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    The only way to hike!

    I've done 12 day hikes in the White Mountains this year in my kilt (Muted Buchanan acrylic), and it beats shorts by a mile (meaning a wider leg swing to get up those ledges!). I especially appreciated it on the Baldface Circle Trail last week! You could say I'm head over heels over it! Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Carleton View Post
    I've done 12 day hikes in the White Mountains this year in my kilt (Muted Buchanan acrylic), and it beats shorts by a mile (meaning a wider leg swing to get up those ledges!). I especially appreciated it on the Baldface Circle Trail last week! You could say I'm head over heels over it!
    Yup, I quite enjoy hiking in a kilt! In my youth I worked a summer job as a backpacking guide in Sierra Nevada, and wore a Utilikilts Workman on nearly every trip. A bit heavy for my tastes now, but it sure has held up well over the years.

    Here I am atop Pico Blanco on the Big Sur coast in California a few years back, wearing my Mountain Hardwear Elkommando kilt.

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    I think I'd like to pick up a tartan kilt suitable for hiking, perhaps one of the USA Kilts casuals or Sport Kilt hiking models.
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    I had a friend who did the Appalachian Trail. He started out in a kilt. But he preferred to wear the waist of his kilts down at the top of his hip bones. Of course this dropped the hem to the bottom of his knee.

    On the third day it was raining pretty good and the sand that was kicked up behind him caked on the back hem. This chafed the back of his calves so bad that it drew blood.

    He was laid up for five days letting his legs heal before he could continue.

    I remember that he was more angry at the delay than the fact that the kilt caused the problem in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ashton View Post
    I had a friend who did the Appalachian Trail. He started out in a kilt. But he preferred to wear the waist of his kilts down at the top of his hip bones. Of course this dropped the hem to the bottom of his knee.

    On the third day it was raining pretty good and the sand that was kicked up behind him caked on the back hem. This chafed the back of his calves so bad that it drew blood.

    He was laid up for five days letting his legs heal before he could continue.

    I remember that he was more angry at the delay than the fact that the kilt caused the problem in the first place.
    Wow, I'm sorry to hear about your friend Steve! That sounds like a world of hurt.

    I've always worn my hiking kilts at the "jeans waist," with the hem about mid-knee. This leaves room for my pack's hip belt to sit at the "natural waist." In the picture above I wore the Elkommando over three days at 12 miles/day or so, and in the past I've worn my UK Workman's on 5-day trips of 5-10 miles/day, never had any problems with the hem and the back of my knee.

    Of course, California is a lot drier than the East Coast, and I've had the luxury to hike it good weather for the most part; easy to do when you're doing a 5-day trip, and not a 3-month trip.

    I'm betting that the fit of the kilt is probably crucial to having a good time, as always.
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    I agree

    the only way to hike.

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