Friday, January 28, 2011


FALL 2011 Styles from Skirt Sports-Fashion Performance Wear


Words/Images Judith Ecochard

With a bunch of triathlons completed, we notice a pattern:

At transition’s set-up at 4:30 AM---it’s ‘oh, let’s get this over with.’ At the finish line, we’re all happy and giddy, pumped up after a well-done race.

Within ten minutes, an analysis of that race ensues, tactical errors noted, and strategies for better times, next time--- flood our brain cells…And then ---the post race pics that conjure up the need for a fake tan since we’re looking rather pale vs. those Floridian gals.

The options of what to wear in competition are more flattering now and worth trying,  given those post race images ha ha.

From what we can see---the comfort, fit and performance ---all key to any athletic endeavor…aren’t compromised one bit.

And with winter training this year-- tough enough---we need outfits for workouts that efficiently defy the elements too.

Case in point.

SKIRT SPORTS---with founder Nicole DeBoom personifying “Play Hard.”

As a winner of  Wisconsin’s Ironman---she gets the need to flatter any gal’s body with athletic pieces made from performance fabrics---that “can endure even the harshest conditions.” After all those wins required a whole lotta training,

We loved the Spring 2011 collection---

And with the Fall 2011---some new selections---

…Such as the new fabrics for the best selling Tough Girl Skirt---super comfy, with built- in boot cut leggings. Multi-tasking-like the gals who would wear’em ---they’re good for indoor yoga as well as outdoor running---and golf when the weather’s a bit brisk.

Special features include a Sonic Music Port concealed under the waistband for headphones, 

---non-chafing flatlock stitching, and 12% Spandex for shape/retention perfection. ($90)

The Toasty Mitts Sweater is an Active Life Fleece (better insulation/moisture management) with slimming contour side panels. 

A bump up from regular fleeces we have---the long sleeve Cozy cuffs (with thumbholes) have a built in fleece panel for quick wipes of dripping noses/brows--- and the reflective half zipper has a “garage” that prevents bites against base layers/skin. ($90)

Another key performance piece, the Ice Queen Skirt is also made from Active Life Fleece buffered with windproof built-in leggings (zipped cuffs)-and a skirt with windproof thigh panels that extend below the knees for joint protection. Pockets and a headphone port too. ($125)

Three new styles for Skirt Sports include the Skirt Breaker Vest ($100) and Jacket ($125) and Cruisin’ Tights.

We thought the, slim profile and shiny wind and water resistant fabric of the Skirt Breakers--- with details like reflective piping on the back yokes and zippers on the deep back pockets---a major plus--- as it’s easy to finish up a long bike rides after sundown and it is nice to be visible.

Good for travelers, both pieces fold up into the zipped back pockets.

What else we love---the zipper garage at the top, and strategic mesh venting for increased breathability. (In X-Ray Gray and X-Ray Pink).

Lastly, we previewed the one piece Cruisin’ Tights, another skirt/leggings combo that is geared for cyclists as the tights are made from compression fabric and there is a women’s specific, mid-weight hot pink chamois for comfort. Cool.

Plus---a wide waistband that’s really flattering, reflective zippers with a zipper garage, two pockets –one on each thigh, (handy)---and a slit on each side of the skirt for easy movements and pocket access. ($120)
Headphone port concealed in waistband

Thick waistband adds shape

Split skirt