I would like to start this review with one powerful word from Braveheart, “Freedom!” That is what I've felt since first putting on the Purple Rain Adventure Skirt. As someone who identifies as male, a skirt is not the first thing that comes to mind when packing for a trip. But after embracing the power of the skirt, I don’t see how the entire outdoor community hasn’t jumped in on this (hiker) train.
I have been wearing this item since the day the mail person dropped it off and have used it for everything from running to rafting, and even hitchhiking! My driver did pass by in the opposite direction and it is unclear if he thought I was an attractive female with my long hair and purple skirt. Nonetheless, it got me a ride, and he didn’t drive off when he saw that, in fact, I was not a girl. Good day!
The Purple Rain Skirt is a stretchy and tough skirt made for your next adventure. It uses an antimicrobial finish to keep you smelling the flowers and not yourself, and is made with a great blend of polyester, nylon, and spandex. With fold-lock pockets, you don't have to worry about Velcro while you're on the go.
For reference, I weigh 205 pounds and am 6’4”. In these photos, I'm wearing a size medium.
- Moisture wicking knit waistband keeps you dry and cool with anti-microbial finish spandex.
- Dual access pockets fit most standard size smart phones, maps and snacks.
- DWR finish resists raindrops and other moisture.
- USA Made
- Purple: 74% polyester, 22% nylon, 4% spandex. 160 gsm
- Black: 88% Polyester/12% Spandex blend and DWR finish. 130 gms
Things I Like:
Airflow - With the lack of fabric between your legs, refreshing breezes are frequent and keep you comfortable when active. The airflow improves moisture management by allowing your sweat to evaporate instead of saturate, often causing chaffing.
Pockets - The pockets are well placed so that even when they are full, it doesn’t inhibit your ability to bend your hips and walk. Each side has two pockets and the fold lock ones made me confident that, even on the water, my phone wasn’t going to slip out.
Length - The skirt is a great length that didn’t rub my knees or make me feel like I was too exposed when moving.
Waistband - The waistband is thin and tall, coming up just below my belly button, making it extremely comfortable under a backpack’s hip belt strap. The waistband is also soft and stretchy, making it so comfy sometimes I forgot that I had the skirt on at all.
Using the Facilities - from gnarly privies to cat holes, a skirt provides protection from accidental switchback squatting onlookers and worrying about your pants soaking in the pee stained floors.
Commando - The skirt can be worn with or without underwear allowing for extra breezes when needed.
Things to Note:
Mind Your Manners - With this being my first time in a skirt, I had to learn how to sit properly and consciously think about my movements, so that I didn’t expose too much to the people around me. Many times I caught myself sitting a little too comfortably and had to quickly reposition my skirt before people noticed. With that let’s roll into the next one…
Wear Underwear - If you’re having trouble with manners, or don’t want to worry about them, it’s probably a good idea to wear underwear and dark underwear at that. Dark underwear felt more concealing and let me feel freer to sit how I want and experience the maximum comfort of the skirt.
No zipper wallet pocket - I would like to see a zipper center back pocket for a key and a card or a thru hiker wallet.
This skirt is for anyone looking to feel freer and breezier while getting outside! With stretch materials and ample pocket space, this skirt can take you to the end of your street or across the country. The Purple Rain Adventure Skirt has made its way into my go-to/do-it-all adventure apparel.