Stylish Winter Skirts Go High-Tech 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 exhibiting at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market – a trade expo showcasing gear, clothing and shoes that’ll be in stores this fall – are insulating short and long skirts with synthetic and down fill or microfleece for warmth.

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.

Skirts from the companies featured below will be available in outdoor specialty stores (like REI or EMS, for example) or online at the company’s website later this year.


Horny Toad describes its new 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.

Mountain Hardwear's Trekkin Skirt

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' Lindsay Skirt

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. It’ll retail for $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 will retail for $90.

Lole's Stephanie Skirt

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