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Okay Sierra Designs, I gotta beef to pick with you.
Here's the thing- this skirt is an amazing idea. Truly amazing. I love the material, I love that it is made to sit and stay dry in, I LOVE the pockets, I don't even care about the zipper- I don't. But here's the thing- I am five foot seven. Not an amazonian monster by ANY stretch of the imagination. But this is truly a mini skirt on me. When I sit down, I can barely cover my unmentionables because this thing barely covers my lady bits when I am standing. And YES, it is the appropriate size- the waste is LOOSE on me.
I WANT so desperately to backpack the entirety of the John Muir Trail this next month in THIS skirt- I love everything about it and it is exactly what I am looking for in a through-hike skirt. However- unless I want the entire world to see my private parts every time I walk uphill, that's a no-go. How disappointing! I want to give this skirt a five star, hands down, but I can't with this insane length. How tall is everyone writing the rest of the reviews?!
Sierra Designs, please make this exact same piece, four inches longer, send it to me (I'll pay!) and I will take that bad boy through some of the most beautiful country imaginable and sing your praises from the mountaintops, all over social media....but I simply cannot do it with such an itty-bitty piece of loin-cloth.
Sad, sad, sad. So close to female backpacking perfection!
TravelinRambler on Jul 26th 2016
This skirt just arrived and I am so excited to take it on my next backpacking trip. I returned the first one I purchased because it was to big in the waist. If you are between sizes I recommend ordering a size down because the material is very stretchy in the waist and all over. Flattering fit, hits a few inches above the knee, modest enough that I will wear it leading backpacking trips for teenagers this summer. Excited about the water repellent working in Colorado and monsoon season. 4 Stars because I agree there is no need for a zipper, why not make it draw string like the trail shorts (which are awesome) and pants. And because I haven't put it to use yet on the trail. The Blue is a nice color too. I definitely recommend this product for hiking and backpacking for many times of the year, as I can layer tights under it easily. Ashley on Jun 10th 2015
It all looks good, but why put a zipper? This is the problem with almost all women's trail bottoms - zippers, snaps and buttons under a pack hipbelt are always uncomfortable. Your new trail pants and shorts look great, why oh why not put the same wide flat pull-on waistband on the skirt?! Jill on Mar 16th 2015
I really like this skirt, it is ideal for backpacking, except for one minor design flaw. The material is very nice, the pockets are well placed, the style is attractive, and I give Sierra Design high marks for designing backpacking gear and apparel just for women, as opposed to slightly modified men's gear. The design flaw I mentioned is the zipper. I backpack with a real backpack with 35+ pounds of gear, which includes much of my children's gear/food they can't carry yet for multiple day trips. When I backpack we put in longish 7+ hour days, and even the most minor irritation under the hip belt can turn into a major annoyance after a while. So, why would Sierra Designs develop a backpacking skirt in which the zipper mechanism ends right where the hip belt of your backpack sits. To their credit, I will say the zipper is very small, and is position to the side and back where many hips belts have some gap, so if you can align it right you won't notice it. My suggestion, which is fairly non-conventional, would be to start the zipper at the top, which means you would have the thread the opposite side of the zipper onto the zipper mechanism (similar to zipping a jacket), and zip the skirt's zipper down, so the zipper mechanism sits well below the hip belt, then this skirt would be an easy 5+ stars for me. Allison on Jun 5th 2014