Gift Ideas: Winter Skirts With Insulation

Horny Toad's Cloudcover Skirt

Sport skirts have been increasing in popularity in summer performance collections for the last couple years and now they’re getting a winter twist. Various clothing companies are insulating short and long skirts with synthetic and down fill or microfleece for warmth. If you’re stumped for a gift idea for the active, winter-loving lady on your list, we’ve tracked down a few styles for you to choose.

Versatile and fun, tech skirts can be worn with tights or leggings for a savvy look while traveling or on the street, or layered over ski or snowboard pants when out on the slopes. Zippers are strategically placed on the side or off-center on the skirt’s front, so slit lengths can be adjusted depending on the weather or activity. Un-zip more to allow for a longer stride when walking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and other cold-weather activities.

Horny Toad describes its Cloudcover skirt as “a parka for your legs” with a recycled polyester shell and Primaloft One synthetic fill. The insulation is known for being warm, water resistant, soft and compressible. Available for $118, the skirt has crosscut quilt detailing and multiple snap closures at the waist that give it a stylish look.

A bit sportier, the Trekkin Insulated skirt emphasizes Mountain Hardwear’s high-tech roots. It’s lined with 60 grams of insulation for a lightweight-to-warmth ratio and a nylon outer shell with a DWR finish that repels water. With a side-zip entry and a side-zip pocket, skirt colors include black, black cherry and shark for $100.

Isis has been making women’s apparel for more than a decade, so its Lindsay skirt has a performance heritage with style. The skirt’s outer shell is a stretchy soft shell material treated with a DWR finish for protection from light rain and melting snow. The company deviates a bit from the others by lining the skirt with a microfleece that’s soft, warm and wicks moisture. Retail price: $99

Skhoop of Scandinavia has built its company on down insulated skirts – from the original long length for ladies who are always cold to an above-the-knee version for the more active. There’s even a mini length in synthetic insulation for those a bit more daring and sporty. With nylon, water-repellent shells, all the skirts are lightweight and compactible with side zips and two front pockets. Pricing is: $198/long; $159/short; and $98/mini.

With a shinier outer shell and chic stitching, the Stephanie mini skirt from Lole, a French-Canadian women’s clothing company, has an off-center zipper and a waistband that cinches for a better fit. It is made with 600-fill insulation and retails for $90.

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