I’ve met a few hikers who prefer wearing kilts instead of hiking pants. Hiking kilts are a practical hiking garment for men and it’s surprising that more hikers and backpackers don’t use them. They’re great way to avoid moisture build-up and chafing in those sensitive areas. Plus, wearing a conversation starter, especially in mixed company.
When purchasing a kilt, look for models that have pockets and close with a zipper or button so you don’t lose items stashed in them. Kilts made of nylon are best because they dry very fast and don’t get as funky as hiking pants. A built-in belt is also important, especially since you’re likely to lose some weight on your hike.
Needless to say, it’s important to wear some form of underwear when wearing a kilt, even though you may tempted to go a natural. Bikini briefs or short leg compression shorts are best, to protect your package and for the sake of modesty when you sit down in company.
Mountain Hardware manufactures a kilt called the Elkommando which retails for $75 that has side pockets. This kilt is very popular with long distance hikers, but only comes in one color.
Have you tried hiking in a kilt? Would you?
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