The 7 Best Running Skirts of 2019

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A running skirt is a fashionable and fun piece of clothing that can keep you cool when walking, running or biking. The skirts are made of fabric that wicks away sweat to help keep you dry and they are flattering for all shapes and sizes. They may include built-in compression shorts or liner shorts, or they may be designed to layer over your choice of compression shorts to help you feel comfortable and covered up.

If you are in the market for a new running skirt, for walking, running, errands or more, here, are our top picks.  

Our Top Picks

Best With Compression Shorts: SkirtSports Running Skirts

SkirtSports has a variety of running skirt and biking skirt designs. They are made of sweat-wicking fabric with a polyester skirt over semi-compression shorts. Most designs include a pocket on each leg and a cord port at the waistband. Some designs also have a zippered pocket on the skirt. They often feature fun patterns and designs.

Best With Mesh Shorts: X31 Lightweight Running Skirt

X31 Lightweight Running Skirt
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X31 is a small company in California specializing in endurance athletic designs. This running skirt is made to go the distance, from 5K through marathon. It has built-in mesh shorties and it's made from sweat-wicking polyester and spandex. The pockets will let you stash your essentials while you are walking, running, or exercising. They include hidden side pockets and a rear zipper pocket with headphone cord hole. You can choose from pink, turquoise, or black and sizes from XS to XL.

Best Bamboo Skirt: tasc Performance Rhythm Skirt

tasc Performance Rhythm Running Skirt
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The difference with these shorts is that the liner is made of tasc's silky bamboo blend fabric. The 3.5-inch inner shorts have grippy elastic to keep them in place and a media patch pocket for your phone, with a cord exit. The wide waistband has an infinity draw cord. The polyester/lycra spandex skirt has a 13.5-inch body length and four-way stretch. The Rhythm comes in sizes XS through XL.

Best Budget: East Hong Running Skirt

If you want to stock up on running skirts so your favorite isn’t always in the laundry, this is a great skirt for a low price. The polyester/lycra fabric has great stretch and wicks away moisture. The flared 16-inch skirt is a good length for freedom of motion. There are two pockets on the legs which runners say work well for your phone, energy gel, keys, and other essential items. There is a cable hole in case you need your headphones or recharger cord. This running skirt comes in four colors, including bright green and magenta for when you want to be bright, and gray and black when you’d rather not stand out. 

Best Sparkle: Sparkle Athletic Sequin Running Skirt

With more and more races encouraging costumes, you need a sequined skirt to show your fun side while covering your backside. This skirt is made from polyester fabric woven with foil sequins that won’t fall off. This skirt must be worn over your running shorts or leggings as it doesn’t have an integrated panty or shorts. It’s light, comfortable, and short enough that it won’t get in your way during your race. You can find a color to match the race theme or the rest of your running costume. The runners who bought it give it rave reviews and many say they got plenty of compliments during the race. In many cases, runners who bought other brands came back to Sparkle Athletic for the superior quality.

Best Skapri: Sport-it Active Skapri With Pockets

A skapri combines running skirt with capri-length tights. It’s perfect when you want longer compression leggings. What makes Sport-it’s designs different is that they have a 360-degree tubular pocket waistband. You can use the two slits on the inside of the band to slip in your phone, keys, cards, energy gels, and any other essentials. You won’t need a separate running belt to wear this skapri for a race or workout. The wide waistband gives your stomach support as well. The fabric is nylon/spandex with four-way stretch. The flirty skirt gives you bun coverage without getting in your way when you’re running, walking, or exercising. Women who bought this skapri give it rave reviews. If you prefer, they also have models with full-length leggings or a tennis-length skort.

Best Plus Size: Danskin Now Performance Drawstring Skort

For those who need plus sizes, this athletic skort can serve you well. The inner shorts will help prevent thigh chafing while the outer skirt provides coverage so you can run, walk, or bike with confidence. The ruching on the side gives this skirt style. Feel feminine and fresh as the polyester/spandex fabric wicks away moisture. It has a hidden pocket for a key or other small items.

You can adjust the fit with the drawstring at the waist, and the spandex allows for flexibility and movement. Women who bought it say it’s versatile enough to wear hiking, exercising, shopping, and traveling. Some even wear it for watersports such as paddleboarding, since it is similar to swimsuit fabric rather than the cotton fabric seen in many plus-size skorts. They like that the fabric is neither too light nor too heavy. This skort is available in sizes from 1X to 4X. 

For more running gear options, read reviews about the best running shorts for women.

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