Just like the Atalanta running skirts, I really really really wanted to like the skirts from runningskirts.com. They have the CUTEST prints and the biggest variety of colors.
I mean, where else can you get a cheetah print skirt?
The reviews online were also great! Of course, I should know better than to wear a new outfit for the first time during a race, but the skirt was so cute, that I decided to have its big inauguration on the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler race.
Running Skirts has two different type of skirts. The “running skirt” which has just a mesh brief, and the “athletic skirt” with compression shorts underneath. Well, my thunder thighs cannot pull off the mesh brief skirt unless I want to deal with chafing (really, even back when I was skinny, I had big thighs), so of course I got the athletic skirt in polka dot, and the purple plaid above. It looked so cute on, that before even trying it out on a run, I placed another order for the cheetah one!
I tried it on at home, and it was great! The skirt has a pocket on each side (that has a small velcro closure — not sure how secure it is for things like keys, since there are gaps around it, but ID’s and Gu’s would be secure). Putting stuff on the pockets make the skirts a bit unflattering though, since it bunches out on your hips. Also, reviews online mentioned how it weighs the skirt down. I didn’t use the pockets, so cannot comment on that.
Unfortunately, once I left my apartment on my way to the race, the skirt functionality stopped matching its looks. The shorts rode up right away. Not just an inch or two — I had 5″ worth of shorts bunched up against my crotch. I kept adjusting it (yep, I was that girl reaching up for my crotch in the metro), and was hoping once the race started and I was sweating, the shorts would stay put. No such luck.
The skirt was a huge hit with runners around me — at least a dozen people commented on my skirt. But I ended the race annoyed from many attempts at pulling the shorts down, only to have them roll up within seconds, and with badly chafed thighs.
That same day, I emailed the company to inquire about my recent order (the cheetah skirt) and ask whether I could change it to the running skirt one (at least I wouldn’t have to deal with sausage casing it caused — I figured I can always wear my own shorts underneath), or if they would recommend anything else. It’s been18 days and they have yet to reply to me. Two days later they shipped the cheetah skirt, which was super cute on, but unfortunately had a pencil eraser-sized hole at the band on the back. So, despite my hopes that they were of decent quality, sending me a defected item (that cost almost 70 bucks!), shattered all those dreams. And cute or not, the skirt is not worth it.
So how much do the Running Skirts cost? They’re the most expensive by far: the running skirts range from $48-$58 (the highest price for the non-solid print skirts), and the athletic skirts range from $58-$68. Yes, I paid $68 for a skirt with shorts that rode up my crotch for ten miles, and for another one that was sent to me with a defect.
And though I can’t return the used one, and I like the polka dot one quite a bit that I will attempt to wear it with my own shorts, I am returning the defected cheetah one, referencing the hole on the back, and the fact that my email was unanswered (and the coupon I had used, which they claim to “refund you after paypal checkout” was not applied at all, with no explanation given — remember, they don’t answer their emails).
Running Skirts might work for you, if you get the mesh brief type (I do recommend that you do a throughout inspection of your skirt upon receipt, however, to make sure there are not any defects). As I haven’t tried that one, I don’t know if the mesh brief stays in place if you have some junk in the trunk, or if it becomes a horrendous wedgie. (The owners, two runner twin sisters, are ridiculously skinny, so it might work if you have that body type.)
If you want the coverage the shorts provide, I definitely do not recommend them. Save your money and buy from SkirtSports.com instead — not NEARLY as cute, but they do the job. And when you’re running for miles on end, that’s what really matters anyway.
My other skirts reviews:
Skirt Sports (my favorite by far!)