If you read my comments section, you'll know that I ordered an "Exerskirt." Here's a picture borrowed from the website.
here are a few examples. But anyway, back to the skirt. It's mid-calf length, made from a stretchy nylon-blend fabric, with matching, stretchy shorts attached beneath (the shorts hit me just above the knee).
Here's my opinion of it. It's reasonably well made, and the material is a nice weight. It looks all right, though I wouldn't say that it's the cutest thing I've ever worn. When I first got it, i took it for a short test run--just down the street and back--and thought "wow, this just might work." But I reserved judgment until I had a chance to test it more thoroughly. That opportunity came yesterday, when I was downtown again and went for a three-mile run/walk around Hermann Park.
It was a windy day--the worst of conditions for running in a skirt--but the skirt didn't blow up at all, or ride up on the windward side. Nor did it blow between my legs, which is something that will happen with a skirt that is too full. The material was soft and smooth and didn't chafe. And it was stretchy enough that I was able to do a few lunges without the skirt riding above my knee. In all, I found this skirt to be quite comfortable and practical.
I discovered a convenient little pocket hidden inside the waistband, just big enough for my car key and ID. This detail wasn't mentioned on the website.
I didn't get any odd looks or comments. At one point I heard a shout "How you gonna be running in that?" from some guys on the golf course, but turns out they were shouting at their friend who was running behind me. :)
Now I don't want to say that this skirt is the perfect solution to all my running problems. For one thing, it was expensive, at $50. But I suppose the high price is inevitable since the skirt is produced by a very small company. I doubt that big clothing factories are going to start mass-producing modest exercise skirts any time soon. :)
I also had a few technical complaints about the skirt. I thought the waistline came up a little too high in the front and not quite high enough in the back. I would prefer that the skirt be a couple of inches shorter, so that it wouldn't flap around my calves so much; though since the material is smooth and lightweight, the flapping isn't actually uncomfortable, just annoying. Last complaint: I wish it came in a lighter color, like a medium gray; I'm afraid that navy blue will be too hot in the summertime.
Overall, I'm happy with this skirt and expect to use it regularly. If you've struggled with running in a skirt (I know that several of you have, and thanks for the sympathy, by the way) then consider giving this one a try. :) I'm going to keep experimenting, and if I find other things that work, I'll let you know. :)