MB here. OK, so yes, it is freezing cold outside way early this year, but I have still managed to find a way to talk about running skirts! Woo hoo! Folks, running skirts are not just for summertime. No indeed. Several companies have come up with skirts that can be layered over tights, either for modesty in the winter or, even more fun, to eliminate, ummm, that lovely “bumm chill” that we’ve all experienced when running in sub-zero weather. You know, when you are running, and everything starts warming up, except, well, your butt, and at least on our runs what you hear is:
“Gosh darn it (or some form thereof), everything is warm, except for my a$$. It’s totally numb.”
Enter ‘Nette: Same issue here. Many times during a cold winter I become best friends with a treadmill at the gym. But long run days must be completed outside, so I too was tired of not feeling my derriere for five solid miles out of ten. MB and I first came across the idea of a down skirt over running tights when we were in San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Marathon. Since our town does not have an Athleta store, hitting one wide open on our trip was a must. That’s when we saw a down skirt. Unfortunately, Athleta failed us this time. Their skirt was too long. We worried about cumbersome runs made more so by this modest length skirt. We left that day without a purchase but a seed planted. We could better battle the cold and the case of the frozen rump.
The Lululemon “Hot Cheeks” SkirtMB back: Lululemon to the rescue! Lulu has done a great job addressing this “cheeky” issue, and is one of the few items from Lululemon that I have splurged on — the aptly named “Hot Cheeks” skirt. It is an adorable short, down – yes, you read that correctly, down as in feathers in your warn snuggly comforter down – quilted skirt with more features than a high end luxury vehicle. It has a front zipper pocket you can use as a hand warmer, or to hold a winter’s worth of gels, along with the standard back zipper pocket and one of the brilliant Lululemon-in-the-waist-gel-holder pocket. Genius. It also has reflective piping that really shows up (and I have this thing about wanting to be seen in the dark on winter runs). As soon as I saw this skirt, aside from my general obsession with skirts, I knew I wanted the white one. I knew I had to get it, but the price (as with most things Lulu) held me back. By the time I decided to act, the white (as with most things Lulu) was sold out. So I got the RED! And, drum roll please, we love it. It was worth every single penny. It takes any pair of tights, and instantly makes them warmer, and even on the coldest of days, our butts stay warm. We feared it would ride up. Fear not, it stays put over tights! (Note: MB got a size 4.)
Beautiful. And we get more jealous looks and questions about this skirt than most of all of our other running gear combined: “Is that down?” “Does it really keep your butt warm?” “That is so cute.”
‘Nette: When MB announced her Lululemon find, I, like MB, didn’t want to fork over the money either. I’m quite the frugal shopper, but I made this purchase without a single coupon and haven’t regretted my decision at all. I have not looked back. I spent that entire winter with a warm tush out in the cold as the ladies and I prepared for another marathon. The length is perfect, long enough to cover my rear but short enough to not get in the way. And I have never, ever had it ride up. Plus the soft elastic waistband fits perfectly over the waistband of my tights. I don’t even notice that I’m wearing two bottoms. Yes! Yes! I love this skirt.
MB: So ends the saga of the cold cheeks! But it’s 2014, a new year, a new skirt prospect!
In my trolling of Lulu’s site this year, I see that they don’t have the skirt. Instead, they have a version as the “Hot Cheeks” shorts – I have not tried them, but really do not see how that can be comfortable unless you have concave thighs? Which, this girl definitely does not have. (And some of the reviewers noted that was an issue.) So, look for the hot cheeks skirt on E-Bay, or get a pair of fleece tights (see our reviews of tights here) and, the newest addition to my winter skirt cache, the Lululemon “Light it Up Skirt.”
The Lululemon “Light it Up Skirt”
So, again, I was mindlessly scrolling through the Lululemon site (really, I do other things with my life, it just seems like I am always looking at running clothes), and I saw a picture of a gal with an adorable and totally reflective skirt. Yes, you read that right, totally reflective. It looks like regular gray fabric, then light hits it, and BAM, it shines like the moon! Way cute, and way cool. But, of course, it was pricy ($78), and as I ordered it, I told myself I would return it to the local Lululemon store as soon as I satisfied my curiosity . . . OK, totally didn’t happen. I mean, the ordering part did. I just sort of missed the return part. But, ladies, this thing is AWESOME. First, key in the dark of winter, it is BRIGHT. My husband drove by me on a dark road and said it was the easiest thing to see on me, and he is not one to share complements about my running gear lightly (because he knows I’ll buy it . . . ).
Second, it has two of my other obsessions – pockets! Third, like the hot cheeks, it says put and did not ride up. (Again, consistent with the size 4.) Finally, the hot cheeks is great, but really too warm for some days when what you need is added reflectivity – which can even happen in the summer. This skirt would work for those winter days as well as over knickers or even shorts in the summer! Brilliant!! Literally ☺
Happy running and keep it bright!