics classes and running, then you may want to add this skort to your wardrobe.
R-Gear’s Unbeatable skort is made from stretch-woven knit that lets you move in all directions. The knit inner shorts have soft and flat seams to prevent chaffing and the antimicrobial gusset liner helps prevent odors.
The material helps keep moisture away from the skin so that you can go about your daily activities with confidence after your workout. You can keep smaller items like gels in the center back zippered pocket while you keep your phone and keys in one of the large side pockets of the inner short.
The skort fits true to size, but it’s only available in three colors.
- Knit inner shorts
- Adjustable knit waistband
- Antimicrobial gusset liner
- Stretch-woven skirt
- Limited number of colors to choose from
Best Skirt with Built-in Hydration
5. Ultimate Direction Hydro Skirt
If you like running long distances, then this could be the skort for you!
The first thing that you’ll notice is the waistband that tucks two 300 ml water bottles into the pockets. Not only does it keep your hands free when running, but it allows you to take extra water with you.
The bottles have an ergonomic design with an angled cap so there’s no irritation while you run.
The skirt has a belt-style waistband that you can adjust for a perfect fit. The ultra-light stretch-woven fabric keeps you cool and allows for moisture to evaporate quickly. The inner shorts, which have a rectangular gusset, will draw moisture away from the skin and prevent any skin irritation.
There’s a nifty Velcro-fastened pocket for small items like a gel or your car key.
The skort has a scalloped edging, which gives it a feminine look. We recommend ordering one size bigger, as this skort does run on the small side.
- Waist adjuster
- Ultralight stretch-woven nylon fabric
- Scalloped edging
- Two 300 ml water bottle pockets
- This skort runs small and you may want order one size bigger
Top Skirt/Capri Combo
6. Skirt Sports, Lotta Breeze, Capri Skirt
If you prefer your inner shorts to be slightly longer for days that are cooler, then you’ll love these.
The Lotta Breeze knee-length capris are made from a semi-compression material that wicks moisture and keeps you comfortable.
Under the skirt, there are two convertible pockets on the legs where you can keep your cell phone, energy gels, protein bars, and keys while you run. The dual under pockets on the legs are smaller but would still be able to hold a tennis ball.
The wide waistband is adjustable and the drawstring is hidden. This skort is designed to fit all body shapes and fits true to size. However, you may find that the skirt rides up and can bunch awkwardly in the crotch area.
- Knee-length mesh capris
- Two convertible pockets
- Two dual pockets on each thigh
- Some may find that the skirt rides up and bunches awkwardly
Best Color Options
7. Skirt Sports Skirts – Platinum Collection
This medium-length skirt is made from a blend of fabrics that move with you while you run or walk. The compressive material keeps the inner shorts in place, while the mesh paneled slits help moisture to evaporate quickly, keeping you dry and cool.
The elastic waistband also has a continuous drawcord around the waist to adjust the skirt. You can choose from a variety of color options, as well as funky patterns that you can match to your running shoes. We recommend ordering one size bigger as this skirt can run small.
There is an easy-to-access pocket on each leg under the skirt that can hold a phone.
If you don’t have wireless headphones, then you’ll love the built-in Sonic music port, which will let you listen to music without getting tangled in the cord.
- Elastic waistband
- 2 pockets on each leg
- Mesh-paneled slits
- Built-in Sonic music port
- This skirt can run small and you may want to get a size bigger
Top Flower Patterns
8. SLS3 FX Running Skirt
With a soft, 4-way stretchy material, the SLS3 FX skirt moves with you in every direction without restricting your movement.
The fabric is woven and provides comfortable compression to support your muscles. The soft flatlock seams don’t irritate or chafe the skin.
The waistband has both an elastic and a flat drawstring closure so that you can adjust the skirt for a comfortable fit. There are two pockets: a drop-in pocket on the left leg that can hold your cellphone, and a smaller zippered back pocket where you can keep your cards or keys.
You can choose from a variety of colors with flower patterns. However, some people may find the length of the skort to be too short. This can lead to the shorts underneath being seen.
- Soft and stretchy fabric
- Wide waistband
- Soft flat drawstring
- Two pockets
- Some may find this skort to be too short
Best Cool Weather Skirt
9. Craft Lumen SubZ Skirt
This skirt is a great addition to your wardrobe for those cold autumn mornings runs.
Craft’s Lumen SubZ skirt has heat-bonded quilt padding that helps to keep you warm while keeping the wind out. The stretch jersey side panels help to draw moisture away from the skin while giving you the freedom to move.
There’s a wide elastic waistband and a drawstring so that you can create a snug fit. Just below the waistband on the right of the skirt is a zippered pocket where you can hold your keys or cards.
The skirt has reflective details on the side that help make you visible in low light conditions. Some people may find this skirt to be a bit expensive.
- Jersey side panels
- Heat bonded quilting padding
- Reflective details
- Breathable material
Top Merino Wool Skirt
10. Smartwool Smartloft 60 Skirt
There’s no need to spend winter indoors when you have this skirt!
Made from recycled wool, this skirt will help you regulate your body temperature while providing protection from the elements. Its stretchy fabric moves with you in all directions.
The skirt is lined with a merino wool layer that keeps moisture away from the skin while keeping you fresh to go about your activities. It has a durable water-resistant finish so you can stay dry.
There’s a hidden pocket in the waistband where you can keep your keys or a gel.
The skirt may be bit tight-fighting around the hips on some body types, and you could try getting one size bigger for a roomier fit.
- Lined merino-layer
- Made with stretchy knit fabric
- Hidden pocket in the waistband
- Durable water finish
- Some people may find that it doesn’t fit comfortably over the hips.
What are the benefits of running skirts and skorts?
Choosing to wear running skorts instead of shorts is a personal preference.
Skorts do the same thing that shorts do, just with a feminine edge. They also give you the confidence to move freely when you’re hiking, running or taking an aerobics class at the gym.
Skorts are lightweight and often made from material that helps keep you dry by keeping moisture away from the skin.
They also provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays while you go about your activities. They’re versatile and you can go from running or hiking to shopping in the mall or having a cup of coffee with friends.
What other things are important to look for?
Skorts come in various colors, lengths, and patterns, but there are a few other things to consider when buying your skort. You want to make sure that you have enough pockets so that you can carry your cellphone, car keys, and possibly a gel or protein bar with you.
Look at the material that’s used to make the skort. Typically, the skirt is made to dry quickly, and the inner shorts are made from a compressive material. Not only will this help to support your muscles, but it will help to keep the skort in place without you having to adjust it often.
The material should have enough stretch that it moves with you and doesn’t restrict you. If you want to run at your full stride or do the splits in aerobics class, you need a material that will move with you.
You also want to choose a skort that has flat seams and is made from a soft material so you don’t have to worry about chaffed or irritated skin.