Inside Triathlon assistant editor Susan Grant reviews gear from SkirtSports in this week’s edition of Girl Gear.
In the world of running skirts, SkirtSports is the original. Founder and Ironman champion Nicole DeBoom has created the ultimate in feminine but functional clothing: running dresses, cycling dresses, triathlon skirts; this girl knows how to think outside of the box.
When I signed up for my favorite Fourth of July road race (the Coronado Independence Day 15K) I knew my patriotic outfit of choice would have to be my blue and white Hawaiian-print SkirtSports tank, Race Belt Skirt and Tri Bottoms. Not only were the colors adorable (and since we at Girl Gear vow never to only talk about fashion you know I’m not going to stop here), but the handy pockets, race bib attachment and non-chaffing material made me the most comfortable girl on the course.
DeBoom clearly has experience out on the racecourse, and it shows in the creation of all of her SkirtSports items. The stash pocket is placed in the center of your chest, which is both secure and readily accessible. I slipped a gel in there, some cash for a post-race snack and a car key and never felt it get in the way during the race. My race number snapped in between two buttons on the front of the skirt, eliminating the need for safety pins and keeping the number secure and out of my way. The silicone gripper on the waistband of the skirt rests securely on top of the tri shorts, and neither one rode up even an inch (which is a common problem with other skirts). I got several compliments on the cute print both during the race and after, and I crossed the finish line feeling patriotic, comfortable and ready for a BBQ (isn’t that what the Fourth is all about?).