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2015 Running Gear Guide: Skirts

We put skirts from a variety of brands to the test.

$65, thenorthface.com

Highlight: Spacious for run nutrition, concise for style.
Pockets on pockets mean you can bring literally everything you might want for a longer run without needing extra baggage! If tough trails are on your schedule, a deep side slit gives room to navigate ruggedness, while the durable, lightweight fabric withstands the abuse. Body-contouring seams, sassy shortness—at 13.5 inches long, it’s the shortest of this bunch—and a silky three-inch boy-short liner add some feminine flair.

$74, skirtsports.com

Highlight: Flattering, modest design.
Under-skirt compression boy shorts feature Skirt Sports’ female-friendly seam placement and stay put through sprints and squats. Figure-flattering style details include body-contoured stitching, a hidden drawcord and a slightly longer fit in the back. At 16 inches long in the front and 17 in the back, it is the longest skirt in this roundup.

$54, brooksrunning.com

Highlight: Sturdy enough for more vigorous workouts.
A sleek combination of runner-savvy details—compression mesh shorts and a flattering waistband with storage pockets—and stylish color-block accents offers functional fashion on any run. The skirt is made of four-way stretch material for unrestricted movement, plus a side slit for taking stairs two at a time.

$60, salomonrunning.com

Highlight: Lighter than air for longer runs.
The deliciously soft briefs offer strategically placed, chafe-reducing seams for long-distance comfort, as well as a six-inch inseam for modesty. Surprisingly durable, the whisper-weight fabric of the skirt is styled into a flattering cut, with a low-profile elastic and drawstring waist and two side-leg notches for enhanced freedom of movement. Bonus points for the rear zip pocket!

$59, runningskirts.com

Highlight: Fashion forward for any body type.
Celebrate mild temps and more daylight in a bold honeycomb print. A brief-style mesh liner helps keep you cool, as does the sweat-wicking skirt. Roll down the smooth, wide waistband or rock it as is; the skirt stays put and looks great either way thanks to the flattering drape of four-way stretch material. This skirt was chafe-free during long runs. Pockets with Velcro closures provide secure storage while running.