SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra Running Skirt Review

As you may recall, iRunFar recently ran a contest in which readers could win a SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra running short. […]

By on September 25, 2008 | Comments

Skirt SportsAs you may recall, iRunFar recently ran a contest in which readers could win a SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra running short. In the blur that has been August and September, we regretfully failed to inform you who the winner was. Well, it was iRunFar reader Holly from up in Calgary, eh! Without further ado, here’s what Holly had to say about the MarathonGirl Ultra running skirt. (I think her review is particularly useful as Holly has also run the SkirtSports GymGirl Ultra skirt.) [We just added a link that’ll get you 15% off your SkirtSports order!]

Holly’s SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra review

SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra running skirtI was thrilled to be given an opportunity to review the SkirtSports MarathonGirl skirt. I am familiar with their GymGirl version, as I run and race in it all the time. At the same time I was incredibly nervous – I have never run in a skirt that doesn’t have built in shorts. The MarathonGirl has spanks. I tried not to think too much about my thighs getting shred to pieces, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little apprehensive for my prize to arrive. The day that my parcel was delivered I knew I was going to have to deal with my ridiculous fear, so I called some of my running friends and we made plans to head for the hills. I filled my hydration pack up with nuun, packed waaaay more runners lube than I ever have, and skirted up to meet my cohorts.

For those of you that have never run in skirts, you’re missing out (dudes, you can always tell people that you’re Scottish). There are so many advantages – they offer ample coverage without unnecessary bulk, it’s an easier place to pin your race number, they typically have more pockets, and let’s face it – the cool factor is pretty high. Skirts are hot.

A MarathonGirl Ultra clad Holly frolicking in a meadow

For someone who is usually a very solid medium, I was surprised by how “generous” this skirt was. The spanks underneath were not scandalously tight and the waistband was comfortable, if not a little loose. However, the fabric is so lightweight that the skirt stayed comfortably in place and I didn’t have to do any annoying yanking. I have had some friends experience some real issues with skirts lately, especially during fast descents, and I was incredibly impressed with how well this one stayed in place. The pictures that were taken throughout the day confirmed that nothing was inadvertently exposed when I was running either.

MarathonGirl Ultra coverage confirmed

As far as actual functionality goes, the MarathonGirl has one pocket located directly above your butt. I stashed a small tube of sunblock there and promptly forgot about it for the rest of my run. There was no awkward rubbing to be had. The fabric wicked away any moisture – particularly on my lower back where my pack hit. The spanks stayed put, too; no riding, thank goodness!

After about 15kms or so I realized that I wasn’t having any problems with chafing. To be perfectly honest, I think the spanks are actually better than the shorts. I don’t know why, but letting things move as they are supposed to without any additional fabric actually worked better for me than I ever would have thought. Who knew? This is definitely a piece of gear that I will be wearing for my endurance running events for the upcoming season.
SkirtSports symbolThanks for the great review, Holly! For any folks interested in picking up the SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra skirt, it retails for $64 and is available at

[Update/Bonus! For the time being, you can help support Linda Quick’s “Run 7 on 7” fundraiser for drug and alcohol treatment centers by entering “7on7” during checkout. Did we forget to mention that in addition to raising funds for Caron Treatment Centers you also get 15% off your order! We’ll post more on Linda’s adventure in the near future.]

Anyone have any questions about the MarathonGirl Ultra? Anyone have anything to add to the review?

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.