Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018
Mont-bell’s motto is “Function Is Beauty” and I love their products for being simple and lightweight yet functional and well-crafted. I’ve worn Mont-bell jackets on all of my thru-hikes, so I was eager to try out their Thermawrap Trail skirt and see how it performed on the trail.
Circumstances of Review : I took this skirt out in adverse weather as much as possible in the desert Southwest. From various hikes in the mountains along the Arizona Trail to urban hikes in Tucson, this skirt hiked in rain, mist and cold gusting winds, through snow and a little sunshine.
Comfort : This skirt is super comfortable! With a stretchy elastic waistband and similar stretchy sides, the skirt fits easily and moves well. No drawstrings or buttons to worry about, no zippers to break, and the skirt stays in place while hiking. I especially appreciate that there are no seams digging into my hips, and I think anyone wearing a hip-belt would agree. Plus, the insulation really does add warmth, which was especially noticeable in cold winds. I paired this skirt with a pair of mid-weight thermal leggings for hiking in cold weather (in the 30s F) and once temps were up over 50 F I was comfortable without leggings.
This is a great skirt. It’s comfortable, warm, and cute. While I think it works best for day hikes and short backpacking trips with cooler weather, I’d also take it on a shoulder-season thru-hike on a trail like the Arizona Trail (not too wet). While the skirt was comfortable in the 30s F, if it got much colder I’d need something warmer. I think the skirt performs best with temps in the 30s and 40s F. At $55, it’s a little pricey, but I know from experience that Mont-bell products are made well enough to last multiple thru-hikes, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
from THE TREK