After reading one of my skirts reviews, Pete, from iRun Athletic Wear, asked me to review the Skights. (You know how exciting it is that someone finally sent me something to review? YAY!)
What are skights, you may be asking? Exactly what they sound like: skirts with tights built in. I don’t usually wear skirts in the winter, and am more than happy to wear capris without covering my badangandan, but I was definitely up for trying the skights! They have two type of skights on their website, a solid black, and the white racer stripe one, which is what I chose:
Like everything running-related, the price is not cheap, at $48, but it is definitely comparable to what other sites charge for their skirts (one can even say it’s on the cheaper side, seeing that Skirts Sports, who sells my favorite running skirts, charge $75 for their skirt/capri combo, and $90 for their skirt/pants combo).
I received them pretty quickly, and at first, I was scared. I got a size medium and they looked TINY. Like kids size tiny. Smaller than my compression pants. There is NO way that was fitting me! They were even tight going through my feet! So I proceeded with caution… But surprisingly, they were super stretchy, and they fit over my legs just fine! They are not like compression pants though, so you don’t feel them squeezing your legs, they are barely noticeable once they’re on.
I’m not sure if I like the skirt + tights look yet though. The skirt was very short for my comfort zone, which makes no sense, I know, because I was wearing tights underneath! It would be different if I didn’t wear stretchy running pants on its own, I do! But for some reason, having a short skirt, I felt like it highlighted my thighs. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m 10 lbs heavier than when I was wearing running skirts daily. (Please ignore the fact that my jacket’s pockets were full with stuff.)
The tights part was much more like tights than pants. I can see people that are uncomfortable showing their legs in warmer weather wearing this, since it’s not made of a thick material it doesn’t provide much warmth (it was perfect for the weather I was running in though!). They are definitely too thin if the weather is in the lower 30’s or below, but anything above that would work great. The tights are slightly see-through, which of course it’s not an issue since you have the skirt on. They might be short, but they do cover the goods, so no one can see anything.
One thing I really didn’t like about it (and I have complained about this from the Atalanta running skirts too), is that they have a thin elastic band on top, which unfortunately, causes some major muffin top look. (If you’re rocking a six-pack though, no worries, that won’t happen to you!) At first I found it majorly uncomfortable (it was right in the middle of that stomach pooch that some of us have!), so I put the skirt around a plastic container lid overnight, and in the morning the band had stretched out enough that though still muffin-top’ish, it was no longer bothering me (and as long as I wore without a tight shirt, it wasn’t noticeable).
I decided to try it out for my 5 mile run last Saturday, and at first I kept tugging the hem of the skirt and pulling it down, until my friends told me to stop, the skirt fit just fine, my butt was not showing, the skirt was not shifting. I guess it’s hard to tell when you have a layer between your skin and the bottom of the skirt! Once I stopped fidgeting with it, I forgot it was even there! And when you’re running, NOT thinking about what you’re wearing is a major thing.
I have to say, I love the capris I wear during the winter, but they ride down, and I have to pull them up every half a mile or so, so that my butt crack is not terrifying my fellow trail runners. There’s something to be said about the tight elastic band of the skights: it did not shift, move, ride down, ride up, NOTHING throughout the whole 5 mile run. It stayed in place, not moving an inch.
My biggest complaint about the skights though, and why I probably won’t wear it much, is that it has no pockets. Not one. For $48, I would expect at least a small key pocket so I can store my car key and maybe a Gu, and not have to run with anything else. (I ended up having to bring my iFitness belt for this run for my key.)
This is an easy enough thing to fix, so I hope the people at the iRun will add something to it. I think side pockets on the tights, like Skirts Sports offer on the shorts, or even a small zippered pocket on the back of the skirt, would help a TON.
If you like the skirt/tights combo, and if the lack of pockets and the short skirt are not an issue to you, I would definitely recommend the skirt, as it was super-comfortable to run in!
I haven’t had a chance to wear it out yet since the weather is still a bit too cool for it, but it’s one of the softest shirts I have. It’s also a super-good deal at $15 since you never get a chance to buy performance shirts for that price. The bad news? Right now they only sell it in black — I totally want it in more colors since it’s so soft! It’s super stretchy but not tight. I LOVE it!
(And for the required disclaimer: I received the items on this review free of charge, and was not compensated for the review. The opinions here are my own.)
Have you tried a tights/skirt combo before? Had you heard of the skights before?